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We're acutely aware that not everyone has mastered the 90/10 rule and using Vaseline to combat paint on your cuticles can wind up being a gloopy mess if you're not careful. So what to do when you've tried every trick in the book and still can't manage to accomplish a semi-decent manicure at home? We're here to say that all hope is not lost. You can still make the most of your DIY manicure with a barely there polish that brings out the best in your nails. We rounded up the best sheer nail polish colors for faking a professional job even if you have shaky hands, vision issues, or just lack the patience to delicately apply polish (and wait for it to dry—the real clincher).

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OPI Bubble Bath

BUY IT: $12.50; 

This is the OG sheer polish. It's been a go-to for ladies everywhere since it launched and there's no sign its popularity will let up, ever. Apply an extra coat to get a slightly more opaque look.

Essie Sheer Fantasy Nail Polish
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Essie Gel Couture Longwear Nail Polish Sheer Fantasy

BUY IT: $10;

A sheer baby pink is a universally flattering choice. This version has a gel-like finish and shine that resists fade, cracking, and peeling, even after pushing a week of wear and tear on your nails.

Sally Hansen Good Kind Coconut Milk Pure
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Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure. Polish Coconut Milk

BUY IT: $6.53;

A hint of creamy white with a mostly sheer finish is a neutral take on the less-is-more mani. Coconut Milk is a surefire way to show off perfectly groomed nails.

Olive & June The Sheer Set
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Olive & June The Sheer Set

BUY IT: $40;

Why settle on one when you can have four top-selling sheers. This collection includes BEB (sheer white), EC (sheer peach), CHM (sheer tan), CCT (sheer pink)—it's a sheer for every season. Bonus: It also comes with the brand's fan-favorite Super Glossy Top Coat.

Revlon Sheer Petal
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Revlon Nail Enamel Sheer Petal

BUY IT: $3.84;

Give this pinkish nude a try if you're looking for a bit more coverage without going full-on opaque. Don't skip the base or top coats, they'll set this polish a sparkle.

Ella+Mila Desert Island Sheer Nail Polish
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Ella+Mila Nail Polish Dessert Island

BUY IT: $11.39;

A peachy pink sheer will highlight warmer skin tones to perfection, plus, you can feel good about the 7-free formula that skips harmful chemicals found in many other popular lacquers.

essie Treat Love Color In a Blush
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essie Treat Love & Color Nail Polish In a Blush

BUY IT: $8.99;

Essie's Treat Love & Color line is designed for one-step strength and color application. This soft pink will help strengthen nails in just one week.