The nail polish color most likely to catch your eye, based on your zodiac sign
When it comes to astrology, you might only know about your zodiac sign in the context of horoscope predictions. Or maybe you use the stars to glean insights into who you’re most compatible with when tackling the dating world. But there’s so much more the cosmos can offer if you’re looking to learn more about yourself and your interests—such as what nail polish color is the perfect fit for you.
Just as each zodiac sign has a specific set of characteristics, they also have certain preferences when it comes to aesthetics. So if you’ve ever found yourself gravitating toward bright blue hues at the nail salon, for instance, it could be the water sign in you poking through. The more you know about your zodiac sign, the more you can use it in daily life to help guide your decisions, like what polish shade should be your next go-to. To learn more about the beauty needs of each sun sign, we consulted astrologer Lisa Stardust on what color polish you’re likely to love, based on the stars. Check out her responses and our favorite nail polish picks below.
Aries (March 21st—April 19th)
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As the first sign of the zodiac with a fiery nature, it’s no surprise that you would go for something bold. “Red is the signature color for Aries because it brings out your passionate and impulsive nature,” Stardust tells HelloGiggles. A vermillion hue that is sure to pop and give off your boss energy? Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in the shade Richness. Consider it Aries essence in a small, sleek bottle.
Taurus (April 20th—May 20th)
Yes, you’re an earth sign, but that doesn’t mean you’ll settle for any old browns or greens. According to Stardust, you tend to look for something richer in your polish. “The Bull will flip for basic, sophisticated colors—like muted browns—that scream luxury,” she says. We recommend Sally Hansen Nail Polish in the shade Smooth Slate: The stone-inspired hue reminds us of a relaxing spa retreat.
Gemini (May 21st—June 20th)
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Gemini, you’re anything but boring, but sometimes you want a more subtle look to complement your engaging personality. “This air sign is a fan of clean lines and simplicity, which is why white nail polish will be their fave pick,” Stardust says. Try Zoya nail polish in the shade Genesis as it’s a crystalline white that will let you do the talking.
Cancer (June 21st—July 22nd)
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Even if you’re not moving from under your blanket all day, that doesn’t stop you from rocking the brightest pink shade of polish you can find. “Cancers stick to their tried-and-true color: a deep pink,” Stardust says. “They choose to adorn their nails with what they know and love.” For a pink polish you can see from the heavens, we recommend Nails INC. in the shade Regents Park.
Leo (July 23rd—August 22nd)
Like your fellow fire sign, Aries, you’re looking for a bold polish that will be the center of attention, just like you. “Being that the lion’s claws are one of their most valuable weapons, they’ll choose a deep, blood-like red to wear,” Stardust says. Deborah Lippman Gel Lap Pro Nail Polish in this vampy shade is definitely the eye-catching polish you’re looking for.
Virgo (August 23rd—September 22nd)
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Virgo, you vibe with a purple shade because it give you all the feels. “Eggplant purple will boost up the analytical sign’s energy and bring them positivity and joy,” Stardust says. OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish in the shade Vampsterdam is the essence of aubergine, and it can spark some serious smiles when you’re looking at your fingertips.
Libra (September 23rd—October 22nd)
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Having romantic Venus as your guiding planet may lead you to a dreamy, demure polish. “A light, almost clear pink shade will be the shade Libras almost always pick to wear on their nails,” Stardust says. We really like Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in the shade Tra La La when we’re feeling flirty.
Scorpio (October 23rd—November 21st)
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Make no mistake, Scorpio: You don’t settle for a ballet slipper shade—you probably want something dark to match your level of intensity. “Scorpios are deep, so all the more reason for their nails to have black-like nail polish to reflect their sentiments,” Stardust says. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in the shade Black Cherry is one such color, guaranteed to reach from the tips of your fingers to the depths of your soul.
Sagittarius (November 22nd—December 21st)
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Like Virgo, you might go for a purple polish, Sag, but only if it’s bright and boisterous—just like you. “Your color of luck is purple, which is why it will resonate with you, the gambling and flamboyant Sag,” Stardust says. We love many of Essie’s numerous colors, but we are obsessed with the shade Flowerista.
Capricorn (December 22nd—January 19th)
Similar to your earth-sign counterpart, Taurus, you’re not settling for run-of-the-mill organic tones. “Caps love classic, earthy hues but with a twist,” Stardust says. “A soft mint green will embrace your earthly passions and goals.” Essie Nail Polish in the shade Mint Candy Apple is a classic, and because it’s subtle, it’s sure to give you the slight green tint you crave.
Aquarius (January 20th—February 18th)
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Unlike the zodiac signs that come before you, you’re not going for a variation on pink, red, or purple, Aquarius. Instead, you’re looking to robin’s egg blue or ocean waves for your nail color. “Blue is the ideal color for the water-bearer (who is half air and half water) to spread inspiration,” Stardust says. Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in the shade Morning Mantra was basically designed for you.
Pisces (February 19th—March 20th)
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You need a polish that will match your dreamy personality, Pisces. “A pearly iridescent color will ignite Pisces’ inner mermaid and magical side,” Stardust says. Rather than opt for a typical sparkly hue, why not try Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in the shade I Like It Like That for a touch of something different? It’ll perfectly complement your mystical vibes.