Monday, November 30, 2009

Nail Art: Evolved through Generations

Nail Art is driving generations to generations. Starting from the late 3000 BC until now, year 2009. It's interesting and fun to know how nail art designing came to the present. From simple nail coloring to creative and wild imagination comes to a result of very fascinating form of art.

Nail Art from early age is a form of knowing the social status and position in life. Before, nail art and manicure is only done only by royalties and high-class people. Painting nails with red signifies of being a king or queen and other people are not allowed to paint it with the same color that their king and queen has. During the 3000 BC, there is a huge discrimination between rich and poor. They can classify it according to the color of the nails. Men and women are separated and grouped according to their nails. But now, it is not like that. Nowadays, people mostly women paint their nails to look beautiful and attractive. Women became so conscious on how to be attractive to men. Men on the other side, do manicures to keep their nails clean and free from bacterias. But that doesn't mean that they are gays!

Here is a time line of how Nail Art has been evolved through generations:

3000 BC – China made the first nail polish. India made the first art guided by their henna and putting dyes on their nails and body. Japanese and Italians are the first who used nail polishes to paint their nails.

1932 – French Revlon company was founded. First who used pigments instead of dyes. First to offer women rich-looking, opaque nail enamel in different shades that's never been available before.

1986 – Lorrie Fisher at the age of 28 won the first place in Goddess Finger Nail and Toe Art Show in Las Vegas, painting the whole story of the Wizard of Oz on a real three-inch-long fingernails. She was the first to design different pictures and characters to the fingernails for weddings and holiday events.

1989 – January 01, 1989 when Del Monico put artificial nails on a nail biter and later on, artificial nails has been use by salons and women for nail art designing.

1998 – The Nail Express first transferred pictures from photos to fingernails.

2000 – First to have nail art in toenails since before nail art is only done in hands. Women who is more conservative has applied it to toenails rather than hand fingernails. It is also the year when hospitals had banned nurses to wear artificial nails due to causing deaths for patients and babies. Doctors had discovered that bacterias and germs stays in between the artificial nails and this causes complication to open wounds, patients that are prone to diseases and sterilized tools used in the hospital.

2003 – When first 3D nail art designs has been published. Within one hour only, women can have 3D pictures on their nails.

2005 – When gel nails got so popular in Japan and France. It is known for being the “virtual nails in the land of the rising sun”.

2006 – When first digital nail art has been made. Computers and machines are the ones who's doing nail art. Fast and easy way to design your nails. Over hundreds of picture to choose from in the internet. From flowers to characters or even personalized pictures.

2009 – Nowadays, more and more women are getting interested in having their nails designed, whether to have artificial nails or just having it done to their natural nails, they still crave for it. Nail art is getting more and more popular than before, because of science and technology, nail art can be done in different forms of art and can be done in a very quick way.

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  1. If as a king I put red nails, what color does my queen get? Very interesting time line and that so many different countries were involved in the race for great nails.

    Very nice article.

  2. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the comment. If your the king and painted the nails red, your queen has the same color as what you have as well. That is, If she want to have other color, its up to her. But before, Kings and Queens have red colors and Cleopatra has deep rust red because that's what she had chosen, but still its red but in different shade.

    Thank you so much for the comment you've posted. I really do appreciate it a lot. Thanks! and have a nice day ahead!

    Bianca Santos
    Nail Art Decals