13 Matte Nail Designs That Are Flat Out Gorgeous

Check out these shine-free manis and choose the inspiration for your next trip to the salon.

Shall you go elegant opalescent or dark leopard print?  Virtually every nail polish brand offers a matte top coat to let you transform your favorite glossy colors.

Retro & Geometric

We love the '70s vibe of this manicure, which features matte shades of orange and blue in playful curves and angles on otherwise bare nails.

Elegant Opalescent

Glittery flakes are a fun new twist on sparkle. Add them to a chic periwinkle polish like China Glaze's Secret Peri-Winkle ($4, for a multidimensional sheen that's fit for a princess.

Matte Moons

This reversal offers a cool alternative to your typical French tips. Check out our easy tutorial on getting this look in just three simple steps.

Shades of Gray

Sticking with shades in the same family keeps this geometric manicure looking subtle and chic. All you need is a little tape, two colors — in this case, Essie's Petal Pushers ($8.50, and Over the Edge — and some patience.

Oh My Stars

Get galactic with this cool Milky Way-inspired manicure, complete with scattered stars on each nail.

Swirly Stamps

Try your hand (ha!) at stamping with this sweet, swirly design in regal shades like violet, sapphire, and jade.

Sunny Side Up

Brighten up your tips with this sunny mani. Use a glittery layer like Smith & Cult's Shattered Souls ($18, on top of a bright yellow and before a matte top coat to add some sparkle and shine.

Dark Leopard

Funky patterns like leopard print may seem a little too wild for work, but if you stick with two similar colors, like metallic gray and black in matte formulas, it's subtle enough to wear any time.

Playful Polka Dots

We've seen polka dots before, but this mani plays with two different textures, making it totally unique. For an even bigger impact, try contrasting shades of polish.

Neon Negative Space

Negative space nail art is nothing new, but this David Bowie-esque neon design takes it to the next level. To make this mani a little subtler, tweak it by using just one shade on each nail rather that two per fingertip.

Green With Envy

Channel the Brady Bunch with a cool ivy-green manicure complemented by a funky multicolored chevron accent nail.

Sweet Shimmer

The beauty world will never truly tire of glitter nail art, but a certain level of sparkle can get overwhelming. Once in a while, quiet down your mani's shimmer by adding a matte topcoat.

Twice the Texture

This geometric mani may look super hard to DIY, but it actually just takes a few strategic pieces of striping tape, a base color, and a matte topcoat. Instant glamour.

Courtesy Good House Keeping


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Women's Magazine: 13 Matte Nail Designs That Are Flat Out Gorgeous
13 Matte Nail Designs That Are Flat Out Gorgeous
Check out these shine-free manis and choose the inspiration for your next trip to the salon.
Women's Magazine
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