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 alike, and Thompson’s slick but timeless nail designs have been celebrated and revered by such luminary personalities as Beyoncé Knowles, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Gisele Bündchen, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman, Kate Beckingsdale, Iman, Sting, Puff Daddy, Robert Downey Jr. and Sara Jessica Parker to name but a few.
Easily moving from on-location film and video work to fashion print and editorial shoots, Thompson’s runway and advertising client list includes the most prestigious fashion designers in the world—Marc Jacobs, Hermés, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Escada, Hugo Boss, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein among countless others. Perhaps even more telling of the respect Bernadette Thompson has garnered within the beauty industries are the many cosmetic companies who have contracted her to consult on and create original designs by which to introduce their own products into the market place. From Revlon and Clinique to Estée Lauder and M.A.C. Cosmetics—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.
Beyond the world of high fashion, Thompson has also enjoyed a wide range of commercial clients, participating in advertising and concept development for products and companies such as Vaseline as well as acting as a consultant for start-up projects within established fashion houses contemplating a cosmetics licensing venture.
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…introducing them to a look or concept that may be new, but that’s still somehow all about them and doesn’t look ‘put on’ or forced…” Explaining further, Thompson points out, “I’ve worked with many of the world’s most celebrated models, actresses and musical personalities—some of who were at first wary of an unusual design or color I proposed. But then, upon seeing the finished look, they end up inquiring about how to extend the longevity of the design and color… I just love that!” she beams.
With a strong following in the Hip-Hop and R&B community, Bernadette has been the go-to nail artist of choice for such musical celebrities as Alicia Keys, Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, Luther Vandross, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mary J. Blige—with whom Thompson traveled on tour during Blige’s mega-hit world tour.
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