I really wish I had known about this little trick YEARS ago. By now I’ve collected several matte top coats. They’re all about the same (and were all on the expensive side). NYC is the only brand I know of that sells an inexpensive matte top coat (less than $2). So if you’re looking for a matte top coat and aren’t really the DIY type definitely check out the NYC matte top coat.
Doing a DIY matte top coat is something I ended up trying because I had a regular top coat that I hated. The NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat just didn’t work for me and I had no use for it. Then I remembered a good while ago I had read somewhere (wish I had saved the article…) that adding cornstarch to nail polish will make the polish matte. This was back when OPI was releasing all their matte and suede polishes. It seemed like a great idea but I never had any nail polish I wanted to make permanently matte.
Then I started thinking about it and thought perhaps the same concept would work to make a top coat. As it turns out it does work.
Below the jump there are instructions and a list of everything you need to do this! I’d love to know if you’re going to give this a try!
- A bottle of clear nail polish that is at least 25% empty.
- A spoon
- A small funnel (or a small piece of paper rolled into a makeshift funnel)
- Place the funnel (or piece of paper) in the neck of the nail polish bottle.
- Add about a teaspoon of cornstarch to the bottle of nail polish. The amount of cornstarch really doesn’t matter so it doesn’t have to be exact!
- Start shaking the bottle to mix the cornstarch with the clear polish. It takes ALOT of shaking.
- Let the polish sit for a good 24 hours before using it.
- Use as a normal matte top coat!
Letting the polish sit for a day might seem strange but I found even after shaking it to death using it immediately just left small clumps of cornstarch on my nails. Once I let the polish sit for a day this problem solved itself.
I found this matte top coat works as well as my normal matte top coat (by butter LONDON). This is a great, very inexpensive way to add a matte top coat to your collection. Especially if you have a bottle of clear polish that you have no use for!