I love matte top coats, but using them in nail art can be tricky sometimes. So I decided to create a tutorial that shows you how to use it in a fun way. I also featured some gradients and striping tape, but if those are techniques that you don't like you can swap them with a number of other nail art techniques. But trust me, they are both easy if you have some quality nail art supplies and polishes. 


WHAT YOU NEED:

For this manicure, you require 2 dark colored polishes, since they are usually very pigmented and therefore easy to make gradients with, also you can always see the matte effect way better on dark polishes. I used OPI Casino Royale and Barry M Blackberry. 

You also need a polish with micro glitter or shimmer in a sheer base, I used Catrice Sky & Snow. 

The main star is Catrice Silk Matte Top Coat.

 You will also need a makeup wedge sponge and striping tape. Also a quick dry top coat for some of the in-between steps.

 

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL:

Step 1: Apply a base polish, preferably the lighter shade.

Step 2: Create a gradient with the darker polish, it makes it easier that way and there is less of a mess to clean up. It is best if you apply the polish on the edge of the makeup sponge and then slowly apply it from the middle on the left and right of the middle of the nail until you are happy with the result.

Step 3: Apply a shiny top coat. It ensures that the contrast between the layers is very visible.

Step 4: Make sure all the base nail art is completely dry. Then apply the 1st layer of striping tape. I choose these parallel 3 lines.

Step 5: Add the same number of lines but make sure that they are perpendicular on the first line. 

Step 6: Here the work must be a bit faster, don't use any top coats! Apply the micro glitter nail polish.

Step 7: Apply the matte top coat. It doesn't matter if the base polish is not dry yet. The removal of the striping tape is always easier when the top polishes are still a bit wet. 

Step 8: Pull away the striping tapes in the reverse order as you applied them.

FINISHED LOOK:

Here are the finished results and I am quite happy with them! It is a very subtle manicure that can be appropriate for every day as well as special occasions. 

xoxo

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