History of nail shape change

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The fascination with manicure is first mentioned in historical records dating back to 5000 BC, when Indian women began to decorate their fingertips with henna. Later, in 4000 BC. Babylonian men became famous lovers of well-groomed nails - they painted their nails with black or green antimony. And the Chinese began to make colored spots on their nails with the help of egg whites, vegetable dyes and beeswax as early as 3000 BC.

As for the shape of the nails, it changed during each era. But women began to show the greatest attention to her in the late 19th - early 20th centuries. And this is what she was just 100 years ago:

Late 1800s - early 1900s

During this period, short, rounded nails were at the peak of popularity. They became a ubiquitous trend not only because they were easy to keep clean. It was also influenced by the fact that their presence testified to the idle lifestyle of their mistress and, accordingly, to her wealth.

Late 1920s - early 1930s

In 1932, a completely new product entered the cosmetics market - the resistant nail enamel from the Revlon brand. Bold reds and delicate shades of carnations have led to many new designs and nail designs.

Stars like actress Joan Crawford began wearing sharp nails painted red only in the center. Many women really liked this version of the manicure and soon got the name - "crescent manicure".

1940-s – 1950-s

During World War II, the "crescent" and sharp nails were supplanted by the almond-shaped round shape of the nails, which was more practical. As for the main shades of varnish, the most popular during this period was the same red varnish. It could be seen both on the nails of ordinary women and on the arms of Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities.


The most popular in this decade were long oval nails, covered with a barely noticeable layer of pastel pink and shiny peach polish. Some of the most famous women who adhered to this trend were fashion model Twiggy and actress Barbra Streisand.

1970-s and 1980-s

While many hippies wore rough-cut short nails, disco and glamor lovers began to pay more and more attention to the oval shape of long and brightly colored nails.

However, with the invention of French manicure in 1978, square nails came into fashion along with it. And after the OPI company began to produce plastic false nails, the most popular was the manicure with square-oval nails.

1990s and early 2000s

As in the previous decade, square and oval-square shapes remained in fashion at this time. However, now women have ceased to attach importance to excessive length, choosing instead shorter and more natural-looking nails.

Delicate, rounded square nails were considered the personification of style and femininity, which was not without the influence of Princess Diana, who prefers just such a manicure.

At the same time, many stars, such as singer Britney Spears, preferred crisp, right angles.


There are no definite trends in manicure today. Almost all forms of nails are in fashion. They can be sharp, almond-shaped, square, or oval. And the length can vary from a few centimeters to millimeters.

The main thing in choosing the type and type of manicure is its ability to reflect the unique style of each woman.

It is very difficult to predict what will happen to the shape of the nails further. Apparently, the trend towards individuality in choosing your own style will continue for many more years. But no one can promise it.

Published: 23.07.2019 14:15 Times Read: 395

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