The earliest recorded instances of nail polish hark back to China during the period around 3000 B.C. This ancient version of nail polish contained beeswax, gelatin and egg whites as ingredients; its color depended on the type of vegetable that was used as a source.
Although modern nail polish features a significantly different formula, its purpose is still to accentuate one's presence. Throughout history, members of nobility used nail polish to stand out amongst the crowd. Originally, gold and silver were the most popular colors, but the trend eventually turned to the color red. In 1983, Joan Rivers became the first celebrity to endorse a major nail polish brand, which brought the concept into the mainstream.