15 Dope Designs That’ll Make You Want to Try Matte Nail Art

Love the look of matte nails? Here are 15 pretty matte nail looks and design ideas for you to try at home.

For when you want a break from super shiny lacquer.
By Hana Hong, Cosmopolitan

How do you make matte nail polish even cooler? Pair it with an intricate design or an interesting nail shape. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 15 fresh ideas for you to try next.

A Modern Twist

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This juxtaposition of matte and chrome finishes is anything but boring. A unique take on the classic French mani, this look combines two of nail art's biggest trends.

Water Droplets

These wicked water droplets were made with acrylic, but you can create a similar 2D effect with shiny clear nail polish. First allow the matte base to dry, then paint your glossy dots.

Glittery and Gray

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Go matte gray, but top it with opalescent flakes like the example shown here. It's the perfect way to add some fun to an otherwise subdued shade.

Gold Embellished

Black is always a classic choice. Keep it interesting by experimenting with polish placement and unexpected embellishments.

Asymmetrical Art

What's more fun than matte cobalt blue polish? Matte cobalt blue polish with negative space and metallic tips.

Gorgeous Gradients

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What should you do when you love a trend, such as ombré, but it feels played out? Try it in a new finish, like matte. This gradient fades from a matte hot pink on the tips into a lighter shade at the base.

Two-Tone Tips

Experiment with multicolor matte shades for a super cool look like this. Choose complementary colors, like orange and blue, or stick with shades in the same family to keep it cohesive. Then use those shades to paint your nails in vertical halves.

Tiny Gold Accents

After you've painted your nails a solid matte shade, use gold striping tape to accessorize.

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Marble Mani

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Inspired by the sophisticated look of white Carrara marble, this manicure takes the same white, black, and gray free-form pattern. Start with a white base, and while the paint is still wet, use a striping brush to paint thin black or gray lines. Finish with a matte top coat.


Neutral Nails

To keep your look simple but by no means basic, pair your beige shade with an interesting nail shape and a matte finish, like the style shown here.


Metallic Splatter

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For this look, start with a matte ombré base in different shades on each nail. Then, place a few drops of polish onto a paper plate and dip one end of the straw into the polish. Hold the straw two to three inches away from your nails, and blow out the other end for the splattered effect.


Negative Space

Two ways to make pastel polish edgy: a matte finish and a negative space design.


Matte-ching Shades

Create subtle texture by mixing both glossy and matte polishes in the same shade for your nail art design. For this look, paint the shiny finish over your half-moon and use the matte polish to paint the rest of the nail.


Holographic Accents

Break up an over-the-top holographic nail look with a few solid matte accent nails. For an even more unique twist, try a coffin or stiletto nail shape.


Geometric Designs

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Geometric art isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Make your nails your canvas, and freestyle with your favorite shapes and colors.

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Women's Magazine: 15 Dope Designs That’ll Make You Want to Try Matte Nail Art
15 Dope Designs That’ll Make You Want to Try Matte Nail Art
Love the look of matte nails? Here are 15 pretty matte nail looks and design ideas for you to try at home.
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