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Worst Beauty Trend of the Moment: French Pedicures

By June 6, 2006

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A huge trend we've noticed lately is the "French pedicure,"meaning toes painted to look like the traditional French manicure. What we dislike the most about the trend is how the white paint seems to highlight the edge of the nail, making it look as if the toenails have been allowed to grow out so long you could scratch an itch on the back of your leg. We must admit, it sort of grosses us out. Plus, it must be INSANE to keep toes perfectly unchipped.

A better color for toes this year? We like reds or your basic (so very gorgeous) pearl. We are simply not fans of the French manis and pedis and recall a highly esteemed beauty editor, who once dubbed the French manicure "tacky" (we've always secretly agreed). Do you agree or disagree with us? Feel free to comment (see the button) below.

Comments

June 6, 2006 at 9:20 pm
(1) LA says:

agree!!!

June 6, 2006 at 9:30 pm
(2) Allura says:

If you’re going to go for it, go all the way: Paint toenails hot pink or coral, and top off with a thin gold edge!

June 6, 2006 at 9:42 pm
(3) Rachel says:

I happen to love French Manicures, especially in less traditional colors, but don’t think it cares over well to pedicures. I think caring over the main color of the fingers to the toes is the way to go, but hey if you’re going to do it anyway go all out.

June 6, 2006 at 10:18 pm
(4) Carrie says:

Totally disagree! I love how clean and elegant a french manicure looks. I wasn’t really into the whole french pedi thing…thought it made your toes look like fingers! But I tried it on my own toes and LOVE it! I never have to worry about my toenail polish matching with my outfit!

June 6, 2006 at 10:40 pm
(5) Michelle says:

I completely agree. French manicures are so extremely overdone. And they have become tacky. Instead of doing your nails the exact same way as everyone else, why not be creative? There are so many possibilities, french manicures are truly nothing special.

June 6, 2006 at 10:46 pm
(6) Andie says:

AGREED.
Ladies, ENOUGH ALREADY with the French manicures toes. Ugh. What ever happened to sheer nude colors or bright coral and peach? Let’s be a LITTLE BIT CREATIVE!!!

June 6, 2006 at 11:13 pm
(7) Jenn says:

WHATEVER. French is the way to go. It DOES matter who does it, however. Do whatever YOU like. Aren’t there better things to obsess about?

June 7, 2006 at 2:08 am
(8) Stella says:

OMG, I thought it was just me! Everywhere I look, I see this, and I call it the dog paw look. Long toenails, YUK, and I agree, completely unoriginal. If you have to have French, at least lose the talons, and put colors other than white on the tips. While I have the floor, I’d like to say another trend that has been run into the ground is the extreme tan look. Tacky, unless you’re trying for a 70′s thing.

June 7, 2006 at 9:38 am
(9) Dolly says:

Ladies, may I remind us all that Beauty is one thing we all posess. To enhance our own natural beauty we need not try so hard that we end up looking fake. French Pedicures can and should be done to look like the natural naked nail.Anything bevond that is screaming for attention, a sign of beauty insecurity.

June 7, 2006 at 10:19 am
(10) Gail (South Africa) says:

Thank you! I am SO-O-O glad someone in the beauty media has finally said it.I am passionate about well-groomed hands and feet (mine as well as the sight of others) and love to see them glamourised with nail varnish. HOWEVER, French pedicures are THE ugliest vision imaginable. They surely only look vaguely pretty IF you are taking a direct “overhead” bird’s eye view. (the reason why some thing their toes look pretty done like this). From any other angle they are gross – esp. because the nails are left longer and the length is further highlighted by the tips. It comes over as the latest fashion trend of Mortitia from the Adam’s Family!

June 7, 2006 at 11:54 am
(11) Kim says:

I agree that french peds are too gross! I like the one color like pearls or pinks or corals. While I am on the subject, extra long nails are nasty looking! Why is it you can go to a fast food resturant and most of their workers nails are long?! I thought health standards require that nails be no longer than 1/4 inch.

June 7, 2006 at 11:57 am
(12) tina says:

long toenails are absolutely disgusting no matter what color. can we also veto the current trend of dark lipliner with frosty white lipstick, super tan (and wrinkled) skin with dyed ashy blond hair that shows roots, or dyed red hair, long bleached hair that hasn’t been trimmed in years and looks like a dried out mop, and eighties style pinstripe thin highlights of blond so ashy it looks greenish gray, showing jet black roots. also women with black hair that try to go blonde themselves and end up with orange hair and three inches of black roots. i see all this while shopping at walmart and it makes me want to scream. thanx.

June 7, 2006 at 1:22 pm
(13) AMY says:

COULD NOT DISAGREE MORE. I AM AN AVID FRENCH MANICURE TOE PAINTER! IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW LONG EACH INDIVIDUAL KEEPS THEIR TOENAILS. I HAVE NOTICED THAT MANY PEOPLE DON’T KEEP THEM SHORT ENOUGH. BUT FOR THOSE OF US THAT KEEP THEIR TOENAILS AT AN APPROPRIATE LENGTH, THE FRENCH MANICURE MAKES YOUR FEET LOOK THAT MUCH MORE FEMANINE. AND THE GUYS LIKE IT TOO ;)

DISAGREE!!

June 7, 2006 at 1:23 pm
(14) claudia says:

Totally agree!

June 7, 2006 at 2:06 pm
(15) Kay says:

I totally agree. It is tacky..along with those horrible air brush designs. I stick with very natural colors for both my nails and tootsies…and they look gorgeous this way. Say it LOUD – no more FRENCH PEDICURES! (or manicures for that matter) LOL

June 7, 2006 at 2:09 pm
(16) Cat says:

UGLY UGLY UGLY definitely describes the French Pedi….it looks like you have fingers on your feet instead of toes!! YUK….make it go away!! Thanks for finally brining to the front…LADIES WAKE UP, IT’S SO OVER!!

June 7, 2006 at 2:16 pm
(17) Jeannine says:

Thank goodness we have choices. If you don’t like it, don’t wear it. Geez!

June 7, 2006 at 2:38 pm
(18) Chelsea says:

I dissagree..mostly. I LOVE french manis..but the ultra white tips are a big no no. I use 2 coats of a sheer whitish/nude color and cover it with another sheer color. Doing it that way makes it look almost natural. NOT and NEVER the gaudy WHITE tips.

June 7, 2006 at 3:08 pm
(19) Sherry says:

I totally agree!!! They look extremely tacky.

June 7, 2006 at 3:15 pm
(20) Dee says:

I hate the French pedicure look, too. I think that clean, short toenails in neutral colors of nail polish always look best.

June 7, 2006 at 3:18 pm
(21) Danielle says:

Totally DISAGREE. First of all, if your toenails grow long enough to chip, YOU are tacky (not the nail design) for allowing them to grow long enough to chip. Gross. Some people have long enough nail beds for a French ped to be extremely sexy (as per MEN). Sorry stubsters. Also, coral is completely 80′s – SO not 2006. And I’d like to know where Julyne Derrick got her “beauty” expertise — if she’s so much of an expert she should update her headshot/hair style.

June 7, 2006 at 3:26 pm
(22) T says:

TOTALLY AGREE! French pedicures are NOT pretty.

June 7, 2006 at 3:26 pm
(23) Ivy says:

I’ve never seen it. Any one got a photo or link to one?

June 7, 2006 at 3:33 pm
(24) J of Pa says:

Strongly disagree. True, why be obsessed with it anyway. Colors are TACKIER than anything — downright CLOWNISH — AND — they can turn your guts 80% of the time. Nothing worse than FEET (of all things) being used for dramatic display and colored pinks and red yet ! Coral, you say ! It’s hard to clean up a mind with CORAL movie mush feet inside it. Yeeech.

June 7, 2006 at 3:40 pm
(25) Lisa says:

I’ve been screaming about French pedicures FOREVER! If someone has toenails that long, she needs a trim!

June 7, 2006 at 3:58 pm
(26) Sissy says:

I totally consider it to be a matter of preference. Can’t say that I agree or disagree. Let us not forget………Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

June 7, 2006 at 4:09 pm
(27) Nia says:

I think the American Manicure is much better because it looks more natural. French Manicures look like white out on nails. I dont like it. But matching your toenails to your fingernails is the way to go whatever color is used.

June 7, 2006 at 4:14 pm
(28) Susan says:

I so agree!! I first noticed this trend about 2 years ago and couldn’t believe someone would actually do that to their toenails. They do look overgrown and it looks like wearing normal shoes would feel uncomfortable; you’d have to go up half a size to accommodate the nails. Anyway, I’m glad to hear someone else thinks they’re gross also!

June 7, 2006 at 4:39 pm
(29) Jean says:

Nothing is cuter than a good looking RED polish on toe nails!! Very flirty in the Summer especially!! Remember your Season of colors even goes with nail polish!!

June 7, 2006 at 4:42 pm
(30) Valorie says:

I happen to like it. It looks simple and clean to me.

June 7, 2006 at 4:43 pm
(31) Kerry says:

Ladies, short nails and a very thin line of white looks polished, clean and nice. I have no idea how long townalis are left in North America to elicit such a hateful response to french pedicures, but where I live, we keep nails very short, apply a neutral polish and then a really thin line of white at the tips. It is not gross. I guess it is about the lenght, not the actual kind of pedicures.

June 7, 2006 at 5:06 pm
(32) Jocelyn says:

Most people have ugly feet so by using bright colors it usually draws attention to them. A french manicure if nails are short with a very thin line is not as attention grabbing and can be a clean look. If we disagree on french versus color at least keep them short as long toenails are repulsive. I hope we can all agree on that at least.

June 7, 2006 at 5:08 pm
(33) Erotica says:

I personally like the French manicure, but more importantly, having well manicured nails of any color or none at all looks much better then nails that receive no care. Whatever you decide to use on your fingers and toes, it does look best if it matches.

June 7, 2006 at 6:25 pm
(34) Roger says:

I just saw a girl with one of those… and did think it was gross..thought she had really long (albeit clean) toenails. Yuck. P.S. I’m a guy.

June 7, 2006 at 7:34 pm
(35) Tamara Kesterson says:

Trashily tacky!

June 7, 2006 at 7:59 pm
(36) Jane says:

Asking if you like French Manis is like asking if you like wigs! What color … how long … etc. I started doing french manis in the 80′s. I LOVE them, provided they’re a classic length. “Claws” of any color are just plain ol’ trashy!

June 7, 2006 at 8:19 pm
(37) Kim Cole says:

I think its tacky, but I agree with comment number 2. Gold tips give you just enough sparkle witout overdoing it, looking trashy, or looking tacky.

June 7, 2006 at 9:50 pm
(38) Marcia says:

Why do they charge more for French? I do not like the looks of it. I always go for fuchsia on my toe nails since I often wear that color. I do American on my fingernails.

As a church pianist I go for fingernails that are short. I can not stand to hear nails click on the keys–piano, organ, or laptop.

June 7, 2006 at 10:41 pm
(39) Rosaura says:

Ugh enough is enough.. manis sometimes are nice but I have already done it in Canada.. Nothing special I am a fan of pler shades clean nails.. no matter what. I find french manicure and flowery handnails and toes TACky .. dah dah.. Hope it is gone ASAP. I am working in Rio (Brazil) .. what a mess women are doing here.. lol…not with toenails but handnails in bright fluo colours.. ARGH definitely..

June 7, 2006 at 10:55 pm
(40) Reneé says:

I agree that the french pedicure looks tacky, but I’ve always liked the look of a french manicure.

June 7, 2006 at 10:57 pm
(41) Julie says:

I love the french mani and pedi – they look so natural (definately not the gaudy white tips or the overgrown toenails) and they give a very well groomed appearance. Much more natural and aesthetic than gaudy bright colours – including those awful black and metalic colours.

June 8, 2006 at 12:23 am
(42) Nancy says:

I always used to have bright colors on my toenails but saw a french pedicure on my neighbor and loved it. I think they go with everything. In my experience the manicurist files my nails the same short length no matter what color I’m getting put on.

BTW, what is the “American” version? I’ve never heard of it before.

June 8, 2006 at 7:35 am
(43) Kathy says:

Agreed. Long nails on hands or feet are just tacky no matter how they are painted.

June 8, 2006 at 10:24 am
(44) June says:

I agree,it is one of the ugliest things. It draws your attention to the feet,and feet can already be one of the ugliest part on some people. It would be like everyone wearing blue eyeshadow,it just doesn’t work for everyone.

June 8, 2006 at 10:43 am
(45) Jeannine says:

Nothing says “I live in a trailer” louder than a french manicure. Toss in the tootsies and we’re talking double-wide.

June 8, 2006 at 12:12 pm
(46) Erica says:

If done tastefully, a french mani/pedi (although not together) can look very nice on some women especially during the summertime. What is overdone is women who live and die by what fashion magazines say is the ‘trend of the season’ even though it is completely ugly/tacky in the real world (Cowboy boots with dresses, cigarette pants, c’mon now!). If a woman feels her best with a french manicure, why would anybody knock her down a peg for having one? Woman are truly catty!

June 8, 2006 at 1:23 pm
(47) AMY says:

OK I AGREE WITH ERICA, PS, THIS IS WHY I HATE GIRLS!!! SOOOOOOO CATTY!! IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DONT WEAR IT AND DONT CRITISIZE OTHERS FOR WEARING IT BECAUSE ITS NOT YOU SO DONT WORRY ABOUT IT. TRUE STYLE ISN’T FOUND IN FASHION MAGAZINES OR FASHION ARTICLES SUCH AS THIS ONE. FIND YOUR OWN STYLE INSTEAD OF BY OTHERS’!

June 8, 2006 at 3:36 pm
(48) Lesley says:

This is so sad to post something about a pedicure! French pedicures have been around for oh, about 10 years if you are just now noticing it.

June 8, 2006 at 4:51 pm
(49) Anne says:

French manicures and pedicures are SO SO PORNO!!!! YUCK!!! They might have been beautiful once but now they just scream, well, something not to be printed here.

June 8, 2006 at 6:12 pm
(50) barbara says:

I, personally, think french manicure is a classic, elegant look…not so much the pedi, but, hey, if you like it go for it! Who elected the fashion police anyway? The real beauty is in individuality and being comfortable in your own skin (and nails).

June 8, 2006 at 7:45 pm
(51) Debbie says:

Don’t like the french manicure look at all. I agree with y’all about the long toenails on feet… totally grosses me out.. and what really grosses me out is ugly toenails without a pedicure. You don’t have to go out to get your toes done if your squeamish about it. Groom your nails yourself so atleast they look good in sandals. But for me… I like getting pampered in a salon and getting a pedicure. Makes me feel less self-conscious about my feet in the summer. Feet are not pretty.. no matter what! But a good pedicure definitely helps!

June 9, 2006 at 12:37 am
(52) Angie says:

I tried a french pedi for the first time last week. While I think the white is too white, I plan to try the American Pedi or perhaps a pearl white on the tips. Live and let live!

June 9, 2006 at 8:54 am
(53) Cher says:

I think the french pedicure is very clean and attractive look. Also mine last a good long time. I don’t know what your problem would be, to each his own. French pedicure I am all for it.

June 9, 2006 at 10:16 am
(54) Raine says:

I have a bad habit of “flicking” at my nails. Once I had the “pink & white” french manicure done (without polish), I immediately quit my flicking habit. Additionally, it holds up well – there’s no polish to worry about. And as a girl working in the motorcycle media world who is often on her Harley, I need something that holds up a bit better than just an average manicure.

I can’t stand the french pedicures. I prefer one solid shade — but then I don’t like to see other peoples’ feet as they are shuffling along in those annoying flip flops….but that’s another rant for another post.

June 21, 2006 at 4:53 pm
(55) Jen says:

Couldn’t disagree more. I love my French pedicure and have had many compliments on it by men, and even more by women. Depending on how well they’re done, French pedicures look clean and flawless- and much more natural than the coral or neutral pinks that were popular in the 80s and early 90s. Seriously- I wore coral colored nail polish 15 years ago. I think the key is to keep your nails as short as possible, and the tips narrow. The idea behind anything from makeup to pedicures is to enhance your already-existing assets or cover up flaws. Why ruin natural beauty with shiny coral or tacky gold nail polish or flaunt yellowing toenails? And for those who said they make toes look like fingers- you might as well rip off those toe rings as well. Don’t they also belong on fingers? Come on. Lay off the color.

June 22, 2006 at 3:03 pm
(56) Takeallah says:

I couldn’t disagree more!! I love the look and will continue to wear it!! It’s classy, elegant, and in my opinion, looks better than a tacky ‘coral’ color that was out when my mom was a teenager! I love the look and will continue to wear it! I am always getting complimented on my French manicures and pedicures and I find it quite sexy! Hey, as long as I feel good wearing it and my man doesn’t complain, I could give two hoots about what ‘so-called’ fashionistas say. I have my own style and I’m not trying to keep up with what every judgmental person thinks. I’M GOING TO CONTINUE TO REP THE FRENCH! IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, QUIT COMPLAINING! JUST DON’T WEAR IT!

August 9, 2006 at 1:44 am
(57) Polly says:

I’ve always considered french manicures to be incredibly tacky and the new french pedicure trend is a new low. It makes me cringe whenever I see a friend sporting a french manicure. I don’t understand why you would want to have your nails painted to look like natural nails. People who love them claim they look clean and classy. But have you ever noticed you never see french manicures on models or on display in fashion magazines?

February 21, 2007 at 10:12 am
(58) Wendy says:

I think it looks nice on toes; but, not too long. A short version. You can’t wear regular shoes or your toes will squish together and hurt or scratch the other toes. I recommend it only with flip flops. Also, you have to be careful about the color you choose on the nail. Pale skin people need to use a more healthy pink color, than a sheer because the toes will blend in with the skin color otherwise. Darker people can get away with the sheer color because it compliments their skin tone.

March 27, 2007 at 4:13 pm
(59) The Foot King says:

some ladies dont look good with french pedis but some look so darn good…

April 9, 2007 at 1:53 pm
(60) Molly says:

French mani on toes~ completely agree, I think they are discusting.
But French mani on your fingernails, I really love that look.

April 11, 2007 at 12:34 pm
(61) Stephany says:

I love french manicures. Ive tried long nails and short nails. But i have to say i agree that it gets boring after a while, u know, white and clear, white and clear….. so i decided to try a red stripe on the tip. i looks so cute and people agree. so go 4 some other colors.

April 12, 2007 at 12:36 am
(62) Mary says:

Stop hateN own french manicures and pedicures everybody!! Yall are just jealous of all tha pretty gurls that wear them and NE thang u say own here aint gonna change their mind about it! They are sexy and fun & if you know how to wear them you can pull/pick up NE thang…USE your fingertips N tha sides of your fingers!…all tha stupid shyt we do to look beautiful N yall r trippin ovr some nails!!!!

April 12, 2007 at 12:56 am
(63) Mary says:

By Tha way I dnt kno where yaw get UR pedicures & manicures dun at,but uh.. in Southaven MS, they clip our nails B4 they put tha fake ones own. So0o they’re not long and n “GrOsS” they are actually short and neat they just look long oan tha fake part b/c…let me see..0 yea they’re FAKE & they shud look like that unless you want um short like a guys R sumthn…2 me thats GROSS!!

April 12, 2007 at 10:12 am
(64) ginny says:

To Mary…have you ever learned correct grammar? I do not think so. Maybe instead of spending all of your money on your nails you should enroll in some English classes at your local community college. Maybe a keyboarding class also.

Back on topic…I do not think that french manicures and/or pedicures are either classy or tacky. It all depends on the wearer. I know many, many classy women who choose to have their nails done this way, but I have also seen a lot of VERY trashy girls with french mani/pedi. It all depends on the wearer!! I also totally agree with the general nail shape argument….short, rounded nails are the way to go right now!!

April 12, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(65) A says:

I have to agree with ginny. ^
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Take english classes as soon as possible and stop talking like that!

April 13, 2007 at 2:04 pm
(66) Ruby says:

I LOVE french manicures, don’t like the french pedicure so much. I wear a really light shimmery pink color on my toes, it goes with everything since it’s so light and you can barely see it. But yeah, french pedicures can look adorable if you do it right, but if you use the wrong shade it will look just disgusting.

April 13, 2007 at 6:35 pm
(67) ann says:

maybe it depends on where u live. I dont get my nails done anymore becus I dont like the way it feels when i scratch my hair or if i’m trying to button my clothes. Also the majority of the ppl who do nails in the south don’t wear the nails themselves so to me that says a lot.

April 14, 2007 at 2:17 am
(68) Trudy says:

French manicures are lovely !!

Mary I have children that have dyslexia, many amazing and brilliant people have dyslexia. English classes may be a good idea because unfortunately people in general can be very critical. When you are able to express yourself correctly on paper you represent yourself in a much better way.

April 14, 2007 at 2:39 am
(69) Amanda says:

To the ladies complaining about french pedicures, who does your toes? French pedicures look clean and simple.I get pedicures to keep my feet looking nice not so that I can have an art exhibit on my foot. Of course, I am particular about who touches my feet and I won’t go to just anyone. I’d rather spend the extra dollar and get them done professionally. Pink and corral paint cannot be applied universally. French pedicures go well with any skin-tone.

April 14, 2007 at 2:52 am
(70) Amanda says:

To Mary…have you ever learned correct grammar? I do not think so. Maybe instead of spending all of your money on your nails you should enroll in some English classes at your local community college. Maybe a keyboarding class also.

Back on topic…I do not think that french manicures and/or pedicures are either classy or tacky. It all depends on the wearer. I know many, many classy women who choose to have their nails done this way, but I have also seen a lot of VERY trashy girls with french mani/pedi. It all depends on the wearer!! I also totally agree with the general nail shape argument….short, rounded nails are the way to go right now!!

********* Ginny, I would suggest that you follow your own advice.***** Your grammar is remedial at best. You have poor syntax and you also have a ton of run-on sentences. You even have a fragmented sentence. If I had a red-pen and I corrected your paragraphs, they would have looked as if they were bleeding.

Wearer?! Try:” The one who wears.” I am not trying to pick on you; I just think one should always look in the mirror before pointing out another’s flaws. You speak of community college, is that where you received your education?

April 15, 2007 at 10:21 am
(71) Nicole says:

I disagree with your comment that french pedicures are ‘tacky’. For some people, different ‘creative’ colors look amazing or even good on people. But for people like me, with dark olive toned skin, not ALL colors look good. So by having a french manicure, i can be in and out of the salon in only 25 minutes instead of wasting two hours there trying to find a color that decently matches.

April 15, 2007 at 12:12 pm
(72) nicco says:

I love the french for both fingers and toes. Classic, clean and sexy. They DO NOT make your toe nails look long. The way to do it right is to only paint a very thin tip on the toes.

April 15, 2007 at 12:33 pm
(73) nicco says:

And, while I’m at at…Who cares! This is the most silly argument I have ever heard..Pro french mani/pedi or AGAINST..Grow up and get a life people.

April 16, 2007 at 2:29 pm
(74) Thelma says:

I disagree; I don’t think they are passé; I think it depends on whether or not they are attactive on the user.

I think french pedicures work for women that have pretty feet and short nails; long toe nails are creepy. Pretty feet are a must, because french pedicures are attention getters.

Long nails are nice for the and they can look good with a french manicure; depending on the over-all appearance of the woman’s hands. Very-long nails I think are tacky (even with pretty hands)… and having a french manicure or any color, for that matter, on Very-long or Super-long nails is Super-Tacky, in my opinion.

I will do a french manicure, from time to time; especially, when my nails are even. I don’t have long nails… just neat-looking-length nails. I don’t think it’s a “tacky” look for me; it’s a “neat” look.

April 16, 2007 at 4:51 pm
(75) se says:

you can play the cello with your feet too.

April 16, 2007 at 11:23 pm
(76) Donna says:

disagree!!! I love the frech tip pedi…it looks great and it does not make the nail look longer beyong the nail bed–you must be going to the wrong salon! ha!

April 17, 2007 at 2:48 pm
(77) Paige says:

Totally disagree! I love pedicures and I decided somewhere after turning 50 that I should sport what looks good on me. My whole town has mani’s and pedi’s, and almost everyone does french pedi’s. I prefer to go with colored french ped’s with a single flower on the big two, which is painted not airbrushed. I do not see long toenails to sport this style and it makes me wonder what toes you see. People keep their styles crisp and clean, not at all what you venture to say about it. I usually go with the color that fits my mood at the time an I have nice looking feet and get lots of compliments. People with ugly feet shouldn’t really show them off, its unbecoming.

April 20, 2007 at 11:06 am
(78) Nicole says:

The topic of this blog seems to have gotten a little heated. Most of you ladies sound like you have had your feet done before. While others, are just stating their personal opinon, which is cool.
But being a manicurist, it basically boils down to what the client wants. I have clients with long toes nails and they like the way a french looks on their feet. I have clients that have long toe beds, which makes their toe nails look longer and they like the french look. I also have clients the like color on their toes. The client is in control of what she wears on their feet and or hands. The beauty industry likes to tell dictate what is good and what is bad, for example…dark colors. Some people like it, some people don’t. Personally I do, but I also like bright colors as well.
I think that you like what you like. I never tell my clients what type of polish to put on their feet or hands. All I ask for is healthy feet and hands. That’s what really matters.
This is just my opinon. Sheer, nude and peachy colors are not being creative. It’s being safe. I wish everyone good luck with their color choices. “Dare to be different, dare to be you!”

May 5, 2007 at 3:57 pm
(79) Justin says:

FRENCH manicure/pedicures rock. Key to my, err, heart.

May 21, 2007 at 11:16 pm
(80) Ryan says:

You’re insane! French Pedicures are so sexy! Why do long toenails gross some people out? It’s ok on fingers, but not toes? Now mind you I understand really long toenails can be freaky, like some african american women have, but if you keep it long, but not exagerrated. it looks sexy, like Pamela Anderson style. women with short toenails. it makes it look like they bite their toenails. i think women who can’t grow long toenails are jealous. thats why they make eeew comments.

May 25, 2007 at 6:40 pm
(81) Jay says:

I LOVE French Pedicures!!!! I love the way the white edge (SMILE Line) hangs over the toe. It’s absolutely sexy!!!! Women, don’t listen to these so called “fashion experts” who call for short short nub nub nails with no polish. Men LOVE long nails, and toenails are no exception! French Pedicured toenails are clean, sexy and HOT!!!

June 10, 2007 at 11:54 pm
(82) ladydee says:

ummm yea I agree with nicco…please get a life…if you don’t like french pedicures then don’t get them…it’s that simple folks…everything is a matter of personal preference….there are more important things to worry about..clowns..lol

June 11, 2007 at 12:34 pm
(83) rania says:

I could not disagree more with this article. French pedicures are very classy, clean and fresh. If the white tips are painted on somewhat thin and not thick and the base color is natural, you end up with a very well groomed look. French pedicures are usually seen on classy women who make an effort to take care of themselves. No offense, but the french pedicure bashers probably have never gotten a pedicure in their lives and have nasty feet. Painting toes one color does not look bad, but looks boring and screams for attention. I see bright red toes all the time and do not see the point.

June 11, 2007 at 5:18 pm
(84) Donna says:

I couldn’t Disagree more, nothing…. nothing will ever come close or even BEAT the elegant look of a professionaly done French Pedicure or Manicure and trust, I am a BIG fan of the fashion trend “What’s in and What’s not”, but I’m an even biger fan of “SELF” self-confidence which is not found in a beauty trend … meaning if YOU like it and it makes you feel like (you got it going on)… then You GO GIRRRL!
FYI: The #1 rule of thumb about Beauty & Fashion is how it makes YOU feel.
NOTE: In the editor’s statement asking if “YOU” agree or disagee….hmmmm (get it now)
Like I said, beauty is all about YOU and how it makes you feel!
If a French pedicure makes you feel like you’re trash and yucky and all this and that…then don’t get it! But if you’re stumped to the reason why a French pedicure would make the next person feel like they’re siting on top of the world, then you really don’t get it!

June 24, 2007 at 9:21 pm
(85) Jeremy says:

French manicured toes are awesome. IMO they rival the classic red for #1.

June 25, 2007 at 12:59 am
(86) kay says:

THE COMMENTS R OBVIOUSLY ONES OWN OPINION. SOME OF THE COMMENTS I HEARD R CLEARLY RIDICULOUS THESE COMMENTS ABOUT CORALS AND PINKS R CLEARY BY OLDER WOMEN I SPEAK FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION AND WE DON’T WEAR CORALS AND PINKS THATS FOR GRANDMA’S. WE AS YOUNGER KIDS R CONSTANTLY COMING UP WITH WAYS TO MAKE FASHION (TRENDS) INDIVIDUALIZED INSTEAD OF BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN EVERYBODY LOOKED THE SAME SO DON’T KNOCK IT UNLESS U TRY IT.

June 25, 2007 at 8:36 am
(87) archana says:

i have a friend who has perfect white nail endings…i kinda like it. it is better than the duller versions of nails that pop out of ur fingers. manicures and pedicures hav for more significance than just the colour or the gloss. you are actually induging ur hands and feet by treating them well. there qt a bit of wellness factor in there, which is prime…why should a style be called tacky…its just another option for those who care.

June 26, 2007 at 9:32 pm
(88) Deserie says:

I agree with Kay (2 posts up). You younger kids do come up with trends, while we woman remain with the classics. (I prefer Audry Hepburn to Brittany Spears anyday). Kay, you proved our point exactly, and hopefully you’ll grow out of it…

July 1, 2007 at 12:33 pm
(89) A guy says:

I’m a guy and I HATE THIS LOOK !!! This is the absolute worst trend I’ve ever seen. I would not ever date a girl who did this – as I’d judge her as an absolute twit, and would never be able to change my mind.

July 10, 2007 at 6:51 am
(90) Shannon says:

I love manny’s and pedi’s and would NEVER get a frech pedicure! GROSS!!! It looks like you have itty bitty fingers on your feet!!! WORST TREND EVER!!!!!!! I’m happy to see so many people here in agreement!

July 11, 2007 at 10:20 am
(91) another guy says:

Bottom Line – long toenails are disgusting – end of story! Anything a woman does to bring attention to the length of their toenails is absolutely repulsive. As a general rule, very few people have nice feet anyway, so please consider not drawing attention to a feature best left understated.

July 11, 2007 at 10:23 am
(92) yet another dude says:

If your toenail extends past the nail bed AT ALL – it is too long. Cut it. Thank you.

July 19, 2007 at 12:08 pm
(93) Michelle says:

I totally disagree on the french Mani but I do agree with the french Pedi I mean if your gonna get a pedicure why not make it more drawing more attracting!!

July 24, 2007 at 1:00 am
(94) Mary says:

I disagree. I am very fair and love a natural look. I can’t stand the fake look of many pink and red shades. I recently had a French pedicure and loved it! The nails did NOT look overgrown on me. Perhaps on someone with a different skintone it might show up differently. Mine was a very light, natural shade.
I recently had a new pedicure done in the color “Brownie Points”: I do like the color, but can’t wait to change it back to a lighter, more natural shade.

August 11, 2007 at 11:38 pm
(95) Simply The Best says:

you are all just plain JEALOUS because your nails cant grow! plain and simple!! they look Boooom=Great with the right colours..you all need to look and realise Haters..LOL
U ALL LATE!!

September 4, 2007 at 3:18 pm
(96) Bonnie (10yr nail tech) says:

I don’t know who can take an issue with a French Manicure, which in my opinion is boring, but its not at all offensive. By the way, its also personal opinion everyone is different and thats cool-its what makes the world go around. Coral is pretty but not on everyone, it can sometimes look like the little old retired lady who gets the same color all summer. French is and always will be classic, it’s just a way to enhance the already whitish tip and pinkish base of your natural nail.

September 5, 2007 at 4:16 pm
(97) Michele says:

Talk about REALLY GROSS…Has anyone seen the acrylic toenails??????!!!!!! Now that is the most gaudy-awful thing I have ever seen, right up there with those long, spiral-curly, trashy fingernails!!!

September 14, 2007 at 4:23 am
(98) roxy says:

French manicure was originally done by putting some sort of whitish cream under the nails to stop the dirt going underneath. It was a way to stay clean!!!
After all dislike or not dislike,it was all about hygiene!!

September 18, 2007 at 1:33 pm
(99) David says:

I admit that when I first started seening French pedicures about 8 years ago or so, I found them a bit out of the ordinary, but they have certainly grown on me. I find them quite sexy and a real turn on, especially when they compliment well cared for feet!

September 19, 2007 at 8:11 am
(100) pal says:

If the toenails are short & neat with the thinnest white/cream line painted across with a pearl pink finish – you have the sexiest looking toes ever. Look at catalogue shoe pages and they are wearing a beautiful french finish. Not tacky – just beautiful. Thick white lines should be banned!!

September 26, 2007 at 3:15 am
(101) Kiki says:

French pedicures look cheap, low class and NASTY. Every woman I have been sitting next to that has gotten one has her toe nails SO LONG they look like finger nails. GROSS!!! It just does look clean, appropriate or normal to have your toenails look the same as your fingernails.

I’ve asked in many “high end” salons (as I travel a lot) and they say they NEVER do french pedicures. Their clientele does not request them.

So, somehow, somebody got the idea that if a french manicure was “classy” for hands that meant “classy” feet. WRONG!!! WRONG!!! WRONG !!!!

September 27, 2007 at 9:01 pm
(102) Gabrieal lawrence says:

I think false nails very decent, you see, me personally I do’nt really have any finger nail of my own so I try to keep mine done most of the time.

September 27, 2007 at 9:08 pm
(103) Gabrieal lawrence says:

I LOVE FALSE NAIL and enjoy wearing them.

September 29, 2007 at 1:08 am
(104) Sid says:

I happened to love the french pedicure. I keep my toenails short and ask for a very thin layer of white. My feet look really nice and simply elegant. If you don’t like it, don’t get it. I do agree that long toenails are gross and dangerous. ;) All of you that prefer color…pick the right color for your skin tone. I have seen some tacky colored long toenails too. I will continue to ask for the french pedicure until I get tired, not because some so call fashion expert says it is out of style!!!!!!

September 29, 2007 at 11:26 am
(105) beauty says:

Hi Sid, I never said the French pedicure was “out of style,” on the contrary, it’s a huge trend right now. What I said was that I don’t like French pedis since most women wear them with the nails grown out and I find that repulsive. Cheers! — Julyne

September 30, 2007 at 10:48 pm
(106) Leslie says:

Yes, I agree also. I remember seeing this trend last summer and thinking, that is so gross!!! YUCK! I like to keep my toenails short, short, short!
Think of all the dirt and other unwanted stuff that can cling to the underside of those long unsightly toenails!
Leslie

October 2, 2007 at 3:50 am
(107) KarmaQ says:

There are 2 separate No-No’s here. And the wear-ees can’t see the problem because it all looks SO fab from their view-from-the-top.
The view-from-the-top lures you in to thinking that your finger-nail-shaped toe nails look ever so elegant. PLEASE take a mirror, place it on the floor, step away and stand sideways to the mirror, and look at those nails curling over. UGH!

French manicures are supposed to look natural.Whiter-than-white tips alongside pinker-than-pink nail beds do NOT look natural. If you have to have a French manicure go for the more realistic colours on your nails.
By the way, if our toes and our fingers were meant to look identical, we’d still be walking on ALL FOURS.

October 4, 2007 at 10:32 am
(108) Annette says:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I’ve never been a trendy person. I stick with what I”m happy with. If red is the thing that day for me, I do it. French? same thing. Go with what you’re happy/comfortable with. THAT is fashion.

October 12, 2007 at 4:59 pm
(109) Solange says:

I totally disagree. I think French Manis and Pedis are elegant and feminine. It’s a very polished look that spells W*O*M*A*N.

October 13, 2007 at 10:36 pm
(110) Terrie says:

Come on ladies, let’s admit it! If you have pretty dainty feet,you’re toe nails will look good in anything. If you have big feet you have to be a little picky about what you do to you’re toe nails. So this is how I see it. If you like the french manicure, you have petty dainty feet. if you don’t like the french manicure you have big feet. :)

October 14, 2007 at 5:09 am
(111) Christian says:

well, sorry ladies but im gonna have to totally disagree with you all about french tips. i think that its the best thing thats happened to feet since toe rings. i cant lie, i have a major foot fetish. i personally think that they make womens feet look so much better. its actually my favorite design to see a woman wearing. my ex-girlfriend actually got it done to her feet for me as a present. she really liked the way it looked herself so she never when back to anything else. it gives a guy so much more to look at. i look at it this way; if you have ugly feet then your gonna have ugly feet regardless of the polish but if your a woman with beautiful feet, french tips make your feet the perfect 10. anyway, just thought i’d let you all see it from a guys point of view. and i say if your a woman with french tips, KEEP YOUR FEET LOOKING SEXY!

October 19, 2007 at 5:15 am
(112) Joanne says:

I just done a french pedi to my feet yesterday and it really looks classy, I really love it when it’s well done on toe nails that are not exagerately long. Its definitely looks sexy and it matches whatever you are wearing. So for all you gals who don’t like it, simply don’t do it to your toes. And where I live, they are very famous and are almost treated as a kind of luxury!!!

November 2, 2007 at 3:57 am
(113) Laila says:

Have always hated the look and I’m so glad someone else can see the ugliness -particularly when the nails are ‘squared off’. I still love the look of oval nails that have a pearly look about them if a good quality lacquer is applied.

November 2, 2007 at 6:58 pm
(114) Chaz says:

I think a French pedicure looks really great if a woman has nice toes, and women know that letting their toenails grow a little bit long with a French pedicure is very attractive. Obviously, ridiculously long toenails are silly and off-putting, but when women let their toenail on the big toe grow a little bit over the end of the toe, with a French pedicure, it is really sexy. A lot of white women are inhibited about this, but check out how latina women do this and are confident in their sexiness.

January 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm
(115) Alicia says:

I’m confused why people don’t like the traditional french manicure. It mimics the natural nails, light with a white crescent at the end. By saying you think a french manicure is gross is saying that you think natural nails are gross. I much prefer natural looking than bright orange or something of that nature.

January 13, 2008 at 9:51 pm
(116) Tina says:

I never used to pant my toes w/the french pedi, but after seeing it lately on a few different people, I started using it. I must say it’s a very beautiful and polished look. Of course it all depends on the colors you use and the length of the nail. I do agree w/some of the comments on how some women grow their nails just too long. Long toenails can look pretty creepy.

January 20, 2008 at 6:15 pm
(117) 0809krmser0809 says:

I think they always look overdone. Especially on younger people. (teens & young adults).
But, SOMETIMES they can look OK.
Once there was this girl in my school who had always had long, long, long nails and she got the french manicure painted on (instead of fake nails) and the white part eventually turned…I’m not joking…YELLOW!!
Yuck.
Now, (like always) I stick with short/medium length…CLEAN nails!

January 25, 2008 at 12:27 pm
(118) TucsonBlonde says:

I have to say I am completely baffled! I have a french Manicure on my nails because I work in a laboratory and am in gloves and washing my hands all of the time. The french manicure keeps them looking clean and beautiful. Colors chip off in less than a day, no matter the top coat used. And for the toes? I do not know what kind of Sasquatch women you have in your part of the world, but out here in Tucson, where we can wear open toed shoes pretty much year round, we keep our toenails short and often with a french manicure. My toenails do not “extend” anywhere…GROSS! The french Manicure, done with a thin white edge, keeps your toes looking well groomed and elegant, “bare but better” is the idea, not “I would like to strum a guitar with my honking long toenails”. Your toenails can be cut back to the nubbin, and you can still get a french manicure on them, so you don’t have chewed on looking toes. Long toenails are disgusting whether you cover them in french manicure, coral (are you serious? Coral? how utterly dated!) or a sassy red. So mind your grooming etiquette, and find someone who knows how to do a pedi-french without making your toes look like fingers, it is not that friggin hard and looks great. I think the ones who are freaking out about this have never seen it done right. Sheesh! Nails beyond the end of the toe are a crime against all that is beautiful in the world, pin the offender down and clip those suckers!

January 30, 2008 at 1:15 am
(119) Kellie says:

I love french-pedi’s. I think they are absolutley classy. Yet, nothing is more refreshing than a change, like a color. So, I think an eqaul balance of the two is in due order here.

February 23, 2008 at 2:58 am
(120) scott says:

French pedicures are just wrong! Ugly, ugly, ugly… oh, did I mention that they are ugly?

February 23, 2008 at 9:08 pm
(121) fernanda says:

what the hell is wrong with you!?! french pedis are totally cute! ‘yall must be smoking some thing.

February 23, 2008 at 9:18 pm
(122) martha says:

I love french pedicures, they are so cute! Im from southern california, and everyone wears them! They’re clean-cut and classy. Frankly, i’d rather spend a little extra time, and money to not look like a cheep-floosy.

February 23, 2008 at 10:28 pm
(123) AAF says:

Once in awhile I get a French Pedicure…mostly in the summer. I prefer colors. I agree with the others…this is a “non-issue.” It is a matter of personal taste/preference. I hope women wont judge other women over this or other make up type items. There is enough sorrow in this world. Instead, we should be supportive/helpful.

February 27, 2008 at 12:42 pm
(124) daryl beckett says:

From a man’s point of view—French pedicures are very clean and sexy …, I love them! ! !

March 27, 2008 at 9:41 pm
(125) g-man says:

French pedicures are very elegant and sexy in my masculine opinion. They’re very proper and match with any outfit and occasion.

April 8, 2008 at 7:50 pm
(126) Elise says:

Love them.. when the white is painted straight across the nail with no ‘curves’ down either side, and the white is a thin line at the edge of the toe.. and nails are kept shorter.. very elegant, VERY CLEAN>

April 12, 2008 at 6:55 am
(127) mp says:

if you don’t like any of these styles,that’s your opinion,keep it to yourself.i love any color on pretty feet and stlyes on pretty feet,this is art and you all should be open ,if you don’t like it,ignore it and shut the hell up….DO YOU.

April 14, 2008 at 3:44 pm
(128) Janie says:

I like the pink and white manicure. Especially if you are over 40. It makes your hands appear younger and softer. I do however, agree about the French PEDICURE. I love color on the toenails. I paint mine always even in winter. I love deep reds, pinks and corals.

April 14, 2008 at 11:16 pm
(129) vicki campbell says:

I think that French manicures are for those who don;t ever have to do anything (work with chemicals, clean house, etc.) as it’s impossible to keep up otherwise. As for being on someon’e feet (pedicure) I really don;t like the look. I like a nice solid color and NO flowers, designs, jewels, etc. Too disco-like.

April 16, 2008 at 3:44 am
(130) Carl M says:

There’s a reason why you don’t see that trend on 99% of professional models. Being a professional photographer and a great admirer of the female form, I can tell you that for every guy/girl that loves the look, there is another guy/girl who not only dislikes the look, but actually think it looks downright disgusting.

Read through all the previous comments – if ONLY it was a matter of difference of opinion. More than 50% of people describe this trend as GROSS and NASTY looking (me included).

Understand, for over half the people, its not just a matter of “dislike” as in don’t like the color orange or pleats in pants – it literally looks GROSS and REPULSIVE (as in boogers, nose hairs and food in teeth category)

Its true, a lot of people may like the look – unfortunately the rest of us are secretly retching wondering how this trend ever caught on…

April 18, 2008 at 4:51 am
(131) C. T. S. says:

LOL! Are people seriously that concerned with what other people are doing with their own bodies? What, do you people walk around with your heads held down examining other people’s feet all day? That is hilarious! I could care less how another person chooses to paint anything on his/her body. I personally LOVE the french manicure and pedicure….in fact I have become quite astute to doing it myself. And the last thing I care about is how someone else feels about the manner in which I choose to paint my toenails! That is down right laughable! That’s like telling people, “Hey, you are stupid and you have no class because you drive a truck and I drive a car – trucks are stupid and ugly!” Lol….does that not sound childish????? Same thing with the debate over toenail polish!

April 23, 2008 at 10:48 am
(132) zolman says:

The French pedicure is possibly the sexiest way a woman can do her toenails! I can’t believe this article and how many people agree with it.

April 24, 2008 at 11:25 am
(133) E.M says:

This is the lamest article! Who cares what people paint on their toes. Now if their nails are long and unkempt with polish thats one things, but sheesh…if they are short, trimmed, and painted nice, why should the color matter?

April 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm
(134) Marybeth says:

The French look can be very elegant if done properly. I prefer a slightly shorter nail with a proportional white tip followed by one coat of a pale frost or shimmer that tones down the “bright” white ever so slightly. This can be very lovely with a nice tan, too! Shop around for someone who knows what they are doing.

April 30, 2008 at 7:08 pm
(135) Lindsey says:

What a lot of you people are forgetting, is that there are plenty of folks who get ingrown toenails if they cut them all the way back or rounded on the edges. Some of us HAVE to keep them just past the edge of the toe, doctor’s orders! We keep ‘em polished in some form or fashion so you clowns won’t think we never trim. But we actually do try to be well groomed.

May 1, 2008 at 3:02 am
(136) Zep says:

I love French Pedi, Ladies, please it’s the best there is, and would love to nibble on it all day long, I’m a guy and I know what’s look best on Woman, Its French Pedi, man just love it, yeah!

May 1, 2008 at 3:31 pm
(137) emily says:

what do u mean we? maybe u guys just arent good at them anyways, give them a break

May 2, 2008 at 5:08 am
(138) Jen says:

Wow, almost two years later and we’re still posting on this article … I disagree with Julyne. I don’t have very pretty feet (callus on side of big toes); but I still like to wear sandals in the summer (It’s Vegas! You have to!). I have discovered that a French pedi looks best on my feet & makes them more feminine. Nails just short of the end of the toe, off-white tips, & a slightly (pink) tinted base coat (Orly Beverly Hills Manicure polish). If done properly, they last almost a month!

May 2, 2008 at 8:30 am
(139) guy in Charlotte says:

French peds are terrible! The woman can be pretty, have attractive feet, but the french ped just torpedos the whole package. Please ladies, stick with the classic reds and pinks for your toenail polish. Trust me, many of us guys notice and appreciate your feet, and the french ped look is NOT what we like to see.

May 9, 2008 at 9:58 am
(140) Katie says:

Completely agree! I don’t like French pedicures at all — they absolutely give the illusion of longer toenails, which to me is just icky!

May 12, 2008 at 1:20 pm
(141) CeeJay says:

To be honest, I had never considered getting a French mani or pedi before. I like pink fingers and toes myself. But now I am going to have to start looking at other people’s feet when I go for my next nail appointment.

May 13, 2008 at 1:56 am
(142) Suzy says:

I can’t tell you enough times how much I LOVE French Manicures and Pedicures. Once in a while, when I get a french manicure on my finger nails, I will choose another color for my toes, just for a change of pace, however. I think that when your finger and toe nails match with the same color, whether it’s a french manicure or not, you look classy! I love how I look and feel when I get my french manicure!

May 18, 2008 at 7:37 pm
(143) John Doe says:

French pedicures are hot and one of the best trends that ever happened for women’s feet. Long toenails are also erotic and exotic looking, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t care for it, don’t do it; but don’t criticize others just because you don’t like it.

May 23, 2008 at 9:12 pm
(144) Calla says:

Totally agree with the French pedis! Ew! Long toenails (even if they only look like that) are gross.

French manis, though, in fun colors are amazing. I normally pick a color to match my outfit, do my nails in a French mani with that color, and just paint my toes to match, but solid. Always fun.

May 26, 2008 at 3:16 am
(145) Charlotte says:

There are a lot of brainwashed people out there who think they can pull off bare feet if they get a French pedi. I got news for ya’, honey’s, there are only a very few who can pull it off. Most women I’ve seen have nasty feet and toes and should just cover them up. No French pedi is gonna make you feet become things of beauty. Blech!

June 1, 2008 at 4:08 pm
(146) gracie b says:

I like them!!
They are really shnazzy for prom and stuff like that :]

June 1, 2008 at 4:42 pm
(147) no-one says:

Here ye, here ye John Doe

Speaking from a man’s perspective, of course, a good french pedicure is the single sexiest thing a girl can do for her feet.

To each their own I suppose.

June 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm
(148) Carmen says:

I can hardly imagine this lady, who ever you are “Julyne” i bet you are single and can never keep a man, LOL!. I DISAGREE!!! i love my french pedi, my feet look great, and i can wait to go get touched up every week, or every couple days if i have to.

June 3, 2008 at 9:33 pm
(149) Diana says:

50/50
I can definitely AGREE that a french pedicure sucks, I live in California, and I see a lot of girls (in flip-flops) wearing french pedis, and I’m like ugh! But, my dance team has impeccable taste. We get french manis and color the tips peachy or coral(or red or black) and line the line in between silver or gold. For our toes, we either paint them infun solids, or add a little dot in the middle of the big toe. We always get complimented on them. I myself prefer light pink toenails and clear short/medium nails.

June 4, 2008 at 8:24 pm
(150) Sharon says:

I think you have to take into consideration your skin tone, nail bed size and condition of your feet before you will know what looks best. I have always thought that the French manicure is kind of tacky, but on a very well-groomed, well-dressed woman, who doesn’t overdo jewelry and the like, she can pull it off without looking trashy.

I like the American version of the French manicure. The white on the end is much more subtle, so it looks like your natural nail, but a bit crisper. I would describe the white on an American as the color of a natural tooth as opposed to super-white veneers.

I always enjoy playing around with nail colors; it’s so funny, though, how when I wear the wrong color for me it seems to enhance everything I can’t stand about my hands or feet!

June 5, 2008 at 8:37 am
(151) Clarissa says:

I think french manis and pedis are cute! I disagree with you!

June 10, 2008 at 12:40 am
(152) john says:

I saw an article in China’s beauty Forum, the main article explains, in the summer how to care for the skin, including from head to toe, where you can find it in: http://www.digprix.com. Hope you useful.

June 10, 2008 at 10:12 pm
(153) Carl M says:

The main problem with the French pedi — it only looks good on about one in ten women. I personally can’t stand to see it, but every once in a great while I see one not half bad. Unfortunately people seem to think its a matter of like or dislike — if you read the comments carefully, you will see it actually has a gross out factor to a large percentage of people.

I found this article after doing a search because I knew I couldn’t have been the only one disgusted by this tacky trend. I’ve seen plenty of hairstyles or clothing styles/trends that I didn’t particularly like — none of them ever kinda grossed me out. Sorry.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arWqQKS9O28&feature=related

June 22, 2008 at 1:43 am
(154) Alison says:

I can’t knock someone who takes care of their feet–they can be really gross when let go. I personally don’t like the French pedicures on most women. To me they make toenails look abnormally short and stubby because the white part is painted too low–especially those women whose toes kind of curl up. They look like little pigs feet.

June 23, 2008 at 5:37 pm
(155) fgdfgdfg says:

french manicures in general are TACKY

June 26, 2008 at 12:11 am
(156) Steve says:

French mani/pedi is the way to go. So hot. Makes me want to drop a load.
Red is boring (and anything in the red family). Too many women have it. So unimaginative.

June 30, 2008 at 7:47 pm
(157) T says:

I like the French manicure when it looks natural and makes my nails look healthier. However, I agree that the French manicure makes the toenails look too long. While the French mani is an issue of personal taste, I don’t think natural (well cut nails) is unoriginal.

June 30, 2008 at 7:49 pm
(158) T says:

Oops, I meant the French pedicure makes the toenails look too long.

July 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm
(159) Txldy says:

1- French manicures go with everything, no more tacky clashes.
2- French pedicures go with everything, no more tacky clashes.
3- Maybe some of us HAVE been very creative in the past and now prefer a more classy look than airbrushed roses (as tacky as tattoos)
4- Any manicure & pedicure is beter than no care at all.

July 16, 2008 at 5:03 pm
(160) Kendra says:

I totally DISAGREE! French mani/pedicures look classy if done correctly. There is nothing worse than bright red nails or toes… ewww… tacky.

July 19, 2008 at 6:24 pm
(161) Anya says:

AGREED! French manicures alone are boring, overdone, and (more times than not) tacky. I absolutely HATE when a woman leaves her French-manicured fake nails in a square shape. Does she honestly think her nails look good? Well, they don’t, the square look is completely unnatural and tacky; an oval shape is much prettier. French pedicured toe nails GROSS ME OUT. For some reason, all the girls I know who get them grow out their toenails to disgusting (and possibly dangerous) lengths. Also, it’s very annoying when the French tip is fluorescent white–again, completely unnatural. If you’re so insistent on having a French manicure/pedicure, make the tips a more eggshell/ivory color.
in short, there is NOTHING fashionable about the French pedicure. You say it matches all of your outfits. Sure it does. You know, if you’re lazy and have no sense of color.

July 27, 2008 at 2:18 am
(162) Kay says:

Wow you guys are making a big deal over peoples nail colors. It makes me sick that you guys cant find a better hobby than knock someone elses choices.Let the people do their nails how they want to. Its not up to you guys to declare that that person has tacky nail art. The French manicure looks elegant and if that person wants to be elegant let em with or without bright tips. If they want rainbows fine. Flowers? It may not look good to you but it makes em feel froggy. Its their business not yours. Its not like their going up to you and waving their nails in your face.
A bunch of people that point fingers and decide whats right.I dont exactly think people paint their nails just to please you.

July 30, 2008 at 2:02 am
(163) CDM says:

It has nothing WHAT-SO-EVER to do with the COLOR. A French pedicure would be best described as “faux long toenails”. Who cares about the color — seems many people just find it somewhat repulsive.

Like she says in the article “we must admit, it sort of grosses us out”. I knew I couldn’t have been the only one.

The only thing worse is when its done in… gag…. yellow.

August 6, 2008 at 6:24 am
(164) erik says:

i’m a 18 yr old dude and i happen to find it like reeaally hot. but her having pretty feet helps. i always tell my girl to get her french pedicure done weekly. its either that or hot pink toenail polish lol

August 21, 2008 at 6:21 pm
(165) Cyra says:

I HAPPEN TO STRONGLY DISAGREE. FRENCH PEDICURES CAN MAKE THE UGLIST FEET LOOK DECENT. I THINK THE LOOK IS CLASSY AND PLAIN. LESS IS ALWAYS MORE AND HOT PINKS AND REDS ON TOES AND HANDS IS SO TACKY AND HOOKERISH. LOOK IN YOUR LATEST STYLE MAGAZINES EVERYONE’S WEARING FRENCH PEDI’S AND MANI’S. WHEN YOU SEE AND HAND OR FEET MODEL THEIR TOES ARE NEVER PAINTED! ITS ALSO AMERICAN MANI’S AND PEDI’S OR FRENCH. TO EACH IS OWN BUT FOR YOU TO SAY THAT THE LOOK IS TACKY IS A BIT FAR!

August 26, 2008 at 9:15 am
(166) Lauren says:

I AGREE! The french mani/pedicure look makes you look old and out of style! It never looks natural, chips and turns yellow-which makes you look like you have a fungal infectiion! The long toenail look is WRONG in any color. People who get french mani/pedicures think they look classy but always end up looking TACKY!

September 30, 2008 at 5:05 pm
(167) Sara says:

French manicure/pedicures were never meant to have white paint on top. This is kind of the cheesy way to do it. It should be more subtle like in the forties. The white (pencil or other material, not varnish) was applied underneath the nail (adds to cleanliness) and the nail itself was buffed with powders until pink and shiny, stimulating nail growth, looking better and producing healtier nails.

November 1, 2008 at 4:03 am
(168) Carole says:

Fingernails should be french . . . toes should not. My favourite is a classic red.

November 17, 2008 at 10:32 pm
(169) Karli says:

French manicures are a classy and sophisticated look, that lasts long and looks terrific. Tacky colors look cheesy, and even worse when they chip and peel. French manicures are the perfect look for any woman!

November 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm
(170) stephanie says:

I think french manicures are cute, and classic. They arnt tacky and they look good with anything. But that’s just my opinion.

December 15, 2008 at 5:27 pm
(171) Cecelia says:

I absolutely agree with what I actually read…about puting french manicures on your toes. Ewww!
But for the fingers…that’s another story.
The only kind of fake nails I will wear (on my fingers only, of course) is a french manicure…because I dont like super long fake nails.Or real nais infact. With a french manicure I can make it as the length that I want.
But for the toes…absolutely! Go for a pearl or red. Or even for a late resort…a color that suits you…because that french manicure suits no one on thee toes.
Thanks:D

December 17, 2008 at 10:26 pm
(172) Christine says:

I happen to like French pedicures (and manicures). Especially when you’re wearing a certain color of dress that you just can’t seem to match your nails with. French nails are neutral and nice. Although I’m not a fan of acrylic…just airbrush is nice =]

December 19, 2008 at 6:27 am
(173) Honey says:

I disagree I think that the french Manicure is a very stylish, elegant way of grooming long nails. The French Pedicure however I have never taken a liking to. Would rather opt for soft feminine colors for my Perfectly pedicured toes.

December 19, 2008 at 7:21 pm
(174) Meg MacQueen says:

I couldn’t agree more. I think French pedicures are gross and ridiculous. The look of long toenails is gross, period. The first time I saw a French pedicure I couldn’t believe it. So silly looking.

December 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm
(175) Sandra says:

HELLO, the original post was done in 2006, we’re almost at 2009 where pink and white is DEFINITELY in. I like a dark pedi but if you want to be matchy matchy i think the french pedi is a classic and elegant look. Boo to those who think otherwise!

January 10, 2009 at 5:27 pm
(176) j says:

French tip is very white trash.

January 10, 2009 at 5:31 pm
(177) j says:

“(62) Mary says:

Stop hateN own french manicures and pedicures everybody!! Yall are just jealous of all tha pretty gurls that wear them and NE thang u say own here aint gonna change their mind about it! They are sexy and fun & if you know how to wear them you can pull/pick up NE thang…USE your fingertips N tha sides of your fingers!…all tha stupid shyt we do to look beautiful N yall r trippin ovr some nails!!!!”

Need I say more. Fine example of the type of low class chic that wears french tips.
English much?

January 25, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(178) joan says:

It was once stated in “Vogue” approximately ten years ago by a top professional model that you would never find a top professional model with a french pedicure as it is viewed in the modeling world as super “tacky” and further, there is no such thing as a french pedicure…….
yes, it must be stopped!

February 3, 2009 at 11:04 am
(179) Stacie says:

I absolutely love the french pedi…it’s unique. I think a toe that is completely one color is so boring. But then again I’m way outta the box I hate being original and looking like everyone else. All one color reminds me of Old fashioned granni’s. I of course have toe rings and use funky colors and add rhinestones and designs…and I mostly do it myself. I always get great comments on my toes…so go ahead and be boring with your one colored toes. Course I have nice looking feet so if your feets are ugly and scary do not do anything to draw attention to them.

February 4, 2009 at 11:41 pm
(180) Maggie says:

I completely 150% DISAGREE with this whether its a mani or a pedi the french manicure will always be a classic look that can go with anything and everything. I think its a better touch than those streetwalker neons that everyone ELSE is into. But thats just my preferrence and taste. I also think that a majority of those that hate it simply cant afford it.

February 5, 2009 at 9:59 am
(181) Asia L says:

I disagree. I think everyone has THEIR own style,even when it’s someone elses. So do what you like.

March 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm
(182) Ashley says:

Wow, I never thought I’d see the day when people are calling french mani/pedis trashy. Also, who says you have to have long nasty toe nails to have a french???? I just so happen to keep my nails short. The french is such a classic/classic look. Get over it people.. the french isn’t going anywhere.

March 17, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(183) Angela says:

I DISAGREE, FRENCH IS MORE NATURAL THAN PAINTING TOENAILS RED,PINK, ECT THAT IS TACKY!!!!!!!!

March 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm
(184) Annee says:

In my opinion and the opinion if every person I know.. French mani and pedi’s are nice and clean, and look great. Trashy??? seriously?? I get my nails done every two weeks. I get them short with a french pink and white. and my toes always match. Even my boyfriend loves them. Trashy would be 4 inch finger nails.

April 6, 2009 at 4:01 am
(185) Michael E says:

As a guy I think the french look is perfect. It shows a more natural look. I think women who use colors have something to hide. The french tips look great especially with a nice pair of flip flops or sexy heels. When a female has french tips on both hands and feet it seems easier for them to match outfits and they also come across as well maintained women.

April 11, 2009 at 3:44 am
(186) Eric says:

I like the French pedicure. I think the French pedicure looks great when it has been done well on nice, shapely feet that have proportioned toes, and trimmed toenails. Feet can be extremely sexy if they are taken care of. However, any pedicure can look terrible if the nails are too long, or the pedicure is simply done on ugly or abused feet. For example, I don’t think the feet used to introduce this article were very nice at all, and therefore the French pedicure didn’t look so good.
The French pedicure gives a nice, clean appearance when done on nice feet, as long as the nails aren’t grown too long, and the white tip is not wider than the natural white tip. Unless the white tip is excessively wide, I don’t think it makes the toenails look longer at all, it simply accentuates the natural white of the tip. Heck, even guys are getting French pedicures for the neat, clean appearance.

April 26, 2009 at 10:18 pm
(187) SK says:

I like the colors of the French mani/pedi nail polish, but not the totally unnatural white tips – especially on the toes. I like the natural colors of the nail. But then again, why use nail polish if you’re going with natural colors anyway?

April 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm
(188) Nika says:

Agree, but i love clean and elegant a french manicure. My choise french nail extension.

June 18, 2009 at 10:04 am
(189) Nicole says:

I like the French pedicure. I think the French pedicure looks great when it has been done well on nice, shapely feet that have proportioned toes, and trimmed toenails. Feet can be extremely sexy if they are taken care of. However, any pedicure can look terrible if the nails are too long, or the pedicure is simply done on ugly or abused feet. For example, I don’t think the feet used to introduce this article were very nice at all, and therefore the French pedicure didn’t look so good.
The French pedicure gives a nice, clean appearance when done on nice feet, as long as the nails aren’t grown too long, and the white tip is not wider than the natural white tip. Unless the white tip is excessively wide, I don’t think it makes the toenails look longer at all, it simply accentuates the natural white of the tip. It’s very elegant!!! Go for the french pedicure girls…

June 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(190) Rich says:

The men love seeing french pedicures on women. We find it oh so sexy!!! Unfortunately, my girlfriend will not get it done and thinks it is “trashy.” If you are in Chicago and have that sexy french pedicure, lunch is on me!!!!

June 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm
(191) cdev says:

I agree.. On the toenails it looks reptilian.. EWW!!!

On the hands it is very clean looking … I like toenails painted a nice

bright color .. It gives them life !

June 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(192) cindi says:

AS,A FORMER OWNER/OPERATOR OF A NAIL SALON-FOR 30YRS.-I DISAGREE-WITH YOUR DISLIKE OF A FRENCH MANICURE! I HAPPEN TO THINK THAT IT IS THE CLEANEST & MOST FLATTERING LOOK YET! COLORED NAILS -CAN HIDE DIRT-WHICH IS “MORE THAN TACKY!”-ONLY “VERY TACKY” LOOK IN MY OPINION-ARE NAIL DESIGNS/JEWELRY-THINK THEY MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT-”DYING FOR ATTENTION!” I DO HOWEVER AGREE WITH YOU-ON THE FRENCH PEDICURE-ANOTHER “OVERDONE-TACKY LOOK!”AND WITH THE FLOWER-ON THE BIG TOE!”THE HEIGHT OF TACKY!” LADIES- THERE IS AN OLD ADAGE-”SOMETIMES LESS IS BETTER!” WHICH-I BELIEVE IN WHOLEHEARTEDLY!

July 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm
(193) Man says:

Ok Ladies,

Let me give you my opinion, (by the way, I am a guy)
I think it depends on your personality or your mood.

I was doing a search in Google to find out more about this manicure thing because I wanted to know the name of the manicure I love to see on girls (I was searching for the “manicure with a white tip”) then got to this webpage and found out the name, “French Manicure”.

French Manicure! That’s the name!!! and let me tell you something.

I totally agree with Amy’s comment. GUYS LOVE IT! French manicure (pedicure) is the way to go if you want to get noticed by guys. I love it! My friends love it! It looks so feminine. The French pedicure looks so sexy!! It does not look porno, it looks sexy ok.

It is not gross either, if you are a clean person and you keep your toenails at an appropriate length (not too short, not too long and clean of course).

Trust me; this is a classic that will never go away because we will demand it.

Thank you

July 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm
(194) Michael says:

You are all wrong. Many men around the world, but not all guys like French Pedicures. Some of the foot guys are crazy for French Pedicures, as the regular guy thinks French Pedicure are ok.

French Pedicure came into the beauty scene in 1994. It quickly became popular across the United States summer of 1994-1996. By the summer of 1997 every nail salon in America started offereing French Pedicures.

Soon after Europe and the rest of the world followed. As time passed women started to try different color French Pedicures.

Today the French Pedicure is the most worn color on the toes nails around the world.
It is seen in many nail magazines ads, and tv. Pick up any beauty magazine in a supermarket and you will see 75 percent of the stars are wearing French pedicures, some like Victoria Beckham go as far as to wear French Pedicure tips.

Even though they have all kinds of new pedicure products ranging in all kinds of new different colors and new products like Minx, the French Pedicure is still the most popular and will be for years to come.

Mikey

July 11, 2009 at 11:22 pm
(195) cynthia says:

men love it, women with big feet don’t

July 31, 2009 at 12:33 am
(196) Ling says:

I love french manicures,I think that it’s elegant. However, i don’t like it when the white tip is fake or too long. When it’s over-done, it becomes exactly that.In terms of french pedicures, I think that when done properly, it is still clean looking; meaning that the toe nails should still be kept short! Long toe nails are just disgusting, french pedicured or otherwise!! Clean, and healthy nails should be the basis of nice-looking hands and feet.

August 25, 2009 at 7:09 pm
(197) Jannie says:

A G R E E !

September 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm
(198) Philosophical says:

Thank you God! Someone else who has some fashion sense. Thank you!

October 1, 2009 at 1:17 am
(199) naomi says:

i totally disagree, i think the french mani and pedi looks awsome, way better than painted, clean and expensive. its my favorite way off painting my toes. And i dont have a problem with chips it looks really good for a week or two and goes lovely in summer with a tan.

October 12, 2009 at 12:26 am
(200) Amy says:

Completely disagree.
I’ve always loved how French looks (but not with too much white on the tips), and I don’t understand how it’s so hard to keep it unchipped-I redo mine every week or so (even though they could last longer) when I get bored studying or am watching tv- plus I’ve found that chipped nail polish of other colors (like red) are way more noticeable than chipped French manicures.
And oh yes, I’ve never been a fan or red or other extremely bright colors except for special occasions with a matching dress or so-those gross me out and seem to say “ooh! ooh! look at my toes!”. I would completely go all out french for my fingernails too, but those on the other hand do seem to chip easily (but so does all other nail polish color) so I often just go polish-less there :)

January 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(201) anuka says:

I TOTALLY DISAGREE. IF NAILS ARE IN NICE SHAPE, SHORT AND CARED FOR, FRENCH MANICURE AND PEDICURE IS A TIMELESS STYLE. IT CHANGED IN YEARS, LONG DRAMATIC WHITE, SQUARES, OVALS…NOW IT’S JUST SHORT NAILS, A THIN EDGE IN OFF-WHITE, CURVED WITH NATURAL SHAPE, COVERED WITH PEACHY OR LIGHTLY PINKY POLISH. LOOKS CLEAN, GROOMED, GOES WITH EVERYTHING-I NEVER HAD TO PUT AWAY MY-LET’S SAY-PINK TOP WHEN TRYING CLOTHES FOR A NIGHT OUT, BECAUSE I HAD RED OR ORANGE ON NAILS!

AND…THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT TODAY’S FRENCH PEDCURE…I REMEMBER I DATED ONCE AMAZING MAN, WHO TOLD ME AFTER 3 MONTHS INTO RELATIONSHP, THAT WHEN WE FIRST MET AND HE HAD A LOOK ON MY TOES, HE TURNED ON, BECAUSE MY TOES WERE SOOO GORGEOUS WITH MY SIMPLE FRENCH ON LIGHTLY TANNED SKIN(I’M VERY PALE NORMALLY)

SO..THINK ABOUT IT. JUST DO IT RIGHT, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT COLOUR IT IS-IF IT’S DONE WRONG NOTHING WILL HELP…I-PERSONALLY-DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT EXPERT’S TRENDS-THEY CHANGE THEM SO FAST, JUST TO MAKE US SHOPPING MORE AND MORE!

January 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm
(202) Jake R says:

I like the french look, especially on fingernails that have a bit of length to them. It looks classy and clean. But, they have to be done well, by a pro, in order to look tasteful IMHO. What I mean by “done well” is that the white on the tips is not stark white, but beige or light pink instead so that it dosen’t stick out like a sore…well, you get the idea.
French pedicures look awesome too! As long as the white tip is kept thin enough so it doesn’t look like the nail is really long.
Frankly though, I don’t wear french on my nails because I’m a guy. But I do appreciate it when a girl cares enough to get her nails nicely done – it looks very attractive (and sexy too)! : )

February 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(203) Heather says:

Nothing screams trailer park like gel nails with french tips and french pedicures.

February 7, 2010 at 2:19 am
(204) Joey says:

Lemme tell ya girls, most guys dig french manicures and pedicures. Personally, I can’t stand the “classic red” paint job so many women seem to favor. Especially when its not done professionally! It ends up looking like you’ve chewed your nails too far and your fingers are bleeding. Gives me shivers! The french mani/pedi looks clean and professional. I like it!!!

February 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(205) Michelle says:

I like the clean look that a french treatment gives my nails. It goes with everything and it looks classy. I love to have my nails look perfect in warm weather when I can wear sandals. My BF has complimented my nails on numerous occasions, saying they ‘turn him on’!
So, there are various opinions on this, but for me, French is a great look!

February 9, 2010 at 12:11 am
(206) B says:

Not everyone can have a “french pedicure”, even though some people will try. It requires perfectly squared toenails with rounded edge and they have to be of a specific length. If your “french” looks good wear it with honor. Also, though trends in colors change, opt to choose one that compliments and/or gives you the right coverage (lots of pigments in rich colors help cover discoloration).
My opinion about red polish is only wear it if you look between 16-35. Young Hollywood has made it trendy but it just looks too grandma like and predictable on older women.

February 22, 2010 at 4:39 am
(207) Brittany says:

I completely disagree! French is definitely a classy way to go that looks great with any color clothes you decide to wear.

April 6, 2010 at 11:09 am
(208) Pinkx says:

wow some people here really hate french pedicures and manicures… i think the french manicure is gorgeous. it’s the best manicure ever…..i like wearing natural colors, and the only nail polishes I wear are shimmery transparent nail polish, or shimmery coral/pink. i always thought those pink nailpolishes in the french manicure packs are UGLY AS HELL. seriously they look like crap on my nails. if you put the brush again on the nail when your painting them with it, the nailpolish you put on before goes off partially. i hate it.i always loved french manicure, but i never tried a french pedicure. i think it would look good, but at the same time i imagine how my nails would look like i let them grow for a month and i get grossed out. i will try it out some day, but i’m not gonna do it again.

April 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm
(209) Lisa says:

TACKY? That would be people who hold strong opinions about French mani – pedi’s, of all things. Done right, they are both clean and elegant. I keep my toe nails short and have been getting French Pedicures for years. Rarely do the nails chip and I get compliments galore.

Ticky Tacky Toes are those that have been sorely neglected. Nuff said!

April 17, 2010 at 12:43 am
(210) Stacey says:

For teh longest time all i wanted was the prench pedi. But i will say its because i have super short toenails. i cant get pedi’s because well its not worth the price to have them do nothing to my feet but scrub them.

April 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(211) Deborah says:

THANK YOU FOR SAYING A FRENCH PEDICURE IS NOT ATTRACTIVE. I actually think a Frence Pedicue looks like hooves. Sorry

June 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(212) Bella Mami says:

i’m sorry but i have to disagree.french pedicure is so natrual and beautiful so everybody can speak for their own i keep my toenails at a reasonable length plus the french pedicure goes with any outfit you dont have to worry about changing it offent…but hay im a very bright person to i try all different colors in the french pedicure style

June 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(213) Holly says:

Okayy, soo French Manicures are very Cute in my opinion I think they look very Classy…I like how they look more natural than really dark & Light Nailpolishes that make your nails really stand out..and most deffinetly dont look natural at all. My Boyfriend even thinks that French Manicures look good…on me anywaysss:)

June 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(214) lindsey says:

i like the french manicure, it is sleek and sophisticated but im not so crazy about the french pedicure. i like a nice pink on my toes, it makes my feet look tanner :)

June 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm
(215) Sarah says:

I’d like to say, I love the french pedi. And as for the toe nails being too long, where did you get that? When I got mine done they cut my nails shorter than usual and the white nail polish makes the illusion of them being a bit longer, but not too much. I love the french pedi! When I’m unsure of what I should get, it’s a life saver! I don’t believe it looks tacky at all, extremely long acrylic nails took tacky! But the french pedi looks better than no nail polish at all. I’m sorry to hear all these people dislike it, but I’m sticking to it! :)

July 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm
(216) jessica says:

DISSAGREE!!! EVRY ONE HAS A CHOIcE LONG AND SHORT COLOR OR NO Color.. Evry THing looks nice Keeping it at short length its just a matter of preference and if you dont think that nails look pretty in color or with frech and well mantained you have a problem!

July 11, 2010 at 12:16 am
(217) Renee says:

Personally, I think french manicures and pedicures look dated. Its not gross its just boring.

July 13, 2010 at 1:22 am
(218) Martina says:

I Love the look of French mani/pedi’s and think it’s cute looking! and remember that good hygiene is beauty in itself, whether you have short or long toes or fingernails. I just want to say whatever style of mani/pedi that you pick, be happy with it and stop be haters towards others and their style of beauty. Love All!!!!!!

August 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(219) Krystal says:

Its seems to me that all the people saying french pedicures are referring to the ones they have seen on women who refuse to cut their toenails. Not everyone who gets a french pedicure leaves their nails long like claws… when done with short toenails and thin white nail polish its looks very nice.

August 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(220) Janine says:

Everyone who likes this repulsive pedicure seems to be calling it “classy”. Well, let me tell you something. It’s “classy” in the same way that Red Lobster is “classy”: i.e. lower-class people think that’s what “class” is supposed to be, so they consume it and feel very classy about the whole thing, while people who actually HAVE class grimace at the sight of it all from across the street. Red Lobster is class for trash. French pedicures are class for trash.

Inner-city black women also think their four-inch fingernails with airbrushed palm trees are “classy”. This is the equivalent of your French pedicure.

To the people who said that those who hate French pedicures are just jealous because they have ugly feet and can’t grow their toenails: first off, why would anyone WANT to grow their toenails?! That is repulsive. My toenails are healthy and grow at a normal rate, and as soon as they show any white I clip them off, you gross bastards. Second, my feet get complimented as one of my best features. They are small and cutely shaped. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE would I ever paint those incredibly ghetto white tips on them. And if a man likes a French pedicure, well, that’s about the equivalent of liking Crocs – it tells me we have absolutely nothing in common and I’m better off not attracting him.

Ugh.

“If you don’t like it, don’t wear it and just shut up about it”: NO. We are entitled to bitch on the internet or in real life about anything we want if something bothers us. I realize you working-class women are going to continue to sport this ridiculous and offensive toe paint, because it’s your laughable version of “class” and makes you feel fancy. No one’s stopping you. But I reserve the right to laugh in your face about it while simultaneously gagging.

August 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm
(221) Heidi says:

My experience is actually both like and dislike. I’m 47 and when I was younger I did not like the way the french manicure looked on me. I felt it looked cheap, but now that I’m older I like a very soft french, sort of like a half american and half french manicure and I’m very comfortable with that. I’m keeping my fingernails a medium length and I think it looks elegant. The toes are another story. At first I thought it looked very unattractive, but now I’ve seen different versions of french pedis and I’ve changed my mind. I think if it’s done right, on short toenails with a thin white line it looks fine. I don’t know that I’d say it’s classy, just neat and presentable.

September 13, 2010 at 12:55 am
(222) Shatsi says:

I’d like to know if Janine has tried “anger management”??? I would imagine that her feet are her best feature, because it’s certainly not her personality! Your remarks are most unkind.

September 13, 2010 at 1:03 am
(223) tabitha says:

I totally disagree with you. French manicures and pedicures are so elegant and classy. That is the thing I like most about them. Having your nails done any other way looks way less natural. I like how clean and proper you look when you have both your toes and fingers done this way. Oh and btw you can chip your nails if they are painted a solid color, I know this because I am notorious for chipping my toe nails…I just get them redone. I also have my toe nails painted in bright colors (like orange, pink, and reds) or in neutral colors (like pearl, beige, gold, champagne). But there is nothing more classy than a french mani or pedi.

September 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm
(224) Lisa says:

It’s ugly! Long unpolished toe nails that look like claws. Not classy at all, more like trashy.

October 7, 2010 at 1:03 am
(225) kinkaju says:

@ Janine…. you had me up until your last paragraph when you rested your case, and wrote “working class women”

… as though working class woman in general are clueless, sad sacks who couldn’t possibly have a concept of fashion, style, or class. I’ve seen people from ALL different social and/or economic situations who act as though their nails, sneakers, clothing, makeup, trust-funds, brand-name clothing, laughable college educations equal automatic class.

Just as it’s ignorant for a person to think a set of airbrushed toenails make them classy, it’s ignorant to make statements that insinuate that working class people are the only offenders.

October 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm
(226) Don says:

Women, OMG! I cannot believe what I am reading (and I just came across this site when trying to get an answer about French pedis). Admittedly this is a dated post.

First, from a man’s perspective, aren’t you doing this to be noticed by men. Men love French (and also love medium to dark solid colors, no frost). Second, I hear French is being equated to white trailer trash. My wife is a runway fashion model predominately here in NYC. French is hot! Third, claws!? Well, if you don’t get a good quality pedicure each week or so. Otherwise, no way.

A lot of men (including myself) have hand and foot fetishes with women. Sorry, but we can spot women who are “hacks” when it comes to manicures / pedicures. Those who bite and/or tear their nails. Those who don’t push the cuticle back, get paint on the skin, etc…Are we weird, picky maybe, but we know (and want and admire) quality and beauty.

November 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm
(227) bree says:

Personally i think French manis are great but am not a fan of the pedis…its just my opinion! I find it hilarious that people are still arguing about this four whole years after the article was written! Seriously, ladies, do you think it matters whether something is “classy” or not? People are going to keep on wearing french mani/pedi’s, uggs, mock layered shirts, and jeggings no matter what the fashion police say! And every two posts, there’s a guy saying either
a. i think french pedis make a woman sexy!
b. i think french pedis make a woman ugly, tacky and unattractive!

Talk about superficial! And all this is about a teensy little stripe of polish that people paint on their toenails!

January 18, 2011 at 9:30 am
(228) K says:

Long toe nails are prerequisites for a french pedicure?
(I don’t really care, I just wanted to see if people are going to keep this debate going for the 5th year).

Try an American manicure/pedicure. Maybe the subtlety will appeal to both sides and quell this argument.

February 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm
(229) Beckie says:

Totally agree! Toenails should be SHORT! I can’t stand the thought of long toenails. What is under those nails? It grosses me out, too.
Beckie

March 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm
(230) karin says:

I hate french pedis (unless the white tip is really really thin like just a line) and not super bright white more like an off white. French manis are ok but the tip has to be 1/4 the size of your nail bed or less because then they look like ghetto trash. And no arcrylics please(of any color).

April 22, 2011 at 12:39 am
(231) Eniko Gaspar says:

i must disaggree..I LOVE my french pedis all year round…will never change it, i love to see them on other ladies and feel an instant awesomeness every time.
They look sexy, classy, elegant. I enjoy looking at them during yoga, and all summer with my flip-flops on :D

May 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm
(232) Marie says:

I think French pedicures are horrid. And the women who seemingly wear them have the ugliest feet. Why is that? Classy? You can find them all over the hideous feet of Wal Mart shoppers.

June 1, 2011 at 12:32 am
(233) Charlotte says:

Hello from 2011. I have no idea why I’m commenting on a 2006 article, but, eh, I’m bored. I also think French manicures are tacky, yet I’m okay with them on toes, only because I think they make the tips look clean.

Then again, I do happen to make my living as an exotic dancer, so take that with an extra large grain of salt, if you wish.

June 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm
(234) Hortense says:

I will join Charlotte by commenting on an article from 2006 in 2011. Why not. I like french manicures, though I am aware of the fact that the “fashion world” sees them as tacky. You never even see celebrities with them. I like ‘em though… I did one for my wedding, like every other bride ever and it looked pretty. And I’m getting one today, for a wedding I’m attending this weekend.
I’ve never had a french pedicure and I’ve never wanted to get one, but I’ve never despised them the way a lot of people seem to! But I prefer dark, bold colors on my toes.
Something I really do hate is a french manicure where they use pink/black/green/another ugly color on the tips instead of white. Ghe-ttto!!!!! Sorry.

June 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm
(235) karen says:

French pedis are just cheap looking; and very un-original. However I’m young and love short nails and bright funky nail polish or black with glitter topcoats, I may be biased. I grew up in a very “ghetto” area of los angeles and its so common here that I associate french tip with trashy. I will say though it’s not nearly as bad as blinged out super thick, mega long acrylic nails. I guess out of all the horrid things that can be done to nails, the french tip pedi is the lesser of all evils.

July 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(236) Ahmed says:

a big hello to everyone from Saudi !
i am a guy and i just love pretty feet with french pedicure !
i must add it is not appropriate for each woman, looks great on women with pale skin and longer shaped toes.

August 21, 2011 at 1:39 am
(237) Jasmin says:

Not because I am a nail tech…but I completely disagree… First you can’t talk using we because you talking for an entire public and it might offend others opinion, although, it is nice that the public could comment on it.. The most important is that people get their pedicures done. How u groom yourself says a lot about a person. I believe there is nothing wrong with french toe nails, it’s classy and fresh looking. I like it, although I barely get them done in french style. Now what I call tacky is when people try to modernize the French by putting a dark or bright color underneath as a base color with the white line on the edge …seriously what is the point? Personal opinion it is ridiculous.

September 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm
(238) dana says:

french-tip toenails look soooooo stupid!

i hope that this ugly trend passes very soon!

it’s so appropriate that this butt-ugly trend is named after the french – about the most inferior race of humans on this planet!

Ladies – PLEASE cut your toenails short and paint them a nice, solid color, like red!

September 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(239) dana says:

it is SOOOOOOO appropriate that something that looks SOOOOOOOOOO stupid as french-tip toenails is named after such an inferior race as the french…..

September 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm
(240) noni says:

I think it’s so funny that this “trend” from 2006 is still going on in 2011. Guess it’s not so much of a “trend” is it. And it looks fine to me. It depends on how it’s pulled off, but I personally hate the color red on toes or fingers. It seems like if any woman wants to were a color then it’s red. That seems so old lady to me. Just a personal opinion.

Noni

September 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm
(241) BrittanyD says:

I know this article was in 2006 but I wanted to comment. I like the look of the french manicure and on some people the french pedicure. I would never get the french on my toes because i have short stubby toes and I don’t think it would look good. But I don’t see anything wrong with getting french manicures. They are great looking for weddings and other special occasions. I do think it’s all a matter of personal preference though, so I won’t agree or disagree with anyone who commented.

September 27, 2011 at 2:05 am
(242) sunny says:

i agree! i’m 13 yrs old and i ALWAYS see girls my age having long toenails.. that is just gross, french manicures are for your hand fingers, and if you do have them on your fingernails the white part should be about 1 quarter of your pink part that is ok and it looks clean and simple but not the toenails…. i always keep mine short, my finger nails on my hand though out a quarter of the pink part of my nail even less. people need to start wearing different designs and look unique they should also trim their nails too, the other day i saw a woman having claw like finger nails.. now that is what i call gross! i always do different designs on my nails…

October 29, 2011 at 4:52 am
(243) h8r says:

you know im sick of every woman i see painting her toes and fingernails RED. its gross. i dont see why in the hell you all do this. french mani/pedis look so much better on women. it looks natural. the color isnt overpowering. i hate when i see women wear red. its the first thing you see. its gross. im not racist but when i see dark hispanic women and black women wearing red….its gross! the color clashes completely with the color of the skin. nasty!

went to a set where a friend of mine works in the adult industry and out of the 3 women there, two had all red nails and the other one was french mani/pedi. even some of the other guys agreed it just looks gross.

i think its stupid when women paint their fingernails in french and then go and paint their toes red. or vice versa. geez make it all match!

February 12, 2012 at 1:44 am
(244) Camille Schaeffer says:

I am just bored with French anything on anybody. Also think that sharply squared off nail has run it’s course. Your nail tip should mirror the shape of your nail bed and I seriously doubt ANYONE has a perfectly squared of nail bed. Yuck !!!.

April 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm
(245) jordan says:

Im sorry to say, but the person who wrote this should take themselves back to the 1950s. As a guy, I like french peds on a woman, it is by far the most attractive look. As for red toenails, let me just start by saying “eww”… What teen/ young adult woman would pair them red? Red makes you look like an old lady, so dont do it. Take it from a guy

April 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm
(246) Susan says:

Porn stars long ago embraced the french manicure and pedicure trend. Ipso facto, it should not be worn by regular women.

April 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm
(247) Jonathan says:

Sexy feet are sexy feet. It all depends on the woman. There are different combinations, if a woman has cream colored or even a bit darker skin, with maybe a little bit long feet, and skinny,then red paint is often pretty I think, as well as the French pedicure of course as long as the nail doesn’t hang off but a bit. I also see in my mind that black polish would look right on white feet, and colorful designs can be used by many effectively.

April 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm
(248) anib85 says:

Totally for the pedi!

Didn’t really care for them until I met the man who would become my husband…we were walking past a nail salon and he saw a poster advertising them and said I should try it out and they cut them down very short (which kinda hurt when I put my pointe shoes on later that day) and they made them look very natural, I loved them and he REALLY loved them.

May 6, 2012 at 2:55 am
(249) Brittny says:

Haha wow I’m late on this. My opinion is it’s basic, simple, and classic. If I have something ultra conservative to do or attend, then it’s go-to end of story.

BUT. I am not really one for boring. I like painting my nails all kinds of colors. I have started a fast-growing nail polish collection. But as much as I like color, I’m also in law school in ultra-conservative situations, and sometimes a bright lime green looks unprofessional. It just depends on who you are and what you like. I’ve seen many people who carry it off gracefully. If you like it and think it’s classic, then go for it.

Don’t let the opinions of others and society about what is “in” and “appropriate” dictate to you what you do. :)

July 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(250) Deb says:

I love getting the french pedicure!! i keep my nails short anyway so it doesn’t look odd. They don’t chip either – pedicure lasts forever. It’s simple, feminine and I get so many many compliments on it. I’m shocked yall don’t like it

August 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm
(251) Lol says:

It is hilarious to find this discussion being done to death from an article in 2006.

To be honest, this article is very smart – from 2006 to 2012, it has been six years and in between these two time periods, the French manicure has been overdone, especially middle class/lower class women.

I’m not even sure why people want to associate themselves to pornstars since pornstars typically use these nails (also with the pink bed and white tip). Though any nail polish colour can be demonized by porn, girls/women who claim it is ‘classy’ are just pretentiously vain. It’s not classy. It’s just a fake look of natural. Natural colours are best and don’t go old.

Getting a french manicure is just lazy. I thought nails were meant to be a form of expression? A LOT of girls have them and it lost out its appeal in my books.

The faster it goes away (which sadly won’t), the better.

September 21, 2012 at 7:10 am
(252) bedivine says:

Love the french pedi. That’s pretty much how i love my toes. It’s so chic

September 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm
(253) JoAnnK says:

Gross! Nasty! Yucky! Too many adjectives to post!

September 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm
(254) Chrissy says:

I agree. I think they’re tacky.

October 3, 2012 at 11:29 am
(255) Elise says:

No thanks! I agree, the french manicure is to girly and to high maintenance. It also makes me think the person is a little boring or doesn’t like to look outside their box.
Nail polish has gotten to be such a big trend and it is fun to change colors all through the year!

February 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm
(256) Genevieve Rohan says:

Don’t you think each person has different tastes and sensibilities about this? Not everyone thinks tattoos are attractive, but many people have them. Having a pedicure done shows pride in personal appearance and the type of pedicure shows individual style.

May 29, 2013 at 12:25 am
(257) Amelie says:

There are things in this world that are subjective, french manicure and pedicure are not! It doesn’t matter how short your toe nails are, french pedicure is nasty. French manicure on different colours may be acceptable but never the classy one. Seriously, it’s horrible and not classy at all.

May 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm
(258) Hira says:

I don’t agree at all. I keep my toe nails cut and short. I just got a French pedicure and it looks absolutely amazing. I don’t know about you guys but French pedicures are my to go thing.

May 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm
(259) Shari says:

Disagree. French pedicures look very nice. It’s a very clean look and you don’t have to worry about matching your polish to your outfit.

June 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm
(260) Maya says:

I really dislike French manis and pedis that have a bright white tip, or a line any thicker than super thin, or deep pink nail beds, because the whole point of a French is too just enhance the look of a clean and natural nail. Once you stray from that goal, you’re doing nail art instead, and it becomes like a spoof on a French look, which I don’t find attractive. Done in a VERY subtle and flawlessly precise way , I think French manis and pedis look wonderfully fresh and simple. The super subtle French with the thin off white tip is sometimes called the Anerican mani/ pedi and never looks ” porn” or 1990′s “wanna be classy.” its just a nice breath if fresh air amongst all the more colorful options ( which I also love). I don’t like fake or long fingernails or toenails, no matter what style the polish.

July 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm
(261) Dani says:

I think a lot of you are getting the classic French manicure confused with acrylic-type French manicures, which, while I like them in certain situations, I can see being considered ‘tacky’ & ‘so porn star’ by some. A French mani on the natural nail is entirely different in my opinion – a lot more subtle & much classier. I haven’t seen many French pedicures, but I don’t see why they would be any different.

I came upon this article by reading another article you posted about the ‘biggest nail faux pas’ & have to wonder what gives you the right or the expertise to judge everyone else’s beauty habits. Beauty tips, tricks, & advice on current fashion trends are one thing, but your articles are simply mean spirited & critical. Acrylic nails are “just wrong”? To who, you? That’s fine, but not everyone agrees & blatantly trying to tell other people [especially your 'friends'] things aren’t okay for them to do because YOU don’t like it is even more “wrong”.

August 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm
(262) Dana says:

Women can be so ridiculous. Especially the ones sitting around taking cues from celebrities and other tabloid worshipping women concerning what they should/n’t do with their own wardrobes and bodies. I’m talking about the ones following whatever is “IN” like mindless drones incapable of thinking for themselves. Seriously??? I’m sorry that I ever came across this blog post. It’s been an absolute waste of time. Every woman should do what SHE likes. What flatters HER as an individual. NOT as a follower of the masses. Go for what makes YOU feel sexiest and most secure/ confident in YOURSELF. That’s where we will be feel our most beautiful. What else matters?!

August 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm
(263) Tina says:

This looks especially good on a man. Seeing that that they have equal rights in fashion now, this is a good addition to the guy wearing a pair of crop leggings, gladiator sandals and showing off his french pedicured toe nails. Clean comfortable look. Its about time!

August 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm
(264) R. Clayton says:

uugh! Tacky! French manicures (and pedicures) are unclassy, passe, and unsophisticated. I don’t like them, and those wearing them should know how outdated and outlandish they look. It’s also sad that a considerable number of celebrities, etc. to this day actually have a french manicure.

August 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm
(265) hope says:

I think French manicures look dated…

August 22, 2013 at 9:05 am
(266) Lissee says:

Personal favorite “French”, it is simple but yet, classic, nails look manicured and French nails do not clash with your outfit.

September 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm
(267) Sindrae says:

Interesting to see how long this conversation has been going on! I have to agree with Dani and Dana above. I don’t “consume” very much media so a couple years ago when I started requesting French pedi’s I thought I was just doing my own thing. Everyone loves it but more importantly I love it and my bf loves that I love it. I don’t think he cares about the look in and of itself but he knows I feel prettier with it and my confidence is attractive to him.

October 28, 2013 at 2:03 am
(268) MJD says:

If a pedicure is done properly and professionally, any shade of polish on a woman’s toes looks sexy. Sometimes the wrong shoe or sandal can overshadow a good pedicure. Even her wearing too much foot jewelry takes away the appeal of a good pedicure IMO. I love the french pedicured look on women’s feet. It’s my all time favourite because it safely goes with most, if not all outfits. Red doesn’t always work with everything. Long toenails are not attractive. They scare me.

February 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm
(269) zizi says:

I love French pedicures, but once an esthetician tried to talk me out of it. she said it only looked good on the fingernails and ugly on the toenails. But I love it on my toes.

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