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        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Dark Skin 2016

        Butter London in Mum’s the Word

        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Butter London in Mum’s the Word

        Equal parts taupe and mauve, this polish looks positively rich.

        $18
        Hall of Fame
        Best Nail Polish for Fair Skin 2016

        OPI in Bubble Bath

        Best Nail Polish for Fair Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        OPI in Bubble Bath

        The slightly taupe undertones make this neutral less saccharin and more chic.

        $10
        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2016

        JINsoon in Doux

        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        JINsoon in Doux

        The milky powder pink produces a devastatingly cool contrast against dark skin.

        $18
        Best Nail Polish for Fair-Medium Skin 2016

        Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Bare Dare

        Best Nail Polish for Fair-Medium Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Bare Dare

        The creamy hue looks clean and polished, not chalky and lifeless.

        $10
        Best Overall Dark 2016

        Essie Wicked

        Best Overall Dark 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        Essie Wicked

        Among beauty editors, this bordeaux is about as ubiquitous as Louboutin pumps. That's because it gives instant polish (pun totally intended) to whatever you're wearing. Plus, there's warmth in the wine, meaning it won't leave you with dreaded corpse hands, like some cool-toned, deep dark shades can.

        $9
        Best 2006 Red Nail Polish

        OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress

        Best 2006 Red Nail Polish
        WINNER 2006

        OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress

        Best 2006

        Red Nail Polish

        $8.50
        Best 2006 Bright Color Nail Polish

        Essie Forget Me Nots

        Best 2006 Bright Color Nail Polish
        WINNER 2006

        Essie Forget Me Nots

        Best 2006

        Bright Color Nail Polish

        $8
        Best Red Nail Color for Dark Skin 2007

        Creative Nail Design Moroccan Ruby

        Best Red Nail Color for Dark Skin 2007
        WINNER 2007

        Creative Nail Design Moroccan Ruby

        Best 2007

        Red Nail Color for Dark Skin

        $6
        Best Bright Nail Color for Dark Skin 2007

        Essie Fruit Sangria

        Best Bright Nail Color for Dark Skin 2007
        WINNER 2007

        Essie Fruit Sangria

        Best 2007

        Bright Nail Color for Dark Skin

        $8
        Best Deep Nail Polish Color for Fair to Medium Skin 2007

        Essie Sassy Satchel

        Best Deep Nail Polish Color for Fair to Medium Skin 2007
        WINNER 2007

        Essie Sassy Satchel

        Best 2007

        Deep Nail Color for Medium Skin

        $8
        Best Red Nail Color for Fair to Medium Skin 2007

        Essie Russian Roulette

        Best Red Nail Color for Fair to Medium Skin 2007
        WINNER 2007

        Essie Russian Roulette

        Best 2007

        Red Nail Color for Medium Skin

        $8
        Best 2007 Deep Nail Color for Medium Skin

        OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

        Best 2007 Deep Nail Color for Medium Skin
        WINNER 2007

        OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

        Best 2007

        Deep Nail Color for Medium Skin

        $8.50
        Best 2012 Bright Nail Color

        Dior Psychedelic Orange

        Best 2012 Bright Nail Color
        WINNER 2012

        Dior Psychedelic Orange

        L.A. manicurist April Foreman, who has done Anne Hathaway’s nails, calls this peppy polish " ‘corange,’ the ideal blend of coral and orange." That means it pops against light and dark skin, on fingers and toes. Its unique brush grabs just the right amount for easy, streak-free painting.

        $23
        Best 2013 All-In-One Treatment

        Sally Hansen Double Duty

        Best 2013 All-In-One Treatment
        WINNER 2013

        Sally Hansen Double Duty

        When you can’t squeeze in a professional manicure, this strengthening base plus topcoat more than tides you over. Hydrating panthenol smooths and glazes ragged nail beds, while protective nylon prevents chipping, says N.Y.C. manicurist Kris Kiss.

        $5
        Best 2013 Bright

        Essie Off the Shoulder

        Best 2013 Bright
        WINNER 2013

        Essie Off the Shoulder

        Why should your toes have all the fun with brights? This creamy carnation pink “has a touch of coral that makes it easy to wear on fingers too, even in the office,” says N.Y.C. manicurist Julie Kandalec.

        $8
        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
        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 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
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