Pinterest-ing Idea: DIY Matte Topcoat

I ran across this cool DIY idea for a matte topcoat and decided to "pin it"*:

Yes, regular ol' cornstarch and topcoat.  Since I can't seem to find the NYC Matte Me Crazy mattifying topcoat anywhere in my area (there are other brands that make mattifying topcoats, but I just want a cheap, drugstore version because I know I won't be using it too much), I decided to grab some cornstarch and my OPI topcoat that I never use and decided to give it a try.

What you Need:
  • A bottle of topcoat 
  • cornstarch
  • something to carefully funnel the cornstarch into the polish.  I used the tip of a butter knife to funnel the cornstarch into the polish, but you can use a small funnel (or use a piece of paper rolled into a makeshift funnel) as well.
What to Do:
  •  If you're using a small funnel, place it in the neck of the nail polish bottle
  • Add about a tablespoon of the cornstarch to the polish and shake vigorously.  Make sure the cornstarch and polish are mixed thoroughly
  • Let the polish sit for at least 24 hours before using
Here's how it looked after I mixed them together....

The cornstarch will settle on the bottom of the bottle, so mix it up some more.  Here is the end result- more of a milky white:

My Thoughts:

My little concoction didn't quite give the mattifying effect I was hoping for....

 This was taken outside in natural light (please excuse my nail).  My camera didn't really take a great pic, but as you can see, the topcoat still has a bit of a shine to it- not a complete mattifying. I'm not sure what I've done wrong, I followed the directions to a tee (simple steps, how could you go wrong?).  I'm thinking of trying a different topcoat.  Maybe that would help?  If any of you have tried this diy prior to this post, please let me know how it turned out for you! 

*originally "pinned" from "The Daily Varnish"


Anonymous said...

This may be an easier way to do DIY matte polish. I got this tip from Michelle Phan's youtube channel. Hold wet nails (nailpolish) over steam (i.e. Pot of boiling water, but of course not close to burn) it turns the polish matte in seconds. I haven't personally tried it but looking at her video it looks like a winner!

Onika Rogers said...

@anon: that sounds interesting and much more easier, lol. thanks for sharing this tip!

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