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You heard me. I found a way. And I just couldn't keep it to myself, 'cause, well, that would be mean.

I've tried other stuff. I've used regular acrylic paint, which was indeed matte finish, but, being water-soluble, it came off pretty quickly. So, one day, I was sitting around, painting my nails dark blue. Right after applying the polish on one nail, I started blowing on it to help it dry more quickly. And, for some whackjob reason, I started to breathe on it instead. You know, wider open mouth, hotter, more moisture? Ignore that innuendo and keep going to the next paragraph to see what happened:

The dark blue nail polish turned MATTE! It lost all sense of shininess and turned into something new and even more beautiful. And I said to myself, "Holy fishpaste, what the hell??" And thus was born my easy and free alternative to the expensive and hard-to-find matte polishes and top coats.

All you have to do is apply your nail polish (however many coats you need for it to be completely opaque) and, while it's still very wet, breathe on it. All over it. I'd do this for about thirty seconds, just to be sure it's nice and misty, and then blow on it. You'll probably have to repeat the steps one or two more times to make sure it's super matte. I find that it also dries faster when you do this. Extra bonus! If you let it dry at all before breathing on it, there will be shiny patches on it, especially around the edges, where it already dried and there's nothing you can about it anymore. So be quick, especially if you're using a fast dry nail polish.

I don't know if this will work with all nail polishes. Probably will. It's worked with all the ones I've tried so far. It might look wonky with glittery and metallic nail polishes and polishes with flash or frost, but I have yet to try them, and, again, it might work differently with different brands. So far it works beautifully with NYC, Kleancolor, Nina Ultra Pro, Wet 'n' Wild, Finger Paints, Orly . . . and I don't know about others. Have fun!

UPDATE: I tried the breathing thing on an Orly nail polish with  flash. It's like a warm, grape-like purple with a turquoise flash. It's called Royal Velvet, if you're wondering. So, when I breathed on it and blew on it, then breathed on it and blew on it, I thought the flash just disappeared. But, then I looked at it again and moved it around in the light, it still looked turquoise in the light, it was just matte. It looked very strange, but very cool. Tell me about your experiences :)


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Nov. 2nd, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
wow! I'll try this right now! thanks for letting us know! you are the best =)

Edited at 2012-11-02 07:11 pm (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. I just used it with Seche Vite fast dry top coat and it worked perfectly! Got a little light headed, though. Thanks again.
Sarah Nicole Rose
May. 20th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, I too got a little light headed.
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
It works! Thank you!! :D
Sarah Nicole Rose
May. 20th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
I was going to do the whole "go-out-and-buy-cornstarch" thing. I saw that it didn't work as much and it ruins your nail polish. Once again, I will have to try this and thank you for spreading your secret :D
Kinsey Taylor D'Varga
Sep. 2nd, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
If you don't want to get light-headed, a much easier approach is to use steam from, like, boiling water or a steamer or whatever you want to use.
Vicky Penny
Oct. 23rd, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
another brand
Kozmic Colours
Vicky Penny
Oct. 23rd, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: another brand
Also, if you use a boiled pot of water, hold your nail(s) only for a fee seconds then blow on it/them..otherwise it gets quite frosty and in my case with black that could be an issue..
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