Madeline Poole is just about our favourite girl-about-the-Big-Apple person. The nail artist, originally hailing from Baltimore has become world-famous for her eponymous MP Nails brand and her work is instantly recognisable for it’s wonderfully geometric pantone designs. She also happens to be part of the cuticle crew that we’d quite like in on, and can often be found taking trips to Jamaica with her best mate Sharmadean Reid. We know this because, sorry Madeline, we totally stalk you on social media. In fact, here’s an opportune moment to let you know that if you don’t follow Madeline on Instagram, um, you should, like, now. Even if you’re not into nails, Madeline’s social media is a glorious insight into her rainbow-shade, denim-clad downtown life.
Poole didn’t always work on such miniature canvases. Her mother was a painter and worked in restoration, trussing up artworks and furniture alike throughout Madeline’s childhood. It was here that Madeline learnt intricate and stylised painting techniques- from her mother’s side. Ok, so it wasn't a childhood calling that meant Madeline started her own nail empire. Like the best jobs it came from an odd job. After graduating from art school in Baltimore and moving to Los Angeles. Madeline was on set assisting a prop stylist. Quite keen on all the free food and air con, Madeline thought she might be onto something. A few days later, she set up her own mini salon in her apartment and started doing her friends' nails sharing her work on Tumblr and then Instagram. In less than a year, MP Nails was the shiniest, sexiest, hot spot for the finest nails in NYC. She’s since worked with some of NYFW’s biggest designers. From her baby pink ribbon-inspired nails for Adam Selman, nuder-than-nude nails for Stella McCartney and chrome stripes fro Philip Lim, Madeline’s quite the regular backstage.
It’s not just her impossibly cute nail designs, her Sally Hanson ambassadorship and her ice-cool clique that’s made Madeline top of everybody’s who’s-that-girl-list, it’s also her dungaree-style. It’s no surprise that Madison Harding were hot on Poole’s heels last year for a collaboration. The result? Ummm, anyone say backless denim mules? We.missed.out. And we haven’t forgotten, so we’re rather delighted at the news that another collection is in the pipeline. If you’re a nail enthusiast, or you quite simply like looking at pretty things you can see Madeline’s tutorials on Vogue.com, TeenVogue.com, Refinery29, The Coveteur, and IntoTheGloss.