Mani maven Lisa Logan chats about working on set of nine of the Beyoncé visual album videos.
Tending to the digits of one of the world’s most famous and idolized pop stars may seem like a job filled with glitz and glam, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, it’s all about preparation, being ready for any change at a moment’s notice, and working diligently and smart. And when it involves working on the videos for mega-star Beyoncé’s self-titled album Beyoncé, which debuted at No. 1 last December and made headline news with its top-secret release… no pressure! We caught up with the pop diva’s manicurist, Lisa Logan, to get the dish on what it was like working on the videos and, of course, the nails! (PS: See the May/June 2014 issue of Nail It! magazine to learn about the products and inspiration Logan used on Beyoncé’s videos!) —Molly Church
NI: Which videos did you design the nails for?
Lisa Logan: I worked on Pretty Hurts, Drunk in Love, Blow, XO, Blue, Grown Woman, Yoncé, and then also the NYC scenes shot toward the middle of Jealous and Heaven. (That’s nine videos!)
NI: Do you collaborate with Beyoncé on the designs?
Logan: Usually there is what is called a “treatment” for the videos. I bring everything I have and once the look is chosen for the particular video, we pick the looks for her nails together. Beyoncé is very direct with what she wants for her nails.
NI: What was your favorite design?
Logan: I really enjoyed doing Grown Woman because the colors were so vibrant and the tribal prints were amazing! Unfortunately, [the nail design] didn’t translate the same on screen as it did in person, but [these nails] were definitely the most fun.
NI: If you had only a couple of words to describe your experience working on the videos, what they be?
Logan: Utterly amazing! Working with Beyoncé means that you strive to be your best and she brings the best out in you—even if it means doing a simple nude manicure.
NI: Was there anything different about working on these videos than when working with Beyoncé in the past?
Logan: To me it’s not different at all—she is really consistent with her work ethic and expectations. She is a hard-working woman, which means you have to be at the top of your game!
NI: Did the secretive album release affect your work at all?
Logan: Not at all! When you work with a person like Beyoncé you’re expected to have a certain level of professionalism and confidentiality at all times.
NI: Because this was so confidential, did they give you any details before you get to the shoot?
Logan: I feel like we’re family. We’re used to working with pretty much the same team, (hair/makeup) so we work really, really well together. From my point of view, my job is about being prepared. It’s about confidentiality. That’s why I am called over others. I’m prepared for whatever. I’m also really fortunate and blessed to have products and brands that haven’t even hit the stores yet! And don’t get me wrong—I feel pressure every time I get that phone call, and I feel fortunate to get that phone call. I will never get to a point where I feel relaxed and settled. Things can change at any moment—just when you think “today is going to be smooth, easy”—the whole idea and concept can change. Beyoncé challenges us every time no matter what. Every single time! It’s this amazing challenge, and you just figure it out!
Logan: I haven’t been to Coney Island since I was a kid—and I know I’m not in the shot [for the video XO], but I was asked to fill in a seat on the rollercoaster. So all of a sudden, now I’m on the Cyclone—the most rickety rollercoaster on the face of the earth! And the craziest thing is the next day there’s pictures of me on blogs and on the daily news. It was cool to be in the picture with Beyoncé!
NI: What is one of your most memorable moments working with Beyoncé?
Logan: I have so many memorable moments! Minx—when we did the video for Single Ladies—to me that that was the boom heard around the world. The Minx nails had this effect; everyone wanted to know what it was. Then I had only one day to learn how to use Minx! I called the company and their PR people got on a train, brought it to Harlem, handed me the product and were like “Good luck!” [But it worked.] The next day, once the video dropped, people were losing their minds to figure out what it was!
[Images: Instagram, Lisa Logan]