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Nailed it! Get creative at home this Lunar New Year with some nail art #inspo from the 'gram

1. A Touch of Red

Why choose just one colour when there's more fun to be had with two? While we're all for those deep, garnet red nail lacquers this festive season, here's a clever way to incorporate hints of peachy red in your nails alongside a neutral pink. Match this fuss-free coral and pink combo with your Chinese New Year garb or pair it with a neutral outfit even after the festivities.     

Get the look: Kester Black nail polish in Peace Talks and Coral, available on Fashion Valet

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2. The Year of the Ox

Though time consuming, patterned nails are especially fun this season with their playful ode to the Year of the Ox. Give the classic monochrome palette a festive twist with this spotted look by Singaporean nail artist @paintmynailsllp. 

Get the look: Zahara nail polish in Galaxy and First Snow, available on Zahara; mirror chrome gold flakes from Pretty2u, available on Zalora.   

More: The Ultimate Chinese New Year 2021 Style Guide For Kids

3. Red, white and pink

Coordinating multiple colours for all your fingernails can be tricky, but you'll strike a pleasing balance if you start within the colour family of red, pink, white. The best part? You can achieve this exact look with stick-on gel strips. Switch them around, add more colours wherever you like or alternate them on your fingers with regular nail polish—the sky's the limit.    

Get the look: Dashing Diva Autumn Closet magic press big stone collection, available on Zalora or Wooh.my.   

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4. Fun with orange

We love how this orange and teal combination by Jac and Ivy Nail Spa incorporates pops of colour in simple, easy-to-do patterns which can be replicated at home with a nail art brush or art pen. While orange in itself is a gorgeous colour, opt for this understated look if you're hesitant about it overpowering the colours in your outfit.

Get the look: Jessica custom nail polish in Ocean Waves, Cool in the Pool and Pumpkin Spice, available on The Nail Parlour.   

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5. Gold and blue

Perfect for matching the dark blue Chinese New Year outfit in your closet, Emery & Co's laidback and effortlessly chic nail art stickers feature edgy designs from Singaporean designers. There's also a red, blue and black CNY versions for those who want to take a walk on the dark side.

Get the look: Emery & Co nail sticker in Emerald Gold, available on Emery & Co (international shipping available)         

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6. Floral patterns, glitter and gel

Glitter nails, gel polish and beautiful peony-inspired patterns come together in this Lunar New Year look by The Nail Parlour. If you aren't confident about painting floral patterns on your own just yet, opt for nail stickers instead. 

Get the look: Jessica nail polish in Peony and Silver Hologram, available on The Nail Parlour.

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