History of Nail Art

Nail Art is one of the popular culture of this century but did you know that the history of the Nail Art dates back to the time of B.Cs?

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To know about how the nail art started, we need to go back as far as as 4000 years ago. Longer nails, mail paints and the nail art were usually associated with social status. Women of lower class wore pastel and neutral shades of nail paint and where as those of the upper class wore dark shades of color. Noble would have a black and green for the common man.

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In Rome, the people used to paint their nails with sheep fat and blood while the Chinese would would make their own nail polish with the gelatin, egg whites, beeswax, vegetable dyes and gum arabic.

In Turkey, people used to boil the rose petals to extract pink color to add a tint of the color.

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Henna was not only used for hair and skin but its usage have also extended to painting the convex keratin material on our fingers and toes.

The Ming dynasty was known for extremely long nails and these nails were protected by gold-jewel crafted nail guards.

Empress Dowager Cixi of China was known for her long nails and her 6 inch long nail guards.

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On the other hand, the Incas would paint their finger nails and then drew an eagle to decorate it further.


Then in 1830, an European podiatrist Dr. Sitts invented a modern manicure and ever since then, the craze for the nail related product have increased to what we can see today.

And since the beginning of the 2010s, the nail has come into fashion.

hence, in a few words, I present to you the history and nail art.

By Tshering Choden Wangmo



Hisotry of Nail Art


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