Red Nail Art Designs - Get “Red Nail Art Designs” app and learn how to create lots of different nail designs using red nail polish! Watch video tutorials and find out how to make your nails look sinfully seductive!
Tutorials on creating beautiful nail designs using blood red, dark red, fire engine red, burgundy wine and other shades of red nail polish!
Lots of stylized red nail designs for both long and short nails!
Red nail designs with animal prints, flowers, rhinestones, stickers and other nail accessories!
Red nail polish is definitely a must-have this season. Red will forever be that unique color that will never lose its charm. Red nail polish is one of the hottest trends when it comes to nail polish, regardless what shade you choose, bold and sophisticated or a youthful one like coral red. Red nails have never gone out of fashion only the shades and the shape of the nail changes.
The concept of the manicure began in India well over 5,000 years ago with the use of henna as nail paint. This practice spread and was adopted by different cultures. It is believed that the people of southern Babylonia took it a step-further around 4,000 BC and turned to solid gold to achieve the perfect manicure.
The Chinese viewed nail color as a way to indicate wealth and social status. They did not use henna or gold, but instead created a base mixture of egg whites, gelatin, beeswax and gum Arabic. The desired shades were created by adding rose, orchid and impatiens petals. It wasn’t an easy process and the nails had to be soaked in this mixture for a few hours for the color to set. According to a 15th century Ming manuscript the most used colors often were varying shades of red and black.
As the years passed, the Chinese began painting their nails the colors of the ruling dynasty. During the Chou Dynasty (circa 600 BC), gold and silver dust was used to create the colors worn by nobility. The nail was also reportedly inlaid with precious stones and complex cloisonné designs. It seems that nail color was strictly reserved for royalty in those days. Some sources suggest that if a member of the lower class was caught wearing nail polish they would be sentenced to the death penalty.
Nefertiti and Cleopatra are remembered, among other things, as two of the most beautiful women of their time. It is no surprise, then, that they were the first to make something as iconic as red nail polish famous! During their respective reigns, societal hierarchy was indicated by the specific color worn. The stronger the shade of red, the more power the person possessed.
Although the practice likely existed earlier, sources suggest that Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt (14th century BC) colored her fingernails a ruby-red color. Nefertiti and her royal court would use henna (and sometimes even blood!) to color their nails.
Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, continued this trend into the first century BC. Unlike Nefertiti, it is believed she favored a striking crimson shade. During her reign women of lower rank were permitted only pale colors as red was reserved for royalty alone. This fascination with red polish remained constant throughout history and still continues today.
The catalyst for the colored nail lacquer we all know and love was the 1920 creation of high-gloss automobile paints. A French makeup-artist by the name of Michelle Manard had the ingenious idea of adapting these paints for use on nails. She played around with the formula and developed a glossy lacquer similar to the nail polish we use today. Her employer, The Charles Revson Company, recognized a goldmine when they saw one and began work to perfect the formula. Owners Charles and Joseph Revson partnered with a man named Charles Lachman and, using Manard’s original idea, created an opaque, non-streaking nail polish based on pigments instead of dyes. In 1932, the company changed its name to Revlon and began selling the very first modern nail polish!