Want your nails stand out without spending too much time and money getting them done? Try the matte french manicure—a chic look that’s deceptively simple to re-create. I swear.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:
Base Coat: Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat
Black Polish: Essie Licorice
Matte Top Coat: Butter London’s Matte Finish Shine Free Top Coat
Glossy Top Coat: Essie Good to Go Rapid Dry Top Coat (Or Sally Hansen’s Double Duty *Used Above)
Apply one layer of base coat to your nails. Don’t skip this step—base coat is essential to preventing stains from polish. I learned this the hard way after painting my nails dark red without using anything underneath. They looked like a Christmas pageant for a full week despite half a bottle of acetone and lots of angry scrubbing.
Apply two coats of black polish and allow two minutes of drying time between. More drying time prevents annoying polish bubbles from popping up.
Apply one layer of Butter London’s Matte Finish Shine Free Top Coat to each nail and allow four minutes to dry.
Like magic, your manicure is now matte. A great look in and of itself, but it’s about to get even better.
To create the french manicure effect, take your glossy top coat and swipe a smooth line on the tip of each nail.
The easiest method is to do this in two sweeping motions: Swipe the tip of your nail from one side to the middle, then from the other side to the middle so the two lines meet. You can also purchase affordable french manicure tip guides (a sticker that’s easy to peel off and won’t ruin your polish) to ensure your glossy line is even.
An eye-catching look for the holidays, the matte french manicure makes it seem like you put a ton of effort into something that’s actually pretty effortless. I’m on board with that at this busy time of year (or at any time for that matter).
Wearing a Catbird hammered gold first-knuckle ring, K/LLER Collection V ring and pavé pinky ring (my own design).