For some (ahem) Valentine's Day is good for one thing only – finding posh chocolate, reduced, the day after. But, there's heart-shaped joy to be found beyond the card shop... inside the nail salon. Pink and red is pretty much the best colour combo these days – Glossier, we thank you – so it's easy to see why these wondrous patterns look so great. Mini hearts, gold accents, I'm a sucker for it all. Try stickers if nail art is a little too advanced for your painting abilities or leave it to the pros at the salon for a longer-lasting *smudge-free* finish. Oh, and side…View the board
Back when I was an innocent 10-year old, mood rings were the accessory. I’d put on every mood ring I owned (minimum of three at any given moment) and stare impatiently waiting for the colour to settle so that I could really determine how I was feeling that day – I “studied my moods” religiously for a good 6 months.
If you’re looking for something a bit more legit, scientific research (told you it was legit) indicates that colours can affect physiology, behaviours and mood. Our emotional response is impacted by things like how the colour is recognised in nature – amazing, right? Here’s how to hack your mood with a nail appointment. Like a mood ring, but better.
By Ashlyn Howie
Navy, cornflower, classic baby blue; blues are noted for their calming and cooling effect. It’s been seen to lower blood pressure and heart rate. Breathe by Blu Cantrell makes so much more sense now.
Red is a colour of power that brings feelings of strength but this sultry shade also has a playful side. It’s said to have a physical trigger (rather than mental) why is why it’s used in traffic signs and romantic imagery.
The marmite of the colour wheel. While some of us find yellow bright and cherry, the high saturation of the colour can actually set some people on edge. Pick wisely, friends. On a brighter note (see what we did there?) it has been seen to energise and increase metabolism.
Purple is used to represent wisdom and spirituality and can incite feelings of creativity, daydreaming and happiness. Fun fact: Pantone introduced a shade of purple called Love Symbol #2 that was created in memory of Prince; The Purple One.
My favourite colour – and the best flavour of Wine Gums in my opinion – increases productivity and is said to have a peaceful effect as the eye focuses the colour directly onto the retina (see, science). Chill hack: mint green mani and home screen to match.
The colour of early mornings, orange juice and Vitamin C oil (my saviour). Orange is a stimulant colour linked to feelings of excitement and increased enthusiasm. And Halloween, duh?
We’ve come along way from when white was only for French tips (bless the 90s). White evokes feelings of safety, purity, freshness, quietness and concentration. Not to mention it looks great on warmer skin tones.
Shout out to the Goth Gang – black is associated with comfort, boldness, formality and mystery. Black is a classic take on a statement look. Opt for a gel mani to avoid awkward chips (the MySpace look should be left in 2007).
Though this piece has referenced the research currently available, it is well noted in much of the research that feelings or responses to colour are very personal and come from individual experience or culture.