Making your own matte top coat

Last week I was doing my usual pop-up event at SIA and upon hearing me promote my matte top coat, one of my customers said "hey but why should I buy yours when I can just make it on my own?"

Fair statement. And it got me curious.

I decided to do some research to find out how to do it on my own as well and found that Googling 'diy matte nail polish' yielded a surprisingly large number of articles and tutorials on how to do it!

So here's what I learnt:

Hack 1: The steam method
This involves placing your hand with wet nails over a pot of boiling water so that the steam interacts with your nail polish and gives it a matte effect. I'm not sure why or how this happens but Michelle Phan did it years ago and it worked so it should be fine. Watch it here:

Hack 2: The brush on baking powder method
This involves baking powder (obviously), a tightly-woven sifter, a small dish, and a small, soft makeup brush. You've got to sift the powder to avoid any clumps. You've got to brush the baking powder onto your wet nails but you also have to make sure that the brush is fully covered with baking powder to avoid ruining your wet polish. You've got to make sure the brush is soft enough so that it won't cause streaks in your manicure. You've got to leave it for a few minutes to let the baking powder sink into the nail polish. Then you've got to make sure you don't leave the baking powder on too long or it'd dry into the nail polish causing specks of powder to show.

I don't know though; to me painting on nail polish is already such a chore. This seems to make the entire process 9319163x more troublesome.

Anyway for full details with pictures and gifs on how to do it, please refer to this:

P.S. I thought it was quite funny how the last step stated (rephrased) was 'Avoid using a glossy top coat. If you can find a matte top coat, use that instead'. WHY would you go through the trouble of doing all that if you already have a matte top coat though?

On that note, if you want to avoid all the hassle and trouble (and frankly dangerous process) of making your own matte nail polish...


Matte Top Coat

The Matte Top Coat [10ml]

If high gloss is classy, then matte is its alternative and adventurous cousin.

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