Mani-curious: Celebrity Manicurist Lisa Jachno on Golden Globes Style


Hollywood’s manicure maven Lisa Jachno of Labnails is busy gearing up for this weekend’s Golden Globe awards. With a roster of strictly celebrity clientele (Aniston! Stone! Johansson! Kaling!), she’s privvy to inside style info we mere mortals can only dream of. What colors, trends, and nail art will the stars be sporting on their digits this Sunday? Read on to find out. 

I’m sure Awards Season is a busy time for you! How many manicures do you have scheduled for the weekend?
I’ve actually only got three manicures for the show, Diane Keaton, Emma Thompson, and Julia Roberts. They’re longtime clients of mine. I don’t overload myself because you never know how long the client is going to need you, how long you’re going to be there, that kind of thing. I like to take it easy and do the best job that I can.

It seems that nail art has exploded in popularity over the last year. Do you think we’ll see some decked out digits on the red carpet this year?
I don’t think that’s out of the question at all! It might be more toned down and subdued, softer nail art like rhinestones and pearls. I’m thinking Hollywood glamour will make a comeback in the French tip, but it’s going to be transformed a bit with more shimmer. And I think the reverse French could make a statement. To make it more dramatic, it could be done with color—a black tip, for example. Or it could be a nude, or a gold shimmer. I’m expecting very shimmery, diamond-esque colors as far as whites go. You kind of never know because it’s always a decision made on the spot, unless the design is going to be really elaborate.

In 2012, E! debuted their red carpet Mani Cam. Are stars becoming more conscious of their nails now that the world is sitting up and taking notice of manicures?
Absolutely. The total package is important. And I’m thrilled to see they’re pointing out what we do—usually the focus is on hair and makeup, so it’s nice to see nails come to the forefront. Especially for me, as I’ve been a Hollywood manicurist for almost twenty years.

Do you think we’ll see Golden Globes manicures that complement gowns or stand out on their own? What are the most common colors?
I think for the most part, you always want to accentuate your dress. Stars can play around a little bit, but for the most part, nails tend to stay very classic.

Darks and nudes are the most sought after colors, but blushes and deep orchid purples are making a comeback now, too. Both could offset something green or blue in terms of dresses. Your vamp color, that blood red, is pretty, but that gets boring. Taking a turn into deep, dark purple or chocolate or maroon is always nice.

How does the awards show mani work? Do your clients come to you?
I go wherever they are. It’s a big shebang! Hair, makeup, and myself all work together—it’s a little bit frenzied, but we have fun doing it.

Polish or gel?
I’m a polish girl. I feel that the health of the nail very important. The whole gel removal process is something I find a bit disruptive to the nail; it’s time consuming and messy, and usually I like to make my manicures and pedicures pleasurable and pampery. And my nail polish dries very fast! Between hair and makeup, I usually finish first, so the clients have time to dry. I’ve never had problems with nails getting smeared.

What types of nail polishes do you find work best?
The preparation of the nail is the most important process of a manicure lasting. There are some polishes that may be a little bit better, but for the most part, they’re all the same. It’s not always about the quality of the nail polish. As far as color, though, I love Lancome, Chanel, Tom Ford, and Esse.

Do you ever manicure men for awards shows?
Maybe Alec Baldwin years ago, but for the most part, I see women. But you never know who’ll pop up last minute!