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7 must-haves for professional-looking nails

Our expert panel - beauty writer and editor Megan Kirkwood, makeup artist Bahar Niramwalla and beauty writer Marilisa Racco - weigh in with their picks

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Best nail colour: YSL La Laque Couture in Jade Impérial, $27 at Sephora (www.sephora.com) and the Bay (visit www.thebay.com). “This muted jade-green hue is a season standout; the creamy, highly pigmented formula guarantees a rich-looking manicure.” – Megan Kirkwood

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Best remover: Quo 100% Acetone Polish Remover, $4.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. “This formula is fast-acting – just a couple of swipes over polish and it’s gone – and has a less-offensive smell than most acetone removers.” – Bahar Niramwalla

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Best top coat: GOSH Cosmetics Matte Effect Top Coat, $7 at Shoppers Drug Mart. “Put a fresh spin on the traditional French manicure seen on the Chanel runway by topping tips with this matte coat.” – Marilisa Racco

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Best nail treatment: Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops, $8.95 at drugstores across Canada. “As a serious at-home manicurist, I’m obsessed with these game-changing drops. They dry polish in minutes and leave nails free of nicks.” – M.K.

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Best long-lasting enamel: Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Nude Beige, $8.95 at drugstores across Canada. “Nothing beats this Revlon line for long wear. Its polish lasts for over a week without chipping and its skin-tone-matching nudes – which launch in April – are right on trend.” – M.K.

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Best innovation: Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color, $9.95 at select drug stores across Canada. “This is the most fun I’ve had with nail polish. Particles in the lacquer swirl around when exposed to the magnet tucked into the applicator’s handle, creating an artsy 3-D effect. ” – M.R.

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Best Stickers: Essie Sleek Stick UV Cured Nail Appliqué, $14.99 at salons and retailers across Canada (visit www.essie.com for locations). “These patterned, textured and studded stickers make nail art a snap. Plus, they come in larger sizes than most, which my big thumbs appreciate.” – B.N.

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