17 New Ways To Wear Matte Nail Polish

Matte Nail Varnish

The lo-fi lacquer is more than just a single subdued shade. Offset a flat base with high-gloss details or matte out an entire design with a topcoat. Here, 18 fresh matte looks to try, courtesy of our favourite Instagram nail artists.

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Mosaic Matte

A mosaic design will have you dreaming of your next vacation. The matte white provides a perfect base for an intricate design like this one.

Design by @nailjob

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Dotted Detail

This design is equal parts edgy and feminine. Go for a matte grey and add a small dot design (preferably in millennial pink) to recreate this nail art.

Design by @paintboxnails

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Ruby Red

Like a red lip, there's power in bold red nails. Add a twist on classic red nails with a coffin or elaborate nail shape.

Design by @nailjob

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Black Matte With A Twist

Here's a spin on the matte black lewk. Add a lacquer in a vertical swipe above the black base to achieve this shiny nail.

Design by @nailjob

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Three Tier Nail

Go for a classy three-tier nail design. The colour combination of gold, white, and black compliments all skin tones and make your nails stand out.

Design by @jessicawashick

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Embellished Flowers

For a textured floral nail, this design mixes matte polish, regular polish, and embellishments. Start with a matte base. Let it dry and then paint flower petals in a glossy hue. Finish the nail with crystal accents glued to the centre of each flower.

Design by @jessicawashick

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Metallic Splatter

Contrast a matte gradient with gold splatter for a celestial look. Alternate colours on each nail, for an out of this world touch.

Design by @ladycrappo

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Monochrome Polka Dots

Try a monochrome polka dot design by starting with a matte base. Once dry, paint the dots with a glossy polish in the same colour.

Design by @aliciatnails

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Black and Gold

For this look, start with a matte black nail. Add a metallic gold lacquer to your tips for a glam but minimal design.

Design by @karengnails

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Matte + Chrome

If you want a higher contrast, apply chrome nail tape to your tips instead of polish.

Design by @mpnails

From: Elle
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