Matte Nails Application

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Matte Nails

Matte nails are velvety smooth and very on-trend. You don’t need any special tools to create the look, you just need your Nailboo dip kit. Here is everything you need to know to create that matte nail look you crave.

Before You Begin

Before beginning any dip powder manicure, keep a few things in mind. Dip powder may cause a reaction with people prone to sensitive skin or allergies. Most people do not experience any irritation, but to be sure, practice safety by following these suggestions:

  • Wear a face mask and glasses to prevent accidental inhalation and skin irritation.
  • Use a fan to encourage air circulation whenever possible.
  • Apply the dip powder in a well-ventilated area.
  • Clean your workspace and wash your hands after applying the dip manicure.

Cuticle Care

Always perform nail prep before any manicure. One of the most critical parts of nail prep is cuticle care. Use a cuticle pusher to push back your cuticles gently, and apply cuticle oil daily to keep your skin and nails healthy and hydrated.

Now that your cuticles are in check, it’s time to create your matte mani. Remember that it is vital to work with one nail at a time to ensure an even coverage and a precise application.

Step 1

Step one creates the foundation for your manicure. This step strengthens your nails and helps prevent lifting. When applying the dip powder, work with just one nail at a time. This technique will ensure you’ve completed all application process steps correctly.

Build and Coat

  1. Apply the Nailboo base coat liquid to your nail.
  2. Dip your nail into Nailboo build powder.
  3. Tap and brush your nail to remove the remaining powder.
  4. Repeat steps one through three on each nail.

Next, you will apply the pigmented dip powder. This step requires two separate applications of the colored powder for a full-coverage application. 

  1. Apply Nailboo base coat liquid to your entire nail.
  2. Dip the nail into the Nailboo dip powder color of your choice.
  3. Tap and brush the nail to remove excess powder.
  4. Repeat steps one through three on each nail for full coverage.

Step 2 

Step two hardens the powder and seals the color for optimal wear. One great quality about dip powder is that it does not require UV or LED light to cure. Dip powder dries with the air, so make sure you allow each layer of powder to dry completely between coats of activator fluid and top coat. 


  1. Apply Nailboo activator liquid to every nail.
  2. Allow your nails to dry thoroughly.
  3. File and buff your nails.
  4. Apply a second coat of activator liquid to every nail.
  5. Allow your nails to dry thoroughly.

Step 3

Step three turns your manicure from great into fabulous. The diamond-hard finish comes from step three, so don’t skip this one. The top coat prevents UV color fading and creates a glossy finish if it isn’t buffed away. For a matte nail style though, you will buff the glossy shine away from your digits to reveal a velvety matte finish. Here’s how: 

Top coat

  1. Apply one thin coat of Naiboo top coat to each nail.
  2. Allow your nails to dry thoroughly.
  3. Apply a second layer of top coat to each nail.
  4. Allow your nails to dry thoroughly one last time.

Make Them Matte

  1. Remove the shine from each nail by gently buffing it away with your four-way nail file. Use caution to only remove the shine, not the color. Use soft, short strokes when buffing your nails to do this.
  2. Apply Nailboo activator liquid to every nail.
  3. Allow your nails to dry thoroughly.

That’s it! Your digits look velvety smooth and pristine without a costly visit to the salon. 

Wrap It Up

It does not take a nail salon professional to create a good set of digits. Nailboo makes it easy to get salon-quality nails at home. The Nailboo dip kit has everything you need to create your dip powder mani. Our easy step-by-step instructions will have you flaunting your new nails in no time! Snag your Nailboo dip kit today, for fantastic nails tomorrow!

Shop The Look

Snag all of the items you need for the perfect dip powder mani here:

  1. Nailboo Dip Kit: This kit has all the essentials you need to create your mani from start to finish.
  2. Nailboo pigmented powder in the color Pop Star

Shop the full line of Nailboo products here.


Dip powder manicure: 5 tips to keep your nails healthy | American Academy of Dermatology

Matte Nails: How to Achieve the Look at Home and 14 Styles for Inspiration | Women's Health

Nails: How to Take Care of Your Cuticles | Web MD

Everything To Know About Caring For Your Cuticles, From Experts | Mind Body Green

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