7 Steps to a Perfect Pro-Style Pedicure Right at Home
Going to the salon for a pedicure these days can get pretty pricey. However, leaving the house with ghastly-looking toenails is ill-advised in the summertime. Those cute sandals are meant for showcasing perfectly-polished toes and smooth as silk feet. If going to the salon is out of the question due to time or budget constraints, you can turn your own space into a salon-spa oasis to give yourself the perfect professional pedicure!
It's much easier than you think, and these 7 steps will take you from start to flawless finish!
1. Set the stage
First, you’ll want to find a comfortable space for your home pedicure. You should gather everything you need too so you can settle in without having to get up once you start. A nice glass of wine, some candles, and chill music help to set the mood too. Make this fun, as it should be. In addition to nail polish remover and cotton pads, you’ll need nail clippers, a nail file, a pumice stone, something to soak those tired tootsies in, a dry towel, and your polishes including the base and quick-drying top coat.
2. Get rid of old polish
If you habitually paint over old pedicures, please stop. It’s so much easier to remove old polish if you haven’t layered it over 10 times. Especially if your polish has glitter in it. Make sure every last trace of nail polish is gone so you can start fresh on your pedicure. Any stains can be removed with fresh lemon juice.
3. Give your feet a glorious soaking
Submerge your feet in a foot bath with warm water. You can also sit on the side of your tub if you don’t have a bucket or basin big enough for both feet. But don’t just leave it at that. Use a dedicated foot soak or even plain Epsom salt which will soften your skin and draw out toxins.
4. Buff your feet
After a good soaking of about 10 minutes, you can take to buffing your feet to a soft and smooth appearance. This may take some work but with a pumice stone, you’ll get there. You want to remove the dead, rough skin to soften up the balls and bottoms of your feet.
5. Trim nails and soothe cuticles
Now, turn your attention to your nails and trim them down to the right size. File the rough edges away and shape them. You should also think about your cuticles. While a pro may opt to cut your cuticles, it’s not recommended, especially if you are trying to do it yourself. Cuticles can do with a quick massage of cuticle oil to keep them healthy but refrain from cutting them as they can easily get infected.
6. Add back some moisture
After you’ve trimmed, filed, buffed, and all that good stuff, make sure you put a good moisturizer on your feet. This seals in hydration and keeps that softness from all that buffing intact. Take a moment to sit back and enjoy your wine and music though since you should wait until it soaks in and absorbs so it doesn’t interfere with your polishing steps.
7. Start painting
You’re almost done! You’ll start with a thin base coat and then let it set. Quick-drying options are always the best for a speedier pedicure. Next, you’ll move onto your chosen nail polish. You can roll the bottle in your hand to unify the consistency of the paint within. Add one coat and let it set a minute before following up with a second coat.
Strokes are key here so make sure to swipe up the middle and then one on each side of that for a uniform appearance. After the second coat, wait a minute or two before applying your top coat.
Voila! Your Perfect Home Pedicure is Done!
While there’s no denying a trip to the salon for a pedicure is a wonderful way to treat yourself, it’s not always doable in your budget or when you can’t get an appointment in time before a big event. With these 7 steps though, you’ll have perfectly polished toes that are ready to go whenever you are!
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