ASK A #GIRLBOSS: MP NAILS

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You have career-related questions. Nail art bawse MP Nails has answers!

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As manicurist extraordinaire behind countless editorials and campaigns, the co-creator of three new toxin-free polishes, and the official Global Color Ambassador for Sally Hansen, Baltimore-raised Madeline Poole (aka MP Nails) has turned a aptitude for painting "really straight lines" into a rainbow-painted empire. Naturally, we couldn't think of anyone better to kick off our new Ask a #GIRLBOSS series, where we put your questions to our favorite #Girlboss businesswomen and creatives. Whether you're interested in breaking into the nail art world or just looking for a lil' creative-minded work advice, Madeline has some stellar words of wisdom for you.

 Q:

How do you get your name out there when working for yourself?

A:

The internet is a huge help of course - Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Phhhoto, Vine etc. I have 'strictly for business' accounts and separate accounts for my personal life. When I'm on set I'll talk to anyone, and everyone gets the same version of me. You never know who someone is, where they'll go in life, or how you may be able to help each other in the future.

Q:

How do you set yourself apart from the nail art crowd?

A:

When I started doing nails, I saw a clear aesthetic gap. I couldn't find any nails that were simple, wearable, unusual, artistic, colorful and well-photographed, all at the same time. So I developed a style which I felt was unique and not a rip-off of everything I had already seen. When I conceptualize a new look, I challenge myself to think of something really obvious that I've never seen before. Then I consider the colors, and finally I make sure I take a photograph that I'm proud of.

I had to learn a little bit of everything: styling, propping, photography, lighting, retouching, animation and video editing in order to create content that was not only unique in the nail design department, but a full package as an impressive image, too.

Q:

How do you handle it when a client wants something that you don't actually think is a good idea?

A:

In the beginning that would happen often. But before I decide something is a bad idea, I really try to consider and imagine the idea and look for something good in it - I take an aspect that seems promising and run with it so it feels like a collaboration. Or, I take the bad idea and work with it, mold it into something I can get inspired by. Now, I'm known for a certain style; I created looks that were signature to me. These days, people know that I have a specialty and respect my taste, so I don't run into this issue anymore!