For all your beauty advice…
It’s officially sandal season! That time of the year when we break out our cute shoes that show off our cute toes. Unless you’ve neglected those toes all winter long, then it’s time to hit the spa and get a pedicure. What’s that? You can’t afford to get a pedicure?? Join the club. The good news is, you can easily give yourself a spa-worthy pedicure right at home. The bad news…well, I don’t believe in bad news, so it’s just good news all around. Just follow the steps I’m going to give you and your toes will be sandal-ready in no time!
Start by removing your old nail polish. You know, the stuff that’s been on your toes since last September and is now just a dot of polish on your big toe. Even if you don’t have any polish on, give your toenails a good swipe to get the surface rid of any oils. Trim toenails with a clipper, but don’t go too short, that hurts! File nails straight across (this looks best on toes and helps prevent ingrown nails) making sure to file in one direction…don’t saw back and forth with the file, that isn’t good for your nails.
Now comes the best part. Fill a foot bath, or container large enough to soak your feet, with warm to hot water, depending on what you prefer. You can put in your favorite shower gel and soak in bubbles or you can put a few tablespoons of baking soda in the water to help soften your feet as well. Enjoy this part! Like I said, it’s the best part. It’s actually the only part of a pedicure I like, I am so ticklish I have a hard time letting others do this for me. Sit back with a magazine or a good book and soak away. Let your feet soak for 5-10 minutes to soften cuticles and to prepare your feet for the exfoliation process.
Next, use a scrub on your feet to slough away calluses and to soften your heels. You can also use a pumice stone in this step to concentrate on rough heels and other spots that a scrub won’t take away. Put your feet back in the water to rinse the product off your feet; get your hands in the water to really rinse away any of the scrub left behind between your toes and on your nails. Now that your cuticles are nice and soft, apply cuticle remover to your nails and take a cuticle pusher to gently push them back. If you’re not afraid to do a little trimming here, use a cuticle nipper to cut away the cuticles, but be careful not to cut too close. Rinse your feet again and get ready for the massage.
You can do this step yourself, or bribe someone to do it for you, but moisturizing is very important. I know a lot of people do a home pedicure and skip this step because they don’t have time. Like soaking, you can make this part as short or as long as you like. Use a foot cream, or any moisturizer you like, and massage into your feet and calves. You just took away all that dead skin to expose the new skin, so it needs to be treated and have that moisture put back. Once you’re done massaging, clean the surface of your toenails again with a quick swipe of alcohol or polish remover. If there is any residue left on your nails, the polish won’t dry or it will look lumpy…don’t you just hate it when you polish your nails and you see bumps in there?
Time to polish! Pick a fun color for your toes…it’s sandal season, make them bright! I think using toe-spacers are a must. Keeping the toes separate helps you apply the polish evenly and helps them dry. Start with a base coat to prevent the polish from staining your nails. Apply 2 coats of nail polish and let them dry. Once they are dry, apply a top coat for a layer of protection, and some added shine. There you go! An at-home pedicure to get your feet ready for the season. Easy enough to do on yourself, right?
You can pick up the supplies you need just about anywhere. Sally Beauty Supply is going to be the best place to get what you need, but most of us probably have everything we need for a home pedicure already.
Do you do home pedicures or do you splurge and get them done at a spa? What’s your favorite part of a pedicure?
Email me your questions for Q&A Monday at email@example.com
You’ve Been Beautified!