The Nail Color You Should Wear This May, According to Astrology

You know what horoscopes are-but what about colorscopes? Color astrology is based on the belief that certain hues have the power to calm, energize, encourage, and ground you based on your unique astrology sign. And what better way to wear (and see) this color than to display it on your nails? To kick off 2016, we're starting this new series with Rose Theodora, resident astrologer and color expert at Enamel Diction. With a neuroscience and art history degree from UCLA, Theodora is an expert when it comes to color therapy and astrology. Each month, she'll be sharing the power color you should be wearing on your nails, as well as the specific shades and finishes for your own sign. You can read more about colorscopes here. Enjoy!

May Power Color: Blue-Green

Tranquil, reflective, flexible, feeling, and creative.

The Gist: May is a month of retrospection-of revisiting the past so that we can move forward with greater clarity with ease and forethought. Five planets are currently in retrograde (pulling away from the earth). This just means that it's a time of stillness, and a time of rethinking and redoing things. There is nothing to fear-there is only anticipation.

Present. More money equals fewer problems… right? Kind of. In astrology, money and self-worth are interrelated, and this month, both are increasing. Congratulations! Except that the month might not move forward as much as you'd like-learn to appreciate the moment for what it is.

Your power shade this month is…

Gucci High-Gloss Lacquer in Prussian Blue $29Shop

Wearing this shade of true aqua makes you excited and content to live in the moment, thanks to its sparkly hue.

You. May is technically all about you. You are ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty, and it's making you magnetic this month. Elegance is your language, and you're speaking it fluently. Remember that beauty is not only a physical attribute-it's also a radiance that comes from within. It is strengthened when you eat well, take care your body, and give yourself plenty of love.

Your power shade this month is…

OPI Nail Lacquer in Teal the Cows Come Home $10Shop

Recalibration. Partnerships may be in an altered state, but don't let that get you down. You're also reconnecting with your roots and relationships in general. After May 9, you'll be more focused on creating an environment that you love-one that you can officially call home. Beautifying your home and creating a retreat will do wonders for you this month.

Your power shade this month is…

Nars Nail Polish in Thasos $20Shop

This pastel chalky shade is just your speed-tranquil and serene.


Reconnecting. Revisiting old friends and acquaintances is destined to bring about a surprise. Try it! Reach out to someone who you haven't spoken to in a while and see what happens. When it comes to your career, who you know and what you share with them could bring new opportunities. Be open, be graceful, be you. Remember: The Mercury retrograde is about old friends, not necessarily new ones.

Your power shade this month is…

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Henley Regatta $15Shop

May is about being social-this shimmery aqua will motivate you.

Strategizing. Mercury retrograde is getting you to contemplate your career this month and think about how you do business. Are you expressing yourself creatively? Get deeply involved in your creative process, work out all the kinks, and aim to move more freely. After May 9, you should think about asking for a raise.

Your power shade this month is…

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Artful Dodger $15Shop

This aqua gray keeps you focused on the details.

Knowledge. You're ruled by the planet Mercury, and this month it's going retrograde-but what does that mean for you? It means that you'll be questioning your intelligence-but don't. Instead, think about the ways you can improve your knowledge base. What else could you learn? How can you expand your mind? How can you grow-both metaphysically and spiritually? Take a risk this month: Sign up for a new class, explore all possibilities.

Your power shade this month is…

Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer in Aqua $27Shop

Wearing this shade of aqua instills curiosity.

Centered. You're definitely the most relationship-focused sign, but right now you're more concerned with security. The truth of the matter is superficiality can only fulfill you so much. This mercury retrograde is about digging deeper for you; it's about going within so that you find lasting happiness and true fulfillment.

Your power shade this month is…

Gucci High-Gloss Lacquer in Iconic Ottanio $29Shop

This very light and reflective shade of turquoise isn't matte like you'd like, but its glistening quality helps you to focus on more spiritual matters.

Relationships. How you do relationships is up for contemplation-spend this Mercury retrograde rethinking relationship patterns. Some things need to change, and you can sense it-chances are it's causing you some distress. Let it go and know that in time, all things heal themselves. There is a new moon on May 6-make some relationship wishes and declarations of love. You should be feeling inspired in no time.

Your power shade this month is…

Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer in Anise $29Shop

Wearing this color in May keeps things real and heartfelt.


Work. When your health is good, work is good because you have more energy. It's simple, right? Yeah, except that you're not feeling motivated right now. You're in need of a boost of faith. All good things come to those who wait; just remember that today creates tomorrow. Stay focused on yourself, stay positive, and know that in doing so, you can expect a more fulfilling tomorrow.

Your power shade this month is…

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Slapper $15Shop

Wearing this vibrant turquoise reconnects you spiritually.

Playful. Learning to be more playful isn't easy for you. In fact, I'm not sure that you know how to be, do you? May is about getting in touch with your more playful side, that childlike nature that you've buried so deep-so deep you may not remember that it exists. Listen to music; draw; dance; surround yourself with children, nature, and animals this month. You're learning how to be creative, and this Mercury retrograde is asking that you let loose.

Your power shade this month is…

Jinsoon Nail Lacquer in Heirloom $18Shop

This deep turquoise hue lends you its magic-wear it and dance!

Resources. In the midst of great change, you've invested a lot in your career, and it's beginning to pay off. Don't let this downtime discourage you-like everything else, it too shall pass. Take advantage of this period and get things in order at home. Deal with whatever conflicts you've been having, and aim to make your place more peaceful so that when the planets straighten out, you'll feel clearer about the direction things are going and more energized to tackle any obstacles.

Your power shade this month is…

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish iin Warm Blue $18Shop

This deep shade of turquoise is just your speed in May-it's peaceful and restorative.

Communication. May is about learning to communicate apart from your intuitive and feeling mind, which is truly your forte. You know exactly how things “feel,” but speaking clearly about what your needs are and, more importantly, what your expectations are is what this Mercury retrograde is all about for you.

Your power shade this month is…

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Good Friday $18Shop

Wearing this shade of light green helps you to stay on point and communicate from your heart.

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