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Modern nail polish history
The introduction of Technicolor (colour movies) in 1922 affected more than just the film industry. Shades of gray became a thing of the past and moviegoers were able to see everything in color. As they enjoyed this amazing change in cinema, women suddenly saw a spectacular sight, their favourite actresses, like Rita Hayworth, had red and mauve lips and nails!
It helped that it was relatively cheap as far as make-up goes. Painting your nails and buying the matching lipstick gave you a bit of that Hollywood glamour even if your clothes were cheap. Other cosmetic houses soon followed and added nail polish to their ranges too.
Ever since, the trends of the times have continued to mirror the styles seen in films and on TV.
The 1950s: Red, red and more red. Scarlet nail polishes with matching lipsticks were all the rage.
The 1960s: The focus moved away from reds and turned to paler, pastel shades to give a natural look that complemented the nude lipsticks that were in fashion then.
The 1970s: Stars like Goldie Hawn, Mia Farrow and Farrah Fawcett made a more natural shade modern. The lips were also naturally coloured.
The 1980s: This was a time of bold, statement-making colours. Hit shows like Dynasty and Dallas emphasized bright reds and fuchsias while stars like Madonna made neon hot hot hot.
|Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction wearing Chanel's Vamp|
The formula for nail polish remains similar to the one invented by Michelle Menard at Revlon over 80 years ago. It's been changed a bit to make it longer lasting and to make it dry quicker, but essentially it's the same. About how many inventions can we say that…? ;)