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RTR: The Matte French

Matte topcoat for nails is a growing trend, and I’m going to show you a few looks from the runway that are easy to recreate in the salon. While we’ve technically moved into spring, these looks from fall/winter will translate, especially if you use the techniques and mix up the colors.


This look was the result of a social media contest: Out of three looks presented by essie’s lead manicurist, Rita Remark, this matte layered look was selected to go with the collection:

Model Yumi Lambert in the essie look for Wes Gordon MBFW f2014


Prep nail and use basecoat. Add one or two color coats of essie Good As Gold, keeping it streak free


Evenly apply one layer of essie Bordeaux. This gives the red a ‘lit from witin’ look


Add an even layer of essie Matte About You topcoat to get a velvet effect


Finish off with a French tip in essie Licorice.  I actually went a little more chevron here; for the show, a striping brush was used to create a thin French tip. A winning look for sure!



The part matte, part shine, inverted French


DKNY’s show was all about spunk and sass and lead manicurist Michelle Saunders had the task to create three nail looks for this show.  This inverted, partial matte French (shown on my very cool model) was a runway and runaway hit. You *must* try this.

The original look required the following:

– basecoat

– 1 even coat of essie Blanc nail polish

– 1-2 even coats of essie Smokin’ Hot – Apply Smokin’ Hot, leaving a small space of Blanc exposed around the eponychium/cuticle line. It can feather off or be exposed around the entire nail

-1 coat of essie Allure – Only over Smokin’ Hot to lighten color

-1 coat of essie Matte About You – over the purple area only

That was a lot of work, especially backstage, but you can see it was totally worth it.  Fortunately, essie has just come out with the Cashmere Matte collection and the purple Coat Couture is a perfect substitute for Smokin’ Hot + Allure.  The work is already done for you.


Salon tip: Matte nail polishes often last a shorter run than traditional, perhaps 4 days.  To extend the life for your clients, I recommend a regular topcoat (like essie Good To Go) over the entire surface, then use Matte About You as an effect.  You’ll keep the strength with regular topcoat and still get your desired look.

DONT’s with Matte: Skip quick drying drops with this look.  They contain a bit of oil, which is great for conditioning the cuticles, but will shine your look up instantly. Mattes tend to dry on the faster side, anyway.

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24 March 2015 Nails On The Runway by Hillary Fry Read more