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Fitness

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.
Manicure tools Manicure Must-Haves

We tested the newest creams and cure-alls to find these hands-down winners.

Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover ($10, sephora.com)

"Ditch the cotton pads. Simply slip your fingers into the sponge inside, which has been soaked in the remover, and lacquer will disappear."
-- Eleanor Langston, beauty director

Revlon Crazy Shine To Go ($4, drugstores)

"This ultracute portable tool gives my nails a brilliant glossy sheen in just 10 seconds."
-- Marla Horenbein, fashion assistant

Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Hand Creme ($6, drugstores)

"The nongreasy lotion gets under your skin in all the right ways: It absorbs in seconds and gives parched hands instant hydration."
-- Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Nutra Nail Naturals Nail Growth Serum ($6, Whole Foods Markets)

"My nails feel stronger after less than a week of twice-daily use. So far the keratin-rich serum hasn't helped them grow, but it's definitely made them look healthier."
-- April Franzino, associate beauty editor

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