8 Easy Lunar New Year Nails That Will Bring You Luck

Longevity noodles, dragon dances, and red envelopes are just a few of the traditions we celebrate throughout the Lunar New Year. In 2024, the Lunar New Year (also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival) will begin on February 10 and end on February 24. While we are all busy preparing for the festivities, Lunar New Year fashion and beauty should not be overlooked. 


Celebrate the Lunar New Year 2024 with nails that are stunning yet easy to recreate at home! And if you’re looking for minimalist manicures that are Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day-approved, well, you’ve come to the right place. From plain manis to frenchies and cute designs, we have listed down 8 Lunar New Year nail ideas to get you all excited for this holiday!


1. Simply Red

Start your Lunar New Year right with this classic monochromatic red manicure from iGel Beauty Christine Garcia. Red is a timeless color that fits the celebration and signifies good fortune and prosperity in Chinese culture. Paint your nails a vibrant medium red shade like Dip & Dap Duo - DD040 Red Spice, and watch the good luck come your way!

Product Used:
Dip & Dap Duo - DD040 Red Spice


2. White-Gold Frenchies


If you’re looking for a nail idea that will keep you worry-free as you change your outfit at the last minute, iGel Beauty Crystal Barela’s white-gold frenchies are the solution. This simple mani will definitely match the red or yellow details of your Lunar New Year outfit. To recreate this at home, you will need a pretty pink base color like iGel Match - 034 Bridal Veil, a white gel polish for the tips, and then a gold liner such as Line Art Gel Kit - 24 (Gold Ring). 

Products Used:
iGel Match - 034 Bridal Veil
Line Art Gel Kit - 24 (Gold Ring)
iGel No Cleanse Top Coat


3. Red Charm

Can’t get over the pure red nail trend? Try this one-of-a-kind nail inspo. Who doesn't love a two-for-one mani? Red is a no-brainer for the Lunar New Year, and this set by iGel Beauty adynailedit could also pass as a Valentine’s nail look. Complete this set using a gorgeous sheer pink shade such as iGel Match - 089 Wedding Dress, and a bright red shade like Dip & Dap Duo - DD112 Cherry Bomb. Easily navigate for similar colors using our categorized shades feature on the product site. Nail the trend while putting your twist on it with this Lunar New Year nail idea!

Products Used: 
iGel Match - 089 Wedding Dress
Dip & Dap Duo - DD112 Cherry Bomb


4. 20-24k gold

iGel Beauty Lizeth Rodriguez shows us how to attain the nail version of “quiet luxury”. Add dazzling gold touches to your nails, to attract wealth and prosperity for the year 2024! You’ll never go wrong with gold as it is undoubtedly one of the ideal colors for the Lunar New Year. Whether you plan to go for a full gold manicure or just gold accents, your nails will surely shine and look fancy. Try our Nail Transfer Foils - 12 in achieving those gold leaf cuts! 

Products Used: 
Pro Gel Tips - PGT05 Medium Almond
Dip & Dap Duo - DD167 Angel Face
Gold Foils (Our Reco: Nail Transfer Foils - 12)


5. Lucky Cherry

With its rising popularity on Tiktok and relevance during the Chinese New Year, cherry-inspired nails (just like this one by iGel Beauty LillipopNails) are the trendiest nails that you can wear right now! When the cherry blossoms in the spring, it represents the start of a fresh cycle and rebirth. Welcome new experiences and hop on the cherry nails trend using 3D Cat Eye - CE45 Carnelian, a red cat-eye polish, to achieve the cherries and shimmering red tips. 

Products Used:
3D Cat Eye - CE45 Carnelian
Dip & Dap Duo - DD170 Nude Bar
Dip & Dap Duo - DD224 I Beleaf in You

6. Modern Metallic


When you can’t choose between gold and silver, iGel Beauty LillipopNails is here to let you know that it’s okay to combine them. To achieve this modern metallic nail set, create a beautiful nude base using Dip & Dap Duo - DD176 Ruffle Trim, then start the frenchies with our best-selling Dip & Dap Duo - DD001 Baby Powder (PURE WHITE). For the silver and gold accents, our Line Art Gel Kit is all that you need. With the colors being symbols of good luck and fortune, you’ll surely be the luckiest girl in the room when you mix the two!


Products Used: 
Dip & Dap Duo - DD001 Baby Powder (PURE WHITE)
Dip & Dap Duo - DD176 Ruffle Trim
Line Art Gel Kit - 23 (Simply Silver), 24 (Gold Ring)

7. Golden Magic

A simple yet enchanting look for the Lunar New Year! For those who prefer the sheer look, here’s another sparkly gold nail inspo from iGel Beauty LillipopNails. She used our top-rated Dip & Dap Duo - DD166 Heaven Sent for that beautiful nude base shade, then applied Pearl Gel - P09 Happily Ever After, which has a sheer pearlescent finish. To easily achieve the gold chrome, go for our Chrome Powder Pen - Mirror Chrome - MC12 Light Gold. It’s a brand new year to show your creativity and start manifesting a life full of magic!


Products Used: 
Dip & Dap Duo - DD166 Heaven Sent
Pearl Gel - P09 Happily Ever After
Chrome Powder Pen - Mirror Chrome - MC12 Light Gold

8. Dragon Year


Since it’s the year of the dragon, a dragon-inspired nail set is just perfect. People born in the year of the dragon are believed to be powerful and charming. If you’re a dragon baby, it’s time to be loud and proud this Lunar New Year! iGel Beauty Esthetic.nail.therapy used a beige undertone nude like Dip & Dap Duo - DD170 Nude Bar, then created the black tips using our best-selling iGel Match - 002 Jet Black. Add your dragon stickers of choice, and voila! You can now slay the day!

Products Used: 
Dip & Dap Duo - DD170 Nude Bar
iGel Match - 002 Jet Black

Wearing lucky colors for the Lunar New Year is a way to celebrate the new beginning and attract prosperity. Make sure to always include your nails when you plan your holiday outfit! These 8 easy Lunar New Year nails will surely inspire you to be creative and embrace the true spirit of Chinese New Year. Any nail ideas you have in mind that will fit the celebration? Share it with our iGel Beauty Facebook Community! Join our sisterhood and don’t miss the fun!