As an actor, singer, and founder of Rare Beauty, Selena Gomez is iconic in so many ways it’s hard to keep track. But as any devout Selenator knows, the Only Murders in the Building star is especially influential in the nail art department.
From pastel skittles nails to vintage floral manis, Gomez and her nail artist Tom Bachik are constantly creating nail serve after serve, inspiring Selenators, beauty buffs, and even Glamour editors to book salon appointments in an attempt to recreate them. As for Gomez’s 2023 MTV Video Music Awards nails? They were certainly no exception—so much so they just might be our favorite nail look she’s worn to date.
Dubbed a “Golden Glazed Fire Mani” by Bachik, this fiery look is essentially a sophisticated and fall-friendly take on summer mani trends like glazed donut and mirror chrome nails. But the best part? Bachik shared exactly how to get the look, so you can DIY—or join me in making my next salon appointment stat.
Bachik shared the behind-the-scenes breakdown to his Instagram and used Tweezerman x Tom Bachik Ultimate Nail Care Set for a “flawless mani.” Next, he applied full coverage tips and shaped them into a long tapered square.
As for the polish color? Bachik used PLA Nails vegan and cruelty-free polish in Chai and Chai Again, which perfectly matched her red-hot halter Oscar de la Renta gown that’s not not reminiscent of the dancing woman emoji.
After the first two coats of polish were complete, Bachik topped them off with a golden glaze to “bring the fire,” and finished with PLA Nails No Wipe Top Coat “for the perfect shine.”