Mani Monday: Summer Inspired Matte Nails

by Danielle Salazar June 16, 2014

As much as every girl loves a little shine and glitter in her life, one summer beauty trend that we absolutely love is bright and colorful matte nails! The matte look is a trend that we’ve adored from the beginning, but because it was introduced using dark, edgy hues many fashionistas were scared off by the vampire-like look. However, it’s summer and that means it’s time for some color! This sunny season we’re seeing bright shades of classic colors– and we’re totally obsessed! So whether you’re manicuring out of boredom or for an actual special event, matte nails can work for every occasion and aren’t as out-of-the-box as you may think!

Summer Inspired Matte Nails

Matte nails made easy with this DIY manicure.

The summer beauty trend of a colorful matte look has given us so many ways to get creative with our DIY manicures! A matte nail takes a bold and bright color (think fluorescents!) and turns it into a subtle, wearable hue. So to prove how cute matte nails really are, we wanted to show a comparison between the glossy and matte colors that we chose to rock for summer: coral, tiffany blue, lilac, lime, and hot pink. Sounds adorable, right? To achieve the look, we topped the colors off with Sally Hansen’s Big Matte Top Coat, which perfectly accomplishes the matte finish, is incredibly fast drying, and will only cost you about $5!

Summer Inspired Matte Nails with Sally Hansen Big Matte Top CoatSummer Inspired Matte Nails vs Gloss Nails

Tips for getting the perfect matte nails.

  1. Matte coats can magnify any unevenness or streaks in your polish, so buff out your nails beforehand and make sure to apply your colored polish as evenly as possible.
  2. Purchase a matte top coat rather than buying individual matte polishes. It’s more cost effective and can be used with any colored polish in your collection!
  3. Apply only 1 layer of your matte top coat over completely dried nails.
  4. Contrast matte with regular glossy polish for a super unique look! Try things like stripes, polka dots, animal prints, French tips, half moons, and more!

Try the summer beauty trend for yourself.

So what do you think? Are you ready to give matte nails a try for your next DIY manicure or are you sticking with a glossy sheen? Show us how you styled your own matte look with the colors that you’ll be wearing for summer!

Danielle Salazar
Danielle Salazar


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