Are you a sexy red? Or a demure ballet pink? Or maybe a bold and daring black? The fact is that whether they’re glammed up with sparkly polish or left unadorned, nails can tell a lot about a person.
Remember for a moment, what’s your instant assessment when you see someone wearing black nail polish? Now do you see my point? And does it make you wonder precisely what secrets your own nail polish colors are spilling?
Here’s the scoop from the color psychology geniuses over at Pantone, who explain how your choice of nail polish — from red and black nails to royal blue nails and even neutral nail colors — could be making that first impression for you.
And yes, this stands true for toenail colors as well. So, bring on the manicure and the pedicure nail color check!
Red nail color
Red nail polish is the ultimate statement of glamour — a bold, look-at-me color that speaks of passion, fire, and confidence.
It marks you as daring, dramatic, and outgoing… someone who doesn’t shy away from the spotlight.
So, play with red nail polish colors to show off your diva side!
This cheerful tropical color is popular amongst bubbly, creative women who love summer’s warmth. They are generous, make friends easily, and are first in line for fun outings.
Yellow nail color
Yellow is associated with the sun and warmth; plus, it’s impossible to ignore. Women who accessorize with punchy yellow nail polish are spontaneous, extroverted, and bohemian, with a unique style.
Softer shades of purple, such as lavender and lilac, are graceful and collected — pointing towards a feminine personality without being overtly girly.
Creative people are drawn to this complex combination of blue and red — wearing it on your nails shows that you are confident, artistic, individualistic, and not afraid to stand out from the crowd.
Pale pink nail colors
Soft pink nail colors belong to someone who is quiet (or doesn’t want to stand out) and youthful without being cutesy.
Women who opt for these nail polish colors are impeccably groomed, making this the perfect color for svelte career professionals.
Hot pink nails
Chic, sexy, bold, and playful… hot pink is associated with fun and spontaneity. You have to be confident to wear this feminine color as it’s bold and eye-catching.
Burgundy nail polish
Deep and dark, like the wine for which it’s named, burgundy nail polish is chic, trendy, and indicative of an edgy personality that appreciates a good challenge.
Green nail colors
Going “green” with your nail polish exudes earthiness and spunk. It is an intense color with a lot of power, making it the top choice for women who have a sense of adventure and don’t shy away from risky decisions.
Blue nail polish colors
Forget any tranquil associations — when worn as nail polish, blue is not for the faint of heart. It’s fun and experimental, giving the impression that you live an adrenaline-filled lifestyle full of constant excitement.
In short, blue nail polish tells the world you are youthful, fun, and willing to try new things — from royal blue nails to rich turquoise.
Looking for accent nails? Rocking a neon hue signifies you’re up for a good time. You are hip, vibrant, energetic, and talkative with a “life is too short” attitude.
You are the life of the party and strike up conversations with strangers — probably while dancing the night away in a cool nightclub.
Nude nails (the best in neutral nail colors!)
Suntanned taupe and nudes are for clean-cut, beachy girls (hello, Jennifer Aniston!) who are glamorous yet secure enough not to follow every trend. Pretty and polished, women who favor neutral nail colors are feminine without being high maintenance.
Dark brown nails
Dark brown nail polish is deep and rich, indicating boldness and authority. It is also the signature of an earthy and energetic woman, given its associations with Mother Nature.
And yes, these are definitely not neutral nail colors!
Black nail color
This dark and stormy color reflects a daring, “don’t mess with me” femme fatale who is a trendsetter and doesn’t care what anyone else is doing.
And no, wearing black nail polish (whether matte black nails, glossy blacks, or black tips) doesn’t mean you are depressed or going goth: instead, black nails are a way of rebelling against the norm and showing some of the darkness in your personality.
Gray nail polish colors
Does your color palette contain hues of grays and greiges? In that case, you are the quintessential modernist: cultured, well-read, androgynous, and a fashion maven.
White nails (more neutral nail colors!)
The chic one: you are classic and confident, know what you like, and no one can change your mind. You also want to avoid being bothered by chipped nails. This is my choice amidst all toenail colors all year-’round!
A classic French manicure reveals a glamorously conservative side. You don’t need a whole new color: your nails look good as they are, and you emphasize and define yourself.
This neutral-but-not color is for the glamorous woman who is fashion-forward and knows how to mix couture pieces with the high street. A true style maven!
Blinged-out nail polish is the playing ground of glamour girls like Katy Perry — even if real diamonds are out of the question, nails can still look decadent enough to break the bank. Not a glitter nails person all the way through? This also makes for the perfect accent nail polish when played on just one finger!
Chrome nails are for an iron maiden who isn’t afraid of anything. She’ll save herself from the tower, thank you very much!
This futuristic two-tone look indicates a person who’s ahead of her time and loves technological advancements. Their curiosity and love of learning lead them to find the latest invention — whether for smartphones or nail polish.
Adorning your nails with funkily designed wraps tells others you are trendy, fashionable, and fun. Oh, and you want attention!
Intricate nail art tells the story of a free spirit with a creative imagination. She is also a risk taker, isn’t afraid to experiment, and embraces change.
Clear nails (neutral nail colors revisited!)
They call you “au naturel” because you don’t have time to have it any other way and are too busy to play with color. And you don’t need a whole new color: your nails look good as they are!
Here are a few frequently asked questions about what our nail polish colors reveal about our personality. Have any more questions? Drop it in the comments below.
Can nail polish choice indicate my fashion sense or style?
Absolutely. The science of color psychology science shows that certain hues trigger unconscious cues in the brain. Your nail polish choice can reveal your overall fashion style, whether classic, edgy, minimalist, or avant-garde.
Can my nail polish color indicate my mood?
Yes, our moods often dictate our choice of nail polish colors. We tend to choose bright colors when we feel happy or excited. At the same time, we select cooler tones during more relaxed or introspective periods.
Does choosing darker nail polish colors indicate a darker personality?
Not necessarily. Dark nail polish (think a dark brown or black nail color) presents an edgy, sophisticated, or chic image. It doesn’t inherently indicate a dark or negative personality.
What does preferring nude or neutral nail colors say about me?
People often perceive you as more reserved or classic if you lean towards nude or neutral nail colors. You might place a high value on professionalism and simplicity.
What could it mean if I consistently choose bright, bold nail polish colors?
If you gravitate towards bright, bold nail colors, it often suggests that you possess a confident and outgoing personality. You’re likely not afraid to stand out and express yourself.
Are red nails classy?
Yes, red nails have a reputation for being classic and elegant. Red nail polish often symbolizes elegance, sophistication, and confidence, ranging from bright, fiery reds to deeper hues.
What nail polish color do you typically wear? And don’t cheat and say clear! Personally, I am all about burnished gold or soft glitter. You?
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