Nail art is the perfect way to express yourself, and matte nails are the hottest new trend to make this expression more fun and personalized. Nail art and a matte styling specifically have gained in popularity, offering you the chance to be big and bold or subtle and demure on the canvas of your ten little nails. Offering endless options, there is so much freedom of expression in nail art that it is a great outlet when you are searching for a way to show the world who you are inside. Don’t be shy – take the leap forward into the exciting world of nail art. You won’t be sorry!
50 On Point Matte Nails that Make a Statement
Sometimes the hardest part about wearing cool nail designs is the selection process. You may find yourself stuck between colors, styles, tones, types, and more. When you’re feeling frozen by all these debilitating decisions, matte nail art is a great place to turn.
Matte nails can be bold or subtle, and their flat finish really stands out in a world of high gloss and shimmery sheen. Even with the dizzying array of glossy polish colors to choose from, there is only going to be so much flair on your fingertips if you’re always flashing the same texture. This fresh new style breaks the mold, introducing an element of texture and opening up an unbelievable variety of polish possibilities. Still somewhat uncommon, nails not sporting the conventional sheen can appear a bit more subdued than their shiny counterpart, which can create a big impact when properly paired and styled.
This list offers you fifty of today’s best matte nail trends to get you started on your new and exciting journey into the world of matte nail art. Have fun with each design, and figure out ways using your own unique style to make the look your own. Paint, polish, and pair with reckless abandon – with matte nails, true artistry is at your fingertips.
1) Elegant and Lacy Accent Nail
These dramatic square cut nails go great with a clean and simple matte polish. Of course, it is always a good idea to add an element of surprise, with a bold lace inspired accent nail. The subtlety of the neutral matte perfectly sets off the drama of the accent nail.
2) Soft Matte Pinks with a Touch of Drama
When rocking something as flashy as stiletto nails, it is never a bad idea to play up soft colors and tones against the harder lines of the stiletto cut. This soft pink matte ombré does that perfectly. Add a touch of drama with some well-placed metallic rhinestones, and you have yourself a super cool rock star look.
3) Multi-textured Black Nail Art
A great way to utilize a matte nail polish is to place it alongside multiple textures. These nails play up the variety that is possible with different finishes alone. Placing the matte polish next to a classic shiny nail and a playful glittery nail makes a perfect focal point of the matte finish.
4) Sparkling Diamonds on Smooth Matte
This look, with its deep red coloring and bright sparkling yet simplistic rhinestones, is perfect for a special night out. If you choose to do your own nail art at home, one great option with this design is to wear the plain matte nails during the day, then add in a little bling before heading out for a night on the town.
5) Matte Nail Design with a Bold Accent
With a smooth ballerina cut and a matte nude finish, these nails would still be lovely, but may not stand out in a crowd. However, when you add a completely blinged out accent nail, they become anything but ordinary. Adding a heavy layer of playful reflective rhinestones takes this look to a whole new level.
6) Multi-Colored Matte Argyle Nails
Perfect for a day on the golf course or for your next Scottish party, these colorful and playful argyle nails look great with a flat matte finish. The color ensemble makes these nails work great with any outfit and will surely put a smile on the face of anyone who happens to catch a glance.
7) Sweet as Candy Pastel Matte Nails
These yummy looking smooth yellow nails are reminiscent of delicious Easter-time Jordan almonds. Adding just a hint of sunrise pink as an accent breaks up the bright yellow and provides a warm undertone. Another welcome addition is the sweet and delicate row of small rhinestones for just a hint of glamour.
8) Delicate Matte Pink Ballerina Idea
Pretty and graceful, these soft and sweet pink nails can make anyone feel like a princess. The long graceful curve of the ballerina cut paired with the powdery pink coloring makes for a delicate and sophisticated look that will work just as well as a spring wedding as it will for a day in the office.
9) Awesome Jack Skellington-Inspired Matte Design
Any fan of the spooky and whimsical can appreciate these cute nails with a touch of the macabre. With just one accent nail on each hand, the design is primarily matte black. This black base works perfectly to highlight the sweet, playful skeleton on one hand and the slightly gory blood drip on the other.
10) Clean and Simple Neutral Nails
One very effective way of styling your own nails at home is to go with a warm neutral-colored matte polish. The matte finish adds a level of interest, but the standard and simple nails and polish make it an easily achievable at-home look. Keep this cozy brown as a perfect option all throughout fall.
11) Easy Matte Pink for Everyday
An easy do-it-yourself look, these bright pink beauties can see you through everything from weddings to work to date night; they are the perfect accessory for everyday wear. This is especially true during the spring and summer when this shade of pink goes with everything. Or, on the other hand, it can be used to brighten a chilly winter day.
12) Luxe Marble and Matte Nails
Perfect for a fancy night out, these luxurious nails have it all. With mix and match jewels, deep red matte polish, and accent marbling, they offer a complete and gorgeous look. Pair these nails with a simple ensemble to let them really shine as the centerpiece of your accessories.
13) Cute Black and Pink Matte Nail Design
Who doesn’t love a little retro cute mixed with some attitude? That is exactly what you get with these matte black nails that feature a pop of pink polka dots. Juxtaposed next to a solid black nail with deep cuts through its design, the pink bow and nail add a huge hug of softness to this dark, dramatic look.
14) Mix and Match Glossy and Matte
Sometimes the sheen of your nail design can get overlooked when everything boasts the same finish. To remedy this, consider mix and matching different textures within the same look. Doing so will make both stand out in fun and interesting ways and is a simple way to diversify your look without having to add any different colors or complicated designs.
15) Elegant Standout Nail Art
Adding a multi-textured matte nail against a glossy black is a risk that seriously pays off. The soft and bright colors balance the black perfectly, and the single strand of silver glitter on each nail adds a much welcome sparkle to the overall design. With a few feathery wisps of white, this bold look is complete.
16) Elaborate Accent on Sweet and Simple Pink
A great option when you want a little something special is to add a single elaborate accent design to a bare neutral-colored nail. This silver and black paisley-inspired nail stands out perfectly against the simple and clean pink matte polish. Be sure to keep your nails at equal lengths for a flawless natural look.
17) Creative Cable Knit Nail Design Idea
Fun nails always make a great impression, and this “barely there” intricate design is a sweet playful nod to the classic Irish cable knit sweater. The matte finish is a super cool way to incorporate an etched design without requiring any additional colors or materials. Pairing two warm and calm colors complement this classy design.
18) Perfectly Balanced Ballerina Cut Nails
When creating an overall look using your nails, it is important to remember balance. An easy way to do this is to pair matte and glossy polishes. You can decide which nails to paint in each style, but be sure to keep it even. To add a little flair, consider a small colored rhinestone on a nail or two.
19) Fun and Funky Spider Webbing
This look, with its almond shape and noir qualities, is great for the glam rock star in all of us. Perfect for Halloween or a concert, the matte nail creates a perfect palette for the matching tones and varied textures of the spider webbing. Have fun with the positioning and shape of the webbing, and enjoy the spooky results!
20) Super Artsy Multi-Designed Matte Nails
For a hip look with a slight punk vibe, these bright pastels on black are the perfect option. The funky designs make each nail unique, yet the professional and clean lines keep the whole piece looking refined and polished. Add a logo, name, or little bit of bling for a personalized touch.
21) Modern Inspiration from the Clean and Chic
Flash a little bit of your bare nail with this cool angular matte polish. Appearing to overlap, these geometric shapes offer complementing colors with peach and navy, creating a modern and angular design on an otherwise naked nail. Simplistic yet bold, this is what you should wear to visit an art exhibit.
22) Keeping it Clean and Simple
One of the best options with matte nails is to keep it very neat and clean. If you go this route, choose a color that can go with anything and then decide if you want your nails to pop or if you prefer to keep it subtle. This very gentle pink does a good job of straddling the line between bold and delicate and is a good option for everyday wear.
23) There’s More Glam Where That Came From…
Some nails are pretty; other nails make a statement. This study in subtlety makes brilliant use of neutral tones, mixing a matte finish on one hand with a gloss finish on the other. Right in the middle of both hands is a flashy white nail with four big black dots, like an ellipsis saying, “There’s more glam where that came from…”
24) Romantic Matte and Rhinestone Nail Art
When decorating your nails, it is important to remember to have fun. This gorgeous set does just that by embracing a playful spirit but maintaining a sophisticated lean. The smart and strategic use of rhinestones gives the look just the right pop and continuity, while the matte nail polish creates interesting designs without being gaudy.
25) Easy Essie Polished Perfection
There is no need to travel to the salon for beautiful nails: with this polish, you can create a great look at home on your own. Be sure to properly prep and shape your nails, then grab your favorite neutral and seasonal color, apply a few coats, and before you know it you will be sporting super cute nails.
26) Wet Ink and Smooth Pink
This mix and match design matches a smooth level-toned pink with an interesting and uniquely designed white and blueish design. You can read this effect either as marbling or as blue ink bleeding over white. Either way, this fascinating look will come off as interesting, yet totally wearable.
27) Mix and Matte Nail Design
A lovely combination, these nails generously complement each other and provide their own intrigue. The middle nail obviously sparkles and shines with a glossy glitter polish, but the others certainly don’t fade into the background, sporting rich gold coloring and stand-apart matte maroon. When combining different colors and styles, be sure to really think through the end result before beginning.
28) Gorgeous Diamond-Accented Matte French Manicure
Nothing is more classic or chic than the French manicure. Making a big comeback, this style is a great jumping off point for fun and pretty looks. With playful accents including a white and diamond cuticle art and a diamond line at the top of the nail, this design is a unique spin on a classic that is wedding-ready.
29) Tribal-Inspired Matte Nail Design
Matte polishes are one of the best mediums for creating intricate designs. They show off the artist’s work without any shine or shimmer taking away from the craftsmanship. These nails use complementing colors to create bold patterned nails and solids that match perfectly for a complete look that is great for everyday wear.
30) Sophisticated Matte Black Ballerina Nails
Sometimes, the boldest statements can be executed quite simply. These nails strike a contrast between the delicate feminine ballerina cut and the hard severity that the matte black polish provides. Easy to dress up or down, there is a reason that black is a staple of many a wardrobe and that no polish collection is complete without a solid matte black.
31) Multi-Toned and Textured Dusty Pinks
Shimmering and feminine, these three classic designs work in tandem to create a cohesive multi-faceted design. The creation is tied together using colors that, while different, are in the same wheelhouse. The three different textures also play well off of each other, adding visual interest. Opting for a single-toned matte as the centerpiece is a bold choice that anchors the look.
32) Dazzling Pretty in Pink Party Nails
Few nail options pair multiple solid colors alongside an accent nail, but these cute and friendly pink nails do just that, and they do it with style. Opting for two shades of the same color provides contrast while maintaining simplicity. This is perfect when paired with an anything-but-simple fabulous sparkling accent nail.
33) Chic and Hip Matte Black with Silver Accent
If you’re searching for a look that goes with both your jeans and your little black dress, these nails pass the test with flying colors. Super cool and elegant, the silver foil accent offers just the right amount of pow and will surely bring you and your nails the right kind of attention. The almond shape keeps these nails a refined option for everyday wear.
34) Simply Sweet Baby Blue Matte Nails
As fresh as a breath of clean spring air, this OPI nail lacquer is super cute and sure to brighten your day. Matching the color of a clear sky, these nails will bring you a bit of sunshine. Their slightly off-white coloring gives them just the sweetest little hint of fun, and the matte finish keeps them looking approachable and friendly.
35) Miami-Inspired Fun in the Sun Nail Art
Sometimes, it is best to go big or go home. These nails hit it out of the park with their colorful and tropical inspiration, yet they keep things mellow with a few matte nails thrown in. Alternating between bold and relaxed, the elaborate artwork is stunning, and the rhinestone pinkie is certainly a showstopper in and of itself.
36) Ultimate Classic Pink Matte Natural Nails
This smooth gel polish offers just the slightest hint of a sheen and will fill in your nails perfectly from cuticle to tip. With a slight kiss of pink, this color would also serve well as a base should you choose to add an accent nail. Easy to pair with darks or lights, these nails are a great addition to the repertoire.
37) Fabulous Bold Orange Matte Nail Design
If you are looking for daring statement nails, look no further. These delicious and juicy bright orange nails will make you feel large and in charge, letting everyone know that you mean business. With a touch of rhinestones to give a hint of softness, you can rock these matte nails with the best and boldest.
38) Muted Tones with Statement Stilettos
Stiletto nails speak volumes just by their shape. They give off an air of confidence and independence with their long fine point. The best way to enhance and emphasize this look is with a neutral and sophisticated palette. This warm, gentle brown is a small yet distinct contrast to the bold sharpness of the stiletto, creating a complete look.
39) Cute Party Pink Nails with Bowtie Charm
This matte nail design is both pretty and fun, boasting gentle off-white coloring and a super cute bow tie charm accessory. These nails are one of the best wedding nail options, as they are elegant with a sly little wink. More than just an accessory nail, the bow tie charm adds a whole new element and sparkle to this look.
40) Adding Intrigue with Matte Smoky Nails
You’ve heard of the smoky eye; now try it out with your nails! This dark and mysterious coloring is brought to life with the choice to use both matte and glossy tones. Not quite as severe as black, the dark gray shade is less commonly used and gives off a cool “hidden in the shadows” vibe.
41) Aloha Pineapple Matte Nail Art
These awesome matte nails are so playful and fun, they make you want to throw on your two-piece and hit the surf. Great for a pool party or for brightening your day, pineapples have had their place in art for decades, making them a great choice for your matte accent nails.
42) Teal Droplets with Diamond Accessory
Simple yet beautiful, these clean and chic matte nails are a great way to display your beautiful and healthy natural nails while still adding some glam and décor. The triangular tip design almost resembles a mountain peak, and a small diamond accessory adds a delicate touch, almost like a star overhead.
43) Good Time Glitter and Lace Nails
When you want the best of all worlds, put together a set of nails like these. Offering beautiful solid matte nails, intricately designed lacy patterns, and an ombré glitter effect, this fun, and fanciful set is great for a night out. The overall matte finish shows off the intricacies of the lace nail and makes the sparkle of the glitter really pop.
44) Gorgeous Matte Blue and Bejeweled Accent Thumb
The first step in creating successful matte nails is to choose a beautiful color. Deciding which way you want to go – bold or subtle, glossy or matte – can really impact the outcome of your look. The choices made here create this divine set of nails, and the pretty bejeweled thumb nicely rounds everything off.
45) Beautiful Gray Rose and Matte Accent
Gray and intriguing, these nails use the matte finish in uncommon and exciting ways. On the ring finger, the matte nail plays base to an identically colored glossy tip, while at the center of the piece the gorgeous matte black rose adds depth and drama to this cool and classy look.
46) Playful and Classic OPI Matte Green
Gently shaped using a file, these slightly pointed natural nails make a solid base for this happy matte green polish. Easy to accomplish at home, you can recreate this look any day of the week to add a bit of spring to your step. Feel free to add in multiple colors or an accent nail to liven it up.
47) Springtime Pinks and Beautiful Butterflies
Matte nails are the best option when you want to use sticker art, as the matte finish doesn’t take anything away from the beautiful art. This design flawlessly takes a color hint from the beautiful sticker art and applies it in a lovely matte tone to the rest of the hand to emphasize the lovely butterfly art at the heart of this design.
48) Matte and Neutral with a Big Pop
These nails are a great example of taking simple matte nails and bringing them up a notch. The somewhat muted matte nails work in tandem with the bold glitter accent for a complete look. With a design like this, if you do your own nails, you have the option to go full neutral for the day, then add the glitter for a fun night out.
49) Multi-tonal Peacock Inspired Matte Nails
Everyone admires the elegance, grace, and gorgeous colorings of the peacock. So why not try these colors out for yourself in a fabulous matte nail design? At the edge of the look are two show-stopping, multi-colored nails that fully embrace the magic of the peacock. These are then grounded by the striking matte green nails to create a complete set.
50) Sweet and Dreamy Lacey Nail Art
Perfect for a touch of the delicate, this single lace-inspired nail looks so sweet set against multi-toned blues. Next, to the matte finish of the blue nails, the intricate design of the lace nail really shines through, allowing you to notice appreciate every small detail. These nails are great for everyday wear or a romantic date night.
50 Fun and Fresh Matte Nails for Every Occasion
With options to try your hand at from home, or to bring with you on your next visit to the salon, this list captures all the best matte nail looks for any occasion and all seasons. Trying new looks can be scary, but this list helps you make the first step towards impactful nail art. Be sure to stay true to yourself and consider the statement each of these designs makes. Feel free to mix up the colors and designs or even combine two of your favorite looks to create a truly unique look. Remember to be bold, and have fun.