Nail Art Tutorial: Black Matte French Manicure



I’m always looking for new nail trends to try and one that I spotted recently that really caught my attention were Black Matte French Tips. Julianne Hough and Kelly Osborn recently rocked this look at the Emmy’s in September.

And really, it makes sense. A French Manicure is always classy and black nails are a hot trend for Fall, so why not put them together for a chic Fall look? We love it!

There are two easy ways to create this look.

If you can get your hands on NEW Layla Ceramic Softouch in ‘Noir Touch’ and Layla Ceramic Effect Nail Polish in ‘Black Star’ you can create this look in just 3 easy steps. 

1. Apply a base coat of your choice. (We recommend Orly Bonder Basecoat )

2. Apply a smooth, even layer of Layla Ceramic Softouch in ‘Noir Touch’ and careful not to go outside the lines or get it on your skin!

3. Just to the tip, apply Layla Ceramic Effect Nail Polish in ‘Black Star’

Almost everyone has a mattifying top coat like Essie Matte About You that turns any color / any nail polish brand into a unglossy, matte finish. We have Butter London Matte Finish Topcoat and we find it works quite well. You will need this, tape and black nail polish for the next tutorial.

1. Apply an even layer of Bella Pierre Nail Polish in Ebony on all your nails.

2. Use a small piece of tape to cover just the tips of your nails. We recommend only doing 1-2 nails at a time.

3. Polish the remaining exposed portion of the nail with a matte top coat like Butter London or Essie.

4. Carefully remove the tape towards your cuticle so that the tape comes off in one piece and doesn’t tear. It is best to remove the tape before the matte top coat dries completely so that the tape will come off easier.

5. Do steps 2-4 on your remaining nails, doing just 1-2 nails at a time. Then, voila! You have a gorgeous “un” French mani in just a few minutes. Now wasn’t that easy?

Here is our picture tutorial…

Thanks to The Fashionable Housewife for providing us with this awesome nail art tutorial!

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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

One Response to Nail Art Tutorial: Black Matte French Manicure

  1. Sue Lin

    This is pretty cool :) Gotta try this sometime.

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