If sitting completely still to make sure the manicurist doesn’t screw up a nail art design doesn’t sound like hell to you and you really enjoy looking at pretty nails, try one of these nail salons for some wicked nail art you can definitely show off on Instagram.
Image via Kiyone+LIM on Facebook
Best for: Clean, kitschy Japanese design
It’s hard not to fall in love with Kiyone+LIM even before you start getting your nails done. The salon is a chain that originates from Japan and the designs are meticulous and super kitschy. The average price for a nail art gel manicure ranges from $100 – $150 depending on the complexity of the designs. They accept reservations via their Facebook Page too.
Kiyone+LIM, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #02-21/23, Singapore 238896, 6834 3193, www.facebook.com/kiyonelim
Operating Hours: Tue – Sun 11am – 10pm
Image via The Nail Artelier on Facebook
The Nail Artelier
Best for: Cutesy designs and 3D nail art
The Nail Artelier counts many local bloggers, celebrities and social media influencers part of their regular clientele. While their manicurists are definitely skilled, they seem to excel when it comes to, as we mentioned, 3D nail art and cutesy designs. You can bring photos of your inspiration, or you can peruse through the dozens of Japanese nail art magazines available in the salon. Nail art start from $2 per nail.
The Nail Artelier @ Haji Lane, 666 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188800, 6298 8028, https://thenailartelier.wordpress.com
Operating Hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
The Nail Artelier @ Kembangan, 16 Jalan Masjid #01-06, Singapore 418941,
6636 2886, https://thenailartelier.wordpress.com
Operating Hours: Daily 11am to 8pm
Image via Manicurious on Instagram
Best for: Fashion forward digits
Whether you’re looking to copy a design you saw on Pinterest, or you want something to match the prints on your dress, Manicurious will most likely nail it. The nail bar-cum-café concept now has two locations – on Beach Road, and on Tras Street. Nail art costs anywhere between $8 – $10 depending on the complexity of the design, so if you’re planning to get all ten fingers done it may add up to be quite costly. Remember to make an appointment before you come because their slots tend to get filled up quite easily.
Manicurious @ Beach Road, 41 Beach Road, Singapore 189680, 6333 9096, www.manicurious.sg
Operating Hours: Mon – Sat 11am – 9pm, Sun 11am – 8pm
Manicurious @ Tras Street, 49 Tras Street, Singapore 078988, 6221 1012, www.manicurious.sg
Operating Hours: Mon – Sat 11am to 9pm, Closed on Sundays
Image via The Nail Status on Facebook
The Nail Status
Best for: Translating design references into nail art
Tucked in a little corner of Far East Plaza, The Nail Status has its share of loyal customers because of the discounts the salon offers to students and air crew. Their manicurists copy designs well so be sure to come with design references, and their gel extensions are long-lasting. All nail art and 3D nail art are done with sculptor gel or acrylic and costs $135 onwards.
The Nail Status, #04-83 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Rd., Singapore 228213, 6836 2005, www.thenailstatus.com
Operating hours: Mon-Sat: 11am – 9.30pm, Sun 11am – 7pm