the violet files


One of the best sites for extreme nails: The Violet Files

Photographed by: Robin Black

“Known for her convention-defying nail stylings, Madeline Poole is quickly becoming one of L.A.’s most sought-after manicurists. There’s nary a beauty blog or glossy magazine that hasn’t featured her work, and this graphic look is a testament to just how far the imagination can push nail artistry nowadays. The contrasting colors are positively Prada; and is it just us, or does the graphic pattern make you yearn for Swinging London circa 1966? Whatever your take, this is one look you’d be terribly remiss not to try this season.”

Complete Product List:

John Masters Organic Cacao and Cupuacu Hand and Body ButterKahina Argan OilDr. Hauschka’s Neem Nail Oil PenKiss Press-on NailsNubar Nail KitSeche Vite Dry Fast Top CoatThe Digital Underground by Madeline Poole in Nile


Coral/Pink: FLOSSGLOSS in Bikini Coral

Blue: Madeline Poole for The New Black in “Nile Collection”

Purple: Illamasqua in “Stance”

Black: Orly “Instant Artist” in Black

Top Coat: Seche Vite Fast Dry

Crystals: Swarovski





Model: Soo Joo Park at Wilhelmina Models

Makeup: Robin Black at Starworks Artists

Nails: Madeline Poole at Nailing Hollywood

“As the weather cools down, your allure heats up. The intense burgundies in this look create a sense of mystery that will intrigue from miles away. But just as the crimson adds gravitas, the splashes of gold on the nails and eyes lend an element of lightness and luxury. This is a look that is as polished as it is powerful—perfect for an autumn night out on the town.” To get those precise lip lines, makeup artist Robin Black recommends: “Use a lip brush with a point like Laura Mercier’s.” - Violet Grey

Complete Product List:

Dior Powder Eyeshadow in Golden SpotlightChanel Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun NaturalYves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Belle De RoseOrly Instant Artists 24KYves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer in Belle De Rose

Finish the look with fragrance:

Before you hit the town, dab on a bit of master parfumeur Serge Lutens’s Sarrasins, which unlocks the deeper side of white jasmine.

Drugstore Favorites:

For gorgeous nails, start with Dr. Hauschka’s Neem Nail Oil Pen, which blends Neem leaf, anthyllis, and chamomile to soften cuticles and fortify nails. Go-to nail artist Madeline Poole swears by it.



Sportswear itself is nothing new—Alexander Wang has regularly sent swaths of mesh down the runway—but on the nails? That’s something to cheer about. This look makes us want to dig our pom-poms out of storage and break out the old high-kick. It’s no wonder that nail artist Madeline Poole refers to this look as “the sports bra nail.” Indeed, it has those racer-back lines, and that athletic blue is reminiscent of the athletic jerseys and football helmets of your youth (or, at least,someone’s youth). Whether or not you’d ever attend a football game, we’ll wager you can get behind this look. Go team go.


Black and white detailing: ModelsOwn / Wah Nails Nail Art Pen in Black & White

Studs By: Prima Creative / The New Black “Rebel Edge”

Blue Polish: Ginger + Liz “Jeggings”

Seche Vite Quick Dry top coat


Kiss Press on Nails

Nubar tool kit for placing the studs