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The Best Red Nail Polishes

Lacey Gattis
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Lacey Gattis

Elizabeth Brockway
2

Elizabeth Brockway

Annie Kreighbaum
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Annie Kreighbaum

Mackenzie Wagoner
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Mackenzie Wagoner

Eunice Lee
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Eunice Lee

Mathea Millman
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Mathea Millman

Jessica Harrison
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Jessica Harrison

Deja Turner
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Deja Turner

Courtney Brunson
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Courtney Brunson

Kim Johnson
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Kim Johnson

Devon Swartz
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Devon Swartz

Lacey Gattis

Lacey Gattis

Elizabeth Brockway

Elizabeth Brockway

Annie Kreighbaum

Annie Kreighbaum

Mackenzie Wagoner

Mackenzie Wagoner

Eunice Lee

Eunice Lee

Mathea Millman

Mathea Millman

Jessica Harrison

Jessica Harrison

Deja Turner

Deja Turner

Courtney Brunson

Courtney Brunson

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

Devon Swartz

Devon Swartz

Lacey Gattis
Elizabeth Brockway
Annie Kreighbaum
Mackenzie Wagoner
Eunice Lee
Mathea Millman
Jessica Harrison
Deja Turner
Courtney Brunson
Kim Johnson
Devon Swartz
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In honor of this Saint Valentine fellow, the Gloffice threw a red nail party. Each of us brought in our favorite crimson polish and celebrated our shared love of friendship, readily-available drugstore candy, and acetone fumes (beauty editors actually love the smell of polish remover). Our top reds (in no particular order) are below; share yours with in the comments!

  1. Julep Anisa : “Pale (but interesting!) people whose five sad little melanin cells have pink/gold undertones should try this shade. Traditional blue-reds don't work on us, so I like that this has a hint of ocher instead. It's also a little vampy; perfect for a single lady on Valentine's.” —Lacey Gattis, Community Editor/Strategist

  2. Essie Fishnet Stockings + Nars Tomorrow's Red : “I used to think red polish paired with my rosy skin tone made my fingers look a bit like stubby sausages, but I've started to embrace the classic nail color. As someone who never likes to keep a manicure simple, I pair Essie Fishnet Stockings (a deeper, sexier red) with Nars Tomorrow's Red (a lighter, tomato hue).” —Elizabeth Brockway, Managing Editor

  3. China Glaze Red-y & Willing : “I'm not a huge fan of true red nails, I'm more inclined to go with something moodier like China Glaze Red-y & Willing . It's more of a burgundy, so it feels less in-your-face than a candy apple color, and it's metallic. I like metallic polishes because they dry so quickly.” —Annie Kreighbaum, Senior Editor

  4. Deborah Lippmann It's Raining Men : “ It's Raining Men is a Lolita red, a Bourdin red, a Terry-Richardson-photo-of-Miley-Cyrus'-lips red. It’s seductive, cinematic, and more sex positive than a Gustav Klimt woman.” —Mackenzie Wagoner, Associate Editor

  5. Essie A-list :' Essie A-listis my beauty alternative to the power pose. It makes you feel super important and pulled together.” —Eunice Lee, Advertising Manager

  6. Essie Limited Addiction : “I like two coats of a more blue-based red like Essie Limited Addiction to make me feel bright and vibrant, but not too ostentatious.” —Mathea Millman, Photo/Editorial Assistant

  7. Chanel Cinéma : “ Chanel Cinéma is a muted tomato red that is a welcome punch of color. The shade isn't too bright or too dark, making it a go-to for me year-round. And the formula is highly-pigmented, perfect for an at-home manicure.” —Jessica Harrison, Editorial Intern

  8. American Apparel Nail Polish in Downtown LA : “I like American Apparel Nail Polish in Downtown LA because it gives my all-natural look a more done-up feel. It's shiny without a top coat and looks great as a matte as well.” —Deja Turner, Photo Intern

  9. Michael Kors Sexy Nail Lacquer in Sensation : “ Michael Kors Sexy Nail Lacquer in Sensation is an opaque orange-red that makes me feel more attractive than I really am. This shade would make a perfect lipstick.” —Courtney Brunson, Editorial Intern

  10. OPI Big Apple Red : “I love OPI Big Apple Red, because it's a classic bright red that works for any season. The little bit of color adds a much needed contrast to my otherwise dark winter wardrobe.”—Kim Johnson, Editorial Intern

  11. Essie Jelly Apple : “Red nails are a game changer—two coats of Essie Jelly Apple instantly make me feel sexy and sophisticated.” —Devon Swartz, Photo Intern

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