When Selena Gomez attended the Academy Museum Gala in Los Angeles, she hid her manicure under a pair of dramatic black opera-length gloves, leaving me to wonder what nail color was shining below the designer fabric. A glam red? A rich burgundy? Lots of glitter? Now we know, thanks to Gomez’s go-to nail artist Tom Bachik — and not only is it a masterclass in minimalism, it’s also budget-friendly!
For the gala, Gomez and Bachik decided on a “high gloss glam” mani that is truly the definition of “your nails but better.” First, Bachik prepped the star’s nail beds and cuticles, skipping extensions in favor of her natural nails. He filed her nails into a soft squoval shape, then painted them with Aprés Nail Gel Couleur in Gossamer Light, a sheer nude that provided just a hint of barely-there delicate color and lots of shine. The color is gorgeous, but so is the price tag. The gel polish retails for $14.99, no superstar price tag here.