Having soft hands is not just for romance, it shows you are groomed to your tips.
What do pastels, metallic grays, and sleek nudes have in common? They’re all part of the gorgeous and utterly fresh 2011 nail polish trends. Shades typically lighten up each spring, but instead of going sheer, this year’s crop of pastels stays rich and creamy–think smooth purples, bright blues, and yummy peach-tinged pinks. Plus, the nude lacquers spotted at a plethora of spring shows (like Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, and Yigal Azrouel) are having their moment, and those looking for punched up hits of color won’t be disappointed either: Bright, bold lacquers are making an appearance, and some optically intriguing shades of gun metal are popping up, too. So, get ready to totally transform your digits in 2011 with our ultimate guide to spring nail polishes—talk about a cheap thrill!
Manicures began 5,000 years ago in India, when henna was used as nail polish. The popular practice eventually moved to China, where Cixi, the dowager empress was known for her beautiful, long nails. Although they were artificial, she always had them well-manicured. Fashion nails then became popular for women who did not have long nails, but still wanted a manicure. In the 20th century and into the 21st century, acrylic and UV gel nails have become the popular “fashion nails.”
A pedicure is a treatment done to rejuvenate tired and worn feet. The history of pedicures originated in ancient Egypt. The carving shown was created by an official of an Egyptian pharaoh that shows representation of people receiving a manicure and pedicure. The word pedicure stems from the Latin word “pes,” which means foot, and “cura,” which means care. Pedicures are still done today to prevent nail diseases and disorders, as well as to improve posture due to smoothed and relaxed feet.
When choosing your nail colors and treatments for hands and feet choose green, environmentally friendly products. The beauty industry is slowly changing but the Earth friendly customer has the final say. Go, relax and enjoy without the guilt.