Chinese New Year Nail Designs Featured

Additional reporting by Emily Lim

With just two weeks to Chinese New Year, you should make that appointment to your manicurist now, to get your nails in time for the festive season. You can get an incredible discount by searching for a salon of your choice at our Salon Finder.

To usher in the Year of the Pig, we have 27 nail inspirations that are great for Chinese New Year we would love to suggest:

Oriental style

Chinese New Year is one of the few occasions when the Chinese don their cheongsam and pay special tribute to their Chinese roots. Show off that unique oriental style with these manicure designs:

1. Chinese Letterings

2. Fortune Cat

Psst, we know that the fortune cat is from Japan, but Chinese businesses have also adopted this icon to bring in good luck.

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3. Chinese-style painting

4. Porcelain painting

5. Ancient Chinese painting

Adorable pigs

It’s the Year of the Pig and we’re excited to have these cute animals painted on our nails.

6. Pink glitter with pig motif as accent

Chinese New Year Nails Pigs 1

7. Cute piggy snouts and tails

Chinese New Year Nails Pigs 5

8. Cute piglets in a row

Chinese New Year Nails Pigs 3

9. Polka dots with piggy designs

Chinese New Year Nails Pigs 2

10. Adorable pigs in different poses

Chinese New Year Nails Pigs 4


Chinese New Year is also a celebration of springtime. Usher in the new season with spring-inspired designs on your nails.

11. Cherry blossom

Cny Nails Spring 1

12. Floral accent

13. Plum blossoms

14. Bamboo and cherry blossoms

15. Roses

16. Floral design on negative space

Hit the (gambling) tables

We know that we indulge in some social gambling with our friends and family when we visit too. Show them you’re ready to take them on at the table with these nail designs.

17. Dice

18. Mahjong

19. Poker

Cny Nails Poker


If you want a classic option that still looks good after the festive season is over, go for red designs that will not go out of style.

20. Red with glitter

Cny Nails Red 5

21. Red with black gradient

Cny Nails Red 1

22. Red with floral accent

Cny Nails Red 2

23. Red with paper-cutting design

Cny Nails Red 3

24. Red with gold accent

Cny Nails Red 4

Rose gold

Not a red person? Rose gold certainly works too!

25. Rose gold accents

Cny Nails Rose Gold 2

26. Glittery rose gold with nude

Cny Nails Rose Gold 3

Rose gold with serious embellishment

Cny Nails Rose Gold 1

Don’t forget to check out our Salon Finder to find a salon of your choice and enjoy an incredible discount!

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