You definitely know her designs. But if you don’t know her name yet, you will now! Bernadette Thompson is one of the main reasons why nail artists are now at the forefront of fashion, because no look is complete without well-manicured nails. Having graced the nails of such celebs as Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian West, her groundbreaking money design (originally donned by Lil Kim in the mid-1990s) is featured at none other than New York City’s MoMA – where you can also purchase your own easy-to-use money nail appliques.

She turned, what she calls, her “passion into profit.” Speaking of her collaboration with one of Madonna’s art directors, which was a major turning point in her career, Bernadette Thompson thought, “If somebody like this believes in me, I really have to now start taking this seriously.”

Having worked with countless A-list celebrities and fashion designers, Bernadette Thompson has now started a new venture to bring the star treatment to the general public. She says of this inclusion of working, everyday women, “Who works harder than a mother? Who works harder than a teacher? They deserve the best. Meaning the best formulas, the best products, the best service.” With The B Nail Experience and Beauty Lounge, it was important for her to create a “relationship” with clients, in order to give them the full VIP treatment. That is why there is a membership program within this, which she plans to expand worldwide, so that anyone who is a member can go to any of the global locations. This also includes staff, who she makes sure not to leave out, because she is a manicurist herself and knows how difficult this work can be. After all, it is because of Bernadette that manicurists are now credited in fashion spreads and are recognized for their hard work and creativity.

Now at Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall Concept pop-up store until May 31st, you too can get a perfect manicure and/or pedicure done by Bernadette and her wonderful team.

WHERE: Yorkdale’s CONCEPT Space (near TTC entrance)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto

 WHEN: April 30th – May 31st

  • Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (last appointment 8:00 pm)
  • Sunday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm (last appointment 6:00 pm)



Milica is a Toronto-based nail artist and film and tv industry professional. She's always on the search for inspiring stories and design that inspire her own work.

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