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
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
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
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
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
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
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.