Selena Gomez Makes Even a Basic Red Manicure Look Expensive — See the Photos

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There’s just something about a classic red manicure. When nothing else feels right — not a creamy French, a naked nail, a glitter explosion or nail art masterpiece — good old fashioned red nails always hit the spot. Selena Gomez, one of our favorite nail chameleons, completely understands the charm of crimson, as evidenced by her anything-but-basic weekend mani.

Gomez’s manicurist Tom Bachik shared a cute pic of the star with the aforementioned red nails wrapped around a coffee cup, looking extremely cozy on her weekend day off. Gomez’s nails are filed into an equally classic squoval shape and painted with CND Vinylux’s Scarlet Letter gel polish, which the brand describes as a “dark red cream that tantalizes and romances.” It’s a true red shade that’s neither too blue nor too orange-toned, so it’s a great pick for a variety of skin tones. Basically, it’s the definition of classic and an easy way to upgrade your nails in just a few minutes.

Gomez paired her manicure with very minimal makeup, just brushed-up brows and lots of lashes, plus a touch of lip gloss. She upped the cozy factor with a scarf and leather jacket in the richest shade of espresso brown, providing a nice contrast to her new honey-blonde highlights. (Oh, and then there’s that glittery “B” ring, which definitely stands out against the red mani and may be a hint at her latest romance …)

If simple red nails aren’t your thing, NBD! You’ve got so many options for winter looks, like the deep, dark vampy shades that always make a comeback in the colder months. Try a super shiny lip gloss-inspired minimal mani like Gomez’s recent nearly-naked set or ring in the holiday season with a champagne chrome mani like Jennifer Lopez. Consider upgrading your red with little silver balls a la Megan Fox or throw it back to the ’00s like SZA did with her chunky French tips. No matter what you choose, classic red will always be there when you need her.

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