How To Give The Perfect Pedicure

It's time to get your feet and toenails looking healthy and clean. You can give yourself or a friend a great pedicure with just five easy steps! It is basicly the same procedure as a manicure.

The tools needed for a manicure are:

Large Bucket, Salt or Sugar, Liquid Hand Soap, Moisturizing Cream, Towels, Cuticle Stick, Cuticle Cutter, Nail Buffer, Nail File, Nail Clippers, and a Pumice Stone.

Optional items: Nail Polish Remover, Nail Polish, Base Coat, and Topcoat

The Five Easy Steps

  1. Exfoliate and Moisturize Skin- Fill a large bucket, or something big enough to place your feet in, with warm water and let them soak for five minutes. Mix liquid hand soap and either salt or sugar together and rub the mixure around feet and ankles for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Next, take the pumice stone and rub it along the bottoms of the feet to remove rough, dead skin. Use a moisturing cream after.
  2. Cuticle Care- Take a cuticle stick and gently push cuticles towards the base of the toenail. Cuticles should be moistened arleady and should be easy to push back. Use cuticle cutter to trim off extra cuticle around the base.
  3. File and Shape Nails- Use nail clippers to cut nails to medium-length. Next, use a nail file to shape the nail. Start from one side and file towards the top of the nail, then file from the other side towards the top until you get a nice rounded, smooth tip.
  4. Buff Nails- Use a nail buffer to brush over the width of the toenail back and forth several times until the nail is smooth. Also, run the buffer along top of nails to smooth any missed rough edges.
  5. Polish Nails- Optional- Use three strokes to polish nails: one on each side of nail brushing from the base up, and then one stroke down the center of the nail. Brush as evenly as possible. Start with a base coat to keep the nail from yellowing. Wait 5 minutes. Next, apply polish color in two coats. Wait 2 minutes inbetween each coat of polish. And lastly, apply a topcoat on the tips of nails in a side-to-side motion to prevent chipping and then use the 3-stroke technique to cover entire nail.

Let nails dry for 30 minutes and you've got the perfect at-home pedicure!

Tip Box

Add rose petals or Epsom salts with your favorite scent to the water in your foot bath to create a more relaxing and spa-esque atmosphere.(1)