Celebrities With French Pedicures

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French Pedis: Passé? You Won't Believe Who's Wearing This Outdated Trend

Clockwise left: Oh Hyun-Kyung, Actress Joanne Froggatt, singer Katy Perry and actress Italia Ricci. Getty Images from clockwise left: Han Myung-Gu, Amanda Edwards, Chelsea Lauren and Mark Davis

French pedicures have not been trendy in years, but recently, some celebrities have been spotted on the red carpet wearing them.

Celebrities including Ashley Tisdale, Katy Perry, Mindy Kaling, Sharon Stone and Lupita Nyong'o have all stepped out recently in the tale-tell white or pink toe with a lighter line across the top.

So is this a trend that may re-emerge? Not likely, according to Glamour and Allure, both of which have dubbed the French pedicure "tacky," while admitting there are still some women out there who insist the nail art is classic and refined, especially for events like weddings.

“I think French pedicures should never happen and should never have happened and should never happen again. And I love a natural looking toe, but definitely to make your toe look like it needs to be cut is not a look that I think is attractive at all," said celebrity Jenna Hipp in CY Interview.

When I wrote about this trend back in 2006, more than 400 comments rolled in both pro and con. Those against the French pedi loathed them because they make the toes look like they are several weeks overdue for a clipping. Others said they make toes look like fingers. Those in favor of the trend claimed they make the nails look neat, clean and sophisticated.

The secret to a tacky French pedi is a white stripe so bright you can see it a block away. For a more refined French pedi, keep both the nail color and the stripe light and subtle.

You don't see as many women on the streets of New York wearing this look and they aren't popular on the red carpet either. I couldn't find anything about French pedicures on today's hottest beauty Websites and blogs. I had to search long and hard for these images.

In this gallery, I feature the best and the worst celebrity French pedicures. Some of them look classic and refined, while others -- well, you can judge for yourself.

In the meantime, don't miss 6 Fingernail Trends: Which Ones are Tacky, Which are Classy?

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Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale, shoe detail, attends the Just Jared's Summer Bash Pool Party 2015 on July 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage

Actress Ashley Tisdale has a Pinterest page devoted to nail art called, Nailed It. And it's a popular page with only 202 posts but a whopping 37,000 followers. 


So it's no surprise to me that she likes French pedicures. She's been sporting French pedis for years.

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Actress Joanne Froggatt

Actress Joanne Froggatt arrives at the 2015 BAFTA Tea Party at The Four Seasons Hotel on January 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)

Joanne Froggatt is known for her role as housemaid Anna Bates on the British TV series Downton Abbey.

She's been wearing French pedicures for months now. Check out these back in January, 2015. It looks like she applied White-Out to her bare toes.

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Actress Mindy Kaling

Executive Producer/Actress Mindy Kaling (shoe detail) attends The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring 'The Mindy Project' at the Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Actress and producer Mindy Kaling loves to talk about her favorite beauty tips in interviews and her Instagram is full of such tips (like this one, where she makes a mask out of clay and apple cider vinegar).

But this pedicure? Not digging it. You?

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South Korean actress Oh Hyun-Kyung

South Korean actress Oh Hyun-Kyung (fashion detail) attends 'High Heel' VIP Screening at Lotte Cinema on June 2, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The film will open on June 04, in South Korea. Getty: Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage

No. No. No. No. No.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry. Getty: Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Katy Perry is obviously a fan of painted toes. She's posted pictures on her Instagram of her toes painted like footballs for the Super Bowl and with the evil eye on a summer trip to Greece. Here she is in a French pedicure that's quite subtle and lovely. It helps that she has nice feet.

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Recording artist Emii

Emii singer. Getty: (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)

No comment (she writes, shaking head).

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Actress Sharon Stone

Actress Sharon Stone. Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images

Sharon Stone wins my prize for the least tacky French pedicure ever. She has gorgeous feet.

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Monica Martin Luque

Monica Martin Luque. Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

There's a huge party going down South of her knees.

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Actress Melina Kanakaredes

Actress Melina Kanakaredes (Shoe Detail) attends the 11th annual Stuart House Benefit at John Varvatos on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Getty (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Not a fan of the French pedicure on toenails that curl under. Why highlight them?

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Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson

Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson. Frazer Harrison/BET for Getty

The nails match the dress. At least the ends of the nails do. Thankfully she's wearing peeptoes so we don't have to see all 10 French pedicured toes on display.

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Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o attends the Calvin Klein Party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2014 in Cannes, France. Getty: (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Lupita is a beautiful woman, but I see her feet here and I just want to take toenail clippers to that big toe.

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Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Another example of nails that look to be in desperate need of a toenail clipper.

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Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour

These stripes are bright, but they aren't offensive maybe because Robin's toes are so lovely. And the shoes are fantastic on her.

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Aimee Mullins

Athlete/actress Aimee Mullins, shoe detail, attends 2015 Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction at Cipriani Wall Street on June 2, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage for Getty

See how subtle works? These toes aren't offensive.

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Amy Childs

Amy Childs. Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage for Getty

Amy has gorgeous feet, but her nails look about 2 weeks too long.

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Guess Who?


This pedicure doesn't work for me. You'll never guess who these feet belong to.

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Actress Marg Helgenberger

Actress Marg Helgenberger (shoes detail) arrives at CNET'S premiere party for the CBS television show 'Intelligence' during the 2014 International CES at the Tao Nightclub at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Getty: Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic

Those feet belong to actress Marg Helgenberger.

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Model Bar Paly

Model Bar Paly. Getty: (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)

Israeli model and actress, Bar Paly, is not well-known in the States, but I'm featuring her here because she's a beautiful woman in an unfortunate pedicure.

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Italia Ricci

Italia Ricci. Jon Kopaloff for Getty

Those shoes are amazing and Italia Ricci is absolutely adorable. She can pull of a tacky pedicure that's for sure.

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Terri Ivens

Actress Terri Ivens attends Television Academy's Daytime Programming Peer Group's 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Nominees Celebration at The London West Hollywood on June 19, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. Getty

Those shoes. Ugggh. And paired with that pedicure. Double groan.

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Singer Jessica Sanchez

Singer Jessica Sanchez. Getty: Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage

You can just see that the nails on this singer have been growing for weeks without having been cut.

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Actress Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar. Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic for Getty

This is not good, but I've seen worse.

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Lia Marie Johnson

Lia Marie Johnson. Getty: (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

The shoes are better than the pedicure.

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Olivia D'Abo

Olivia D'Abo. Amanda Edwards for Getty


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Actress Elizabeth Jayne

Actress Elizabeth Jayne. Rachel Murray for Getty

Well, she looks great from the waist up.