Give yourself a pedicure at home

If you like to have nicely groomed toenails and feet, but don't want to spend the money to have a professional pedicure, you will be pleasantly surprised to see how easy it is to do your own pedicure at home!

Photo by Ramzi Hashisho

What you will need:

  • Metal nail clipper 
  • Nail file or emery board
  • Buffing block
  • Foot file 
  • Cuticle pusher 
  • A tub for soaking 
  • Body scrub or coarse table salt
  • Foot cream 
  • Nail polish remover
  • Foam toe separator or paper towels
  • Nail polish: color, base coat, and topcoat

How to do your pedicure at home

  • Trim the toenails with nail clipper, then shape them with nail file or emery board. File by stroking in one direction - don't saw back and forth.
  • Buff with buffing block to remove nail fragments and smooth it all out. 
  • Soak feet in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. For extra softening, add bath oil to the water.
  • Rub salt scrub into feet to soften and exfoliate them. 
  • Dry feet and use a foot file to exfoliate further any rough patches - especially heels and the outside edges of the big toes.
  • Push cuticles back using the pusher or a warm cloth; cover feet with foot cream and wrap in a towel for a few minutes while you relax. 
  • Clean the nails with polish remover (even if you are wearing no polish, you will need to remove all traces of moisturizing cream from the nails). Separate the toes with a foam separator or pieces of paper towel (cotton balls can leave fibers stuck in your polish, so they are not recommended)
  • Apply a thin layer of base polish. By the time you have finished the last toe, you will be ready to start the first coat of color polish.
  • Apply two coats of color, allowing each coat to dry before adding the next - ideally for 30 minutes or more. Start each nail with a dab of polish in the center, then fan it out in even strokes to the left and right. Get a salon finish by swiping the brush along the tip of each nail to round the edges. 
  • Finish with topcoat.

Feel proud of your accomplishment - you have just saved yourself the $30. to $45. that you would have spent in a salon! Any you don't have to drive home in those funny little disposable slippers!

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