May 10, 2021: A year without professional manicures has everyone hyperaware of super cool nail art. That said, Selena Gomez‘ manicure at this weekend’s Global Citizen’s Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World concert was the talk of the town. For the event, the hitmaker rocked an oval-shaped nail painted in black and white by celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik, with the underside of the nail painted red à la famous red bottoms of Louboutin shoes. He aptly calls them the “French twist with a flipside.”
Bachik took inspiration from Gomez’ red Bottega Veneta dress and black leather boots and used OPI GelColor to give the polish a shiny lacquered finish. He used the OPI GelColor in Black Onyx for the inky black color used as the background color of the nail, and OPI GelColor in Alpine Snow for the rounded, deep French tips that are more round than square and go higher up on the nail than the traditional technique. The nail pro painted the back of the free edge with a classic red OPI GelColor in Big Apple Red. While the exact shades used for Gomez are intended for professional use, the nail polish brand sells the same colors for us regular people, too.
The French manicure has come back in full force in 2021, which is exciting in its own right. But what’s piqued our interest even more is the “bottom edge” manicure. This technique draws as much attention to the underside of the nail as the top. I mean, who says nail polish only goes on the tops of the nails, anyway? Companies like Marmalade Nails have been painting the other side of their press-on nails for a while now, and it’s safe to say this may be one of the top trends to come out of this summer—along with taking selfies with your COVID-19 vaccination card.
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