We've seen tasteful nude nails backstage for fall 2013, and some original nail art--both of which we expected. More unexpected? Decidedly dull nails. And by dull we don't mean boring--we mean shine-free. (Well, except for Marc Jacobs' shiny new line.) Yep, matte nails are offically a trend.
Matte finishes popped up a year or so ago, but never really took off in a significant, mainstream way. This runway season may help change that, though.
Nail care companies are launching tons of matte products this spring, and they showcased the look on several major designer runways this past week.
Deborah Lippmann debuted Red Silk Boxers at Badgley Mischka (left), a matte red that will launch at the end of 2013. For good measure, she covered that with Flat Top, a matte top coat. At Cynthia Rowley, Lippmann mattified her Dark Side of the Moon with Flat Top. CND used a regular topcoat for the nails at Alexander Wang, but then buffed it out for a flat, dull finish. Essie did sandstone nails covered with their Matte About You finisher at Helmut Lang. Essie also used Matte About You at the Row, topping their classic Mademoiselle with it. OPI got in the act too, debuting their new Matte Top coat, which will launch this April, at Karen Walker.
We took advantage of our backstage access to chat with some experts about how to do matte nails well.
Jin Soon Choi, who has a top coat called Matte Maker coming out this spring, said, "Matte actually is very tricky. You need the right matte top coat in a good formula." Choi prefers matte color, but admits that matte top coats are easier to use. But be careful: They can get still get "chalky, gloppy and gooey." Manicurist Honey who was doing nails for Maybelline (which is also launching matte colors this summer) told us that to avoid the dreaded matte streakiness, you should apply one very thin coat of matte top coat, let it dry completely, then apply a second one.
Will you give up shiny nails this spring?