All about the Colours

While I was doing a post last week I did a bit of research into the meaning’s of colours. It is actually very interesting and so I have decided that in this post I will do a “What colour’s to wear & when” post ūüôā I used “Color Matters” as my source along with Google.

I found a really cool post by “Nails Beautiqued” about what your nail polish say’s about you. And this website all about Colour & Empowerment.

Red Nail Polish.

Red Swatches

Red Swatches

Red is the colour most associated with courage. It is also the colour associated with Love and Passion.

Red is the colour you wear if you want to attract attention. As I have said in a previous post, wearing red nail polish is going to draw attention to your hands. Its an eye catcher so if it is your intention to get your hands noticed, red is the way to go. Lots of woman don’t think red polish suits them. Its a very tricky colour as you need to match the shade to your skintone. Marie Claire¬†explained the different hues that will match your skin tone.

So if you want to avoid attention to your hands do not wear red polish!

The best time to wear Red polish is if you want to show off a ring or if you are doing a presentation and will be using your hands.

Also Red’s Complementary Colour is Green. Those Colour’s together generally give off a “Festive” vibe. So you can use them together to create Xmas themed Nail Art.

Orange Nail Polish.

Orange Swatches

Orange Swatches

The colour Orange is most commonly associated with Humor and entertainment. It is a warm vibrant colour, and is also considered a very visible colour, that’s why “Lifebuoy’s” and life boats are Orange, they can be spotted easily in the ocean.¬†Orange also gives the Idea of a being healthy.

So when should you wear Orange Nail Polish? Well if you are spending the day pool side you can enhance your hands by wearing it as it is complimented by the blue water. Also when your mood is low or you are feeling sick, give your nails a healthy boost of colour that insinuates good health and hopefully you will feel better too.

Orange is complimented by blue so why not try those colours next?

Yellow Nail Polish.

Yellow Swatches

Yellow Swatches

The colour yellow is commonly associated with gold, sunshine, reason, optimism and pleasure, but also with envy, jealousy and betrayal.

Yellow Nail polish makes me think of Summer. It makes your summer tan look fabulous. It was a big trend in 2012 but among the articles I read on it, it’s not a popular colour if its on its own. Most people say it reminds them of illness rather than fashion.

Yellow also gives off a creative energy so even if you don’t want to wear it on your nails you can surround yourself with it to feel more creative.¬†Use it around you to help keep a clear your mind, and improve memory and decision making.

If you are going to be wearing yellow polish, add a pop of bight pink or purple on your tips or stick to a pastel yellow. Wear yellow to present a cheery, uplifting effect.

Yellow is complemented by Violet, so next time you do a yellow mani why not add a splash of Violet.

Green Nail Polish.

Green Swatches

Green Swatches

Green is the colour most commonly associated with nature and the environmental movement, Money, spring, hope and envy.

I generally only wear Green Nail Polish on St. Patrick’s Day. Green either gives off an energy of luck or rebirth, this being due to spring time.¬†Green is the colour of nature, fertility, life. Grass green is the most restful colour. It symbolizes self-respect and well being.

When to wear green polish? When you want to overcome a sense of lost ambition. Or when you want to feel safe and comfortable. You can also wear Green polish to weddings or a date night as it is linked to unconditional Love.

Green is complimented by Red, but I also think it is stunning if paired with gold polish.

Blue Nail Polish.

Blue Swatches

Blue Swatches

Blue is the favorite colour of most people. (This must be true because I have more blue polish than anything else) It’s nature’s colour for water and sky. It is cold, wet, and slow as compared to red’s warmth, fire, and intensity.

Blue has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other colour.¬†Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding. But some give off a feeling of sadness and depresiion, Hence a “Blue Monday”.

When to wear Blue Nail Polish? If you have an interview, wearing navy blue or dark blue polish gives of a professional energy.

Also on your wedding day, consider having your nails blue as your “something Blue”

Purple Nail Polish.

Purple Swatches

Purple Swatches

Purple has been used to symbolize magic and mystery, as well as royalty. Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colors, purple is believed to be the ideal colour.

Purples have been used in the care of mental or nervous disorders because they have shown to help balance the mind and transform obsessions and fears.

When to wear purple nail polish? Wear purple when you want to encourage fantasy, mystery and imagination or when you are in mourning. Also when you want to feel balanced and calm.

Brown/Beige Nail Polish.

Brown & Beige Swatches

Brown & Beige Swatches

People who prefer brown are often conventional and orderly. The negative meaning of brown can be a repressed personality or a lazy person. Brown is the colour of the earth and is associated with the material side of life.

When to wear brown polish?¬†Put some brown in your life when you want¬†a solid wholesome feeling or¬†to blend with the background (That’s why we love Neutral Nails). To feel a connection with natural earth and the stability this brings.¬†Warm browns can be worn to exhibit a ‘down to earth’ feeling. Basically you wear Brown/Beige when you do not want to make an impression or statement.

Black Nail Polish.

Black Swatches

Black Swatches

Black is the colour most commonly associated with elegance in Europe and the United States, followed by silver, gold, and white.

Black nail polish, has mostly been used in the goth culture, it was mainly a goth thing, nowadays this trend is changing and just about everyone is using black nail polish so its no longer just a goth thing, it has become a trend. Black nail polish accentuates skin colour and makes you stand out, it can also be quite empowering, and give one a don’t mess with me look!

Black polish is like the “LBD” of polish. Its a staple to any “Fashionista” as it is considered a Chic look and goes with every outfit!

Gray Nail Polish.

Grey Swatches

Gray Swatches

Gray falls into the category of black but I feel it’s a whole category on its own. When researching Gray words such as Conformity, Boredom, lack of emotion & Modesty come up regularly! That’s just the colour though. In the Nail Polish world Gray is a very appealing colour (well I like it ;p) and its popping up more and more in various brands collections.

Its the Neutral for Black & White. Gray looks fabulous on its own as well as looking stunning with shocking Neon’s!¬†Gray can have a cooling effect when placed next to other more vibrant colors. It has a stabilizing effect, making vibrant colors stand out while muting their vibration.

It is a very easy going colour.

When to wear Gray Polish? Wear it when you are wearing a bright outfit or to a job interview!

White Nail Polish.

Whit Swatches

White Swatches

White is the colour of purity. White is the colour most associated with cleanliness.

It is the latest Nail Polish colour on the runways for spring 2013. And many Celebs are sporting it too.

I personally feel like it makes my nails look longer than they really are, but also broader.

When to wear white Nail Polish? Wear white to give off a pure, wholesome impression or you want to look neat and tidy.

Pink Nail Polish.

Pink Swatches

Pink Swatches

In almost every culture, one stereotype emerges: pink is associated with girls! I saw a post that a man had written about what he thinks of woman that wear pink polish… He said ” Pink nail polish on a woman means she is easy” Um… I beg to differ.

Pink is the colour of universal love. Pink is a quiet colour. Beauty Lovers favor pink. Pink is also the colour that symbolizes Breast Cancer Support.

When to wear pink? Wear pink when you want to present yourself as a peaceful, calm person who is not threatening. The softer shades are very feminine and darker shades will alleviate feelings of friction. Also if you feel like being a little more girly than usual!

Metallic Nail Polish.

Metallic Swatches

Metallic Swatches

Gold is the symbol of good health. People who favor the colour gold are optimistic. Optimistic and positive, gold adds richness and warmth to everything with which it is associated. It illuminates and enhances other things around it.

The colour silver has a feminine energy.  It is associated with prestige and wealth.This color is very versatile, being shiny, modern and hi-tech on one hand and alluring, sparkling and elegant on the other.

When to wear Gold Polish? Wearing gold in everyday life increases personal power, and promotes courage, confidence and willpower.

When to wear Silver Polish? Silver Polish is appropriate for everyday wear on the job or at school. When you do go out, it adds a special touch that complements your jewelry and outfit. Silver nail polish will also highlight your hands, and show off your skin. It can look fabulous with any skin tone. If you have pale skin, consider a light silver. Those with darker skin can wear gunmetal shades.

That’s what I have interpreted from the hours of reading I did for this post.

I would really really love any extra input. How do colours make you feel? Please remember every person is affected by colours differently. This is a very generalized post.

I hope this helps you decide on polishes!

All The Best



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