Best Nail Products of The Knot's 2019 Beauty Awards

Are you ready for your ring close-up? Get pristine digits with the best nail products.
by Shelley Brown
Best Nail Products

Picking your wedding day shade and type of manicure is only half the battle when it comes to perfectly polished (sorry, we had to) bridal nails before your wedding. The condition of your hands and nails may be the last thing on your mind right now, but there are going to be a lot of people looking at your digits to catch a glimpse of that pretty new ring, so finding the best nail products is essential. Plus, nail technicians are great and all, but they're also not miracle workers. You can't come to your appointment with chewed-up fingernails, hangnails and destroyed cuticles and expect Instagram-worthy bridal nails in an hour.

To get your hands in pristine condition before your day, treat them with some extra TLC. For instance, if you know you're an avid nail biter (no shame, many of us are), make a conscious effort to kick the habit in the months leading up to your wedding. (We recommend getting regular manicures to make chewing on them less appealing.) It's also a great idea to assemble a nail emergency kit, full of the best hand cream, best cuticle oil, best nail polishes and beyond. Below, shop our editor-approved nail products and get ready to kill the #ringselfie game.

  1. Best Hand Cream

    Best Hand Cream

    Using our pick for best hand cream before your day is another bridal beauty must, if only for the simple reason that the skin on your hands can show your age even more than your face. Get into the habit of massaging this über- luxurious cream fortified with antioxidants and moisturizing Vitamin A, Vitamin E and wheat germ into your knuckles and cuticles before bed to wake up with picture-perfect hands that stay smooth and silky all day.

    Mario Badescu Special hand cream, $8,

  2. Best Cuticle Treatment

    Best Cuticle Treatment

    Why is finding the best cuticle oil out there a pre-wedding necessity?  Applying cuticle oil can increase the circulation around your nails, stimulating nail growth. It can also help to protect your nail and cuticle from damage and just makes your hands look altogether healthier. Our fave for this often overlooked category is a sweet-smelling blend of keratin and oils that softens and conditions cuticles while also strengthening weak, brittle or peeling nails. We saw results in just one week.

    Cutex hydrating cuticle oil, $7,

  3. Best Base Coat

    Best Base Coat

    The best base coat should do more than just make your mani last. Just one coat of this one helps nail polish glide on smoothly and bond to your nail, creates a protective barrier to prevent polish from staining your nails and can extend the life of your manicure for up to two days.

    Essie Here to Stay base coat, $9,

  4. Best Nail Polish Color

    Best Nail Polish Color

    This year’s winner for best nail polish color is like your natural nail color, only better. This shade hits the sweet spot between nude and ballet pink. And, if it turns out this isn’t hue doesn’t work for your skin tone or you’re looking to make a bolder statement with your wedding day mani, no worries. This line offers over 200 other gorgeous options in pretty much every shade and finish imaginable.

    OPI nail lacquer in Be There in a Prosecco, $11, 

  5. Best Gel Nail Polish Color

    Best Gel Nail Polish Color

    Gel manicures have some major pros: They last longer than traditional manicures, they make nails feel harder and more resilient and they tend to have a glossier finish. The major con? They can also be pricey and require a UV lamp to dry correctly. Enter: Our pick for best gel polish color, which is a totally affordable at-home option that mimics the quality of a professional gel manicure. Pair with the accompanying top coat for a long-lasting, high-gloss finish—no UV lamp or salon appointment required.

    Essie Gel Couture 2018 Reem Acra designer nail polish in Moment to Mrs., $10,

  6. Best Top Coat

    Best Top Coat

    The last thing you want to worry about on any important day is messing up your nails. Swipe on our winner for best top coat on for a durable, high shine finish that seals in polish and dries almost immediately after application.

    Seche Vite dry fast top coat, $10,

  7. Best Nail Polish Remover

    Best Nail Polish Remover

    It may be on the more expensive side, but hear us out: Our pick for best nail polish remover dissolves even the darkest and most stubborn polish in seconds while also moisturizing nails with lavender and aloe. 

    Deborah Lippmann The Stripper nail polish remover, $19,

  8. ​Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, some of which may be sponsored by paying vendors.​

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