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With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we’re getting ready with freshly-cut hair, new clothes, and – not forgetting the details – manicured nails.

From tiger designs to welcome the 2022 zodiac to luxurious gold charms to put the cherry on top of your beautifully painted digits, we share 16 CNY nail designs to help you get into the mood this Lunar New Year!

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Year of the Tiger nail designs

It’s the Year of the Tiger, so what better way to celebrate than with hand-painted tiger nail designs? Tiger-themed nails are only this festive once every twelve years, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to flaunt these big cats over the holiday.

Pastel orange tiger nails


Photo source: @thenailartbabe on Instagram

Pastel colours have been all the rage this year, so dress your nails up in cheerful pastel orange paired with gorgeous hand-painted tiger and floral designs that are right on theme.

Tiger and mahjong nails

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Photo source: 莔莔墶 on Xiao Hong Shu

If you don’t think that tigers are quite enough to dial up the festivities this Chinese New Year, then it’s time to bring mahjong and firecrackers into the mix to usher in a bright red, prosperous new year.

Cute tiger and paw print nails

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Photo source: 加油美甲 on Xiao Hong Shu

These adorable nails don’t just feature a round-bellied tiger, but they also have little paw print designs that make it look like the tigers took a stroll. Keep it interesting by creating some negative space on the single-coloured nails too – they’ll look cute even without hand-painted designs.

Dark red and tiger nails

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Photo source: Wuli糯糯丸子 on Xiao Hong Shu

Sophisticated dark reds combined with cute tiger designs create the perfect balance.

Glitter and tiger nails

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Photo source: NA.YUKI Salon

Bring in the glitter to elegantly complement your tiger-themed nails. You can go for deep pinks and dark reds if you’re not into bright colours that are typical of CNY. Deep pinks and red paired with glitter create an enchanting style that’s Instagram-worthy. 

Festive floral nail designs

When we think of the Lunar New Year, we picture orchids, peach blossoms, and pussy willows, all in their natural springtime bloom! After all, what’s Chinese New Year without gorgeous spring flowers?

Orange spring flowers nails


Photo source: The Nail Artelier

Did you know that the Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring? These orange flower nail designs are a cute way to beckon in a fresh spring season, plus they’re a great way to amp up a plain outfit this CNY.

Vibrant flower garden and glitter nails


Photo source: Nail County

The flowers in this design come in as many vibrant shades as those in a spring garden. These bold and bright nails also remind us of the elaborate patterns on a beautiful cheongsam – just the right style for the new year.

Metallic red with flowers nails


Photo source: The Nail Artelier

Can’t decide between reds or flowers this lunar new year? You can enjoy equal parts red and flowers with this powerful chrome nail design that’s mixed with gentler patterns of tiny blooms.

Shades of red nail designs

Red is always the colour of this season, but there’s more than one shade of red to celebrate the New Year in. Get creative with these arresting red hues on your nails this CNY!

Shades of red with gold nails


Photo source: EA Nail Studio

You can never go wrong with reds this auspicious season! So, why not try this mix-and-match nail design that combines bright, cheerful reds with more subtle marbled orange hues?

Classy deep red with gold nails


Photo source: EA Nail Studio

Dark reds spell class and elegance. Sprinkle on gold flakes and you’ll be saying gong xi gong xi in super luxurious style.

Glamorous 3D nail designs

Bring some extra glamour to the table this Lunar New Year with accessorised nail styles. These styles feature stunning nail jewellery that add another dimension to your already gorgeous nails.

Since you’re dressing your finest during visiting, there’s no better time to luxuriously doll up your nails to compliment your #OOTD.

Lavish gold and pearl charms nails


Photo source: @nailsbylittleboo on Instagram

These lavish pop-up nail designs add an extra flair to your outfit this Lunar New Year. With gold ornaments, pearls, and glistening stones, you’re sure to charm your way into your relatives’ hearts.

Simple butterfly and gems nails


Photo source: Melbourne L2 Beauty

3D nails don’t have to be super extravagant. Instead, you can go for a simple and feminine look but painting your nails a single shade of glittery pink paired with a cute charm on each nail. The butterfly in this design acts as the statement jewellery piece whilst the other smaller charms complement it.

Ombré with pink bow nails

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We’re so in love with these ombré nails that blend peachy pink with lavender for a whimsical style – add the large pink bow and we’re getting Ariana Grande vibes. You’re also free to play around with the colours, like a deep red and orange, or yellow and orange for a more cheerful style.

Cheerful nail designs

Zodiac-themed, auspiciously red, and glamorously accessorised nails certainly bring out the CNY festivities, but there’s another way to leap into the new year on a cheerful note – that’s with these #goodvibes nail designs. The vibrant colours and happy designs keep your heart light as you usher in the Lunar New Year.

Matte, hand-painted goldfish nails


Photo source: Manicurious Singapore

Besides the zodiac and flower patterns, goldfish are a well-loved symbol during the lunar new year. Keep in theme with Chinese New Year whilst switching up your colour palette with hand-painted goldfish, traditional Japanese wave patterns, and matte baby blue designs.

Smiles and rainbows


Photo source: The Nail Artistry

If cute, hand-drawn designs are more your vibe, then this cheerful nail design is the one for you. With happy daisies, adorable animals, and the bright colours of the rainbow, you’ll enjoy ushering in the new year with smiles all around.

Green and purple pastel nails


Photo source: @Channel8_ on Xiao Hong Shu

Instead of sticking with reds this CNY, get creative with trending pastel nails! These nails give focus to the palette whilst keeping the patterns simple, and they work beautifully with any complementary colour combinations: purple and green, peach and turquoise, light blue and orange.

7 salons in Singapore to nail your CNY manicure

EA Nail Studio 31% off All Time Express Manicure

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With over 10 years of experience in manicures and pedicures, EA Nail Studio creates unique nail designs for every occasion. Whether it’s rabbit-themed designs for the Mid-Autumn Festival or red and gold styles for the Chinese New Year, you won’t run out of designs to dress up your nails!

Enjoy a 31% discount on EA Nail’s All Time Gel Express Manicure when you purchase with our Salon Finder!

Address: 8 Enggor street, Skysuites @ Anson, #01-01, Singapore 079718
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Tue to Sat) | Closed on Mon & Sun
Contact: 9278 8891 or email [email protected]

Yoga Beauty Palace Affordable

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From express gelish nails to classic manicures, the Yoga Beauty Palace will transform your nails with meticulous nail care and beautiful designs – all at affordable prices. It’s also conveniently located at Bugis Cube so that you can enjoy a nail makeover whenever you’re in town.

Shop Yoga Beauty Palace manicures from as low as S$30 on Salon Finder

Address: 470 North Bridge Road, Bugis Cube, #02-06A, Singapore 188735
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: 8826 2789

Chio Bling Nails

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Photo source: Chio Bling Nails

Chio Bling Nails’ Gel Mani service lets you be pampered with a full package of nail trimming and shaping, cuticle oil to strengthen and polish your nails, as well as a palm massage to boost circulation.

Of course, the best part of the session is choosing your favourite designs to be painted onto your nails!

Address: 371 Beach Road, City Gate, #B1-27, Singapore 199597
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: 9375 5915, or email [email protected]

The Nail Artistry Pampering experience

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The Nail Artistry boasts a stylish, modern interior that’s perfect for taking nail pictures for Instagram as well as sitting back whilst your nails are being done. Besides a large television for you to watch shows on, they also enhance your manicure experience with treats like cake and coffee.

Address: 27 East Coast Road, Singapore 428749 |
1 Maju Avenue, myVillage, #01-23, Singapore 556679
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 9pm (Sat to Sun & PH)
Contact: WhatsApp 8800 9119

Nail County Korean salon

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K-beauty enthusiasts can enjoy the best of nail manicures and treatments at this South Korean-based nail salon in Singapore. Its heftier price tags are worth it because Nail County promises a luxurious experience from the moment you step into the salon and premium-quality nail services that leave you with stunning results.

Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk, #02-20, Singapore 039596
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: Call 6779 0014, or WhatsApp 8189 0780

The Nail Artelier Art-centric

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Resting cosily amongst the hip and indie stores at Kampong Glam, the Nail Artelier is a salon in Singapore that brings your dream nail art designs to life. Simply bring your favourite looks to the Nail Artelier, and the nail artists will deftly work to recreate them on your digits.

Address: 76A Haji Lane, Singapore 189269
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: 6298 8028