I’ve been seeing some of these manicures on the internet for a long time now, and I’m really impressed with how it looks. Having something like this as an inspiration, I decided to give it a try myself. Of course I’m not a manicurist so there wasn’t much chance that I would make it look, at least, similar to that one, but I kind of liked the result. It was the first time I tried something like this, so you can call this “a how to guide for amateurs like me”.
So this is what I did! I photographed it step by step to show you the procedure I followed.
Seventeen nail polish in Black, mat finish nail polish by Tommy G, Mavala’s Mavadry and some tape.
First of all:
I chose to keep a slightly long length for the shiny tips to look better and I prefer my nails to be more to the squared side.
To make the process easier and to protect your nails from chipping
There are many ways to do this, but I chose this one ‘cause I thought it was easier.
Alternatively, you could have used the matte nail polish on your whole nail in this step, and then add the tapes on the whole nail, leaving only the tips out. Or even better, if your hand is steady enough, you could try it without the tape.
I chose to cover my tips, and use the matte nail polish on the remaining areas, (because this way required less work for me). Wait a few minutes….
This is the final result. It was much better in person though. It’s not perfect but it was the first time, so next time, I’ll do it better!
Those slim white lines you see between the matte and the shiny part are from the tape. They were not visible later, but I took the pic, as soon as I finished the manicure.
So, what do you think? Did you like it? Are you going to try it yourself? Or don’t you like the matte nails trend? Tell me on the comments section below.
P.S. I did this manicure last week, and it lasted more than a full week.
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Oh, I am so amazed when you post about manicure!
First of all, your nails are peeeeerfect! Really beautiful!
And then the ideas are amazing! This color with the matte coat is great!
I would love to try this, but because of the luggage one nail broke – really short, so I had to cut the other 9 🙁 Well, in a month or less they will be Ok!
Amazing manicure as always! I am always super well impressed!
Note: Ooohhh, finally I could sleep yesterday and bought many things from my list! 🙂
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Thank you so much Denise! They don’t look so good on these pics though because it was night and I didn’t have natural light to photograph them. I’m waiting for spring to come!
You can also try it on short nails. I cut mine today too! I just needed them longer for this exact manicure, but you can try the matte polish on the whole nail.
I’m glad you had a chance to sleep and buy stuff from your list. Can’t wait to see what you bought. Oh and I didn’t come by your blog yesterday, I didn’t have enough time, but I’ll come today!
P.S. See my previous post if you like to tell me your opinion, and you can also still enter my giveaway! 🙂
Love it! Such a helpful tutorial, I’ll try the ‘tape method’ too:)
Thank you Lulu! I’m so glad you found it helpful! The tape helps a lot to keep a straight line, especially if you don’t have steady hands (I don’t!).
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Thank you for the instructions and pictures. I love blogs that add visuals. This way, I have something to compare too. I look forward to reading more from you.
exw kollhsei me to sugkekrimeno look apo tote pou to eida sto YSL
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Nai to exw dei kai to YSL! Alla ekei exei dio vernikia, ena kanoniko kai ena mat.
I idea tou diafanou mat pou paei panw apo ola ta vernikia mou arese pio poli! Kostizei kai poli ligotero sigoura, ap’to na pareis kathe xrwma se mat.
ωωω αυτό το κολπάκι νομίζω ότι πρώτη φορά το βλέπω, πώς μου ξέφυγε? για αρχάρια πάντως το έκανες τέλειο!
Wwww kalws tin! Poso kairo exw na se dw! 🙂
S’euxaristw para poli!
Your nails came out great. I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile.
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Ta pio cyber nyxia pou exw dei!!! Thelw kai me anoixtoxrwmo parakalw poly!
*btw dn xreiazetai na ksanapw gia ta xeria sou eee? love!*
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Awww s’euxaristw toooso poli gia ta kala sou logia! 🙂
Molis ftiaxei ligo o kairos tha to dokimasw kai me anoixtoxrwmo, giati pros to paron, thelw na dokimasw merika akoma xeimerina xrwmata pou exw!
Πόσο μου αρέσει αυτό!!! Θα το δοκιμάσω….Πάντως εσύ το έκανες τέλεια!!!
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S’euxaristw poli Elena! Na’sai kala! Xairomai poli pou sou arese! 🙂
I love this nail effect!
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wow…what a beautiful manicure! i wish i had the patience to do it myself!! maybe someday…you have inspired me!
Thank you so much! It doesn’t take much time! It’s actually quite easy! 🙂
I’m glad I’ve inspired you!
I absolutely love it!
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Fovero einai! Poli oraio post! Sigoura tha to dokimaso! Exo kai oreksi na paikso me ta nixia mou! Kala milame einai super…exeis poli stathero xeri vre koritsi! Se zileuo afantasta! Filia!:P
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Thank you Christinaki! Poli xairomai pou s’aresan toso!
Na to dokimaseis einai arketa eukolo akoma kai gia arxarious! Edw to ‘kana egw!
haha omws me to stathero xeri me ekanes kai gelasa! Egw stathero xeri? Prepei na me deis na krataw disko! Tha me apoliane sti stigmi an imouna servitora! 🙂
this is fun!
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I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now — will go look for a matte top coat. Your nails look really nice!
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To dokimasa kai egw ayto to manicure otan to eixa dei pou to proteine o YSL kai einai yperoxo! Poly volikos o tropos pou proteineis na to ftiaksoume! Exw ena award gia sena sto blog mou!
Filakia polla polla
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Thank you! 🙂 Nai kai egw ithela poli kairo na to dokimasw alla olo to anevala…
Tha perasw sintoma na to “paralavw”. 🙂
Ziet er heel leuk uit en het is ook redelijk makkelijk om te doen!
Thank you, even if I needed a translator to understand what you wrote!
Unfortunately I don’t speak Dutch, so English would do.
Nice job !
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Souper αποτέλεσμα και πολύ πρωτότυπη ιδέα!
Μακάρι να είχα κι εγώ τόσο όμορφα δάχτυλα σαν τα δικά σου για να τα έκανα αυτά! :-/
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S’euxaristw para poli gia to koplimento Kate! Eisai poli glikia! Eimai sigouri oti kai esi exeis poli omorfa daxtila, kai tha einai to idio kalo to apotelesma kai sta dika sou nixia! 🙂
WOW, thats awesome!!! 🙂
Love this! Tape is God’s gift to nail design!
How NEAT! I haven’t seen this matte/shiny black one on the internets yet so what a cool idea. It’s a subtle but powerful detail!
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Thank you Amber! I’m happy you like it. The original idea is from YSL, and it’s easier to do than it looks.
this is so pretty. i’ve never tried matte polish…so it’s just a clear coat that goes over any polish? pretty cool. i would like to try this.
Thank you! Yes, it’s the clear polish you see in the photos above, and you can use it above all your nail polishes, and it will make them look matte.
Check my blog sou exw ena award me pollh agaph!Great post!
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Thank you Dena! Kai gia to award, kai gia to comment! 🙂
τελεια ιδεα θα το δοκιμασω κ γω σιγουρα βασικα αυτο το ματ μανο δεν το εχω δει παω να το παρω την αλλη εβδομαδα!
σευχαριστουμε για την προταση!
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Parakalw Caramellitsa mou! Einai ap’tin idia etaireia pou vgazei ta magnetic nail polishes pou pires, tin Tommy G. Einai i idia poy vgazei kai ta GT Cosmetics pou xrisimopoiw sinithws. Xairomai poli pou sou arese! 🙂
egw tha t kanw me kana fouks,eimai to paidi tou roz!
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Eisai sigoura paidi tou roz, kai sou paei kai para poli! 🙂 Ama to kaneis, min ksehaseis na vgaleis fwto na mas deixeis!
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The nails are great, they almost look like leather and latex, brilliant.
Now following your blog 🙂
Thank you! I never thought of that, but you’re right! 🙂
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kai anarvtivmoyn pvs ginetai ayto to apisteyto manicure! teleio! latreyw to styl soy!!!! thelw thn ntoylapa soy!!!!!! xi xi!
Se euxaristw poli Rena! Xairomai pou sou arese kai to manicure kai to blog mou! hehe toso poli sou aresan ta rouxa mou? 🙂
Tha perasw oso pio sintoma mporw kai apo to diko sou blog!
The matte finish looks so great.
I need to get me that nail-polish pronto.
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FAB post & nails. Love this. Don’t think I could do this, but it is mighty cute. Thanks for sharing!!!
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Thank you! If I can do it, then I’m sure you can do it too. It’s much easier than it looks, and I’m not a manicurist. Just an amateur playing around with nail polishes. hehe 🙂
This is a great tutorial! really nicely done. I really like those type of manicures <3
Thank you for this amateurs guide! You make it look easy and worth trying!
Thanks for sharing 🙂
You’re welcome Tina! xixi 🙂 It’s quite easy, you should try it. I’m sure you’ll succeed.
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this manicure is really interesting! will try it on asap! 🙂
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I saw similar nails done by YSL – matt and glossy black and loved them. Infact wrote about it on my blog last year. Cool that you were able to recreate the look
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Yes, they were inspired by YSL! I wanted to try them for a long time, and finally did! Glad you liked my recreation! 🙂
That was sooo cool. I didn’t know you could do something like that. I came in via the IFB Links a la Mode by the way. Now I am gong to have to grow my nails back out and give this a try. I like the way yours turned out. Love the black.
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love your blog!! following 🙂
Thank you all so much for commenting on my blog! I’m really glad you liked my manicure, and my tutorial! I’m super excited that it was featured on LALM. 🙂