BLACK ON BLACK MATTE FRENCH MANICURE- DIY

Today I got in Essie MATTE ABOUT YOU and I was so excited to finally try this out!  I’m sure there’s another way to do this but I thought I would share my step by step process with you all.  It’s really easy once you have everything that you need, but I messed up a few times.   I had to redo some of my nails.  The most important thing is to make sure your nails are 100% dry before applying the tip guides.  I get so impatient waiting for my nails to dry so I learned the hard way.  Also, after doing a little bit of research online, I learned that you should definitely apply a top coat before adding the matte finish because it prevents the black polish underneath from stripping and it also adds more gloss to the tips.

Here’s what you need- base coat, black polish, top coat, matte finish, french manicure tip guides.  All of the polish I used is from Essie.  The black polish is called Licorice.

STEP 1: APPLY BASE COAT

STEP 2: APPLY 2 COATS OF BLACK POLISH

STEP 3: APPLY TOP COAT

STEP 4: WHEN COMPLETELY DRY, APPLY TIP GUIDES TO TIP OF NAILS

STEP 5: APPLY THIN COAT OF MATTE FINISH

STEP 6: WAIT A FEW MINUTES AND REMOVE GUIDES

Mine came out pretty decent.  Not perfect but next time it will be better 🙂 It took a lot of patience to do these for the first time.  Would you do your nails like this? XO.

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  1. Yes…like it alot, but i don't know if i would do black on myself…I'm such a mess when it comes to painting my nails…so imagine black polish!! lol

    -DEE

    • haha I know what you mean! I got some polish on my hands. It took me awhile!

  2. omg i cant wait to get the matte finish!!

    • it's awesome! i ordered mine from amazon for like $5 because I couldn't find it in the stores just an FYI!

    • I got licorice and the matte finish at harmons yesterday!! :).. my nails aren't long enough to do the french bc i break them a lot when i'm doing my artwork but i'm so excited to try it out!!

      i love your blog 🙂

    • I found the matte finish at target. Mine is the NYC brand. I'm excited to try this tonight. 🙂

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