{How To} Make A Matte Topcoat

Hello Lovelies!

Happy Mani Monday! I love nail art (as seen here and here), but I like to keep it simple sometimes and wear a solid color like red, orange, or black. To give my existing solid colors a twist, I’ve been using a matte topcoat to create new looks. The matte finish is subdued with the perfect amount of sophistication.

Here’s a photo I posted on Instagram (@prettygossip) a couple of months ago. Isn’t the {matte} black french look edgy and sophisticated at the same time?!

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Topping off your existing polish colors with a matte topcoat will give them a second life. Don’t have a matte topcoat?! Well, here’s the perfect tutorial for you! πŸ™‚

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You can easily make a matte topcoat at home! Literally just takes a pinch of corn starch and a topcoat!

  1. Entire Bottle: Add pinches of corn starch into a bottle of clear topcoat and mix until you achieve the desired matte-ness. Directly adding the corn starch into the bottle will obviously make the entire bottle a matte topcoat. No turning back. If you’re not ready for this kind of commitment, you can make a small batch…
  2. Small Batch: To make a small batch of a matte topcoat, just follow this simple tutorial! Note: I did the mixing on a waxed Dixie paper plate. Adding too much corn starch will make the polish clumpy, so start with a little and build up. About 1-2 dips of corn starch for a dime sized puddle of topcoat. Once your done, wipe off the brush with remover before placing it back in your topcoat bottle.

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I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and will try the sophisticated matte look. Feel free to try it over black, red, or any other color! If you’re on Instagram, please tag me on your nail photos! I’d love to see them. πŸ™‚

Good luck!

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  1. January 18, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    can you mix in eyeshado for color

    • January 28, 2016 / 12:51 am

      Not sure… maybe try it and let me know! That would be interesting. πŸ™‚

  2. kitty lover
    November 2, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    This is a good idea but it looks a bit whitish and powdery when it dries, I’ve tried using less but it doesn’t change πŸ™

    • November 4, 2015 / 6:18 pm

      Hi! Thanks for visiting and trying this tutorial. Have you tried really mixing in the starch in the topcoat before using it on your nails? Hoping this will help!!! xoxo

  3. Cyn
    March 15, 2014 / 10:04 am

    Thanks for sharing this!! I will try it!
    Pinned onto pinterest!

    • April 8, 2014 / 12:44 am

      Thanks so much! I love Pinterest. πŸ™‚

  4. Olivia P
    December 8, 2013 / 9:37 pm

    love this…I’m typing as my nails dry right now!

    • December 28, 2013 / 3:54 am

      Hope you were happy with the results! Thanks for the comment.

  5. Elle
    October 13, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    I was going to buy Essie’s Matte About You, but I’ll try this instead! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    On a side note, I was wondering which fonts you used in the photos above.

  6. September 27, 2013 / 8:19 am

    I’ll definitely try this!!! No need to buy a matte topcoat πŸ˜€

    • September 29, 2013 / 12:24 pm

      Yes! Just remember to not use too much, or it’ll start to clump. Good luck and thank you for commenting!

  7. Angela
    September 26, 2013 / 8:09 am

    do you have to clean the brush after mixing it with corns tarch?

    • September 29, 2013 / 12:26 pm

      I used a cheap lip brush I got in bulk, so I just threw it away… But if you need to keep the brush, yes! You def need to wipe clean with acetone. Good luck!

  8. manyhatsof
    August 12, 2013 / 11:24 am

    wow,Thanks for this tip. Can’t wait to try this…

    • manyhatsof
      August 12, 2013 / 11:26 am

      I love the look of that matte and glossy together!

      • August 21, 2013 / 1:02 am

        I know! such a great sophisticated look! Thanks for visiting and for the comment! xo

  9. accountantonthego
    August 6, 2013 / 5:00 pm

    Thanks for this tip. Can’t wait to try this…

  10. Jennojello
    July 22, 2013 / 2:21 am

    Wow, totally excited now. Thanks!!!!!!!!