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8 Tools for the Perfect At-Home Manicure

Nail the perfect at-home manicure with these chip-proof polishes and nourishing treatments.

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Sally Hansen nail polish in Posh Plum
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Stay-Put Pick

Thanks to a strengthening formula, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Posh Plum ($2.95, drugstores) won't budge.

Tester says: "This polish never got a nick, even without a topcoat."
-- Jessica Davis, Columbia, Missouri

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Super Natural

A gray-beige hybrid, Essie Nail Polish in Sand Tropez ($8, essie.com) looks fresh.

Tester says: "My new neutral; it's ideal for both work and Pilates."
-- Eleanor Langston, beauty director

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Quick Fix

With a built-in topcoat, Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel in Ocean ($5.99, drugstores) sets in 60 seconds.

Tester says: "It dried fast and is glossy days later."
-- Aubrey Johnson, Fort Worth, Texas

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Bright On

OPI Glam Slam Collection Nail Lacquer in Simply Smashing ($8.50, Ulta stores) is the first nail color designed by tennis star Serena Williams.

Tester says: "The shade has a cool factor and holds up when I play sports."
-- Megan Murray, Caseyville, Illinois

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Get Buff

For neat nails, use Sonia Kashuk Nail Buffer ($4.99, Target stores) to smooth rough spots.

Tester says: "My nails had a healthy, natural shine."
-- Olivia Ellis, Overland Park, Kansas

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Handy Hydrator

The shea butter in Love & Toast Hand Creme in Gin Blossom ($10, beautyhabit.com) quenches skin.

Tester says: "This lotion keeps my hands from getting chapped on chilly runs."
-- Noelle Medina, Laguna Hills, California

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Tear Repair

Roll almond oil-laced Julep Essential Cuticle Oil ($8.95, julep.com) around nails to mend frays.

Tester says: "My cuticles were softer after just a few days."
-- Alexandra Smoldt, Des Moines, Iowa

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Ace of Base

Paint Chanel Protective Base Coat ($23, department stores) on tips to keep polish in place.

Tester says: "It helped my color last."
-- Kelsey Mirando, Tulsa

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2011.

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