Madeline Poole

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We found one of our Nordstrom Beauty Spot tastemakers, Madeline Poole, doing her thing as the lead nail artist backstage at Adam Selman. To achieve a strong supermodel look, Poole went for none other than classic dark red: Ciaté in ‘Boudoir’ with a high-shine finish. Simple and elegant.

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Tip to make your polish last? Poole says not to use lotion or oils before applying polish. Start with a totally clean nail.

Spring nail trends: She is most excited to see a natural nail length (no more acrylics!) and incorporation of clear and negative space.

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Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be highlighting the experts featured on our Nordstrom Beauty Spot. First up, the delightful manicurist Madeline Poole (from MPNAILS).

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About Madeline. “I’m from Baltimore, MD. I started experimenting with nails about two and a half years ago and went to beauty school in LA. I started working about a year after that, full time, and I just recently moved to New York.

“When I was little my dad asked me what I wanted to be. I said, ‘I just want to be an expert.’ At the time, I didn’t know what kind. But now I am! I usually just say, ‘I’m a manicurist.’ Yes, I am a nail artist, but I’m also a manicurist. I take care of the hands, and clean manicures are beautiful to me. I don’t want to be pigeonholed as a nail artist.”

Beauty Stylist experience. “Stephanie, my stylist, was great! She brought me classic lip colors and a tinted moisturizer—because I’m scared of too much makeup. I like to even out my skin tone because it’s a little blotchy.

“Stephanie introduced me to this Giorgio Armani ‘Flash’ Lip Lacquer (Pink 522). I never wear lip gloss, but it’s almost like you’re wearing a clear gloss and have naturally pink lips. It’s a good lip option for the daytime.

“I love the way mascara looks, but when I’m out all day, I always come home with the raccoon look. Stephanie recommended Trish McEvoy High-Volume Mascara. The comb is really thin. It doesn’t collect a lot of mascara on it.”

Check out Madeline’s step-by-step instructions for three amazing custom-curated nail art looks.

Tips for a professional-quality manicure. “Create a clean canvas. Really prep your nails before you start. Scrub your nails with soap water and really clean them—it really helps and gets rid of cuticle. But don’t cut your cuticles!

“If you want your nail polish to stay longer, swipe with Deborah Lippmann ‘The Stripper’ Nail Lacquer Remover. It removes oil from the nail plate. Oil is the enemy of nail polish. This helps polish adhere longer.

“Also, if you’re looking for long-lasting polish, I’ve found that colors with a bit of shimmer tend to stay better.

“To clean up nail polish spills on skin, use an angled makeup brush (like M•A•C’s #266).”


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We’re celebrating a new approach to beauty at Nordstrom Beauty Spot—along with more ways to explore the fun side of beauty. Whether in store or online, through Twitter or Instagram, Nordstrom Beauty Spot is designed to inspire, offer expert advice, help you play with the trends and be your most beautiful you.

In honor of this new experience, we connected six of our favorite tastemakers with our Beauty Stylists to play with fall’s best makeup trends. Each created custom designs inspired by her discoveries. From fashion blogger to makeup maven, DJ to DIY diva, nail artist to beach-babe baker: these talented women use their passions and pursuits to express beauty in unique ways.

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Fashion blogger Karla Deras (above, top) of Karla’s Closet created custom how-tos for fall makeup looks. Style chameleon and beauty blogger Chriselle Lim (above, bottom) teased up three custom styles for fab fall hair.

Star spinmaster DJ Kiss (above, top) mixed up a playlist of her favorite “get-ready” tunes. DIY expert Erica Domesek (above, bottom), founder of P.S. I Made This, designed an easy DIY project to organize your home “beauty spot.”

Celebrity nail artist Madeline Poole (above, top) curated exclusive nail art designs. Online culinary queen Joy the Baker (above, bottom) whipped up three delicious beauty-inspired recipes.

To learn more about our tastemakers, see their favorite beauty picks and download their amazing custom creations, visit our online Nordstrom Beauty Spot experience.

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