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 favorite Instagram nail artists.
This design is equal parts edgy and feminine. Go for a matte gray and add a small dot design (preferably in millennial pink) to recreate this nail art.
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.
Black Matte With A Twist
Three Tier Nail
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 center of each flower.
Monochrome Polka Dots
Black and Gold
Matte + Chrome
Instead of creating tie-dyed nails in bright neon, choose a realistic Carrara marble design. You can follow the same steps as a traditional marbled nail, or you can freestyle the design by hand. Either way, use a paintbrush dipped in polish remover to gently blur the edges. Finish with a matte topcoat and voila: You match the bathroom marble.
Minimal Half Moon
Outlined Half Moon
Or reverse the design of the last nail for this look. Start by taping off your half moon. Add a matte black polish and wait to dry. Remove the tape, then outline the base of your nail in the same color.
Graphic Aztec Inspired
You can add a matte topcoat to literally any nail, like this detailed look inspired by Air Jordan IIIs.