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        Best Nail Polish for Fair Skin 2015

        Essie in Mademoiselle

        Best Nail Polish for Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2009

        Essie in Mademoiselle

        An innocent wedding-day pink that, unlike your gown, you can wear every day. 

        $9
        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

        OPI in Samoan Sand

        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        OPI in Samoan Sand

        This milky nude pops against warm complexions.

        $10
        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Fair Skin 2015

        Sally Hansen in Royal Blush

        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Sally Hansen in Royal Blush

        The tiniest hint of vanilla takes kiddie-party pink to cocktail-party chic.

        $9
        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2015

        Chanel in Particulière

        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Chanel in Particulière

        Against the darkest skin, this elegant and creamy brown “elongates” nails. 

        $27
        Best Bright Nail Polish 2015

        Chanel Tapage

        Best Bright Nail Polish 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Chanel Tapage

        Dancing jauntily between cherry red and watermelon pink, this juicy hue looks ablaze on fingers and toes. “It’s fully opaque after two coats,” says Kandalec, who loves how flattering it is on almost anyone.

        $27
        Best Base Coat 2015

        CND Stickey

        Best Base Coat 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2013

        CND Stickey

        This sea green liquid goes on slightly tacky, which feels funny at first, but, well, stick with it. “The tackiness anchors the polish to the nail and also helps prevent staining,” says N.Y.C. manicurist Angel Williams.

        $9
        Best Red Nail Polish 2015

        Christian Louboutin Beauté Rouge Louboutin

        Best Red Nail Polish 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Christian Louboutin Beauté Rouge Louboutin

        It was a swipe of Christian Louboutin’s assistant’s firered nail polish that originally inspired his iconic red soles. Now his own signature crimson lacquer trumps every other red on the market. “If you can’t afford the shoes, this red looks just as sexy,” says N.Y.C. manicurist Elle. 

        $50
        Best Eco-Friendly Polish 2015

        Zoya

        Best Eco-Friendly Polish 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Zoya

        The technical but important part: Each of the 300-plus shades is “five free,” meaning no toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or camphor. Easier to grasp: “The colors are awesome and dry superfast,” says L.A. pro Melissa Bozant.

        $9
        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2014

        Zoya in Dea

        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2014
        WINNER 2014

        Zoya in Dea

        One pro compared this yummy lacquer to milk chocolate melted over nails

        Zoya

        $9
        Best 2014 Dark Nail Polish

        Azature Black Diamond

        Best 2014 Dark Nail Polish
        WINNER 2014

        Azature Black Diamond

        Each bottle contains certified black-diamond dust for light-reflecting bling. But there’s a deeper glossiness beyond the gimmick, as long as you lay it on thick. Says L.A. manicurist Melissa Bozant: "You need to use four to five layers, let it fully dry," and you’ll get the sexiest, richest black you’ve ever seen.

        $25
        Best 2014 Neutral

        Chanel in Ballerina

        Best 2014 Neutral
        WINNER 2014

        Chanel in Ballerina

        An even softer pink than your old pointe shoes, it takes pale polish in a modern new direction.

        $27
        Best 2014 Bright Nail Polish

        Essie Butler Please

        Best 2014 Bright Nail Polish
        WINNER 2014

        Essie Butler Please

        The ultimate cool-girl accent, this bordering-on-neon blue (think cobalt, not Smurfette) will add an edginess to black-and-white outfits and a hipster pop to prints. "Consider it your favorite denim - for your hands," says L.A. nail pro April Foreman, who works with Jennifer Lawrence.

        $9
        Best 2014 Red Nail Polish

        Nars Dovima

        Best 2014 Red Nail Polish
        WINNER 2014

        Nars Dovima

        Named after the legendary 1950s supermodel, this glassy polish - equally appealing on fingers and toes - "is the ultimate true red," says N.Y.C. manicurist Dawn Sterling, who has used the shade on Alicia Keys. "It’s orange-based, so it flatters most skin tones from fair to dark," says Dallas manicurist Joanna Czech.

        $19
        Best 2014 Base Coat

        Orly Bonder

        Best 2014 Base Coat
        WINNER 2014

        Orly Bonder

        Nothing makes us swear like a sailor more than nicking a nail before the polish is dry. This peachy-clear base has a rubberized, flexible texture that’s "like double-sided tape for nail polish," says N.Y.C. nail pro Julie Kandalec. "It’s very forgiving," says Connecticut pro Kris Kiss.

        $10
        Best Special Effects Polish 2015

        Nails Inc. Magnetic

        Best Special Effects Polish 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2013

        Nails Inc. Magnetic

        Nail art needn’t be messy. This polish has a magnet on top of the cap that creates “a holographic effect,” when it’s held over the still-wet nail,” says N.Y.C. manicurist Lisa Logan.

        $11
        Best 2013 Red

        Chanel in Dragon

        Best 2013 Red
        WINNER 2013

        Chanel in Dragon

        "Bitch red...powersuit red-it just looks sexy," says L.A. manicurist Naja. The cool blue-based hue has "a high shine and goes on evenly without streaking," says L.A. nail pro Barbara Warner.

        $27
        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2013

        CND in Desert Suede

        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2013
        WINNER 2012

        CND in Desert Suede

        A single coat of this opaque shade is like dunking nails in a caramel glaze.

        CND
        Sears

        $9
        Best Nail Polish for Medium to Dark Skin 2013

        Deborah Lippmann in Fashion

        Best Nail Polish for Medium to Dark Skin 2013
        WINNER 2013

        Deborah Lippmann in Fashion

        Not stuck in neutral: This elegant opaque nude seems to lengthen nails.

        $17
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