Sunday, May 11, 2008

Nailing It With Celebrity Manicurist Lisa Logan

You may not think you know celebrity manicurist Lisa Logan but no doubt you've seen her work. The Harlem native has pampered the digits of supercouple Beyonce and Jay-Z (she's on B's rider). She's contributed her beautifying skills to magazines like Vanity Fair, New York, Lucky, Essence, Allure, Glamour and Giant. She's worked on ad campaigns for uber-brands such as Macy's, Target, Rockawear and L'oreal. Provided her expertise on makeover shows courtesy of MTV? Yep. Lisa has done all of those too.

Over a chicken cesear salad in NYC one a recent sunny afternoon, the petite Pisces dished on how she broke into the biz, the latest nail trends for summer (they might surprise you) and the importance of wet wipes.

PPT: Who are some of your clients (past and present)?
Lisa: Eve is one of my longest standing clients, along with DMX. I’ve been working with Jay-Z for about five years. Then there's Beyonce, Kayne West, Eva Mendes, Angela Bassett, Roberto Cavalli, P. Diddy, Lauren London, Lauryn Hill, Anne Hathaway, Vivica A. Fox, Judge Hatchett, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Charlize Theron and Dwyane Wade.





PPT: Do you travel at all for work? Where has this job taken you?
Lisa: A lot of the expected places like LA and Miami. But I've also spent a lot of time in Toronto and last summer I went to St. Tropez.

PPT: What do you enjoy most about your job?
Lisa: I enjoy knowing that people value my work and that a loyalty developed between me and so many of my clients. Beyond the quality of my work, people trust me. I've been in meetings that TMZ would love to attend. I understand that celebrities are not looking for friends, I'm there to work.


Lisa with Vivica A. Fox

PPT: What do you enjoy the least?
Lisa: I have had people question my prices in the past. I'm like 'If you want a ten dollar manicure then go up the block.' My job is to offer convenience - you've never had to leave your home or stop working on the computer to receive my services. I come in and do my job and leave without a trace.

PPT: What are the top nail trends going to be for the summer (for fingers and toes)?
Lisa: Summer is an opportunity to express yourself in a way you typically can't in the winter so shimmers are nice for that. A lot depends on your lifestyle. Do you work in a corporate or creative environment? If you do want to wear the bright nail trend that is hot right now be sure you have a generous nail bed. Otherwise your nails will appear too short and stumpy. Also, stay true to who you are. The black nail polish trend that was hot a little while ago wasn't and isn't for everyone. I'm more interested in proper nail care than trends.

PPT: How can PPT readers avoid getting infections at their local nail shop?
Lisa: Don't salon hop. Stay committed to one manicurist so that if something does go wrong you can pinpoint who might be responsible. Think the same way you do about your hairstylist. And of course, make sure that your tech is properly cleaning his/her tools before they service you.

PPT: What are some of your fave products?
Lisa: I've been a fan of this cult classic from Essie called Ballet Slippers for years. I also like Moon Over Mumbai by OPI. For more racy looks, I love Navy Venom from Sally Hansen. I'm so impressed by it because you only need one coat! I actually just used it for a Teen Vogue shoot. To keep feet smooth, I like to use Carol's Daughter salt scrubs for the body. I actually use them for pedicures.

PPT: What type of moisturizers should one use to keep heels in check and ash free but without attracting dirt especially during the summer months while wearing flat sandals?
Lisa: Walk around with wet wipes! They are perfect in a quick fix.

PPT: Most people outside of the media/fashion industry have no idea that a manicurist can lead the type of life you do. How did you get into the field in this capacity?
Lisa: I literally started off making about forty dollars a week. Now I can earn up to two thousand a day. I slowly built up my client base. I've been doing nails for thirteen years and working in the industry for nine. This didn't happen overnight. Persistence is key; I don't give up. Last but not least, I'm blessed. I've been able to attain this career by the grace of God.














Anne (The Devil Wears Prada) Hathaway and Lisa




Lisa with Mr. D. Wade



Click here to view more of Lisa's work.

33 comments:

Barri said...

i'm the 1st one! hehe.. love it! my girls... so proud of y'all. the bragging rights just keep getting better ;)
-b.

Anonymous said...

Love it, Love it, Love it, Lisa keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy 4 u keep up the good work

CHANELLE

Anonymous said...

Great article!!! Love it that you gave GOD the praise. Keep up the good work..... I'm so proud of you.

Love

Your cuz
Sharon
Lynchburg, va

miriam said...

Yo go girl,,don't 4get the little people,LOL,,the article was great,,its good 2 see a fellow pisecan doing great work and she loves it....continue doing well and god had blessed u so....love yr neighbor

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Anonymous said...

Yo go girl,,don't 4get the little people,LOL,,the article was great,,its good 2 see a fellow pisecan doing great work and she loves it....continue doing well and god had blessed u so....love yr neighbor

Anonymous said...

Love the article, I'm so proud of you!
Keep the FAITH
Pluto

Anonymous said...

OOOOOwwww my Gomotha is oh so Wavey Yea She da of da Best Yea Lisa Logan we u need ur nails done she der...im feelin da blog Bigtime keep it up Gomommy luv Dom

Anonymous said...

Wow.. I was in awe of seeing u with all those celebs! lol Ur definetly doin ur thang gurl! Keep up the good work and if u ever feel like u don't want to travel alone to see the "it" people I'LL GO WITH!!!
Proud of u!!
Steph : ))

Ivy said...

I'm so proud of u keep doing what u do u go Girl!!Ilove ya your Bigggggggg sis

Ivy

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful article,I am glad to see that the hard working people behind the images are getting accolades for the outstanding work they do.I always knew and told you...You will do great things. Yes, I am so proud of you...Please let this open the door for more great articles on this celebrity manicurist.AKA NAILLADY
Lisa you have made me smile , All of ATLANTA is BUZZING!!! We hope to see you here soon.

Anonymous said...

This is a great accomplishment of many to come..Stay strong, positive and beautiful. Your family in Atlanta..Maurice, Shenna & yours truly Noelle !!

Anonymous said...

Lisa,

I am so very very happy for you. You made it and God Bless You. I know its been a while since you have seen or heard from me but you are still my #1 manicurist. :-)

Keep making those moves girl.

Love Always,
Felicia aka Fifi

Yvette said...

Girl you are truly BLESSED, don't ever forget it. When you get down and all of a sudden feel that ray of sunshine, you know "Momma" is smiling down on you. Love you and you always have a spot to chill in St. Thomas when you need a break.

Love ya always "Bug", Jimez Jr. and JiVette

valerie said...

lisa"I understand celebrities are not looking for friends "and neither was I when I had my nails done the very first time, however by the end of my appointment not only did my feet feel and look fabulous , I was blessed to have made a new friend !! that was about five years ago. Lisa keep of the good work I am so proud of you!!!! Valerie Englewood NJ.

Anonymous said...

IM PROUD TO HAVE A BABY MAMA WITH SKILLS AND TALENT. I KNOW OUR BABY "TIANA" WILL HAVE THE SAME TALENT AS HER MOTHER.

FROM YOUR BABY DADDY
WILL SLAYER AKA G.GOMEZ

Jacqui the Bostonian said...

The article was great and I knew my girl, Lisa wouldn't forget to give praises to The One who makes all things possible.

I'm so proud to call you my friend...you're a celebrity in your own right.

Love ya,
Jacqui

Jacqui Robinson-Perry said...

The article was great and I knew my girl, Lisa wouldn't forget to give praises to The One who makes all things possible.

I'm so proud to call you my friend...you're a celebrity in your own right.

Love ya,
Jacqui

Kersha said...

Lisa You are FABULOUS! Continue to do your thing for indeed you are blessed and so am I for being able to get my nails done too by you. I appreciate you for more than what you do professionally but personally I'm truly grateful to have you in my life.......we all Love You.........and wish you much success!

Geno said...

Lisa has been one of the most dependable people I could count on for a manicure and pedicure. She treat a client like you are her 1st and last, which to me says a lot! Besides her work speaks for herself! There is no wonder why I been a client for over 10 years and will always rock with her! I am glad to see her keep sustained success! Harlem to Hollywood for real!

Anonymous said...

LISA,ITS JACQUELINE FROM OHIO,I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR,LETTING ME WORK WITH YOU FROM TIME TO TIME AND SHOWING ME THE LADY GAME IN NY,YOU ARE BLESSED AND A DAM GOOD PERSON,NAILS FOR LIFE,ha!ha! thanks again,jackie

Anonymous said...

You sound just a little to ghetto "in the hood" for my taste.

Anonymous said...

I host a Tv show and we can't track Lisa down anywhere. Can I get a lil help. An office number would be great or agents info. Thanks

Bsquared said...

Anon, 10.3 - I will gladly put you in touch with Lisa but you left no contact info for yourself or the show. If by chance you do still need to track her down and are reading this, email me directly at: bmb225@aol.com.

Anonymous said...

For the hater!Get a life of your own and travel outside of the hood!! You sound like your mad!!If you need counsel we can suggest someone for you. Don't be a hater.

lisa said...

Im so proud of you baby, this is just the start of something thats gonna become bigger and better. I have your back 110%. This commment is for the haters, we love u, we need u, we want u, because without u where would we be. THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

AUNTIE THIS IS YOUR FAVORITE NIECE SHEANA..... I AM SO HAPPY AND PROUD OF YOU... WE GOIN TO THE TOP... I ALWAYZ KNEW YOU WOULD... WELL YOU KNO I'LL ALWAYZ BE HERE NO MATTER WHAT.... LOVE YOU

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