It can feel like you are working a full-time job trying to stay positive in the final month of a dark winter. When you’re counting down the days ‘til the sun stops setting at what feels like noon, incorporating little moments of joy into your everyday routines can go a surprisingly long way. One of the easiest swap-outs is with nail polish color. Rather than a winter-chic oxblood or glossy greige, opting for some colorful nail art or an upbeat color will elicit at least a little grin every time you see a pair of cheery-polished thumbs skitter over your phone’Your keyboard. It seems that yellow nail polish is the best option of all.
Every salon has a variety of yellow shades in stock. The happy color is also available. Scientifically proven to be a mood booster — especially when skies are dreary. Selena Gomez is an optimist who clearly knows this. The music-movie-makeup mogul’s latest manicure, created by go-to nail artist Tom Bachik, features the happiest shade of soft butter yellow, an unexpected almost-neutral that adds a serious dose of sunshine to her look.
Gomez’s nails appear to be natural, both long and strong with a rounded, oval tip. The shade itself is neither too warm nor too cool — a true butter or custard-colored yellow — that won’t clash with or compete against clothing colors. However, no matter which shade you choose, you can still reap the feel-good benefits. CNN’s lengthy series on the Psychology of ColorIncludes studies that showThe most closely associated colour with emotions like joy and hope is yellow, which was only confirmed in reportsIn Psych DigestHealth magazine. The color is thought to be positive and can also increase energy and metabolism.
Once you’ve decided that a sunny, upbeat yellow is right for your next mani, all that’s left is to decide on a shade. Consider a bolder, more avant-garde look like neon or an electric-hued color associated with traffic signs or highlighters. Gomez-approved custards are a good choice for adding a touch of yellow. And for maximum cheer, nothing beats smiley-face yellow — a joy-inducing classic synonymous with happiness for a reason.
Even though sunshine-yellow nails are not as good as some (responsible!) manicures, they can’t be beat for the benefits. A cheerful manicure could be the next best thing to vitamin D.
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