The 5 Nail Artists Behind A-Listers’ Flawless Manicures

1. Lisa Logan

Beyoncé checked nails in her music video “Formation”. Image source: @beyonce

She is perfection from head to toe. We could safely say that it is every girls dream to live Queen Bey‘s life — even if it’s just for a day.

Always flawlessly co-ordinated from her hair, makeup, to her outfit, there’s not a photo of Beyoncé’s where her nails are off the mark.

Ever wondered who is behind the Queen’s spectacular nails?

Beyoncé and her glam team at the backstage of Super Bowl 50. Image source: @lisa_logan

One of Beyoncé go-to manicurist is Lisa Logan.

Logan runs her own nail salon called The Nail Suite in New York City’s Harlem and met Beyoncé through the latter’s now-husband, then-boyfriend, Jay-Z.

Logan first got to know Jay-Z by chance. Two years later, the rapper decided to throw Beyoncé a birthday surprise — a self-pampering day where Logan was in charge of the Queen’s nails. The Queen has stuck with Logan ever since.

On the left: an image of Beyoncé's performance at The 2017 Grammys, as seen on @lisa_logan
Right: Beyoncé at the Super Bowl 50, as seen on @beyonce
On the left: an image of Beyoncé’s performance at The 2017 Grammys, as seen on @lisa_logan
Right: Beyoncé at the Super Bowl 50, as seen on @beyonce

Here is one woman who has followed Beyoncé through numerous landmark moments in her career.

Logan did her nails for the 2016 “Formation” music video; the years and years of Met Gala appearances; and very notably, Beyoncé’s performance at President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration.

The list goes on: Logan did Bey’s nails for that golden, glorious, almost-religious performance at the 2017 Grammys (Remember? She was pregnant with twins Rumi and Sir Carter then).

Finally, a favourite of Logan’s: the 2008 “Single Ladies” music video.

2. Maria Salandra

Rihanna at the Ocean's 8 premiere in New York City last June. Image source: @redhotnails
Rihanna at the Ocean’s 8 premiere in New York City last June. Image source: @redhotnails

Once an aspiring singer, the Italian-born Maria Salandra is now one of the most recognised celebrity nail artists in the beauty industry.

Salandra’s first exposure to nail art was through her uncle’s salon — a time when she was still pursuing her recording career. In 1990, she opened her very own salon in New Jersey. Ever since then, Salandra has been shuttling between both of her passions — managing her salon in the day and singing gigs at night. By a stroke of luck, she met Rihanna back in 2013 for the MTV Video Music Awards and established a close working relationship with the R&B sensation ever since.

Salandra’s nail career skyrocketed from then on.

Rihanna at the 2018 Met Gala. Image source: @badgalriri and @redhotnails

She was the woman behind Badgalriri‘s over-the-top nails at the 2018 instalment of the Met Gala. With Catholic-theme embellishments and Swarovski crystals, Salandra created an extravagant stiletto set to fit the Heavenly Bodies theme. She also did Badgalriri’s recent rainbow-hued, Skittles birthday manicure which created quite a stir on the internet.

Nails by Salandra for the Fenty Beauty’s. Image source: @redhotnails

Aside from Riri, Salandra is also well known for her work for HBO iconic series The Sopranos and Anne Hatherway’s french tips Ocean’s 8.

3. Miho Okawara

Lady Gaga at SAG Awards 2019. Image source: @mihonails

Who would have expected Lady Gaga’s manicurist to be Japanese?

And that is just the first of surprises. While most of us would associate Japanese style nail art to be kawaii, the Japan-born nail artist Miho Okawara is everything but cute. She often pairs contrasting nail colours to match her clients’ skin tones, and uses advanced nail techniques and Japanese tools to create timeless intricate nail art.

Lady Gaga at the National Board of Reviews Ceremony 2019; Golden Globes 2019 red carpet; and "A Star Is Born" Los Angeles premiere respectively. Images source: @mihonails
Lady Gaga at the National Board of Reviews Ceremony 2019; Golden Globes 2019 red carpet; and “A Star Is Born” Los Angeles premiere respectively. Images source: @mihonails
Lady Gaga as "Ally" in movie "A Star Is Born". Image source: @mihonails
Lady Gaga on set of "American Horror Story: Hotel". Image source: @ladygaga
Lady Gaga as “Ally” in movie “A Star Is Born”. Image source: @mihonails
Lady Gaga on set of “American Horror Story: Hotel”. Image source: @ladygaga

Okawara’s first celebrity appointment was actually the American songwriter Kesha, who walked into her Los Angeles nail salon and stuck with her since then. Her work quickly gained recognition in the industry and was introduced to Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé. Now, she is in-charge of Lady Gaga’s nails for major on-stage performances, red carpets, movie filming, magazine cover shoots — everything from the pop starlet’s onscreen to offscreen life.

Miho’s recent work with Beyoncé. Image source: @miho_nails

4. Jenny Bui

Jenny Bui and Cardi B pictured on Bui's Instagram account, @nailson7th
Jenny Bui and Cardi B pictured on Bui’s Instagram account, @nailson7th

Get ready… the Queen of Bling is here.

The self-proclaimed Queen of Bling, Jenny Bui, had a difficult childhood in Cambodia. When she first moved to New York City, she had nothing. Things were equally tough when she opened her first salon in Harlem — patrons looked down on her for her couldn’t speak English.

After years of endurance and hard work, Bui is now one of the most sensational nail artist in New York City thanks her distinct eye for all things bling — and, of course, to the 2018 Grammys winner, Cardi B.

Cardi B at the 2018 Met Gala with nails by Bui. Image source: @nailson7th
Cardi B at the 2018 Met Gala with nails by Bui. Image source: @nailson7th

Cardi B first stepped into to Bui’s Harlem salon some five years ago, hoping to get her nails done but was turned down — Bui was simply too busy to attend to her. Shocking! But yes.

Cardi didn’t give up though. She went back to the salon on another occasion and she left with manicured nails this second time. They’ve been inseparable since.

And Cardi flaunts them nails. From the Grammys to Instagram, she’s always with her perfect claws ladened with the most premium range of Swarovski crystals.

Aside from keeping up with Bui on Instagram, Cardi also visits the salon on a regular basis for her monthly manicures — and refuses to let other artist to do it.

Cardi B's 2019 Grammy performance of "Money". Image source: @iamcardib
Cardi B's nails for Pepsi's Super Bowl Commercial created with hundreds of Swarovski crystals. Image source: @nailson7th
Cardi B’s 2019 Grammy performance of “Money”. Image source: @iamcardib
Cardi B’s nails for Pepsi’s Super Bowl Commercial created with hundreds of Swarovski crystals. Image source: @nailson7th

Bui now has her own secret formula, Jenny Secret, a varnish coating formula to hold those Swarovski crystals in place. Bui is, too, the owner of two nail salons, namely Jenny’s Spa in The Bronx and Nails on 7th Ave in Harlem.

5. Natalie Minerva

Ariana Grande and her best friends gathered for the filming of "7 Rings" music video. Image source: @nail_swag
Ariana Grande and her best friends gathered for the filming of “7 Rings” music video. Image source: @nail_swag

Did you know that Ariana Grande‘s favourite colour is lavender?

The pop princess has a signature look. It’s the sky-high ponytail, those arched brows, winged eyeliner, and nude lipgloss. But there’s one more — perfectly oval-shaped and pastel-coloured nails.

Grande’s go-to manicurist, Natalie Minerva, the founder of Los Angeles-based salon, Nail Swag, revealed in an interview with Refinery29, that Grande is big fan of neutral colours, especially classic whites or lavender.

Let to right: Ariana in "Breathin" music video; Ariana showing off her fresh lavender nails; Ariana in custom Zac Posen gown. Images source: @nail_swag
Let to right: Ariana in “Breathin” music video; Ariana showing off her fresh lavender nails; Ariana in custom Zac Posen gown. Images source: @nail_swag

A secret to Grande’s healthy nails? Minerva only uses gel extensions (no acrylics!) on the singer. A soft gel soaks off easily, preventing damage to the nails from the constant buffing or filling that one gets with acrylic nails.

Everything else remains the same — soft gel nails gives you length and great colours like acrylic nails do. And this is a great tip for girls who enjoy changing up their nail colours often.

Ariana Grande's Sistine Chapel nails for 2018 Met Gala created by Natalie Minerva; Ariana at 2018 Met Gala wearing custom Vera Wang.
Image Source: @nail_swag
Ariana Grande’s Sistine Chapel nails for 2018 Met Gala created by Natalie Minerva; Ariana at 2018 Met Gala wearing custom Vera Wang.
Image Source: @nail_swag

Apart from taking charge of Grande’s nails and managing an award-winning nail salon of her own, Minerva has also created a series of at-home gel nail art kits for her fans. Now, nail art lovers can try their hands on a salon-quality manicure at home. The kit includes six gel colours, a base coat, a top gel, a gel brush, nail art accessories, a manicure prep, removal kit and even an LED lamp. Now you can DIY Grande’s nails.