Flashback to the days when we had little diamonds and ornaments adorning our talons. Over the years, 3D nails have grown in trend and size, with some of its dimensional designs gracing the cuticles of celebrities.
You might have noticed how 3D nails have had a comeback, mostly with the wildest creations and a distinctive Y2K twist. #3Dnails have gathered nearly 700k posts on Instagram and were also seen on stars like Lizzo, Rita Ora, and Lil Nas X at this year’s Met Gala.
Love having your finger on the pulse? Time to start making nail appointments and bookmarking the hottest 3D nail designs to take your nail game to new heights!
Read on for some of the best nail salons and home-based nail businesses to create chunky or intricate designs from the sweeping 3D nail trend.
Best home-based nail salons for 3D nails
Aptly named, this home-based nail salon dishes out nail designs that are the epitome of quirky. From Sanrio-themed 3D nails and tentacle-like pearls to chromatic sculpted lightning bolts, @qquirkynails will grant all your nail wishes.
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She’s even gone on to create intricate and attention-grabbing avant-garde nails for editorial spreads.
This self-taught nail manicurist will give you the most eye-catching set of nails, especially if you love long extensions and excessive amounts of pearls or rhinestones!
Although she’s only been in the nail industry for one year, her portfolio of nail designs speaks volumes and says otherwise.
Known to experiment with colours, textures, and patterns, @nailsndaggers has done a plethora of 3D nail designs incorporated with gradients, blooming effects, silver chrome spikes, and mercury-looking fluid.
Nothing screams chic and edgy more than the nail sets done by @peachesonlysg!
Some of her 3D nail designs include gradient and aura nails paired with gorgeous pearls and adorable, metallic, or water-like blobs. You’ll certainly leave with fresh, luxurious, and celebrity-looking nails.
If you’re seeking something unique and different, you can try this captivating 3D bubble wrap nail design or aura nails with tips lined with pearls.
If you’re looking for the perfect 3D nails with ombre, chrome, or nuances of Y2K vibes, Nanako’s your girl!
With just one scroll through her Instagram page (boasting 14k followers), you can tell this nail artist has got the skills and talent to create any nail design you can dream of.
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The only issue you could possibly encounter is taking a long time to decide which design to go for because you’ll want to have every one of them fashioned on your nails.
Whatever your style is, from cute to classy to goth, @wacky.studios has got you covered. With over two years of experience, this part-time nail artist has garnered 14.8k followers on Instagram and 16.2k followers on TikTok.
Her portfolio of work will show how well-versed she is in all types of hand-drawn art and magical-looking nails.
For an impeccable Y2K goth-inspired 3D nail design that features pearls, gradients, silver spikes, a skeleton hand, and a dangling chain, check out @wacky.studios.
Book an appointment via her booking link which will be released monthly on Instagram.
@shnaillss started applying clear nail polish on herself in kindergarten, started having a growing interest in nails throughout the years, and taught herself everything she knows through YouTube.
She’s probably one of the manicurists in Singapore that started really young, having filmed some nail art tutorials in 2007 when she was in Primary 2.
She specialises in fun and cutesy 3D nail art with some of her designs looking really artsy and elegant.
Book an appointment via Instagram messages.
Best nail salons for 3D nails
For Duchess by Duke
Just a short walk from Paya Lebar MRT, this salon is known for its one-step express manicure that comes with a specially formulated gel polish.
For Duchess by Duke also offers amazing handpainted nail art, some with the most incredible details and designs.
Their nail artists have come up with a wide range of nail art that incorporates 3D components, from the magical themes of Disney’s Frozen to the design of the horror film The Nun.
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A design that caught our eyes was a chrome and Y2K-inspired design with 3D French tips — definitely a ‘simple’ yet snatching design that’ll stand out in the crowd!
Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, #02-15, Kinex, Singapore 437157
Contact: Call 6631 8464 or make an appointment here
Opening Hours: 11am — 8pm (Tue to Sun) | By appointment only on Mondays
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For more subtle and elegant 3D nails, head over to EA Nail where you’ll be treated like a queen and receive the best pampering session you deserve.
Here’s a glowing review from Lina, a happy customer:
“Best manicure salon that I have been to! Super friendly Elise who always finds the perfect designs and I always am so proud of my nails after every session. Special shoutout to Joey who is always patient and meticulous when she draws the nail art on my fingernails! Super recommended!!!”
Snag these deals on Salon Finder:
- All Time (Gel) Classic Mani + Unlimited Design for S$150 instead of S200
- All Time (Gel) Classic Mani + Extension+ Unlimited Design for S$190 instead of S$240
- Classical favourite unlimited design of your choice! (featuring Emily in Paris S2 Designs) for S$138 instead of S$178
You might have seen this brand during your travels in Busan, South Korea. If you’re a lover and follower of K-beauty, especially nails, look to Nail County for the royal treatment!
Dubbed ‘Singapore’s First Korean Premium Salon’, this award-winning nail parlour’s on the pricier side. However, you’ll be served only the best with quality products, top-of-the-line facilities, and plenty of gorgeous designs to choose from.
Feature image credit: @peachesonlysg/Instagram, @nailcounty_sg/Instagram, @nailsndaggers/Instagram