2017 Beauty Awards: Nails

Prepping with these nail necessities will get you in tip-top shape for close-up ring photos.
by Katie Livanos
2017 Beauty Awards: Nails

Readers' Choice: Best Nail Polish

The Knot Reader's pick for best nail polish is the OPI Nail lacquer in Kiss on the Chic
photo by OPI

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

The Knot pick for best base coat is the Butter London Horse Power nail rescue base coat
photo by Butter London

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  

The Knot pick for best hand cream is the Restorsea Repairing hand treatment
photo by Restorsea

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

The Knot pick for best gel effect nail polish is the Gel Couture in Perfect Posture and Top Coat
photo by Essie
The Knot pick for best gel effect nail polish is the Gel Couture in Perfect Posture and Top Coat
photo by Gel Couture

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  

The Knot pick for best top coat is the Nails Inc. 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar
photo by Nails Inc.

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 

The Knot pick for best cuticle cream is the Deborah Lippmann The Cure ultra nourishing cuticle repair cream
photo by Deborah Lippmann

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

The Knot pick for best nail polish remover is the Sephora Collection Instant nail polish remover
photo by Sephora Collection

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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