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DIY Matte Nail Polish

Updated on August 24, 2016
DIY Matte Nail Polish
DIY Matte Nail Polish | Source

Matte Nail Polish ~

Did you know there was such a thing? The idea of matte nail polish may not be everyone’s choice but it does throw up great interesting options.

If you love the idea of pops of neon color but need it toned down for the office or college, matte polish will give you that versatility. Sometimes the shiny, glossy look is too much or too distracting. Maybe we feel too mature to wear certain shades. Matt gives you the best of both worlds; the color but in a less obvious way.

When this idea hit the fashion trends it was instantly the buzz word on all fashionista’s lips and then their nails sported the latest craze.

Videos went viral and it has been played with and incorporated into fabulous nail art designs. From Channel to L’Oreal, matte nails are big business for these cosmetic houses and the sales back this up. The biggest trend around that you can easily recreate.

Funk it Up With Nail Art

pretty in pink
pretty in pink | Source

Versatile Nail Polish

now you can leave your nails with a shimmer, gloss or matte
now you can leave your nails with a shimmer, gloss or matte | Source

DIY Trendy Talons at Your Fingertips ~

Maybe you are not into nail polish or stick to a French manicure.

If you have young teenagers, nieces or grandchildren I guarantee you they will love the idea or at least want to try it.

These simple ideas are such cool ways of achieving the matte look easily with no extra cost as you have what you need in the kitchen or your make-up.

I love trying different ways of cutting down on spending by making my own DIY versions and when I heard of these ideas well, they had to put to the Suzie test .

As a Beauty Therapist and Freelance Make-Up Artist, painting nails was something I did daily on clients, family, friends and on yours truly so when matte became the new texture, I was intrigued and excited.

Remember, these simple solutions were here long before the commercial pots of mattified nail polishes and top coats!

Water is All You Need

matte look in a minute
matte look in a minute | Source

Painting Nails

steam immediately after painted
steam immediately after painted | Source

Tone Down, Steam Up ~

This easy matte look won’t cost you a cent and if you are into multi-tasking then this is for you! I love it so simple but the steam really does matte regular nail polish.


  • If you are boiling water for any reason such as pasta, boiled egg or even soup then steam your nails too! You have to steam your nail polished hands while they are still wet.
  • Apply basecoat first.
  • Apply regular nail polish and immediately place your hands over the steaming saucepan taking care not to burn them.
  • I find bending the fingers at the knuckles (as if you were scratching something) works best so the fingernails are directly over the steam.
  • Before you know it your nail polish will have turned matte.
  • If you put regular top coat on now it brings it back to shine.
  • For a funky look do the tips in top coat for that matte and shine combo.
  • Check the video out of Michelle’s easy steam method while she makes dinner!

Matte Nails Using Steam

Corn Starch Remedy ~

I love this one, is there ANYTHING corn starch (also known as corn flour) does not do?

Perfect if you are not in range of a stove or want to do your nails elsewhere. You can use this one of two ways. Do your nail polish or do your top coat, it works both ways.

Don't forget to clean your applicator brush afterwards before putting it back into your bottle.


Matte Nail Polish -

  • Apply your basecoat.
  • Add some of your nail polish to a mixing container such as an old lid off a jar.
  • Using a cocktail stick or disposable spatula, start to add corn starch, about 2-3 teaspoons, and mixing well.
  • When mixed, apply immediately over nails.
  • The consistency is a little heavier and takes a little bit of adjustment so make sure you apply evenly.
  • As it dries you will it dry to a matte finish.
  • Check out the video tutorial on this method which includes the two tone effect!
  • Well worth watching

Matte Topcoat -

  • If you want a matte top coat, use the same method.
  • Apply over regular polish to turn it matte or use over a matte nail polish.

Turning Your Nail Polish Into a Matte Finish With Corn Starch - 1 million hits!

Eyeshadow or Nail Polish?

utilize unused or a favorite shadow
utilize unused or a favorite shadow | Source

Eyeshadow Color ~

The third idea is a creative one to make your own color combos or to match your nails to eye make-up.

Use broken powder eyeshadows, colors you do not wear or scrape a little of your favorite eyeshadow shade or mix a few together. Remember to clean your top coat brush completely before placing it back into the bottle.


  • For this one you need to have a clear or white nail polish and some powder eyeshadow.
  • Crush some eyeshadow to a fine powder with the back of a teaspoon or disposable spatula.
  • Blend it into the nail polish and mix well. The more eyeshadow you add, the stronger the pigment will be.
  • Apply basecoat.
  • Apply over the nails and voila, your own unique matte nail polish.

DIY With Corn Starch then Eyeshadow

Food for Thought . . .

Turning your own polish into a matte finish is so easily done and a bit of fun too. With three different options available you can try them out and if you don't like it just pop a clear top coat on to bring it back, simple!

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

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Credit to sharkye11 ~

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    • Margie Lynn profile image

      Margie's Southern Kitchen 

      2 years ago from the USA

      I am going to share this page with my granddaughters! Thanks for all the tips Suzanne!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow! I don't remember all these great ideas for switching up nail polish, even making it matte with steam. I like the idea of mixing in eye shadow. I have some pretty wild colors I wouldn't put on my eyes but would try on my finger or toenails. This would be fun to do with a group of girlfriends. You have a great group of beauty articles!

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      Ashley Ferguson 

      4 years ago from Indiana/Chicagoland

      I'm always amazed at the DIY tips out there, this one is completely new in topic to me. Thank you for the unique hub. :)

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      Evan Smiley 

      7 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for the hub! I could never understand how to get mat nails! Super helpful! Can't wait to tell my friends!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      LOL I wonder sometimes when my brain will stop thinking of things to make or create? Glad you enjoyed this i loved the idea and especially the two tone look!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      Is there any beauty tip you don't know! I am loving this matte trend in nail polish (even though I don't wear it myself). I think it looks sharp. This is really cool for people who want to try it. Pinned.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Cheers my friend, glad you enjoyed matte nails, something different that is easily doable at home. Appreciate your votes and have a great week in Germany!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      This sounds great Suzie. I have not tried your way of putting matte nail colors. I´m fond of painting my nails although not very often, so I´ll try this soon. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and very useful. Have a lovely week!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Glad you enjoyed this easy method, it really does work and many would probably have experienced it without realizing (myself included) they had matte nails. Hope you enjoy the challenge and have fun!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I am going to use your matte technique over a steaming pot next time I cook. Great way to get this matte look and I am excited about the challenge!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Samita,

      Thanks, how kind!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      No problem Samita :-)

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      Samita Sharma 

      7 years ago from Chandigarh

      Welcome Suzie... And thanks you appreciate my suggestion...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Samita,

      Many thanks for checking this out. Glad you enjoyed this and I will do something on painting nails, thanks for the suggestion!

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      Samita Sharma 

      7 years ago from Chandigarh

      Hiii Suzie nice post ... I really like Versatile Nail Polish.. Nd u r right every person will love the idea and must try it. Nd pls give us some info about painting nails ...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Good to see you found this concept interesting even if you do not war polish often. Appreciate it my friend!

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      Janet Giessl 

      7 years ago from Georgia country

      These tips and tricks for matte nail polish are absolutely new for me. I don't put nail polish on my nails very often. But I love the idea of having matte nail polish. Thank you for sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cyndi,

      I know what you mean with matte and shine as i have been buying paint recently for a table-tennis table my other half has made, matte and gloss were on my mind and immediately thought of paint! Funny what triggers our thoughts! Cheers for commenting and support!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Huh...I admit I think it looks pretty neat. Though, funny, I sort of think of cars a little bit in that some are shiny and others have a "matte" finish. haha

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Heidi,

      There are some toxin free or reduced chemical brands of nail polish out there but not sure about strips. Thanks so much for your interest and comment. Imagine . . . .Bill being razzed! So uncool!! LOL Cheers again :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      So glad you enjoyed and will try it out. It is a funky way to change the look of nail polish so easily. Appreciate your comment and interest!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      Glad you liked this one and have enough supplies to make up some new polish for the tootsies!! Appreciate you stopping over, you are SUCH a terrific supporter!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      7 years ago from Chicago Area

      I hadn't seen this idea. Looks really cool! I've been trying those nail polish strips which are free of some of the nastier chemicals in regular polish. Really long lasting, too. I'm going to check if there's a matte version. BTW, too bad our friend Billybuc is getting razzed about his polish. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Very cool! I had never heard of this trick before, but I'm dying to try it now. I have been getting back into doing my nails once a week this fall and will definitely be experimenting. Thanks for the awesome resource, Suzie!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Many thanks for your support as always! I don't think I am a guru but thanks!! LOL Hope your granddaughter gets some use of these ideas, how funky they will be coming via grandma! You will be such a cool trendy gran! I wouls be round for a cuppa like a flash and if you are in New York City then you never know I may just get there again! Loved my 3 day trip there with my sister-in-law. Shopping, shopping and yes . . .more shopping is what we did!! It was just before Christmas around November, freezing cold but oh so much fun!! Thanks Mary for the support in votes, sharing and pin! You rock!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Flourish Anyway,

      Me too! So many colors to choose from and purple or even cerise pink are two I love and the black i have to say! Hope your daughter enjoys these tips and ideas I am sure she will, my nieces LOVED them! Cheers for your comment and support!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Tracy,

      Many thanks for taking the interest even if you have not got the time to apply it. It is a great way of vamping up the nails if you do find the time and doe not take long. I love the combination of matte and shine together, a nice color version of the french mani.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzie, who knew? I don't wear polish on my fingers because me nails are very strong. When I polish them they get too hard and break off if I hit a hard surface with my nails. I do, however, wear polish on my toes. Since I no longer wear makeup I have a ton of eye shadows I don't use. I'll have to try this DIY the next time I do my toes.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      You really are a make-up guru! Now you've moved to nail polish with trendy and up to the minute ideas. We really need to keep following you so we can keep learning. My granddaughters will love this one.

      BTW bring a cuppa any time!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared, and pinned.

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      7 years ago from USA

      I like the idea of the shiny and matte combo, perhaps in something bright like pink or purple. This is a fun way to tame it down a little. Honestly I've never thought about this. My teen would love this. Will definitely be showing her this trendy little bit you have here, Suzie!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      7 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I confess that I get a pedicure done about once or twice a year so this information while interesting won't be of much use for a busy Mom like myself...BUT it is so interesting! Wow, I would have never thought of doing this, not only because I don't have to time. You have offered so many methods. My favorite is the matte and shiny combination. Great ideas!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Ah this one was MADE for you my friend! Pity about Bev but then I can fully appreciate where she is coming from. MJ loves his nail polish too particularly fussy that it matches his lippy so not happy if I borrow his supply! LOL

      Had to show him this trick so he could reproduce himself and he is one happy little mechanic!

      Cheers for popping in as always, hope your weekend went well, catch ya later in the week!!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, honest to God, Bev hates it when I wear nail polish. I don't know what her problem is but she gets downright nasty about it. I'd love to follow your suggestions; they are all great for sure, but I have to keep peace in the household. :)

      Have a great week my friend.



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