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  1. DIY: Homemade Matte Nail Polish

    Posted by Liyana Sobri on May 8, 2013

    Ever since Alexander Wang sent matte nails down his Autumn/Winter 2010 runway, it’s been seen everywhere, for several seasons now. Modern and positively edgy, believe me when I say, textured nails are here to stay! And because taking trends to the workshop is our kind of thing, we decided to make our very own. Here’s how we did it.

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    What you’ll need:
    + Mixing palette (I used a container lid)
    + Ordinary nail polish (preferably ones without any glitter or shimmer)
    + Cornstarch / Baking powder
    + Stirring stick
    + Base and top coat

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    Start your manicure with a base coat for longer staying power. Drop a blob of nail polish in the mixing palette, then stir in a small amount of cornstarch. The more cornstarch you use, the more matte your polish will become. Be sure to mix it in evenly, because you don’t want the cornstarch to get clumpy.

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    After that’s done, be quick to apply the nail polish before it dries and clumps up. The texture of the polish will be weird when you first apply it, but as it starts to dry and set, it’ll smooth itself out – so don’t worry! It takes about five to 10 mins for the polish to dry up and to start turning matte. Don’t forget to clean your nail polish bristles with nail polish remover and cotton pad before putting it back into the bottle.

    For a fun and fancy twist, we painted on top coat on the tips for a sleek gloss on matte French manicure.

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    Now, you have a go. Happy experimenting!

     

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