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Nail It: DIY Manicure Tips and Tricks

Lifting weights, playing sports and even gripping the elliptical can be tough on your tips. Our quick secrets will put softer skin and prettier nails in the palms of your hands.
Bright nail polishes Top Coats

Go for the bold. These of-the-moment colors flatter all skin tones.

Bright Strawberry

Splurge: Dior Vernis in Plaza ($23, dior.com; shown)
Steal: OPI Nail Lacquer in Kiss Me on My Tulips ($9, Ulta stores)

Taffy Purple

Splurge: Nails Inc. London Nail Polish in St. John's Wood ($10, sephora.com)
Steal: Wet n Wild MegaLast Salon Nail Color in On a Trip ($2, drugstores; shown)

Peach Sherbet

Splurge: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Purity ($14, sephora.com; shown)
Steal: Essie Nail Polish in A Crewed Interest ($8, essie.com)

Vibrant Teal

Splurge: Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Teal Topaz ($19, esteelauder.com)
Steal: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Now You Sea Me ($6, drugstores; shown)