Finger Nail Painting An Ancient Art!

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  • Fingernail painting emerged in India more than 5,000 years ago.  People used henna ink for nail decoration.

Henna (Lawsonia inermis) is a flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool.


Henna – Mehndi on the hand


  • Traces of nail polish mixtures appeared around 3,000 B.C. in China.  They included beeswax, gelatin, egg whites, and tree gum.

  • Nail polish color in Ancient Egypt and China represented social class.  Cleopatra supposedly wore dark red, while women of the lower classes wore paler shades.  Chinese royalty wore in 600 B.C. gold and silver tones.


  • Revlon‘s first product was nail polish (1932).  The formulation was reportedly made to resemble the highly gloss shades of car of the 1920’s and 1930’s.


  • The French Manicure first appeared on runaways in 1970’s.

More Articles by CT Esthetic:

Henna Hair Tint & Body Art: A History & A How To!

Ethnicity and Skin Care: A Guide – Asian Skin Care Edition!

The Art of Body Painting!


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