6 Simple Steps to a DIY Pedicure
By Kate on 24 November 2009
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If you spend all week stuffing your feet into sweaty shoes or balancing on ridiculously high (but beautifully fashionable) high heels, give your feet a treat with this DIY pedicure.
What You’ll Need:
- A large bowl or footbath of warm soapy water.
- A nail brush.
- An emery board.
- Cotton wool.
- An orange stick.
- Nail clippers.
- Nail polish remover.
- Base coat, nail polish and a top coat
- Foot cream.
- A pumice stone.
- A towel.
- Cuticle remover.
Step 1: Cleanse
Soak your bare feet in warm soapy water for 10 minutes to soften your nails and skin and then remove any traces of old polish with your nail polish remover and some cotton wool.
Step 2: Trim
Take your nail clippers and trim your nails before using your emery board to smooth any edges. To finish, bevel your nails by holding the emery board upright and brushing in light downward strokes in the same direction to seal the layers of your toenail plate together.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Quickly soak your feet again for five minutes and then use your nailbrush to give your toes a quick scrub. To finish this step use your pumice stone to remove any dead skin and then dry your feet thoroughly with your towel.
Step 4: Prepare
Next, wrap your orange stick in cotton wool and then dip it into your cuticle remover and run it along the underneath and the sides of your nail and then gently push back your cuticles.
Step 5: Massage
If your toes are still moist, rub in some talcum powder and then massage your feet and ankles with your foot cream. When massaging, start at your foot and then work upwards towards your knee in sweeping movements.
Step 6: Apply Nail Polish
To complete your pedicure, use some slightly damp cotton wool to separate your toes and to prevent any polish smudging from toe to toe and then paint your nails with your base coat, color and top coat using the same method outlined in step 5 of our 6 Simple Steps to a DIY Manicure beauty article. For a perfect finish, dip your orange stick in some nail polish remover to clean up the edges of your toenails and then allow your polish to harden before slipping back into your shoes.