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3 nail designs from whimsical to floral you'll want to have

Tired of the usual dainty flowers or French mani? We asked three of the best nail art salons in town to create unique floral, graphic and whimsical designs so you can try them at your next appointment
 

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#1 Theme: Whimsical

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The Nail Artelier
The easiest way to wear pastels: sheer layers of colour and a gradation effect.

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The Nail Status
Paint splotches reminiscent of abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock’s work are on trend this season. Wear them on your digits for a subtle pop of colour.

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Kiyone+Lim
The sheer washes of colour in this design give a lovely watercolour effect that’s dreamy and pretty.

#2 Theme: Graphic

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Kiyone+Lim
Modern art with a bright twist, this matte-finish design is stylish and bold.

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The Nail Status
Up the edge factor of a classic pink-nude nail with a subtle graphic design near the tip. Trust us, it’s way more interesting than your usual French manicure.

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The Nail Artelier
We like to think of this design as tribal art gone girlie, thanks to the use of pastel green polish.

#3  Theme: Floral

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Kiyone+Lim
A simple polkadot-and-flower print like this is understated and pretty, without looking too girlie or fussy.

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The Nail Artelier
This fan-like take on a floral pattern is modern and chic. The contrast of black and baby blue on powder pink is refreshing and unexpected.

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The Nail Status
Bold and bright, this playful Marimekko-inspired print is perfect for that accent nail.

THE SALONS
Kiyone+Lim
(#02-21/23 Orchard Central, tel: 6834-3193)
This relatively new Japanese salon (it opened in 2014) is famous for its Japanese-style watercolour effects and muted tones.
The Nail Artelier
(666 North Bridge Road, tel: 6298-8028)
One of the first local salons to specialise in intricate nail art, this five-year-old salon is the place to go to for bold, colourful nail art designs.
The Nail Status
(#04-83 Far East Plaza, tel: 6836-2005)
An institution at Far East Plaza, it counts among its clientele actresses, such as Jade Seah, and social media influencers.

Images: Winston Chuang & Tan Wei Te

This story was first published in Her World Magazine September 2015.

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