Your nails should fit into your real life.
What’s great about changing our nails is that we can alter our look for whatever mood we are in, and change them up as often as we like. The nail designs we choose extend how we want to feel and look. Going to the salon gives us a little down time to relax and reflect. We leave the nail salon feeling fresh, neat and complete.
Where did Nail Polish Originate?
Nail polish originated in China way back in 300BC. Popular colors in the Zhou dynasty were silver and gold. Highbrow cultures in Egypt wore rich reds deep browns made of henna, while the lower class set painted their nails with lighter colors.
In the Victorian era of the Western world, any color on the nails was not accepted as being pure and colorless was the way women were to be. That all changed moving forward to the 1920’s when women came out of their shells and became more rebellious. They started wearing color on their nails and painted their faces with makeup. Celebrity Actress Rita Hayworth made red nail polish very popular from her film Blood and Sand from 1941.
With so many types of nail polish to choose from here’s a rundown on the different finishes
- Cream polish has no shimmer. It’s very smooth, milky and creamy. It is usually sheer or opaque. Think bone and beige tones.
- Frosty nail polish finishes are very metallic in their look. The color balance has more frost giving it a high luster book.
- Micro Glitter polish is thick and more chunky. The glitter particles are larger and the feel of the polish is quite rough in many polishes.
- Shimmer nail polish is a subtle polish that can also be sheer. It is a metallic polish.
- Lustre polish has a pearly finish.The colors are usually white gold, pearl, and silver. It is slightly iridescent and not too frosty.
- Frost is metallic and frosty. The color is more frost than color pigment. Frost was popular in the 70’s.
- Duo-chrome is light reflective and has two or more colors in it.
- Prismatic micro-glitter or shimmer gives a 3-D color effect. Think rainbow and what you see on the back of your credit card on the silver holographic part and you see blue, pink.and white pearl.
- Iridescent nail polish gives a flashy effect incorporated with another color.
- Opalescent polish has a pearly finish.
- Matt polish is flat with no shine.
Fun Fact: Neon nail polish has not been approved by the FDA, therefore you will only see the imported brands on the shelves. OPI uses only approved color dyes in their polishes.
With so many finishes and colors to choose from, we can change our look in and instant. Do you have a favorite nail style? If so, please comment below.