What Does Your Favorite Nail Color Say About You?

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If you’ve ever suffered from a color conundrum—holding two (or three, or eight…) bottles of nail polish in your hands and feeling like it’s impossible to choose between them—then you know that the shade of your manicure can feel really important.

And in a way, it is! Because, whether consciously or not, the polish hue you choose is an indication of your mood in the moment. So, over time, the shades you end up coming back to again and again could say a lot about your personality.

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Remember, divining human personality traits from nail polish is an art, not a science, so take these readings with a grain of salt and a sense of humor. And if you tend to jump from one polish color to another with no consistent pattern, take pride that you’re just one of those rare well-rounded individuals—or an indecisive nail polish addict. (Or both! No shame.)

 

If your favorite nail polish color is…

 

Red:

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January (Classic with a Twist), Myrtle (Classic with a Twist), Coco (It Girl), Tamara (Boho Glam), and Scarlett (Classic with a Twist)

You’re action-oriented, extroverted, and not afraid to grab attention. Your style is bold yet classic, with a healthy dose of glamour and siren-like sultriness. Other people are drawn to your vitality, your passion, and your take-no-prisoners attitude. If you gravitate toward brighter reds, you’re probably more playful and up for anything; burgundies and maroons indicate that you value elegance and depth.

Pink:

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Jules (It Girl), Maddy (Classic with a Twist), Reese (Classic with a Twist), Veronica (Classic with a Twist), and Vicki (Classic with a Twist)

You’re kind, empathetic, and gentle. You might be a little shy, but you’re not afraid to own your femininity and even take the spotlight around people you feel comfortable with. Others can always depend on you to cheer them up and help them out, and they’re drawn to your sweet, generous spirit. A preference for softer, more subdued pinks means you’re more ladylike and nurturing, while hot pink means you’re probably the life of the party.

Orange:

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Tatiana (Boho Glam), Mariska (Classic with a Twist), Brielle (Bombshell), Saaya (Bombshell), and Kirti (It Girl)

You’re all about having a good time. Flamboyant and fun, you’re a social butterfly with a great sense of humor and tons of enthusiasm. Curious and a little bit restless, you always want to know what’s next, and dive into whatever you do with gusto—though you sometimes have a hard time finishing what you start. A love for bright, bold oranges means you’re probably more assertive and gregarious; if pastel orange and soft coral is more your style, you’re more light-hearted and sweet.

Blue:

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India (Boho Glam), Margaret (It Girl), Linden (It Girl), Misti (Boho Glam), and Monaco (Bombshell)

You’re sincere, trustworthy, and loyal, with an artistic side that enriches your life and the lives of those around you. Blue is associated with calmness, steadiness, and faithfulness, which are soothing traits that appeal to you—but a tendency to wear blue on your nails also means you are a bit of an out-of-the-box thinker, unafraid to take risks. If rich royal blue and navy are more your style, you prefer to stay a bit mysterious and surprising; while lighter, brighter blues mean you seek out peace and harmony.

Green:

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Leah (It Girl), Phoebe (Boho Glam), Valerie (Bombshell), Denver (It Girl), and Celia (It Girl)

You’re dynamic and down to earth. While you’re community-oriented and a loyal friend with a strong need to belong, you’re not overly concerned with how strangers perceive you. Linked to luck, nature, and rebirth, wearing green nails means that you like to feel comforted and energized by your environment. If you go for richer emeralds and teals, you may be more strong-willed; a love for brighter grass greens and mints means you’re sweet and a little sassy.

Yellow:

 

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Dahlia (Boho Glam), Dawn (It Girl), Lexie (Boho Glam), Sunny (Boho Glam), Lilou (Bombshell)

You’re fearless and fun to be around. Associated with youthful energy, a love for yellow manicures indicates that you’re carefree and creative, unconcerned with what the masses prefer. You’re independent and perhaps a bit impulsive, but also highly intelligent and a precise thinker. You’re not afraid of new things and are a strong communicator, perhaps to the point of over-analyzing your relationships, but you bounce back from troubles quickly.

Purple:

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Beverly (Bombshell), Sylvia (Classic with a Twist), Katie (Classic with a Twist), Bette (Bombshell), and Alice (Boho Glam)

You’re imaginative, idealistic, and compassionate—a dreamer at heart. Derived from energetic red and calming blue, purple is in balance yet unique, appealing to your creativity, individual sense of self, and desire for harmony. If you find yourself drawn to deep purples, you might have a more intense personality with high ambitions and a love for luxury; if lilac and lavender are more your style, you’re probably more gentle and approachable.

Black:

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Estelle (Boho Glam), Kristy (Boho Glam), Jet (It Girl), Mona (Classic with a Twist), and Beatrix (Bombshell)

You’re rebellious and edgy, with a clearly defined sense of style that’s all your own. You’re not afraid of the dark—on the contrary, you like to embrace your dark side, though that doesn’t mean you don’t have moments of laughter and levity. You like to make your own rules and enjoy having an element of mystery about you—it gives you a sense of power, which is important to you. You can take yourself too seriously sometimes, but others admire your depth, confidence, and natural chicness.

Nude:

nude-nail-polishFlorence (Classic with a Twist), Whitney (Classic with a Twist), Layne (Classic with a Twist), Lorenzana (Boho Glam), and Annemarie (It Girl)

You have a classic sense of style, and a profession or personality (or both) that requires you to look put-together and be taken seriously. You prefer an effortless, natural aesthetic, and find beauty in things that are authentic, honest, and timeless. For you, it’s about quality, not quantity. You might be a bit of a perfectionist, but others admire how you are dependable, hardworking, and supportive.

Metallic:

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Harlow (Boho Glam), Zelda (Bombshell), Missy (It Girl), Savoy (It Girl), and Mia (Classic with a Twist)

You seek the finer things in life. If you prefer to shroud your nails in shades of silver, platinum, and gold, you’re likely showing off (or striving for) a high level of sophistication and strength. You have an appreciation for drama and a love for all things vintage and romantic. You dress to impress, with a healthy mix of mystery, luxury, and unexpected flair. Others are drawn to your charisma and your ability to put people at ease.

What’s your favorite polish color, and was our Nail Polish Personality Indicator accurate? Tell us in the comments!

  • Cheryl

    I really enjoyed seeing all the different colors grouped together like this! It made me fall in love with some colors that I probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise because I thought they were too similar to colors I already owned. Any chance this could be a feature on the website or app? … So that we could tell colors like Myrtle and January are really 2 different shades of red? We wouldn’t have to flip back and forth between different screenshots/pages. That would be really helpful! :). I enjoyed this article!

    • Amanda Loibl

      Or too see if a color is similar enough! I love Reiko but since it’s never in stock I’ve been wondering if Savoy is close enough that it would do.

  • Elaine

    I’m a turquiouse so would this be in the teal/green category or blue?

  • Sera Hall

    Mine was so easy. I love purple and since I simply must choose my namesake color (created specifically for this actual Sera! Ps thanks again julep). And the description of purplites was me to a T!!! Fun article. GO AND BUY SOME SERA FOR YOURSELF, unleash your inner dreamer!

  • Lesyle Chatman

    I just love it, I just learned about this part of Julep….signed up…read the article…now I know that I am a red prodomitily, and tend to occasionally go to the oranges…to include bronzes, and Brown’s…never saw that as an option….they were there but mixed with other colors that I would not wear…