I’ve always admired a pretty hand, and I like to see nails neatly polished.
In case you care, I don’t paint my nails—except for weddings or other very special occasions. (I don’t have any problem with nail polish. I’m just a perfectionist, and I don’t like chipped nails. With my normal routines—which include cooking, washing dishes, and cleaning—my natural nails stay much prettier than they would painted.) So, now you know.
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Recently, I noticed on social media several beautiful manicures. They had a few things in common: one finger—the ring finger—was a different color than the others, and the others were pink. Some of the pictures I saw had rhinestones and swirls and other such pretties. Someone had spent serious time producing those works of art.
I was intrigued. Why is it always the ring finger in a different color? What could that possibly mean—if anything?
I went to my trusty Google search and asked, “meaning of fourth finger painted differently.” Google came through for me, but I was shocked! I got more than I bargained for.
You see, all my friends who had so proudly displayed their new look and gorgeous manicures are Christians. They, I’m sure, have never Googled why their manicurist paints the fourth finger a different color. It’s pretty. Period.
But I did, because I am incurably curious.
Here are the answers I found:
- The custom of painting the fourth finger a different color began when lesbians* wanted a way to subtly signal other women. It’s called “femme flagging” and basically means “girl likes girls.”
- It has become a trend. That means that others (meaning people of any persuasion) have caught onto the fad because they think it’s different and interesting.
- There’s other “finger flagging” as well, with similarly negative messages. You probably don’t want to do the middle finger a different color or paint rainbow nails.
You can do what you like with your nail polish. I believe you have Christian liberty to paint your nails green or yellow or blue or black. (I don’t necessarily prefer those colors myself, you understand; but I’m not twenty anymore, either.) You can accent your thumb with diamonds and your pinky with spots. You can get a French manicure on fingers and toes. You can do red or pink or lavender. You can paint your nails white, red, and blue with stars, or each finger differently. You can paint them any way you want—with faces?
But, you probably wouldn’t want to be in a public place, sending a message you don’t mean.
Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do
(even painting your nails), do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
*Romans 1:26-27; Leviticus 20:13