The Look: Nails

In the Buff
The fashion of painting one's nails was popularized by French makeup artist Michelle Ménard in the 1920's, but it was slow to catch on stateside. Max Factor did add a Nail Tint to his Society Makeup line in 1927, though the product barely challenged the assumption that proper American ladies liked to buff, not polish. The small porcelain pot contained a cream that, when rubbed onto the nail, produced an un-shocking natural pink color.

Photo: Courtesy of Procter & Gamble