If you missed part one and two you can find them easily in my gallery to the left under "Nail polish history".
Nail colouring during 1200 – ca 1930
The first few centuries during this period don’t cast much light on nail polish trends.
Nevertheless, here are a few notable highlights:
The Inca’s (1200-1500s) are said to be the inventors of nail art. They decorated their fingertips with images of eagles. After this it’s unclear how the practice of colouring nails progressed for a while.
|An Inca warrior|
During 1500-1800s it’s suggested that nail polish of any sort remained petty throughout these centuries.
Portraits from the 1600s and 1700s include shiny nails, but not much else.
|Portrait from the 1600s|
Although largely unconfirmed, it’s rumoured that the French manicure made its first appearance in 1700s in Paris. Color wasn’t around so much, and people went more for the simple manicure. You could, however, find nail polish recipes in cookbooks. :D
|Portrait from the 1700s|
In the 1800s and early 1900s, people pursued a polished rather than painted look by massaging tinted powders and creams into their nails, then buffing them shiny. One such polishing product sold around this time was Graf's Hyglo nail polish paste.
|Ad for Graf's Hyglo Paste|
Some people during this period painted their nails with an air brush.
|Ad from 1909 for a clear nail polish. Notice it's a man getting his nails done!|
By the end of the 1800s, nails were often tinted red with scented oils before being polished and buffed with a chamois cloth, rather than simply polished.
The focus eventually shifted away from tinted nails to a clean, polished nail that remained the trend through the 1930s.
But then someting happened that would change it all!!
Stay tuned for part four of the history of nail polish to find out what happened next! ;)
Next part will also be full of beautiful vintage nail polish ads! :D