Flat, or matte, black nail polish is a hot fashion trend as of 2014, but it is notoriously difficult to apply because, unlike traditional shiny nail polish, matte polish shows every mistake. Applying matte black nail polish requires a bottle of polish with an applicator and takes 20 minutes to a couple of hours, including drying time.
- Apply any color nail polish as a base coat
It's more effective and less expensive to use black matte nail polish as a top coat only. Because of this, it's okay to use any color polish as a base coat. Apply polish to the nails, but make sure it is completely dry before applying the matte top coat.
- Apply the black matte nail polish
Apply a thin layer of black matte nail polish. Let it dry completely. Apply a second thin layer. Brush a tiny bit of the polish across the very tips of the nails to prevent chipping.
- Let the nails dry
Don't touch anything for 20 minutes while the nails dry. Protect the nails for the next one to two hours, as matte polish takes a long time to dry completely.