ELLE Beauty Black Book: Nail It

10 best nail salons for anything from a classic mani and pedi to freehand nail art


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Auum The Honest Nail Spa

ELLE Loves: Pampering Paraffin Pedicure, $85.80 for 75 minutes and $35 for concierge services (per location, per customer).
Pamper your hands and feet in the comfort of your own home with Auum’s concierge services, which brings the nail spa right to your doorstep. The Pampering Paraffin Pedicure includes a relaxing massage followed by a heated paraffin wax treatment to boost moisture levels and leave them feeling soft and smooth.

Branche Hair & Nail

ELLE Loves: Gel Manicure and Nail Art by Safori, $300.
A leader in the Japanese nail industry, Branche’s nailist, Safori, has won multiple contests and awards, as well as appeared multiple times on TV shows in Japan. Whether you are looking for abstract nail art or luxe jewellery designs, rest assured you can entrust your nails to her expert hands.

Dollhouse Nails & Foot Reflex 

ELLE Loves: Gelish Manicure, $45, and Nail art, from $3.
If you can dream it, the highly skilled manicurists at Dollhouse can achieve it. Be it graphic styles like bold stripes or neon Mondrian checks to whimsical sketches of characters from Snoopy to Stitch, your wish is their command.


ELLE Loves: Deborah Lippmann Essential Pedicure, $100++ for 60 minutes.
Even the most neglected and overworked of feet will feel the love with this signature Deborah Lippmann pedicure. A mixture of shea butter, kokum butter and açai is used to heal and protect dry, cracked skin; while the refreshing scents of pineapple, orange and peach come together to re-energise the senses.

Hands + Feet Studio

ELLE Loves: Hands + Feet Studio Deluxe Pedicure Treatment, $70 for 80 minutes.
It’s sheer bliss with this pampering pedicure session, which draws on the soothing powers of lavender with a foot soak and a deep cleansing mineral mask. It also includes a 20-minute foot reflexology session.   

Kiyone + Lim

ELLE Loves: Gel Manicure, $70 (full set) + Nail Art, from $2 per nail.
Let your nails do the talking for you with a gel manicure and nail art specially dreamt up for you by the pros at Kiyone + Lim. The bio-sculpture gel used is gentle and long-lasting, ensuring that your digits – be they decorated with glitter, embellishments, or hand-drawn images – will wow those around you for more than a while. 

M’Pir The Nail Bar

ELLE Loves: CND Shellac Manicure, $80 for 60 minutes.
With CND Shellac, you don’t have to subject yourself to chipped manicures and your nails don’t have to be subjected to harmful chemicals. A polish system that combines the ease of nail polish with the performance of gels, CND Shellac lasts up to 14 days, for high shine with zero dry-time and, most importantly, no nail damage. 


ELLE Loves: Gel Manicure, $85 for 60 minutes.
Shave 30 minutes off your gel manicure ritual with the new gel brand from Japan, Presto (which also means fast in Italian). Each layer only takes 20 seconds to cure and you can choose from a myriad of 200 colours – which might actually take longer than the curing time.

Remede Spa

ELLE Loves: Bastien’s Duo, $285++ for 75 minutes.
Think of this as a luxurious medical procedure that will restore your nails and skin to its former healthy state. Nails are adeptly cleaned and reshaped, while hard and dry skin on our gnarly feet was painlessly removed. Even if the therapist didn’t work on nails, we’d go back just for the simultaneous hand-and-foot massage that revives tired limbs.

Vedure Face, Body & Nail Medispa

ELLE Loves: Berry Star Manicure, $90 for 100 minutes.
Unveil bright, luminous skin and fight free radical damage at the same time with Vedure’s award-winning treatment. Your hands are first polished with a red wine scrub, before being treated to a unique blend of deep heat combined with a serum containing a natural blend of berries to boost the appearance of your skin.

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