While I can spend a long time going through my skincare routine, when it comes to my makeup and beauty routine, I am lazy about 75% of the time. And right now, in quarantine, I'm lazy about 95% of the time, except for when I put on my beloved tinted lip balm on special occasions when I've got an important Zoom meeting or a virtual hangout with friends.
Call it laziness or call it low-maintenance tendencies (I prefer the latter), whatever the case, I have no shame in it. I like to have my glam moments with a full face of makeup and hair done, but that's not happening every day or every weekend.
It translates to the state of my nails, too. As much as I love a spa mani and pedi, I'm not the type of person who has a standing appointment with her manicurist. I'm not one for painting my nails at home, either. Thanks to an unsteady hand and impatience, I think I've successfully painted my nails maybe 10 times in my 31 years of life.
So, yeah, while you can find me with bare nails most days, there has been a nail trend that I've been intrigued by and would actually embark on a DIY manicure for matte nails.
Okay, okay, yes, I know, matte nails aren't anything new. But that doesn't mean they're out of style. When I went to beauty editors Erin Jahns and Courtney Higgs for their professional input, they told me that while the look really became popular in 2018, it's an "ongoing microtrend." In fact, Olive & June's Sarah Gibson Tuttle said that matte nails were making a comeback in 2020.
As for me, I just think it looks very modern and different. And the understated, edgy vibe somehow makes me think it's perfect for those cooler seasons, fall and winter. I'll be stocking up on a few of these polishes to give it a whirl come September. And in the meantime, I'm going to practice my patience and how to apply polish to my dominant hand. Take a look at some matte polishes I'm eyeing below, plus some at-home manicure tools…
The metallic look gets a matte finish with Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri line. It has a built-in base and topcoat and comes in eight different colors: mauve, rose, silver, teal, violet, gold, wine, and blue.
A favorite with our editors, Olive & June's Poppy gives you more control when you're painting your nails so it's quicker, faster, and more precise. Who cares about shaky hands when you've got this smart tool?
The seven-piece set has all the tools you need for an at-home manicure: a cuticle nipper, angled nail clipper, scissors, nail clipper, double-ended cuticle trimmer/pusher, cuticle trimmer, and toenail clipper.