Pedicure french


Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it. We’re all friends here, right? There is definitely an elephant in the room.


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Pachyderm Pedicure

I am so thrilled that you took the time and effort to get a pedicure. Nothing thrills me less than girls who wear sandals with nary polish or even a buff on their toes. So, I appreciate a polished toe.

But I have to ask that you please stop doing a French pedicure. Pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top. Let’s discuss:


toe French pedicure, just say non

Two left feet?


No toe is supposed to show the whites of your nail. That means your toenails need to be clipped, NOT ENHANCED by white paint. I can hear your toenails clicking on the floor whenever I see a French manicured toe.

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Pedicured talons with toe nunchucks


Let’s face it ladies, toes are ugly. Paint them a monochromatic color and move on. Fix it and forget it.

Here are some basic rules of thumb, I mean big toe:

1. Please do not get acrylic nails on your toes.

 French pedicure, just say non

The toe ring is the least of the worries here folks.

2. Please do not trick out your toenails. You are not in high school.

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Like Pimp my Ride for your toenails

3. Please do not grow your toenails this long ever. Wouldn’t you wake yourself up all night scratching the sheets with your toenails? I shudder at the thought.

nasty long toenails French pedicure, just say non

I'm nauseous. A. that her nails are that long and B. that she is driving barefoot.

4. Please leave the toe jewelry at home. Fingers show off rings because they are elongated and are such a pretty backdrop for jewelry. Toes look like stumps. Toe rings look like stump tourniquets. No elongation is happening. Get my picture.

Toe rings French pedicure, just say non

Looks like this little piggy got engaged.

Ladies, there are lots of other options out there. This post can be the e-Harmony of nail matches, acting as your guide for the perfect fit.

Allow me to introduce the “one-color” approach. Think neat, shorter, clean, monochromatic nails, thereby making the toes seem longer and “simpler.” Try a light color on your toes; use the color that you would have used on your French pedicure.

samoan sand French pedicure, just say non

Lovely light pedicure

For those of you weaning off the French pedicure, this is an excellent first step. It’s a French without the white exaggeration. Heck, go crazy and do three coats. I recommend Essie Ballet Slipper, OPI’s Bubble Bath or OPI’s Samoan Sand (shown above.)

 French pedicure, just say non

As you gain more confidence, go for some color. Some great colors to try this season are Essie’s Turks and Caicos, OPI’s MOD-ern Girl, OPI’s Barefoot in Barcelona and Essie’s Bermuda Shorts. Most of these were actually StyleBlueprint picks during the summer. (These colors are shown on fingers, not toes).

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Turks and Caicos by Essie

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Mod-ern Girl by OPI

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Bermuda Shorts by Essie

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Barefoot in Barcelona by OPI

A quick note, the nail length in the ESSIE color photos is what is current.  The square and the long are not modern.  But, we like these colors!

French pedicures, unlike the people, are not chic. They are, for lack of a better term, passe. Their time has passed. Time to clean up our toes and move on.

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