The massification and popularity acquired by emoticons has generated a new way of communicating moods, feelings, reactions and even complete sentences. However, despite having the same Unicode encoding, its interpretation is subject to different cultural contexts depending on the environment of the person who uses them, especially when the different platforms have their own design. This is the case of the hand with painted nails.
The emoji belongs to the Faces and People category on Emojipedia, and it shows a hand with a polish that is applied to the fingernails. Its literal meaning is very clear due to its graphic composition: painting nails, hand care, manicure, among others related to beauty.
However, there is also another use for the emoji, since users tend to express an air of indifference or lack of interest when they send the icon on WhatsApp, since the image itself evokes a feeling of real distance.
In March 2014, Alexander Abad-Santos and Allie Jones described the hand with indent nails as the Beyonce of emojis in a post in The Atlantic, as it could be used for anything, to silence the haters, to manifest a sensation satisfaction with an achievement or even saying “I don’t care about anything.”
The nail polish color is usually displayed in shades of red, pink or purple, depending on the platforms, but this does not actually affect the meaning of the emoji.
In the case of Android and Windows, they showed a bottle of nail polish in previous versions.
WhatsApp: What does the painted nails emoji mean?
Its official name is Nail Polish and it was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 since 2010 and a few years later, it was added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.