In a perfect world we could always warm up leftover french fries without sacrificing the quality and we would all get a weekly pedicure, but unfortunately, we don’t live in that world. Luckily we do live in a world where we can Doordash french fries to our house anytime we need them and can give ourselves a spa-worthy pedicure at home, which is why we’ve brought you here today! We created a little guide to at-home pedicures just in time for some sunshiney, warmer spring weather. Let’s get started!
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Gather Your Supplies and Organize Your Area
The last thing you want is to be sitting and soaking your feet just to realize the next tool you need is in another room, so the first thing we recommend doing is making a list, checking it twice, and making sure you have everything you need within your reach. A few tools that are our must-haves include nail polish remover, cotton pads, clippers, a file, a nail buffer, a foot file, scrub, lotion, cuticle oil, towel, base coat, nail polish, and a quick-drying topcoat.
We’re getting a little bit ahead of ourselves, first thing you’ll want to do is remove any polish that is already on your toes, then you can start soaking your feet in a large vessel or simply your bathtub. We highly recommend using some scented Epsom salts to soak your feet in, because one, they’re great for sore feet, and two, they smell incredible. You’ll want to soak your feet for about five to ten minutes, then pat your feet dry with a towel.
Next, you’ll want to take a foot file and file your heels and the balls of your feet while they’re still a little damp.
Next Up, Cuticles
To be completely honest, this is left to the pros. Now, if you have some skin dangling, you can absolutely cut it off, but we don’t recommend getting too crazy with the cuticle scissors.
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For the ultimate spa experience, apply a scrub to your feet and legs to soften up any remaining rough spots.
Trim, File, Buff
Time to give your toenails some attention! You’ll want to start by trimming them, then using your file to shape your nails, and lastly buff them.
Time to Moisturize
One of the last steps is to apply a moisturizer to your feet and legs. After all of that soaking and scrubbing, your feet and legs will appreciate a good massage that will leave them feeling silky smooth.
Pretty in Polish
It’s time for the final step of your pedicure, which is applying the polish! You’ll want to start with a base coat so there’s a barrier between your nail and the polish, this will also ensure your pedicure will last longer. Once your base coat is dry, it’s time to add your polish. Let your first coat dry, then apply a second coat. And last but not least, the topcoat. This thin layer seals it all in so it’s a vital step in the process.