2017 Beauty Awards: Nails
Readers' Choice: Best Nail Polish
It’s basically your natural nail color, but better. This sheer shade of pale pink hits that sweet spot between bubble gum and marshmallow.
OPI Nail lacquer in Kiss on the Chic, $9, Ulta.com
Best Base Coat
Although it’s often overlooked, a base coat isn’t just about making your polish last longer or preventing it from staining your nails. Horsetail extract, biotin and calcium minerals replenish, strengthen and protect your nails so you don’t have any bad breaks.
Editor's Note: "After using this, my nails felt smooth and protected." —Katie Ragan, Designer
Butter London Horse Power nail rescue base coat, $18, ButterLondon.com
Best Hand Cream
We have a feeling all eyes are on your new bling, which means your hands are front and center. This rich cream goes beyond moisturizing and brightens skin with vitamin C and improves elasticity with brown algae.
Editor's Note: "This cream was supersilky and smooth with a serum-like texture. A little goes a long way." —Rachel Sylvester, Associate Real Weddings Editor
Restorsea Repairing hand treatment, $85, Restorsea.com
Budget Pick: Best Gel Effect Top Coat
This two-step polish process uses only a topcoat (no base needed here) to protect color with an ultra-glossy, gel-like finish for up to two weeks—no UV lamp required.
Editor's Note: "The brush design on this polish makes for a really easy application." —Kathy Nguyen, Photo Director
Essie Gel Couture in Perfect Posture and Top Coat, $12 each, Essie.com
Best Top Coat
Quick-dry takes on a new meaning with this almost-instantaneously hardening top coat. Its caviar-enriched formula swipes on for a wet-looking wash of shine.
Editor's Note: "My nails did not chip for a week—it definitely protected my polish! I also liked how it came off easily with remover." — Katie Ragan, Designer
Nails Inc. 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar, $15, US.NailsInc.com
Best Cuticle Cream
You can’t expect your wedding manicure to work miracles. Dousing your digits in this moisturizing salve leading up to your wedding helps to avoid any dry cuticle crises.
Editor's Note: "It absorbed really quickly, leaving my cuticles soft with a pleasant scent." —Lauren Kay, Deputy Editor
Deborah Lippmann The Cure ultra-nourishing cuticle repair cream, $24, DeborahLippmann.com
Best Nail Polish Remover
This portable nail polish remover is genius. Just insert your finger in the hole in the built-in sponge, twist and even the most stubborn nail polish is gone in seconds.
Editor's Note: "Nail polish is removed in seconds—no cotton pads required. It also doesn't have that strong acetone odor." — Kathy Nguyen, Photo Director
Sephora Collection Instant nail polish remover, $10, Sephora.com
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