Thursday, 11 June 2015

Matte French Manicure


After picking up a matte top coat in Boots a few months ago, I've been obsessed with combining it with my every day nail colours. My go-to combination recently has been a simple french manicure topped with a clear matte nail polish on top. I think a french manicure is one of the best ways to make your nails feel really clean and I find the matte polish makes my nails look more natural too, rather than a glossy finish.


The three polishes I used include a pale pink polish I received from a nail bar after having a professional manicure, but any natural pink close to your nail colour will do. For the white tip, I used Rimmel London's Nail Tip Whitener polish and finally Barry M's Matte Nail Paint as a top coat.


I had my nails filed at a spa day a few weeks ago, so I went straight into painting my nails. I started off with painting on the natural pink shade.


Once the pink polish had dried, I then moved onto the white tips. I've been doing this myself for years, so fortunately with a lot of practice, I'm quite confident at doing it now. I find it easiest to drag the nail polish brush horizontally along the end of the nail. 

There are also french manicure guides that can be found in Boots if you find this step a little bit tricky. I used them in a previous french manicure blog post which can be found HERE.


You may be able to notice a difference between the photo above and below. The photo above is of my nails straight after applying the white tip polish, my nails are slightly glossy from the pink nail polish. The photo below is of my nails after applying the matte top coat.


The matte top coat is quite thick in consistency, so it's best to scrape off as much product as possible as the polish can bubble in places if the top coat is too thick. It can also be a bit tricky to determine whether the whole nail is coated with the matte top coat after application. I found it helpful to apply the top coat by a window during the day, with the light making it easier to pin point any missed bits.


I've really been loving matte nails recently. My favourite combinations are with a french manicure and a simple black nail polish.

What is your go-to nail colour?
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