With Chinese New Year right around the corner, everyone is getting into the mood for celebration. Most of us are getting our hands tied with sprucing up our homes, while others are busy refreshing their wardrobes and primping their hair. On top of that, you’re also probably looking to get your digits done to go with your outfit.
To help you look ready for the Lunar New Year, we’ve gathered a ton of Chinese New Year nail looks for some much-needed inspiration. You’ll want to stay with us till the end of the article too, because we’ve got 10 nail salons for you to check out – there’s even one that’s offering 40% off its regular price!
Chinese New Year nails: Year of the Ox
If this is your year, there’s no better way to steal the limelight with adorable ox-inspired nail designs. Talk about ushering in an ox-picious new year.
Neutrals with a hint of pink
Give your usual white and taupe nails some pizzazz with a splash of pink.
Usher in the Niu-year
Spice up a cute cow illustration with lots of glitter.
Patterned nails are especially fun with their playful ode to the Year of the Ox. Give the classic monochrome palette a festive twist with this spotted mani.
Subtle gold specks
For a more minimalistic take on printed nails, try this adorable yet classy design that’s speckled with fine gold glitter.
Chinese New Year nails: Auspicious red
Just like a red lip, a red mani is a power statement. We love a classic, glossy red polish, but with the addition of elaborate nail jewels or just a touch of gold, you can take your LNY nail designs to the next level.
A touch of gold
The metallic gold foil adds an edge to a crimson red manicure.
Amplify a bold red base colour with metallic moons at the base. Go for a gold sparkly colour like one of these, if you’re feeling fancy.
Red marbled nails
Marbling always looks chic on the nails, so why not go maroon to rev up the sophistication?
White details give your nails a 3D effect, so you can channel your inner Betty Boop with this cartoonish design.
Upgrade a bare or sheer nail look with the addition of ultra-cute cherries.
Celebrate both the Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day with mini smooch patterns on your digits.
This bold, striped manicure is sure to please the tiger moms out there.
Turn up the heat
This red flame manicure is sure to turn heads.
Chinese New Year nails: Pretty in pink
From a classic pink-and-white French mani to bold magenta nail art and everything in-between, a pink manicure knows no limits. Whether you’re looking for something super simple or eye-catching and extravagant, Instagram is serving up some serious nail inspo.
The silver lining
Touches of silver foil lend a modern edge to a feminine pink manicure.
In some alternate universe, we hope the skies are pretty in pink, like this stunning marbled manicure with tinges of wispy white.
Why choose just one colour when there’s more fun to be had with two? Here’s a clever way to incorporate hints of red in your nails alongside a neutral pink.
A pop of neon
What’s better than a traditional pink and white french mani? A pop of neon orange, that’s what.
Hearts aren’t only just for Valentine’s Day. You can wear a romantic mani during CNY and all year long with this pink-based, heart-tipped look.
Ombre pink and gold
You can never go wrong with perfectly placed gold foil, especially if it’s on an ombre pink manicure.
We’re all for this pastel manicure with floral details. This look is subtle and oh-so-dreamy.
Chinese New Year nails: Zesty yellow and orange
There’s nothing like a bright burst of citrus to boost our mood and brighten our day. Check out these zesty nail designs that’ll put a spring in your step whenever you glance down at them.
Opt for a clear base and zest it up with bright tangerines.
Orange you glad?
Get your daily dose of vitamin C with this fruity manicure.
You might not have grown up in the ’70s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the Woodstock vibes to your fingers.
Whether you’re more into the fruit or the emoji, you can’t go wrong with these peach-inspired nails.
Between the creamy, peachy base and the bold floral art – what’s not to love?
Chinese New Year nails: Jade nails
Since it’s associated with the heart chakra, jade is believed to treat stress, anxiety, and improve blood circulation. This is why we’re seeing more jade nails circulating on the ‘gram – even Rihanna’s into it! If you’re not one for a red or pink manicure this Chinese New Year, you’ll want to check out these designs ahead.
Add gold foil to the mix and you have an opulent take on the jade nail trend that surely won’t go unnoticed.
Jade and rose quartz
Adding a little rose quartz to the mix keeps this manicure minty fresh.
Dark green nails
If you prefer a darker colour palette, consider these dark jade nails.
These almond-shaped beauties look like purposefully shattered jade.
Drawing inspiration from serpentine stone, this stunning manicure is elevated with hints of gold.
Where to get Chinese New Year nails designs in Singapore
Skosk Beautique (Save up to 40%!)
If you’re a Westie who’s looking for an affordable, quality nail salon, Skosk Beautique will fit the bill. Located in the NUS campus, Skosk Beautique offers a variety of beauty treatment, from facials to waxing and nail art. Customers often return for their professional service and clean, comfortable space, with affordable prices to boot!
The Classic Gel Manicure with 2 Fingers Nail Art is now going for S$38 instead of S$63 on Salon Finder!
Address: 2 College Avenue West, #01-09, Stephen Riady Centre, Singapore 138607
Contact: 9169 5037
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 7pm (Sat) | Closed on Sundays
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It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the insanely popular drama series Yanxi Palace, because you’ll fall head over heels for these nails inspired by the costumes in the show. Situated at Citylink Mall, Dollhouse’s Yanxi-inspired designs are gorgeous and intricate – perfect for the upcoming LNY celebrations.
Prices for Dollhouse’s designs begin from S$88 onwards, but you can redeem their Yanxi Palace Nails at a fixed rate of S$88 on Salon Finder.
Run by a Japanese expat, Queen’s Market is a one-stop-shop for all your grooming needs. Though it’s known for its signature Royal Herb Detox Wrap treatment for the body, its gel manicure and pedicure services deserve the spotlight too. Their unique Japanese soft gel polish lasts longer and is less damaging to your nails, so you truly get your money’s worth at this salon.
The Japanese-style Gel Nail Colour Gradation (Manicure) is priced at S$80 on Salon Finder!
The Nail Social
Singapore’s first socially-conscious nail salon, The Nail Social uses only non-toxic, eco-friendly, and fair-trade polishes that are safe for use on children and expectant mothers. They also donate a portion of their proceeds to provide vocational training and employment for marginalised woman – talk about style with a slice of altruism.
With iPads pre-loaded with movies, books, games, and podcasts as well as drinks, snacks, and a complimentary glass of wine for you to enjoy on Fridays and Saturdays, you’re in for a real pampering treat.
The prices for nail art varies depending on the design, so be sure to book in advance.
Address: 42A Haji Lane, Level 2, Singapore 189235 |
333 Kreta Ayer Road, #01-14, The Social Space, Singapore 080333
Contact: Find the full list of contact numbers on the website
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Elaborate, whimsical hand-drawn creations are a speciality over at kiyone+LIM, with everything from water-coloured hues to milk cartons making an appearance on nails. It shares a space with 1tto+LIM, one of the trendiest Japanese hair salons in town.
These lovely nails don’t come cheap, though. Prices start at S$2 per nail for nail art designs and S$80 for a manicure by a junior nail artist.
Located right in the heart of Tanjong Pagar, 8Twenty8 Nails is a nail salon that offers delightfully Instagram-worthy designs, from cracked marble to steel-tipped talons. They also pride themselves on the little luxuries you can indulge in while getting your nails done, such as hydro-massages and premium Jacuzzi jet-basins to soak your nails in.
The prices for nail art vary depending on the design, so call up early to enquire.
The Nail Artelier
Situated in the eclectic, vibrant Kampong Glam neighbourhood, right at the entrance of Haji Lane, lies The Nail Artelier. Dubbed an “art-centric” nail salon, you can expect beautiful masterpieces here. The salon’s customised nail art portfolio ranges from sweet florals to embellished offerings, so there’s something for everyone.
Nail art is priced at an additional S$3 per nail. Be sure to make an appointment soon – limited slots are often snapped up fast.
The Nail Artistry
An unassuming space with floor-to-ceiling windows, The Nail Artistry is furnished with plush seats and huge TV screening the latest blockbuster. The manicurists are flexible with requests, but be sure to check out the salon’s Instagram page for innovative and trendy designs. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s also a café on the premises that offers light bites such as bread, croissants and cakes, and coffee.
The Nail Artistry’s services start from S$15 for an Express Manicure.
Address: 27 East Coast Road, Singapore 428749 |
1 Maju Avenue, #01-23, myVillage, Singapore 556679
Contact: View the full list of contact numbers here
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 9pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
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Specialising in intricate nail art designs, Manicurious is the parlour of choice for those in search of unique, one-of-a-kind nails. Think dizzying geometric patterns and hyper-realistic renderings of our favourite animations. We also appreciate the soothing ambience comprising vintage-inspired armchairs, speciality teas, and a wide selection of magazines.
Custom nail art starts from S$5 per nail.
Nails & Good Company
A nail spa that’s committed to providing socially responsible nail care services to their customers and the community, Nails & Good Company emphasises the use of less-toxic nail polish – something that is greatly overlooked. Apart from gorgeous nail designs, the salon also prides itself on implementing stringent hygiene practises to put your mind at ease.
Prices start from S$15 for an Express Manicure.
Address: 10 Tampines Central 1, #05–K1, Tampines One Shopping Mall, Singapore 529536
Contact: 6260 3889, 8634 8781
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 8pm (Sat & Sun)
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