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How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

Good nails, good vibes.

Wondering how to manifest your future? You might want to consider changing up your nail polish colours.

Yes, really! According to colour and glamour magic (yep, that’s the real name for this phenomenon), each shade has a different spiritual meaning and can therefore help you visualize and manifest your future from your fingertips.

How do I know? Well, I asked the experts, for one, but have also experienced it firsthand (literally). Two years ago I stopped connecting to the pale pink colour I’d worn on my nails for years, and felt that my mani—and life—needed an energetic overhaul. Seeking answers, I googled “manifestation manicures,” wondering if certain nail polish colours could, in theory, help me manifest, or visualise, the future I wanted—similar to a mood board.

My initial findings on dated “colour magic” web forums confirmed my suspicion that colours were known for their unique meanings. Enthused, I chose bright yellow, which is known for optimism and joy, adding a smiley face to each ring finger. And the rest is history. Since that manicure—and intentionally experimenting with colours—my luck has changed in the absolute best way.

How? Well, my schedule magically aligned with an opportunity to fly home to visit family; I finally beat my 5K running time after months of training; and I started interviewing for my dream job…that I ended up getting. Of course, it could be a coincidence, or it could be that seeing that jovial hue on my hands every day brightened my mood, making things seem better. Whatever the case, I’m officially a “manifestation manicure” convert, and I asked actual experts about the method so you can try it too.

What is manifestation?

Manifesting is the act of visualising what you want to happen in real life, such as getting into your dream graduate program, negotiating a higher salary, or meeting your soulmate (Megan Fox insists she manifested her fiancé). Imagining your ideal future as real makes your goals feel closer and more attainable, which, in theory, inspires you to take action to achieve them.

“Manifestation is the purpose of thinking thoughts that you want to attain in real life. If thinking can make you a believer, then anything can happen—including your dreams,” astrologer Lisa Stardust explains. That said, Stardust says many people don’t realise that the simple act of thinking something doesn’t necessarily make it come true. “For instance, you have to do the daily work needed. Many people meditate on their aspirations twice a day for 30 minutes, or they journal their goals daily to mark progress, while some create a vision board to ensure they are always looking at their hopes.”

How does colour tie into manifestation?

“Every colour holds a vibrational energy that can enhance our intentions,” Sarah Potter, a tarot reader and psychic medium, tells Glamour. “When we use colour consciously, we can manifest our desires, shift how we feel, and change the energy. We all relate to colour; we all know which colours we live and which ones we repel. This is reflective of the energy we are working with and what we need to feel balanced.”

There is also a colour for every intention, she adds. Red, for example, is associated with confidence, while tangerine orange boosts creativity and inspiration. Thus, painting your nails specific colours helps you harness that energy, while seeing those colours every day can impact your outlook—regardless of whether or not you even believe in manifestation.

“Colour in general plays such a huge part in our mood,” Juli Russell, DIY nail expert for Sally Beauty, tells Glamour. “So whatever gives you the confidence to slay is absolutely going to bring success, whether it be a bold red to remind you that you’re a BA, or a smiley face nail design to give you encouragement—it all starts with a positive attitude.”

How do you manifest with nail polish?

Painting your nails or getting a manicure is a form of glamour magic, an offshoot of colour magic that consists of wearing various makeup colours to call in specific energies.

“It’s a lovely self-care ritual where you must sit still and be present with your intentions as you paint, and wait for the polish to dry,” Potter says. “Our hands are powerful: We receive and expel energy through our hands, we gesture while we speak, [so you] express your intentions to the universe through the consciously chosen colours of your nails.”

For example, painting your nails yellow brings in a boost of optimism (as it did with me), and turquoise is balancing and healing. “We see our hands every day throughout the day, so let your nails be a magical reminder of your own power and your own magic,” Potter asserts. Just be sure to really envision your intentions as you paint.

What are the meanings of each colour?

“Want a raise at work? Paint your nails red to give yourself the confidence to ask your boss for that promotion. Feeling disconnected from your intuition? Paint your nails lavender to trust yourself and your inner wisdom,” says Potter. If you have an upcoming job interview, Stardust advises wearing orange. “Orange is the colour of creativity, which is why in many jobs in which people use their creative skill set, it’s important to wear that colour on their interview,” she says.

If you prefer nail art and designs, you can incorporate colour magic into those manicures too: The base colour is what matters most when it comes to manifestation. “As long as it incorporates the colours of the calls that you are trying to attain,” Stardust explains.

For example, if you want to manifest for the new year, Stardust suggests opting for nail art with gold or silver in it. “This is great for prosperity and confidence in the new year,” she says. “Designs with stars because they represent goals or something to strive for, and setting an intention for abundance or money with those key elements in mind after rinsing your hands with basil leaves will bring in wealth.”

Nail polish colour meanings

Ready to wear your own manifestation manicure? Get ready to screenshot, and shop the meanings and associations of (most) nail polish colours ahead. Shop the rainbow below, and start manifesting today.


Red represents creativity and power.

How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

OPI Nail Lacquer Nail Polish: Big Apple Red£14.90 at BootsOrange

Orange manifests expression and joy.


Yellow symbolises happiness and courage.

How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

Essie Nail Polish: Summer Solstice£8.99 at UltaBlue

Blue suggests freedom and imagination.


Green communicates growth and rebirth.

How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

Hermès Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel: Vert Egyptian£45 at HermèsSilver

Silver symbolises grace and glamour.


Purple represents wisdom and independence.

How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

China Glaze Nail Lacquer With Hardeners: That’s Shore Bright£5.95 at Nail Polish DirectGrey

Grey represents balance and peace.


Pink personifies romance and love.

How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

Gucci Glossy Nail Polish: Valentine Fuscia£26 at John LewisCoral

Coral calls for passion and optimism.

How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

Essie Pinks Nail Polish: Meet-cute moment£8.99 at SuperdrugGold

Gold manifests success and generosity.


White conveys open-mindedness and purity.

How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour: Insomniaque£29 at ChanelBlack

Black expresses protection and elegance.

This feature originally appeared on Glamour US.

How to manifest your 2024 goals using nail polish colours

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