Manicure Monday: Color Blocking Matte & Shine


Tools Needed: tape

It’s hard for me to stray away from the bubbly bright nail polish colors along with the mints and pastels, but here I am mixing them up with darker hues because I just can’t let go. Let’s just call this a great transition from Summer to Fall.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on the Color Blocking nails:


1. Start with a base coat to protect your natural nail bed.
2. Paint nails lilac until they are opaque.
3. Seal the color with a quick drying top coat. This will make the nail look shiny and last longer.


Color blocking – Matte:

4. With your tape, paint half of your nail using a dark purple polish.

The matte formula adds interest to an otherwise shiny manicure.

Color blocking – Shiny:IMG_5720

5. With tape and a black polish, paint smaller areas of the nail with straight edges.

This manicure is a bit darker and edgier than I am used to, but I like how it turned out. I love manicures that have no rules. You just paint as you go!

List of Products:
Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat
Butter London Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat
Julie G Black Sheep
Julie G Fierce & Fab
Essie Lilacism

I’d love to see your manicure. If you end up trying this nail look out, show/tag me on Instagram using the hashtag #iidoydoyii

21 thoughts on “Manicure Monday: Color Blocking Matte & Shine

  1. This colour combination reminds me of YSL couture from the 90’s, he’d mix pastels and jewel tones a lot. A master of colour!
    I really want to try a tonal shiny / matte colour blocking – very subtle look.


    • I love when bbloggers can imagine a different time with my manis because sometimes I can’t see it until they say it! I think you were the one that mentioned my dotticure took you to the 60s! I was like YES RETRO!


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