You may treat yourself to regular manicures, or you may have no interest in polished nails at all. But regardless of your personal preference, you are sure to be fascinated by these interesting and intriguing facts about nail polish.
Ancient Egyptians loved their manicures:
Egyptians of the highest social status wore nail polish and it’s been said that only the elite of the elite were allowed to wear dark colors, which signified their rank.
Ancient people created their own nail polish:
A combination of beeswax, egg whites, and vegetable dyes were just some of the ingredients used by people during the Ming Dynasty to create their own nail polish.
The French manicure really did come from France:
The idea behind the French manicure was that it allowed members of French royalty to have elegant hands and nails, thus separating and “elevating” them from the lower class.
Nail polish is actually car paint:
Revlon started making nail polish as we know it today in the 1920s. Polish is actually finely refined car paint, which is why it’s so hard to create “natural” nail polish that acts just like the real thing.
Nail polish remover will outlive us all:
Nail polish remover never expires, meaning that the bottle under your sink can last as long as you need it to. However, nail polish remover can evaporate if the lid is not tightly sealed.
Nail polish used to be scandalous:
In the 1950s, red nails were considered “promiscuous” and some churches even required that women remove their nail polish on Sundays before religious worship. This stigma likely stemmed from the Victorian era, when it was considered sinful to paint your nails — the women who did so were typically prostitutes.
In 2012, we spent $768 million on nail polish:
Apparently, this was a 32 percent growth from 2011, which experts say may have been due to the rise of nail art and more color choices for polish.
The most expensive nail polish in the world costs $1,000,000!
AZATURE, the famous $250,000 black diamond manicure, has debuted a million dollar white diamond white lacquer. This $1,000,000 bottle of lacquer contains 98 carats of Azature white diamonds with 1,400 individually hand-selected diamonds set in a platinum cap — the most blinged-out manicure ever.