How to Give Yourself a Pedicure

Fancy feet are a must for sandals and peep-toe shoes. Pamper yourself with a pedicure that’s easy and gets you back on your feet in no time.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Remove old toenail polish Remove existing toenail polish with remover and cotton balls or pads.
  • Step 2: Clip and file toenails Clip and file toenails to desired length and shape.
  • TIP: File toenails straight across to reduce the risk of ingrowns.
  • Step 3: Soak feet Relax while your feet soak in hot, sudsy water for about ten minutes.
  • TIP: Add three tablespoons Epsom salt to soften calluses and help slough off dead skin.
  • Step 4: Remove cuticles Use cuticle remover and an orange stick to push back the cuticle on each toe. Trim excess cuticle skin.
  • Step 5: Remove dead skin and rough spots Apply foot scrub or exfoliator – rinse and use a pumice stone or callous file to remove remaining rough spots.
  • Step 6: Dry feet Dry your feet with a soft towel.
  • Step 7: Moisturize feet Moisturize your feet with a richer or heavier cream. Wipe off excess lotion from your nails.
  • Step 8: Polish toenails Paint your toenails with a strengthening base, two coats of your favorite color, and a shiny top coat. When dry, enjoy stepping out in your strappy sandals.
  • FACT: Did you know? In a "fish pedicure," popular in Asia but banned in several U.S. states, tiny carp nibble dead skin off feet.

You Will Need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Nail clippers
  • A nail file
  • A cuticle remover
  • A cuticle orange stick
  • A cuticle trimmer
  • Foot scrub
  • A pumice stone or callous file
  • A towel
  • A thick moisturizer
  • A strengthening base coat
  • Nail polish
  • A shine-enhancing top coat
  • Epsom salt (optional)

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