If your toes have had a rough time (read chipped polish or rough cracked skin) however, you are unable to go to the nail salon shortly, there’s no need to wear socks every day or resign yourself to elegant sandals on the days that begin to get warmer.
If you’ve got the right tools, it’s fairly simple to do a manicure at home. At a minimum, you’ll require nail clippers, a file base coat, a top coat as well as some gorgeous springy nail polish useful.
Other products, like the foot bath with cuticle oil and an instrument for the removal of calluses, are not required and are useful. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get a lasting professional Pedi.
However, these accessories help make the aesthetic treatment more relaxing and boost the overall outcome to the next level.
For a start on your pedicure, read this step-by-step guide by Rita de Alencar Pinto, the founder of Vanity Projects nail salons in Miami and New York City:
Step 1: Clean the old polish.
Take off any polish that remains with the help of a cotton ball and nail polish remover. (Non-acetone is gentler, however, Acetone will assist in getting the most stubborn polishes, like those with glitter, off more easily.)
If you don’t own any cotton rounds, you could make use of paper towels, however, this type of material isn’t as hard, and therefore removal may require some elbow grease.
Step 2 Do your feet a good soak.
If you own an in-feet bath, this is the perfect moment to take it out. In other cases, you could fill the tub with water and then sit at the edge.
Fill the basin with the warmest water you can find and a soaking bath–Epsom salt is an excellent option, particularly for those with painful feet. Then, submerge. Allow your feet to sit for 5-10 seconds to loosen your cuticles and then dry your feet one at one time.
If you have a cuticle removal product at home, use it on the cuticles and on the heels to remove rough heels and get rid of calluses.
Step 3. Trim and file your nails.
Begin with nail clippers and start cutting. Don’t stress about securing the edges. Take the file to smooth and form.
If your toes or heels appear rough, you can use the foot file or pumice stone to softly smooth the skin and remove any calluses you might be suffering from.
Step 4: Give yourself a massage.
Now, the most important part: After the feet are dry and pampered by applying a small amount of moisturizing cream to treat dry, flaky skin on the feet.
Massage your toes and your feet for a couple of minutes, or for as long as you’d like! Bonus points if you have an electronic feet massager (in this instance don’t use lotion!) or a companion who will assist you with a longer massage at home.
Step 5: Prep your toes.
Utilize a cotton pad to get rid of any oily residue. This makes keeps polish in good condition for longer. Toe separators are the most practical however there’s a way around it if you don’t own one: Just pick up a piece of paper towel and wrap the rope it before weaving it over your toes.
Step 6: Apply a thin coat of the base coat.
Do not skip this step – your manicure needs to last. The base coat creates the barrier between natural oils on your nail and polish.
Pro tip If you’re having difficulty getting your feet to the right height then prop your leg up on a table or chair. Make sure you lay down a towel to avoid spills and subsequent stains on your furnishings.
Step 7: Apply polish.
Once the base coat is been dried, apply one thin coat of the color that you like. After drying, apply another thin coating of your color.
If you’re having difficulty painting tiny toes, you can make them more distinct to gain an ideal view. Applying less polish to the brush may aid in keeping things neat.
Step 8: Don’t forget to apply the top coat.
Another important step in making polish last is that topcoat. An even layer will seal everything in and stops premature chipping. Dry it out, and then do a test between 10 and 15 minutes. However, 20-30 minutes are optimal, especially if you’re putting shoes or socks on.