There's no denying that matte nail polish is the "it" polish finish right now. In fact, there's no denying that nail polish in general is having one hot moment — particularly in the drugstore category. While matte has a very fashion-forward appearance, the problem is that it just doesn't wear as long as regular polish.
While chips can sometimes lend to the cool factor, they're typically unwanted. Besides, the only "Chip" I ever really liked was this blond-haired, dark-eyebrowed cutie from the high school years. At any rate, to find out some of my tips for getting the most out of your matte finish, read more.
- Face the facts: Even nail polish companies like Zoya and OPI warn that matte formulations aren't as long-wearing as their shinier counterparts. Matte is a trend, after all, so take it as an opportunity to switch up your polish more frequently with some very of-the-moment shades.
- Top that: Since it is not recommended that you use both a base and top coat for matte polishes, two surefire ways to make regular polish stay longer, why not turn your regular polish matte instead? A matte top coat is the perfect solution. Try Orly's Matte Top ($8.25), China Glaze's Matte Magic Flat Finish Top Coat ($3), or Essie's Matte About You ($10).
- Patience, my friend: Matte polish has a tendency to dry quickly, so to help keep matte polish looking great longer, paint in thin layers, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next coat.
- Oil-free: Matte nail polish and oily products go together like, well, oil and water. They just don't mix. Avoid lotions and cuticle creams. As an added precaution, use nail polish remover before painting your nails matte.
- Here's a tip: Since most chipping starts at the tip of the nail, follow this easy step: simply paint a vertical swipe of polish to keep chips at bay.
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