The lo-fi lacquer is more than just a single subdued shade. Offset a flat base with high-gloss details or matte out an entire design with a topcoat. Here, 18 fresh matte looks to try, courtesy of our favorite Instagram nail artists.

Mosaic Matte

A mosaic design will have you dreaming of your next vacation. The matte white provides a perfect base for an intricate design like this one.

 

Dotted Detail
Ruby Red

Like a red lip, there’s power in bold red nails. Add a twist on classic red nails with a coffin or elaborate nail shape.

Black Matte With A Twist

Here’s a spin on the matte black lewk. Add a lacquer in a vertical swipe above the black base to achieve this shiny nail.

Three Tier Nail

Go for a classy three-tier nail design. The color combination of gold, white, and black compliments all skin tones and make your nails stand out.

Embellished Flowers
<p>For a textured floral nail, this design mixes matte polish, regular polish and embellishments. Start with a matte base. Let dry, then paint flower petals in a glossy hue. Finish the nail with crystal accents glued to the center of each flower.  </p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BC_DlewkLUO/" target="_blank">@jessicawashick</a></p>

For a textured floral nail, this design mixes matte polish, regular polish, and embellishments. Start with a matte base. Let it dry and then paint flower petals in a glossy hue. Finish the nail with crystal accents glued to the center of each flower.

Metallic Splatter

Contrast a matte gradient with gold splatter for a celestial look. Alternate colors on each nail, for an out of this world touch.

Monochrome Polka Dots
<p>Try a monochrome polka dot design by starting with a matte base.  Once dry paint the dots with a glossy polish in the same color.</p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/-UCgR8NSuM/" target="_blank">@aliciatnails</a></p>

Try a monochrome polka dot design by starting with a matte base. Once dry, paint the dots with a glossy polish in the same color.

Black and Gold
<p>For this look, start with a matte black nail. Add a metallic gold lacquer to your tips for a glam, but minimal design. </p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BHLXPgTg3Pv/" target="_blank">@karengnails</a></p>

For this look, start with a matte black nail. Add a metallic gold lacquer to your tips for a glam but minimal design.

Matte + Chrome
<p>If you want a higher contrast, apply chrome nail tape to your tips instead of polish.</p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BIArN94DBkX/" target="_blank">@mpnails</a></p>

If you want a higher contrast, apply chrome nail tape to your tips instead of polish.

Marble Matte
<p>Instead of creating <a href="http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/g28499/nail-art-designs-short-nails/" target="_blank">tie dyed nails</a> in bright neon, choose a realistic Carrera marble design. You can follow the same steps as a traditional marbled nail, or you can freeform the design by hand. Either way, use a paintbrush dipped in polish remover to gently blur the edges. Finish with a matte topcoat and voila, you're matching your kitchen tabletop. </p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/9ugEk4jOWq/" target="_blank">rosebnails</a><br></p>

Instead of creating tie-dyed nails in bright neon, choose a realistic Carrara marble design. You can follow the same steps as a traditional marbled nail, or you can freestyle the design by hand. Either way, use a paintbrush dipped in polish remover to gently blur the edges. Finish with a matte topcoat and voila: You match the bathroom marble.

Matte Neon
<p>Start with a neon orange base, then add an inverted-V to each nail. Once dry, set the look with a matte topcoat. </p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BGqMw9DmsM4/" target="_blank">@paintboxnails</a></p>

Start with a neon orange base and then add an inverted V to each nail. Once dry, set the look with a matte topcoat.

Matte Pastel
<p>On the opposite side of the color spectrum is the matte pastel, seen here in a negative nail design.</p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BDNFGAxyBBf/" target="_blank">@palemoonseattle</a><br></p>

On the opposite side of the color spectrum is the matte pastel, seen here in a negative nail design.

 

Minimal Half Moon
<p>Try this easy negative design by painting matte black to the half moon of each nail.</p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BIC6fpsDKS3/" target="_blank">@nataliepavloskinails</a></p>

Try this easy negative design by painting matte black to the half moon of each nail.

Outlined Half Moon
<p>Or, reverse the design of the last nail for this design. Start by taping off your half moon. Add a matte black polish and wait to dry. Remove the tape, then outline the base of your nail in the same color. </p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BB1AWEXDOU2/" target="_blank">@rosebnails</a></p>

Or reverse the design of the last nail for this look. Start by taping off your half moon. Add a matte black polish and wait to dry. Remove the tape, then outline the base of your nail in the same color.

Graphic Aztec Inspired
<p>Tape off your half moon in a triangle shape. Paint a taupe matte polish and let dry. Use a thin brush to add linear details.</p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BHUboYAhdef/" target="_blank">@vanityprojects</a></p>

Tape off your half moon in a triangle shape. Paint a taupe matte polish and let dry. Use a thin brush to add linear details.

Air Jordan III
<p>You can add a matte topcoat to literally any nail, like this detailed look inspired by Air Jordan III's. </p><p>Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BFkelkrNdEC/" target="_blank">@krocaine</a></p>
You can add a matte topcoat to literally any nail, like this detailed look inspired by Air Jordan IIIs.

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