Take A Look At 100 Years Of Nail Art

by May Sofi

If you're anything like me, you take the color of your nails very seriously. One day it's all about french-manicured tips, and the next, geometric patterns are all the rage. Just as fashion and beauty styles have evolved over the years, it's not hard to imagine that nail trends have changed quite a bit too. A new YouTube video titled "100 Years of Fashion: Nails" illustrates that when it comes to beauty, specifically nails, history definitely repeats itself.

The two minute clip takes viewers on a time traveling journey starting in 1916 and ending in 2016. What's particularly great about the video is that it doesn't just merely flash still images of the nail looks that correspond with each decade, instead, it gives us a full #BTS peek at how each look is created and achieved. While there are definitely some styles that have become obsolete, like completely bare nails or nothing but a clear topcoat, others such as half-moon manis and sparkly rounded-tip styles have totally come full circle.

Let's take a closer look at the evolution of nail trends over the past 100 years, shall we?

It seems a century ago things in the nail department were as simple as it gets.

Fast forward 10 years later, and things get a tad more glamorous with some shiny clear topcoat.

Haven't we seen this type of half-moon mani before? Oh yes, on the runways at New York Fashion Week in 2014. It seems what's old can definitely become what's new again.

Super long, talon-like nails have totally come back into style, and celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens are living proof of that.

This deep crimson shade from the '50s looks a lot like the OPI shade I had on all winter long.

And this one is a spitting image of Essie's ever-popular "Fiji" color.

Metallic manis may have dated back to the '70s, but the truth is, they are hardly just a thing of the past, just ask Kylie Jenner.

While the specific combination of hot pink, silver sparkles, and rhinestones may be exclusive to the '80s, it's certainly easy to see where the wacky nail art of today's day and age got its inspiration from.

This super short, jet black look is so signature of the '90s grunge trend, and we all know the '90s are making a major resurgence back into mainstream fashion.

This manicure was such an early '00s classic.

2016's nail style is sort of like a combination of all past ones, mixing the minimalism of early decades with the glitz and glamour of later ones.

Check out the entire video!

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