How to Make Nail Polish

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How to Make Nail Polish
How to Make Nail Polish
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If you're like us, you're always on the hunt for new and original nail polish colors. Now, you can make your own colors by using this tutorial to learn How to Make Nail Polish. It's super simple to make homemade nail polish; you can easily complete this tutorial in less than an hour. Plus, we love how this tutorial lets us customize what nail polish colors we want. This project also includes instructions for how to include extras in your polish, like glitter. You no longer have to worry about finding that perfect color once you master this tutorial.

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueBath and Beauty



Nail polish originated in China and its history dates back to 3000 BC. During the Zhou dynasty (around 600 BC) the royal house preferred the colors gold and silver; for a time, nail polish could only be worn by the upper classes. The Chinese used to paint their nails with a mixture of egg whites, beeswax, and arabic gum. Later on, red and black eventually replaced metallic colors as royal favorites; the red coloring was a sign of high society, while the lower class often wore light or nude colors. From China, nail polish spread across India, Middle East and northern Africa. In Egypt, a similar trend was followed; the lower classes wore pale colors, whereas high society painted their nails a reddish brown, with henna. It is rumored that the French manicure was first applied in 18th century Paris.

How did moderen nail polish, as we know it, come to exist? It is believed that it was discovered in the 1920s when a French make-up artist named Michelle Manard adapted using high-gloss automobile paints developed a glossy lacquer similar to the nail polish we use today. Her employer was The Charles Revson Company and the owners and a chemist named Charles Lachman, using Manard's idea, created an opaque nail polish that did not streak using pigement (as opposed to dyes). In 1932, this company changed it's name to Revlon and released its first nail polish. Nowadays, as people are becoming more and more conscientious of the products they use and abotu creating their own beauty products, you can even learn how to make nail polish in your own home.


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