A Simple Guide to DIY Pedicure
There are days when you want to get that nice pedicure from a salon so bad but you don’t have the budget for it. That shouldn’t stop you from having one because you can do it from the comforts of your home.
These simple DIY instructions will show you how to pamper yourself with a luxurious home-style DIY pedicure minus the hefty price tag.
Here are the things you will need for your DIY Pedicure:
- cotton balls
- non-acetone nail polish remover
- foot soak (warm water and body wash or any soap)
- sugar and olive oil (as natural foot scrub)
- moisturizing cream
- toenail clipper
- nail file
- cuticle oil
- orangewood stick or cuticle pusher
- nipper (optional)
- toe separator
- base coat, colored nail polish and top coat
DIY Pedicure Instructions:
1. Remove old nail polish. Begin with polish-free toenails by removing old nail polish using non-acetone remover and cotton balls.
2. Foot Soak. Fill a plastic tub (big enough to soak your feet) with warm water. Add your favorite body wash or soap and soak your feet for about three to five minutes. This not only feels heavenly for tired feet but it can help soften dead skin cells so it will be easier to scrub them away later.
3. Exfoliate. Lift your feet from the foot soak and, while slightly wet, exfoliate rough spots gently with a foot scrub. You can make your own foot scrub by mixing one part sugar and one part olive oil. Start from the heels, then work around each toe, calves and ankles. Rinse off with water and wipe feet dry with towel.
4. Moisturize. Massage moisturizing cream all over feet and lower legs to lock in moisture while keeping your feet relaxed.
5. Trim and shape. Using a toenail clipper, trim each nail straight across and shape the edges with a nail file. A rounded shape is recommended to avoid having toenail ingrown.
6. Soften cuticles. Apply a drop of cuticle oil on the base of each nail, let it soak for about a minute or two. Once it’s all nice and soft, gently push back cuticles using an orangewood stick or cuticle pusher. Using a nail nipper to remove a small portion of the cuticle is optional. Make sure that you nip only the dead skin cells and never parts of your skin that protects the nail bed.
7. Polish. Place toe separator on each foot then apply a clear base coat and let it dry. Next, paint two thin coats of colored nail polish and allow it to dry thoroughly between each coat. Start sweeping the polish from the center before proceeding on each sides.
To make the polish dry faster and last longer, always apply a thin coat as much as possible. Finish off with a top coat for added shine and to seal in the color. You can apply more top coat a few days later to maintain the color and shine.
And that’s about it! Now, you’re ready to wear those sexy sandals and flaunt that pretty feet for everyone to see.
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