Our toes are going to be on display a lot this summer between strappy sandals at all of those graduation parties, and no sandals at the pool and at the beach!
But you don’t have to break the bank to keep your tootsies looking pretty and presentable. Here’s how you can give yourself the perfect at home pedi...
Step 1: Get What You Need
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Nail clippers
- Nail file
- Cuticle pusher
- Cuticle oil
- Something to soak your feet in (basin, bowl, or bathtub will do)
- Epsom salts of your choosing
- Foot file
- Body/foot scrub
- Body/foot lotion
- Nail polish(es) of your choice
Step 2: Clean Up
You’ll want to start off with a clean slate, so take off any existing polish with a cotton ball that is saturated in nail polish remover. Nail polish removers with acetone work the best, but if you’re wearing artificial nails on your fingers, be careful as the acetone can weaken them and melt them away.
Step 3: Soften Up
Before we start scrubbing our feet and shaping our nails, we need to soak our feet to soften them! Fill up your basin or tub with warm water (adjust the temperature to your comfort level) and dump in your favorite Epsom salts. Soak your feet for five to ten minutes to allow the water to soften up your skin and cuticles.
Step 4: Shape Up
If your nails are long enough, use a nail clipper to trim them to the length you want before shaping them and smoothing out any rough edges with your nail file. If you’re concerned about ridges along your nail bed, you can gently (I mean gently!) buff them with a soft nail buffer. Place a dot of cuticle oil on each cuticle, and let sit for a minute or two. Then use your cuticle pusher to gently push them back away from your nail bed. Don’t trim your cuticles!! It’s easy for a professional nail technician to properly trim our cuticles without cutting other skin (they’re trained to do this!) but we aren’t professionals and can easily cut our skin which could allow for an infection to set in.
Step 5: Scrub Up
Take your foot file and gently slough away the dead skin on the soles of your feet, being careful not to over file your feet. Then, take a generous scoop of your favorite scrub and use it to polish your feet and lower legs. Rinse the scrub off of your feet and legs, and massage your favorite lotion on them.
Step 6: Time to Paint!
Take a cotton ball with nail polish remover and swipe it across each of your toenails. This will remove any oils from the cuticle oil, scrub, and lotion that would prevent your polish from sticking to your nail bed. If you have a base coat, paint one layer onto each nail. Once the base coat is dry, apply your first coat of colored nail polish. Let that coat dry, and if the polish isn’t opaque enough, put on a second coat. If your top coat is a fast dry top coat, you can carefully apply a coat of it before your colored polish is fully dried. If not, wait a few minutes before putting on your top coat. Let your nails dry as long as possible before putting on shoes, that way you can avoid smudging or indenting your polish.
By giving yourself an at home pedicure, you’re able to save your money to fund your summer fun while still keeping your toes looking cute!
By: Kayla Harwick