I’ll admit I’m not the best at-home manicurist, but there’s no question that having the right polish makes the job 10x easier for us amateurs. We polled our beauty council of experts to find out their tried-and-true polish picks, and many of these do triple duty by strengthening, conditioning, and adding the perfect no-chip shade of color. Keep scrolling for the nail polishes you’re going to want to add to your shopping list, and we’d love to hear in the comments which formula gets your vote!
Maxus in Adored
This nail polish line is all about strengthening and caring for nails. I recently wore Adored (the perfect pinky-nude) for two whole weeks without a single chip, and my nails have never been longer or stronger.
-Dawn Spinner Davis, Beauty Director at Total Beauty
I have a few favorites. For a strengthening clear coat I like this Butter polish, and for more color I like either one of these shades from Jessica or Essie.
It’s an iconic opaque nude.
–@katiejanehughes, Makeup Artist
Their polish is gorgeous, cruelty-free, and nontoxic.
It’s the color I wore on my wedding day.
This toxin-free polish is incredibly shiny, durable and long-lasting—and this red with hints of pink and coral is the perfect year-round shade.
Right now I’m into mid-range pinks that have coral undertones but I also feel like you can’t go wrong with a classic white in the Spring and Summer.
It is the perfect neutral to wear year round.
This nail polish is my go-to in the summer. It’s super opaque for such a light shade – which means I save time only having to do one coat – and makes everyone who wears it look significantly tanner.
–@carmcollins, Production Assistant
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