Did you know that long ago in China, only royalty were allowed to wear black nail polish - and if any non-royals were found to be sporting black polish, the punishment was death?
Perhaps that's why black nail polish is associated with people who like to live on the edge, people who aren't hangin' in the mainstream. In more recent history, black has resurfaced as a popular nail polish colour during London in the swinging '60s, and then with the punks a decade later.
Fast forward a quarter century and black is back again. Turns out that many of the top fashion houses included shades of black prominently in their nail polish collections this year.
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