Backstage With Nail Guru Madeline Poole At NYFW

Just when we thought we’d seen all of the most intricate, innovative and amazing nail art, we discover nail guru Madeline Poole. With a CV that includes working backstage at Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Taylor Taylor (to name a few), as well working together with Christian Louboutin to help colour match ‘the’ red sole into a nail polish, she’s also the Global Colour Ambassador for Sally Hansen, too. And with a hectic schedule, heading up six shows at New York Fashion week, she’s heading straight to Paris from New York for even more shows. So while backstage, at 3.1 Philip Lim, we managed to grab three minutes with the lady herself to find out about the latest trends, tricks and backstage must-have’s...

Madeline, we’ve seen you a few times this season already, and the looks are taking on quiet a sporty luxe feel- is this a big trends for ss16 do you think?

It’s never been the initial inspiration but whenever I turn up at the shows and speak with the designers it seems to be the one thing they’re asking for at both Prabal Gurung and 3.1 Phillip Lim. 

> American football style stripes at 3.1 Phillip Lim

> Tennis ball yellow nails at Prabal Gurung SS16


What colours do you predict to be big for next summer?

Brights! At 3.1 Philip Lim we are using brown, but initially wanted to use a bright turquoise to match the eyeliner. At Misha Nonoon we used bright red and at Taylor Taylor we used a combination of pinks.

> Bright red nails from Misha Nonoon SS16


What is your favourite nail trend?

Negative space nail art, every time. I think it makes wearing bright and outlandish colours a lot easier, and it’ll go with every outfit. 


What essentials are always in your kit bag?

1. An angled brush, it’s really just a brow brush not a nail one, and I use it to clean up around the edges of the nail bed.

2. A pump bottle for my nail polish remover. It’s great when I’m in a hurry. I recommend all the ladies in my team to decanter their remover into one.

3. Sally Hansen’s pink nail pen that shoots out cuticle oil. I apply that at the end, when nails are painted and makes they dry in record time.

> Madeline used the tops of screws to get perfect dots on the nails at Adam Selman SS16


What is the strangest thing in your kit?

Screws! Yep, random, right? I used the head of them to create the dots on the nails at Adam Selman.


What is the coolest nail art you’ve ever created?

The outline manicure. I created it in my bedroom, put a picture of of it on my Tumblr and like overnight everyone was obsessed with it. It’s the look that kicked off my career.

> Madeline’s very own Outline Manicure design



What shape should we be wearing our nails?

Short and squoval- not at all pointy.

What nail tip do you always recommend to models?

To carry a nail file with you at ALL times. If you get a hang nail you need to deal with it asap and if you don’t that’s when your nails get into a mess.

For amazing nail art inspo follow Madeline on Instagram @MPnails pronto!

Samantha Freedman