Have you ever been curious about nail lacquer (polish) throughout the years? Here are the answers for your inquisitive minds.
Nail polish seems to have been around forever—simply evolving with the times to stay up-to-date. We decided to take a trip down memory lane to give you the most important moments in the invention of nail lacquer.
Originating in China during 3000 BC, nail polish was used as a symbol unlike the use of today to accessorize the nails. Some of the symbols nail polish represented were power and wealth similar to precious gold. During this time, nail polish was created from the main ingredient combination of beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum Arabic, also known as acacia gum.
During this time, Egyptian women and men began experimenting with nail coloring with reddish-brown henna to discern social status with deeper reds being meant for those higher on the social ladder.
The 9th century was a time when nails were tinted with the use of red oils to dye nails and chamois cloths were used to polish and buff nails.
19th – Early 20th CENTURY
During the 19th and early 20th century, polish was most worn than the previous painted looks. They would achieve this by mixing colored powders and creams and buffing them until they became shiny. With Graf’s Hyglo Nail Polish Paste being sold, nail polish was on its way to being a major beauty accessory.
Cutex, created a liquid colored nail polish after using “paint” derived from automobile paint finish.
Highly inspired by the beautiful colors of high-gloss car paint, French makeup artist, Michelle Menard, partnered with the Charles Revson Company, to create a modernized glossy nail polish similar to what we use today.
Michelle Menard and The Charles Revson Company created a successful nail polish resulting in the cosmetic house, Revlon.
There was a boom in different nail polish brands along with an increase in the types of polish available including: base nail polish, top coat nail polish, gel nail polish, matte polish, shellac nail polish and even Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (a shellac nail polish with no UV light needed).
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