A driving force in the fashion and beauty scene, Bernadette Thompson has created trend-setting nail art for the world’s premier fashion houses and has been featured in virtually every fashion magazine in circulation. From Hip-Hop to Haute Couture, her client list reads like a who’s-who of Hollywood and the music industry. Thompson’s sleek but timeless nail designs have been celebrated and revered by such luminary personalities as Beyoncé, Madonna, Claire Danes, Lupita Nyong, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga (whose nails were prepared by Bernadette for the 2015 Met Gala). She consulted with Alexander Wang and Lady Gaga to create the perfect blush pink to match her Balenciaga bag.
Thompson’s cutting-edge color sense and camera-ready technical execution have made her a sought-after consultant to some of the most powerful cosmetics conglomerates around the globe.
With such a stellar resumé, it’s refreshing to learn that what Bernadette Thompson loves most is working with people: as she once put it, “Rock star or girl-next-door, for me, it’s all about the individual. With a strong following in the Hip-Hop and R&B communities, Bernadette has been the go-to nail artist of choice for such musical celebrities as Arianna Grande, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Spice Girls, Lauryn Hill, Luther Vandross, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mary J. Blige —with whom Thompson traveled on her mega-hit world tour.
With the introduction of the Bernadette Thompson Nail Care and Color line, she made her latest and most impacting contribution to the world of fashion and beauty. Sleek and sexy, but practical. This line of products is the first black-owned global nail company in history .
“As a result of my runway and editorial work, I have the privilege of being actively involved in the creation and interpretation of fashion trends before they hit the streets,” Thompson says with a smile. “So, I guess you might say that when it comes to knowing what colors are going to rock the house every season—I’ve got it nailed!..."
April 1st, 2018, MOMA acquired the "Money Nail" art as a permanent piece in it’s collection.
Since 2015 twice a year during fashion week, Bernadette and friends have taught classes to licensed nail technicians around the world. The Art of Freelance class is a step-by-step guide that will provides insight on the pivotal tools that are required to build a successful career in the competitive world of the entertainment industry.
December 9, 2021 - Roc Nation and Modern Luxury Media launched EDITION by Modern Luxury magazine, featuring a six-page story on Bernadette in a limited-edition coffee table book with Issa Rae on the cover.
January 2022, Bernadette was asked to create nails for the cover of a historical book. (ICE COLD)
February 2022 Bernadette was contracted to head the nail team for fashion week in six countries.