Subtle Nail Art To Show Off Your Patriotism For National Day

There are so many splendid things to do this weekend. On our itinerary so far: trawling Instagram in search of nail art designs fit for National Day.

Traditional red and white designs may have been holding court as the go-to (and glaringly obvious) colours — but not for much longer, it seems. A subtle takeover is underway this year, with our digits hankering for conversation-starters. From printed nail polish wraps to delicately suggestive local landmarks, we rounded up the standout of the bunch, below.

Slide into your manicurists DM’s post-haste, ladies.

If you’ve… scored tickets to NDP 2019

Photo credit: @Nodspark

The Internet was all aflutter when Nodspark dropped a National Day print set just two weeks back. The polish wraps are easily set on your nails with a dual side nail file and come with zero drying time. This skyline and super simple red-and-white colour play will pair perfectly with your NDP tickets in hand for your Instagram feed.

If you’re…  making a trip to the Flower Dome this National Day

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Photo credit: @Tiffaniefs

Part florals, part dreamy, fully adorable. These flower accents aren’t exclusive to extensions: short nails can sport ’em, too. As Gardens By The Bay is holding an Orchid Extravaganza (read: floral display) in lieu of National Day, it is only fitting to flaunt these ornate nails against minimalist pink petals or a blend of purple orchids. We recommend opting for a semi-sheer base should you really want those floral hues to pop.

If you’ve… found the perfect spot to catch the NDP fireworks

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Photo credit: @Nail_unistella

Another take on National Day subtly, this look incorporates a tie-dye nail that almost gives the illusion of dazzling fireworks. The end result, an update on a gradient mani, is striking yet surprisingly tranquil and wearable. For additional sparkle, try adorning them with star-shaped nail-art stickers.

If you’re… constantly begging a friend to join you for durian

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Photo credit: @Lubpuizzz

If you’re a self-declared fan of all things fruit and yellow, this design just about does it. When fresh and perfectly ripe, a durian is a thing of Singapore delights, to be enjoyed in bite-sized chunks from one of the pods, or as a sweet accent on your fingernails. We say aye.

If you’re… always complimenting our garden city to tourists

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Photo credit: @Ninannailedit

Scouring the Instaverse in the name of nail art research has turned up gems like this leaf-patterned design you’ll be commanding requesting your manicurist to re-create. For something reminiscent of the bevy of lush botanicals at Jewel Changi, but still subtle, try these nature-inspired designs with a matte finish over top.

If you’re… just looking for a red colour scheme

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Photo credit: @8twenty8nails

A key component associated with getting into the patriotic mood is the colour red. Perfect for anyone who’s simply opting for a monthly colour change without being over-the-top, try this take on the red and gold colour combo… but make it festive with gold glitter decals come 9 August.

Written by Sinead Lee.

Photo courtesy: @goscratchit, @Nodspark, @Tiffaniefs