32 Best Matte Nails Ideas for Your Manicure Inspiration

Updated on February 5, 2024
Tatiana Cooper By Tatiana Cooper
Tatiana Cooper

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    32 Best Matte Nails Ideas for Your Manicure Inspiration

    Forget about glossy nails, there is a new cowboy in town, matte nails! This manicure is a super easy and unique way to make your nails look like no one else’s. Matte nails aren’t super common, so if you like doing things others don’t, then we highly recommend these claws. Enough chit chat let’s get into all things matte nails.

    Matte Vs Glossy Nails

    Before we dive into the wonderful world of matte nails, let’s take a moment to understand the difference between matte and glossy nails in the chart below.

    Characteristics Matte Nails Glossy Nails
    Finish and Texture Matte nail polish dries to a non-shiny, flat finish. It lacks the reflective quality of glossy polish, giving nails a velvety or suede-like appearance. The texture is smooth but lacks the traditional shine associated with glossy finishes. Glossy nail polish provides a shiny, reflective finish. It has a smooth and polished appearance that reflects light, giving the nails a lustrous and vibrant look.
    Appearance and Style Matte finishes are often associated with a more a sophisticated and understated look. They can be a great choice for a modern and edgy style, offering a unique and trendy appearance. Glossy finish is classic and timeless. They provide a polished and elegant look, making them suitable for various occasions, from casual to formal settings.
    Longevity and Wear Matte nail polish tends to have a longer wear time than glossy polish. It may be less prone to chipping and show fewer imperfections over time. However, touching up can be more challenging if it does chip. Glossy nail polish may be more prone to chipping and may show wear more quickly than matte polish. However, it is often easier to touch up and maintain its shiny appearance with a quick top coat.

    Burgundy Matte Nails

    These nails are the perfect manicure if you want to feel a little bit sexy and a little bit mysterious. You can never go wrong with burgundy matte nails over the holiday season, the winter in general, or during the fall. This is the perfect manicure for a date, just saying.

    Matte Black Nails With Design

    When doing any manicure, it’s always fun to switch things up and have some fun with it. That’s why we suggest playing around with glossy and matte shades to create unique-looking designs for a jaw-dropping manicure. This manicure will take time, patience, and a lot of nail tape.

    Matte Maroon Nails

    Maroon is a rich and autumnal color that works beautifully with a matte finish. Matte maroon nails are perfect for the fall season, as they capture the essence of cozy evenings and warm hues. Maroon is a beautiful shade in itself, so we suggest keeping things basic leaving the design behind and letting the color speak for itself. Since this is such a sexy shade, we suggest pairing it with a similar-minded acrylic nail shape, but as the coffin shape. However, you have plenty of other options, such as:

    • Square matte maroon nails
    • Round matte maroon nails
    • Oval matte maroon nails
    • Almond matte maroon nails
    • Stiletto matte maroon nails

    Green Matte Nails

    Inject some freshness into your manicure with green matte nails. One of our favorite colors in the matte form has to be green. It just looks extra cool in our books. From dark forest green to vibrant mint green, there are plenty of shades. You honestly can never go wrong with matte green nails.

    Blue Matte Nails

    You’d never think it, but blue matte nails actually look pretty cool. You can choose any shade you like, but our favorite shade of blue mattified has to be royal blue. It just makes the color pop even more, and all we want is for our nails to stand out, isn’t that right guys and gals?

    Matte Fall Nails

    As the leaves change color and the air becomes crisp, it’s time to rock some matte fall nails. Embrace the colors of autumn with shades like burnt orange, deep plum, and warm brown. Matte fall nails not only look gorgeous, but they also complement the cozy sweaters and scarves that are essential for the season.

    If these multi-colored fall claws aren’t doing it for you, we do have a few other fall color recommendations, such as:

    • Deep Burgundy or Wine
    • Olive Green
    • Burnt Orange
    • Chocolate Brown
    • Deep Navy

    Olive Matte Nails

    If you’re looking for an unconventional shade for your matte nails, olive is calling your name! Olive matte nails are super pretty and with the matte finish they give off this dusty and unique appearance. These olive matte nails could be wrong any time of the year, they’d be perfect for the fall, the winter, and even the summer and spring!

    Matte Gray Nails

    Gray nails might sound dull, but they become incredibly chic and fashionable when done in a matte finish, wouldn’t you agree? Matte gray nails offer a modern look that is perfect for those who prefer a more understated manicure. It might seem like a strange choice, but trust us on this one, have we let you down yet? Didn’t think so.

    Matte Pink Nails

    Bring out your feminine side with matte pink nails. A vibrant fuchsias is the way to go for these bad boys. Plus, it wouldn’t be a pink manicure without some gems. We do admit that full matte can sometimes look flat, so we suggest you incorporate some rhinestones into your manicure to give back some of that shine.

    There are a few different rhinestone shapes you can use on your nails. Check out the chart to know more.

    Rhinestone Shapes For Matte Pink Nails Description 
    Round Gem Equivalent: Round Brilliant Cut

    Description: The classic round nail shape resembles the timeless and brilliant round gemstone cut, symbolizing simplicity and elegance.

    Oval Gem Equivalent: Oval Cut

    Description: Oval-shaped nails mirror the elongated and graceful oval gemstone cut, imparting a sophisticated and feminine appearance.

    Square Gem Equivalent: Princess Cut (Square)

    Description: Square nails align with the clean lines and angles of the princess-cut gemstone, conveying a modern and bold aesthetic.

    Rectangular Gem Equivalent: Emerald Cut (Rectangular)

    Description: Rectangular nails echo the elegance of the emerald-cut gemstone, characterized by its clean lines and a sense of sophistication.

    Baguette Gem Equivalent: Baguette Cut

    Description: Baguette-shaped nails resemble the sleek and elongated baguette gemstone cut, providing a sleek and modern look to the nails.

    Teardrop/Pear Gem Equivalent: Pear or Teardrop Cut

    Description: Teardrop or pear-shaped nails mimic the distinctive teardrop gemstone cut, adding a touch of uniqueness and charm to the overall look.

    Matte Orange Nails

    Wow, are these ever vibrant! If you want a manicure to match your bold and vibrant personality, then these matte orange nails are ideal for you. Despite what you might think about matte polish, it doesn’t dim down the vibrancy of the polish underneath it and we think these matte orange nails can attest to that.

    Zohna Tip

    When doing nails at home clean them with nail polish remover before putting on any polish even if you don’t have old nail polish on. This will help disinfect and create a softer smoother base for your base coat.

    Matte Gel Nails

    If you’re looking for a long-lasting and durable matte nail option, matte gel nails will be there for you time and time again. Gel nails offer a chip-resistant manicure that can last for weeks. With various colors and designs available, matte gel nails provide a hassle-free way to achieve a flawless matte finish. Be bold and try a similar manicure to the image above! Who said a crap ton of color was a bad thing, not us!

    Purple Matte Nails

    When we think of matte nails, the first image to pop into our heads definitely isn’t these purple matte nails – but that’s why they are so underrated. The lavender purple and matte create a beautiful dusty purple shade that will look flawless with any skin tone.

    Matte Nails Short

    The matte manicure does not discriminate! No matter your nail’s shape, size, or length, matte nails will look fantastic on them. Since your nails are pretty short, we suggest having fun with the colors and going for a few of our favorites – there’s no rule out there saying you need to stick to one color for your manicure.

    Matte Yellow Nails

    Add a burst of sunshine to your manicure with matte yellow nails. Yellow makes things seem positive and happy, making it the perfect color to brighten up any look. Matte yellow nails are particularly popular and perfect during the warmer months as they match the happy vibes associated with spring and summer.

    Matte French Nails

    Yes, you read that right – matte French nails are a thing and they are super easy to do. We love this look, especially when you swap out the white for a fun color because it puts a twist on the traditional, and tradition can be boring sometimes. All you have to do is a regular French manicure, however, you want it, and then add a layer of matte top coat on top and voila. Plus if you want to go the traditional route that’s cool too, matte white nails are beautiful.

    Zohna Tip

    If steady hands aren’t your thing, there are French tip stickers that help guide you to create the best French tip you’ve ever seen.

    Matte Dip Nails

    Dip powder nails are known for their strength and long-lasting nature. Simply apply a matte topcoat over your dip powder to achieve a matte finish. This technique allows you to enjoy the benefits of dip nails while embracing matte nails’ elegance. We suggest going for a dark blue shade, just look at how mysterious and sophisticated they look.

    Matte Lavender Nails

    Lavender is a soft and delicate color that looks stunning in a matte finish. With such a soft shade, we suggest you add some edge to the manicure by adding some designs.

    We think an accent ring finger covered in rhinestones will do the trick perfectly, but you have other options, such as:

    • Floral nail art
    • Pearls
    • Glitter
    • 3D art
    • Hand painted designs

    Matte Black And Red Nails

    Matte Black And Red NailsInstagram@mjnailzPIN

    For a striking manicure that says “I don’t take anyone’s crap”, combine matte black and red nails! Black and red are a classic color combination that we love in this matte form. We suggest adding an accent finger covered in glitter, because why not?! Anyway, we don’t need to tell you that matte red nails are never not a great idea.

    Black And Pink Nails Matte

    Blaakc and pink is one of those classic manicures that we just love. The two colors really complement each other well, but do you know what else does – this manicure is on you! We love this color combo paired with the feminine almond nail shape and doing one fingernail half black and half pink, fun right?

    Matte Chrome Nails

    Chrome is known for its shiny nature, but for some people, it can be too shiny. However, we have the solution – adding a matte top coat over top! If you add a thin layer of the top coat, you should still see the reflective nature slightly underneath. It’ll be perfect, just trust us.

    Rose Gold Nails Matte

    Rose gold has been stealing hearts everywhere, from smartphones to jewelry. Why not let your nails join in on the obsession? However, we have a unique alternative for you – instead of having a matte rose gold, where is the fun in that – do a matte pink base with a shiny rose gold design. You can do whatever you like, but we love the cobwebs going on in the image above.

    Matte Clear Nails

    The great thing about acrylic nails is that they can sometimes be clear, which makes for super cool claws. But one of our favorite things is putting a matte top coat over the clear nail. This will give it a frosted look, perfect for the winter season as it looks like an ice sheet or a frosted window.

    Matte Royal Blue Nails

    Add a touch of regal elegance to your nails with matte royal blue! This bold, captivating shade is perfect for those who love the attention.

    Here’s how to do it:

    1. Start by applying a base coat,
    2. Followed by two coats of royal blue nail polish.
    3. Once dry, apply a matte topcoat to transform your vibrant blue nails into a luxurious matte masterpiece.

    It’s really that simple! If you want to complicate it you could add a French tip element and some rhinestones.

    Matte Mauve Nails

    Looking for a subtle yet professional-looking nail color? Look no further than matte mauve nails. This dusty pinkish-purple shade is perfect for all seasons. One of our favorite things about this manicure specifically is the accent marble nail – it’s stunning and very impressive to whoever did it!

    Matte Sweater Nails

    It might sound strange if you’ve never seen it before, but there is something known as matte sweater nails, and basically its nails with a sweater pattern on them. This manicure is perfect for sweater weather and we love it in these bright colors, don’t you? Just imagine curling up on the couch to read and book and these are your nails! Oh so cozy!

    Zohna Tip

    For more intricate designs, watch youtube tutorial. Seeing nail art done visually will help you to better grasp how to do it on yourself.

    Matte Summer Nails

    Who says matte nails are only for the colder months? Get ready to turn up the heat this summer with matte summer nails! Opt for vibrant shades like coral, turquoise, or sunny yellow to add color to your nails. We suggest feeding into the 4th of July with these nails and adding on some stars, cause why not.

    Matte Almond Nail Designs

    Not only are these nails in almond shape but they are also designed to be almonds! The strips on them look just like the divots on an almond, how cute. You could go for a matte brown shade to really channel almond vibes or take a page from this personas book and choose bright and fun colors.

    Matte Gold Nails

    Matte and gold don’t really sound like they go together, but they look kinda cool in our opinion. These nails would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve party or even a party in general. If you want you could add some gold sparkle to add contrast with the matte gold. The options are endless!

    Matte Winter Nails

    Matte Winter NailsInstagram@wloch_agaPIN

    As the temperatures drop, it’s time to embrace the chilly charm with matte winter nails. Think icy blues, and shimmering silver – these shades capture the season’s essence. We suggest adding some hand-painted snowflakes and a silver star similar to what you’d place on the top of your Christmas tree.

    Matte Beige Nails

    Matte and beige are old friends. They’ve hung out many times before and you’ve probably seen them out and about. That said, you can’t go wrong with matte beige nails. They suit every occasion, and every outfit, and will never leave you hanging. Matte beige nails are a good friend to have, trust us.

    Matte Velvet Nails

    Matte Velvet NailsInstagram@kokknailsPIN

    Something fun and cool about matte nails is that they look like velvet. So, you can choose any color to add a matte topcoat on top of and it will look like these matte velvet nails. We suggest this perfect purple shade though. It’s vibrant, bold, and fun, just like you.

    Matte Neutral Nails

    Matte Neutral NailsInstagram@lebiobarPIN

    Not sure what parties you have or what outfits you are wearing coming up? Well, if you find yourself in this predicament, the safe bet for a manicure is always something neutral. But, you can elevate them by making them matte! These matter-neutral nails are perfect for you if your looking for something safe, but also unique.


    • How to Clean Matte Nails?

      Maintaining the beauty of your matte nails is essential. Cleaning them properly will help prolong their lifespan.

      To clean your matte nails:

      1. Gently remove any dirt or debris from the surface using a soft nail brush.
      2. Next, soak a cotton pad in a non-acetone nail polish remover and gently rub the nails to remove any stubborn stains or polish residue.
      3. Finish by rinsing your hands with warm water and patting them dry. Avoid using harsh chemicals or metal tools, as they can damage the matte finish.
    • How to Get Matte Nails?

      If you want to try the matte nail trend yourself, it’s easy!

      1. Start by prepping your nails, including shaping, filing, and buffing them to perfection.
      2. Then, apply a high-quality matte topcoat over your chosen nail polish color.
      3. Allow it to dry completely, and voila! You’ve just achieved gorgeous matte nails.
    • Tips for Maintaining Matte Nails?

      To keep your matte nails looking flawless, follow these simple tips. Firstly, avoid using your nails as tools to prevent chipping or peeling. Secondly, apply a topcoat every few days to refresh the matte finish and enhance its longevity. Additionally, always wear gloves when doing household chores or any activities that could result in prolonged exposure to water or harsh chemicals. Lastly, be mindful of oil-based products that may come into contact with your nails, as they can affect the matte finish. Incorporating these tips into your nail care routine will allow you to enjoy stunning matte nails for longer!

    • How Long Do Matte Nails Last?

      The lifespan of your matte nails will depend on various factors, such as the quality of the products used, your daily activities, and how well you maintain them. On average, matte nails can last from a few days to two weeks. Following proper nail care techniques and applying a topcoat regularly ensures that your matte manicure stays flawless and fabulous for as long as possible.

    • How Much Do Matte Nails Cost?

      The cost of getting matte nails will vary depending on several factors, such as your location, your chosen salon, and any additional nail art or designs you desire. Matte nails can range from $30 to $60 for a professional manicure.

    Keep Calm and Mattify On

    Hopefully you have kept calm this entire time, cause we were going crazy with excitement the entire time. We listed so many different matte nail options for you, that we’re sure there had to be one. Even if there wasn’t one you liked, you can make any nail polish matte, so we’re not worried.