In the summer, pedicures are a must! No one wants to see your feet uncared for. (Trust me!) And doing a pedicure at home is the best way to spend a quiet evening at home in front of your favorite drama. It’s relaxing and pampering and only needs to be done once a week for super sandal-ready feet all summer.
Here’s what you’ll need to do a pedicure at home:(Gather them all before you begin.)
Dish Tub or Large Bowl
Nail polish remover
Nail file (4-way)
Cuticle removing cream
Cuticle pushe DIY sugar combo)
Step 1: Relax and Soak
Fill up your dish tub full of warm water and put it on a bath towel on the floor. Add a ½ cup of Epsom salts into the water and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes. (Peppermint epsom salts feel so refreshing!) We like to make sure our water is quite hot to begin with because it quickly cools. Soaking your feet will make them easier to exfoliate and the nail easier to trim.
Tips: Remove all of your old polish before you begin. Start with a fresh, clean nail.Also, this is the perfect time to drink a glass of wine or tea all in the name of pampering. The rest of the time your hands will be busy.
Step 2: Exfoliate and Moisturize
Don’t dry your feet yet. Use a body scrub or make your own with 2 Tablespoons sugar mixed with a bit of olive oil. Apply to damp skin and scrub, rub and scrub some more. A good minute or two on each foot for best results.
Using a foot file or pumice stone, concentrate on the heels and callouses on your feet.
When you’re done with each foot, put it back into the water while you’re doing your other one.
Rinse and dry feet and move water bucket away.
Apply a thick foot cream or body butter and massage into feet. (Better yet, have your hubby or beau do this part!)
Step 1: Cut and File
Trim nails down to a square shape to avoid ingrown nails.
File your nails to a smooth edge and buff the nail using a nail buffer to remove ridges and provide a smooth area for the polish to adhere to.
Step 4: Polish
We recommend using a nail dehydrator before applying any polish. It removes any oils from your nails that would make the polish come off quicker. Simply apply product to a cotton ball and sweep over nails.
Apply a quick-drying base coat and let dry.
Apply two coats of polish, letting dry for a few minutes in between coats. (Pick a bright color! If you’re timid, it’s so much easier to pull off bright colors on your toes than your fingers.)
Finish with a professional topcoat.
Use a toothpick dipped in nail polish remover to get any excess polish on the sides of your nails. (They also make product called a nail corrector pen if you prefer.)
Remember your nails are dentable, so be careful for an hour or so.
After fully dry, apply a dab of cuticle oil around each nail. This will help you’re your cuticles healthy and clean looking. Just.a.dab. Too much will make your polish life shorter