Such Pretty Colors

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years, you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with nail polish. My sisters would wear such great colors, so of course whenever they did their nails, I would hold out my little hands to get my nails done too. I was ecstatic the days my sisters were doing their nails, because that would mean I would get mine done too WOOHOO!

Loving color as much as I do, my sisters would ask what color I wanted? My answer was always the same : all of them of course. So, my little finger nails were painted in reds, pinks, whites, and pale yellows. I was so proud of my nails showing them off to everyone I saw.

Then I would go outside to play, and wouldn’t you know it, my nail colors would start to chip off. I was pretty upset about that as then I would have to wait at least another week, or longer to get them painted again. But playtime waited outside for me and my friends, so I would just have to be patient until the next painting day.

By the time it was for me to start getting my own nail polish, and putting it on myself they were so many colors to choose from, it was exhilarating!

Did you know that nail polish was invented before any of us were even thought of, never mind being born?

Yup that’s right, it was created around 3000 BC by the Chinese. 

At that time their nail polish would be made out of things like Beeswax, Egg Whites, Arabic Gum, and Vegetable Dyes or petals from flowers like Roses and Orchids for color.  Taking hours for the polish to dry.

Everyone wore nail polish, men and women. High and lower class of people. Ah, but there were rules, the higher class of people could wear colors of Gold & Silver, (made from real silver or gold dust) which later was the Red & Black colors. But the lower class of people could only wear very light colors, if they were caught wearing the Golds, Silvers, Reds, or Blacks, it would be immediate death for them.

The Egyptians caught on to this fascinating thing of nail color using Henna, Cleopatra would dip her nails into this ink, her choice of color would be Blood Red. 

The Babylon’s would use Khol. Black being the highest ranking while pale green was for the lower ranks in class

 At times they would tint their lips to match their nail polish.

In 1878 a lady by the name of Mary E. Cobb had been in France where she learned how to do Manicures. She copied this art, then improved it and brought it to the USA. Mary opened up the first Nail Salon, she called this little gem : Mrs. Prays Manicure. This was to become one of the most popular, and the most requested beauty service in the history of beauty .

Thank You Mary, from all of us that love our nails to you.

Mary eventually developed her own line of products, and created the first at home manicure guide. Mary also invented the Emery Board.

Over the years, Manicures were so popular, companies that were not big then, but have now become a name brand in any home started to sell nail polish, and accessories. 

In 1911 Cutex started out making Cuticle softeners. By 1925 Cutex came out with liquid nail polish, becoming the first Beauty Empire. 

In 1920 a makeup artist by the name of Michelle Menard, started to create nail polish that could glimmer and shine like a new car. By 1932 she had perfected this formula, making nail polish that had a glossy lacquer, selling this in a good variety of colors. The Flappers and other ladies fell in love with this idea. She opened her own company which is now known as Revlon.

A dentist in 1957 by the name of Frederick Slack discovered by accident on making Acrylic Nails. While in his lab one day he broke a nail, he made a faux nail that looked very real out of aluminum foil and dental acrylic. He showed it to his brother, they got together and Voila! The Acrylic Nail was born. 

In 1976 the most favorite and well-known classic nail style was born. Can you guess what it was? I think you already know. You are right! It is the French Manicure. 

Jeff Pink a well-known American Makeup artist and the founder of Orly Makeup set this Manicure in place so that his models would have a nail polish that would go with any outfit. This became such a hit in Paris on the Runway, it became a world phenomenon.

In the early 80’s a lady by the name of Essie Weingarten came up with a lot of bold and exciting colors, by 1983 her colors were such a hit, that the famous Joan Rivers endorsed the colors, Joan’s favorite color from Essie’s collection was Jelly Apple. This helped Essie to become a household name back then. 

The movie Pulp Fiction in 1994 with John Travolta and Uma Thurman saw Uma wearing a color by Chanel called Chanel’s Rouge Noir also known as Vamp. This rich color that looked like dried blood was such a hit it was hard to keep it on the shelves. It is still one of the most requested colors from Chanel.

My own nails (pictured) are the colors from a company that I am a distributor of, they are a fairly new company only being around for the last six or seven years, and they are a Canadian company called Gel Moment, the nail polish is of excellent quality, and there are so many gorgeous colors, I just love them. You can come and see my nails at the Saturday Market at the Oval.

By Colleen Fielding