Today I got in Essie MATTE ABOUT YOU and I was so excited to finally try this out! I'm sure there's another way to do this but I thought I would share my step by step process with you all. It's really easy once you have everything that you need, but I messed up a few times. I had to redo some of my nails. The most important thing is to make sure your nails are 100% dry before applying the tip guides. I get so impatient waiting for my nails to dry so I learned the hard way. Also, after doing a little bit of research online, I learned that you should definitely apply a top coat before adding the matte finish because it prevents the black polish underneath from stripping and it also adds more gloss to the tips.
Here's what you need- base coat, black polish, top coat, matte finish, french manicure tip guides. All of the polish I used is from Essie. The black polish is called Licorice.
STEP 1: APPLY BASE COAT
STEP 2: APPLY 2 COATS OF BLACK POLISH
STEP 3: APPLY TOP COAT
STEP 4: WHEN COMPLETELY DRY, APPLY TIP GUIDES TO TIP OF NAILS
STEP 5: APPLY THIN COAT OF MATTE FINISH
STEP 6: WAIT A FEW MINUTES AND REMOVE GUIDES
Mine came out pretty decent. Not perfect but next time it will be better :) It took a lot of patience to do these for the first time. Would you do your nails like this? XO.