Health's 2012 Beauty Awards: Nails
Polished to perfection
Shaking hands. Paying for lunch. Typing a memo. Your hands are tools to get just about everything done, plus one of the first things people see. Put your best hand forward with these mani-pedis picks.
Nail polish (best shades)
Sure, Essie polishes deliver "glossy shine and long-lasting power," as Gerstein puts it. But the real appeal of this line is its incredible spectrum of shades. Our new favorite? She's Picture Perfect, a light lilac.
Essie Nail Polish ($8; essie.com)
Nail polish (best strengthening)
this "the strongest polish around," in Gerstein's words? It contains hardeners like crushed diamonds (really!), aluminum, and platinum.
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No-Chip Nail Color ($5; mass retailers)
This salon-quality DIY gel-nail kit comes with enough polish for up to 20 manicures and a separate LED light (used to dry and harden color). It keeps nails glossy and chip free for up to three weeks.
Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit ($60; ulta.com)