We feel better when our nails are looking good. (It’s called nail art for a reason!) While we love painting our nails every shade of the rainbow, sometimes we need some guidance on which design to conquer next. Thankfully, the cosmos always have our back, and that includes inspiring our next manicure.
We talked to astrologer extraordinaire Amelia Quint of The Midheaven about each sign’s nail art soulmate, so you can rest assured knowing your nails have official astrological approval. If you don’t quite vibe with your sign’s nail art, check to see where Venus is in your natal chart and look at that corresponding sign for extra galaxy glam vibes.
1Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Capricorns are known for their old-school glamour. While some might mistake this for never being able to take risks, we know that’s not the truth. Still, no one rocks a classic quite like you, Capricorn. Why not try out a half-moon manicure? It feels as chic as a French mani, but more unexpected. Plus, you can switch it up and use shades like OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark and Tickle My France-y for an unexpected glamazon look.
2Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Galaxy chrome nails
As the most innovative and eccentric zodiac sign, you deserve nail art that’s just as otherworldly as you are, Aquarius. If you’re a fan of the chrome manicure, then consider galaxy nails their cool older sister. By working with spacey hues and metallic accents, you’ll have a manicure as ~extra~ as you. Use this Fun Lacquer polish in Blessing with silver Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Metallica to get your inner alien singing.
3Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Evil eye pop art
Pisces, you emotional creature, you. Amelia reminds us that as the most intuitive of the signs, you deserve some extra protection. What better way to ask the cosmos for some help than to wear the evil eye on your nails? Protect yourself from bad jujus by using evil eye nail decals and Essie nail polish in Blue-La-La.
4Aries (March 21-April 19)
As a fire sign, Aries women know how to turn up the heat. Doesn’t your manicure deserve the same treatment? Pair your killer vibe with nails that feature graphic flames to let everyone know you’re hot, hot, hot. Whether you’re working on a nude base or pairing your fire with some neon brights, use OPI Nail Lacquer in OPI Red and Ya’ll Come Back Now Ya Hear? to fan the flame.
5Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You may be an earth sign, Taurus, but you’re still luxurious. Instead of sticking to a plain nude, try adding some rhinestone or gem accents to up your nail game. While you can add some bling to whatever color you see fit, we can’t deny how chic and classic a champagne and diamond combination is. Try these rhinestone nail decals with Essie nail color in Imported Bubbly for extra champagne mami vibes.
6Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Black and white graphics
We know that black and white may feel a bit dated, Gemini, but no one gives new life to a classic quite like you. If you’re thinking of going the more subtle route for nail art, try a graphic manicure to soothe all your woes. We love a simple stripe of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color through Sinful Colors Professional Nail Color in Black on Black.
7Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Garden party nails
You may be a water sign, Cancer, but you sure know how to bloom. Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, wear your feelings and flowers on your nails. Whether you’re putting flora on each finger or adding garden party accents, you can use rose nail decals and OPI Nail Lacquer in It’s A Girl to keep your claws as romantic as you are.
8Leo (July 23-Aug 22)
Gold foil manicure
Leos love being noticed, and you deserve a nail that’s as comfortable in the spotlight as you are. We know you can’t resist a good metallic, so what would make you feel more in your element than a gold foil nail? Throw some gold atop your favorite nail shade or put it all over for even more flash. Don’t worry, not even your nails can outshine you.
9Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Negative space nails
You may not be a fan of all things frivolous, but we know even you appreciate a nice manicure, beloved Virgo. To go along with your grounded sensibility, you need a manicure that is both clever and not too over the top. This is why the negative space nail trend is perfect for you. By making your natural nail the center of attention and using an accent color like Essie Nail Color in Stylenomics, you’ll have everyone convinced you spent way longer on your manicure than you actually did.
10Libra (September 23-October 22)
You may not be obvious about it, Libra, but we know you love everything luxurious. You are ruled by Venus, after all. If you want to tap into your inner Grecian goddess, what better way than to transform your nails into works of marble? Use Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in White On with OPI Nail Lacquer in “Liv” in the Gray for low-key opulence that’s sure to get you plenty of attention. And yes, you can totally marble your nails at home.
11Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
As one of the edgiest signs of the zodiac, you can rock a manicure many others can’t, dear Scorpio. If you feel like taking your look to the next level, try a studded manicure. Simple use your favorite base coat — we love this Sinful Colors Professional Nail Color in Black on Black — and then add on studs. Whether you add some on each finger or keep them as an accent, you’ll be feeling extra tough in no time.
12Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Dotted accent nails
It’s okay Sagittarius, we know you want something classic but not boring. We also know that you don’t want to wait around forever to get the perfect mani, which is why this simple look is perfect for you. Simply start with your favorite nail color and then add a dot just above the base of the nail. While you can use any color you desire, a fiery red like Essie Nail Color in Fifth Avenue with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in White On on top would be fitting for your fiery self.
Now that you have your nails sorted out, find out which drugstore lipstick to rock according to your zodiac sign here.