How To Give Yourself A Pedicure At Home Like A Pro
Pamper yourself from head to every toe
It's not quite flip flop season, but when you're stuck in your house for 4 weeks it can be whatever season you want. So if you want summer right now, go for it. That means you need to get your toes ready. Normally you'd run to the nail salon, but under these circumstances the only place you're going is the kitchen and living room. So pick a spot for your at home nail salon and give yourself a pedicure with these tips!
Step 1: Clean your nails
First thing's first - clean those little piggies. Using a fresh bottle of nail polish remover, wipe your toe nails with cotton balls and take off your old polish. Even if you haven't had a pedicure in months, it's important to clean the nails to get rid of dirt that can ruin your pedi.
Step 2: Soak
Do you fantasize about dunking your feet in a warm, bubbling foot bath? Soaking your feet for about 10 minutes makes the skin soft and ready for the pedicure. You can soak them in the bath with liquid soap or an Epsom salt. Epsom salts can help soothe aches and provide aromatic relaxation. After soaking, pat your feet dry.
Step 3: Scrub those heels
After walking to work in pumps or uncomfortable shoes, your heels get roughed up and overworked. But what if you're not wearing heels anymore, let alone any shoes? The bottoms of your feet can still get dry, so it's important to scrub off the dead skin for soft and fresh feet.
Step 4: Cuticle care
Like your fingernails, your toe nails should be given the same amount of pampering. So, the next thing you need to do for a professional looking pedi is tending to your cuticles. Applying a cuticle remover to your nails takes out the gross step of cutting them with cuticles scissors; it does the job for you.
This cuticle gel removes dead and dry skin from the nails. It can be used on hands and feet, for smooth and nourished nails. Apply the gel to the nail beds for 15 seconds, push back with a cuticle pusher, and rinse with warm water. Voila!
Step 5: File and shape
Now it's time to shape 'em up. Making sure your feet are dry, use a nail file or clipper to cut your toe nails to the desired length and shape. If using a nail clipper, trip straight across just above the skin. File out rough bumps to make the nails nice and smooth.
Step 6: First base
For shiny and strong looking nails, you must apply a base coat. First wipe your nails with polish remover one more time to clean them of oils and dirt. Then apply 1-2 coats to your toes before painting your nails. Don't even think about walking to the kitchen until they dry first.
Step 7: Pick your polish!
Whether you want your nails to match your fuzzy pink slippers, or are ready for summer brights, there are a lot of colors to choose from. But since you're home, there's no rush from the pedicurist. When you do pick a color, apply a thin layer on your toes in 3 strokes: a stroke of paint in the middle of the nail, and then one on each side. Wait 1-2 minutes to dry, then apply your second coat.
This Vegan nail polish is formaldehyde free, paraben free, lead free, and so on. With less chemicals, it's a healthier polish option and lasts just as long. This light blue will get you ready for spring and sunny days ahead!
Step 8: Top it off
Seal the deal with a top coat. This will lengthen the shine of your pedicure and prevent chips. Apply a thin layer to each toe and let dry. Now is the time to read that book you keep saying you'll read, or watch that show everyone says you MUST see. Dry your toes for at least 15 minutes and relax.