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DIY Beauty: Matte Nail Polish


DIY your own matte nail polish

Whenever I walk into a beauty store like Ulta or Sephora, I have to force myself to NOT walk toward the nail polish section. Over the past few years, I have accumulated way too many nail polishes and, to this day, have never successfully used up an entire bottle since I have to many colors to choose from.

However, when my friend showed me her newly purchased mattifying top coat, I instantly wanted to go out and buy my own. I knew I wouldn’t use it that often though, so instead of buying an entire bottle, I decided to make my own matte nail polish using just one magic ingredient – cornstarch!

Read on to learn how you can make your own matte nail polish:

What you’ll need:

Diy matte nail polish: what you need

  • Cornstarch
  • Wax paper
  • Your nail polish of choice
  • A toothpick or plastic spoon

How to:

Step One

Diy matte nail polish step 1

Pour a bit of nail polish onto the wax paper.

Step Two

Diy matte nail polish step 2

Using a toothpick or plastic spoon, mix in the cornstarch until well blended. You don’t need a lot of cornstarch – a pinch or two should do the trick!

Step Three

Diy matte nail polish step 3

Quickly paint the nail polish/cornstarch mixture onto your nails before it dries. Simply apply it the same way you would regular nail polish and let dry. Remember not to use a top coat or you’ll lose the matte effect.

Enjoy your DIY matte nail polish!

What Do You Think?

Do you like this DIY? Are you going to try it out? If so, what color of nail polish are you going to use? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to hear what you think!

Posted on on October 15, 2013 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , ,

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11 Responses to “DIY Beauty: Matte Nail Polish”

  1. 1
    October 15th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Would this work with a clear top coat? Or would the cornstarch make it too milky?

  2. 2
    October 15th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Totally worked!! Works way better than using a matte overcoat on regular nail polish!

  3. 3
    October 15th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I would love to do a black matte nail polish – would the cornstarch make it too milky looking? Or would it keep it’s blackness?

  4. 4
    October 15th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I might have to give this a try.

    Respect for managing to simultaneously paint your nail and take a picture.

  5. 5
    October 15th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I always wanted an easy but effective way to turn my regular nail polish in matte :D so i m certainly gonna try it ^^

  6. 6
    October 15th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    If you get a cheap topcoat and mix cornstarch straight into that, then you can get the matte effect when applied over any nail polish as well as the added benefit of a top coat!
    I did this last year and my bottle is still going strong :)

  7. 7
    October 15th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Just tried this two weeks ago and it works beautifully! Just have to be careful not to add too much cornstarch or else it’ll become too clumpy. One of the most simple and cheapest DIY – love it.

  8. 8
    October 16th, 2013 at 6:13 am

    It’s a good way to make your nail polish matte, but there is a simpler, faster way. Paint your nails one at a time and while the polish is still wet place your finger over a steaming pot of boiling water for just a couple of seconds. It works like a miracle and you will see the results immediately. Maybe you can do a tutorial on this method too. Good luck :)

  9. 9
    October 16th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Rose, you should try using some black eyeshadow instead of cornstarch if you are afraid the result would be too “milky” ! It can be an old eyeshadow you don’t use anymore, just make it does’nt have a shimmer or sparkles.

  10. 10
    October 16th, 2013 at 5:01 pm


    I was just about to comment that!
    I learned that tip from Michelle Phan and its super simple and works great too! :)

  11. 11
    October 20th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Ah, the answer to my prayers! I have been meaning to try out polishes with a Matte finish, but this is such a comprehensible and totally doable DIY project with minimum “tools” needed so I will instead create my own!

    Thanks so much for the post!

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