Hair treatments, skin-clearing facials, wax appointments... a bride's beauty regimen for the wedding is endless (not that we'd complain about the slew of pampering). A must on the list is an impeccable manicure; whether with elegant ornate patterns or sprinklings of glitter, beautiful bridal nails are the crucial complement to your shiny new wedding ring and gorgeous bridal bouquet. To help you show off that sparkly new rock adorning your finger, we bring you the lowdown on Singapore's nail salons, offering relaxing mani-pedis and the best in nail art, gelish, acrylics and more.
The Big Blow
You may know it better as a mecca of blowouts but lucky for us folks, The Big Blow does makeup and manicures too! Give these fairy godmothers a call and they’ll get you wedding aisle-ready in the comfort of your home in a snap – from nails to your hair and makeup.
The Big Blow, #02-21 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760, p. 6465 4836. Open daily 9am-7pm.
One-third nail spa, one-third luxury retail space (the brick-and-mortar store of Bag Bistro, to be precise), and one-third café, the folks at Manicurious have everything you'd possibly want. While your hands and feet are being tended to, sink into the comfy seats and refuel for a day of running errands with a shot of black gold by Papa Palheta (the cuppa's on the house!).
manicurious, 41 Beach Road, Singapore 189680, p. 6333 9096. Open Mon-Sat, 11am-9pm.
Centrally-located and beautifully decorated to boot, Home Nails prides itself in providing premium services at affordable prices. Amen to that! Its team of nail technicians boast at least four years of experience under their belts so rest assured that you'll definitely be in good hands. Bridal nail packages range from the Basic ($128), which includes a gelish mani, classic or express gelish pedi and 3D nail art to the Deluxe ($228), which features full gelish mani pedis, organic spa for hands and feet, bridal nail art and return soak off.
Home Nails, #01-01 The Nomu (beside The Cathay), 20 Handy Road, Singapore 229236, p. 6333 4985. Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-7.30pm.
The Nail Social
Where else can you get pretty talons for a good cause? At The Nail Social, that’s where! Besides offering a full range of nail services and foot massages that use only organic, fair-trade, and cruelty-free products, this cosy salon on Haji Lane is also committed to giving back to the local community. It offers vocational training and employment opportunities to underprivileged women in Singapore and also houses a retail corner where customers can shop for fair-trade accessories. Want to arrange for relaxing mani-pedis during your bridal shower? The Nail Social has a private lounge you can book for girly soirees.
The Nail Social, 42A Haji Lane, Singapore 189235, p. 6717 3221. Open Tue-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm.
Auum – The Honest Nail Spa
This place isn’t called The Honest Nail Spa for nothing. Aside from top-notch hygiene (tools are disinfected and cured under UV light), they only carry 3 and 5-free polishes, and other vegan-friendly products. The therapists here are skilled and accredited, and will only recommend services that your nails need. Plus, if you're looking to bond with your bridesmaids, the Bridal Bliss package lets you dish the goss and wedding updates while you bliss out with fab mani pedis.
Auum, The Honest Nail Spa, PasarBella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah Singapore, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, p. 6464 7878. Open 10am-7pm daily.
Hands + Feet Studio
Brides-to-be, spare a thought for your groom by heading to Hands + Feet. While you chill out and get chummy with your expert manicurist in The Paint Room, your future hubs can enjoy a rejuvenating foot reflexology session and flick through indie magazines at The Gallery Space. Win-win.
Hands + Feet Studio, 44 Siglap Drive, Singapore 456169, p. 6448 7187. Open 11am-11pm daily.
The Kuching Nail Spa
Designed with timeless beauty and elegance in mind, The Kuching Nail Spa exudes colonial charm with its black-and-white tiles, plush leather chairs and dark wood panels reminiscent of British colonial Singapore. Animal lovers will definitely like this boutique nail salon, as it's pledged to donate 5% of their profits to Animal Lovers League. Aside from the classic fare of regular mani-pedis, the salon also offers invigorating treatments to keep your hands and feet baby-bottom soft before your special day.
The Kuching Nail Spa, outlets at Clementi, Holland Village, and Joo Chiat.
After a hard day of running all those endless wedding-related errands, primp and pamper yourself at Juup, and watch some TV (a luxury these days) while you’re at it. They have a great membership programme where you get unlimited use of Chanel colours, among other perks (fab for post-wedding treatments too!).
Juup Nails, outlets at Somerset and Marina Bay Link Mall.
Are you and your BFFs tussling over relaxing treats or a boozy sesh for your bachelorette bash? Well, why not have both? At Blow+Bar, you can indulge in fantastic blowouts, massages, fab nail services, and catch up with pals over drinks – life doesn’t get any better than this.
Blow+Bar, #01-32 The Watermark, 7 Rodyk St, Singapore 238215, p. 6238 7338. Open Mon-Thu 10.30am-9.30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9.30pm, Sun 10am-8.30pm.
Two outlets in and around the CBD make this the perfect option for busy-bee brides who need to squeeze a nail appointment in during lunch hour. The salon even opens up its premises for bachelorette parties so you and your bridesmaids can strike off glamming up your digits from your list together. Bringing your groom along? You’ll be enormously glad to hear that there’s no surcharge for men at Summer Haven.
Summer Haven, China Square Central, Citylink Mall, and I12 Katong.
Ladyfinger the Nail Spa
This award-winning Eco Spa Manicure features vegan-friendly nail elixirs and lacquers that are free of toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP from SpaRitual. Expect an aromatherapeutic journey that transports you to the world of Slow Beauty, in which the body’s full Chakra system is balanced – ideal for when you're in danger of turning into Bridezilla. Spiritual state aside, this treatment does wonders to your hands and nails too.
Ladyfinger the Nail Spa, Ang Mo Kio Hub, Bedok Point, Jurong Point, Tampines 1, and Tiong Bahru Plaza.
The Nail Artelier
Art-loving brides, listen up! Nestled among indie designers and eateries in the eclectic Haji Lane, is an art-centric nail salon where there are no fixed designs. Here, the nail artists work to make your nail design a dream come true. But if you're looking for inspo, check out their bridal nails portfolio; designs range from deceptively simple-looking creations to elaborate ones with acrylic extensions and nail art. Do book ahead ‘cause the salon is always packed with trendy, young folks – another testament to gorgeous nail art.
The Nail Artelier, 48 Haji Lane, Singapore 189241, p. 62988028. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.