Whilst it’s lovely to have a professional pedicure; at times it can be more convenient to do a DIY job at home. Here are the steps I follow:
Step 1: Remove Old Skin
I always start a home pedicure by removing dry skin. If you have a lot of hard skin on your feet I would recommend using a callous remover to reveal the baby smooth skin that lies underneath. Otherwise a manual or electric foot file will do the job. Alternatively this can be combined with the next step by using a scrub:
Step 2: Cleanse and Soak
I tend to do this step whilst I bathe but you could equally use a foot bath.
Step 3: Cuticle Work￼
Use a cuticle pusher to push back cuticles whilst they are still soft from the warm water then trim with cuticle nippers.
Step 4: Remove Old Polish (Optional)
If you are already wearing polish whip this off with remover.
Step 5: Shape
If your nails are long trim them down with clippers. File to your desired shape.
Step 6: Base Coat
Apply a base coat to ensure a smooth application, prevent staining and extend wear.
Step 7: Colour
Apply two coats of your chosen coloured polish.
Step 8: Top Coat
Apply a top coat for shine and longevity. I recommend the Beauty Pie Flexiglass Uv top coat which makes my polish last a lot longer than any other brand I’ve tried.
Step 9: Drying Drops (Optional)
This step is optional, however drying drops are great if you’re short on time. I love Essie’s Quick-E drying drops to speed up the drying process. If you don’t have any drops I’ve read that submerging nails in cold water can have the same effect.
Step 10: Cuticle Oil (Optional)
Massaging in a cuticle oil moisturises and protects. Continuing to apply this on a daily basis will help your pedicure last longer.
Step 11: Foot Cream
Apply foot lotion once the polish is dry for super soft feet.
Do you ever do your own pedicure or do you prefer to go to a salon?
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