5 Easy Steps to a Perfect at Home Pedicure

Pedicures are a great way to feel refreshed and polished, but they can also be expensive. Circumvent the high price tag of pedicures by giving yourself one at home and investing in quality products that you can use time and time again!

What you will need…

  • Small foot tub
  • Foot scrub (I like Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak by The Body Shop, $16)
  • Pumice stone
  • Nail file
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail polish (Essie is my favorite! For a more unique selection of polishes, try homemade or indie brands found on websites like etsy.com)
  • Nail polish base coat (Try Zoya’s Anchor Base Coat, $9, zoya.com)
  • Nail polish top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, $10.50, works great and minimizes any polish “mistakes”)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Cuticle stick
  • Foot lotion (Peppermint Cooling Foot Rescue Treatment by The Body Shop, $18, as it not only keeps your feet smooth and moisturized, but also has peppermint oil to keep feet smelling fresh.)
  1. Soak your feet in warm water for at least 5 to 10 minutes before using the foot scrub. This will allow cuticles to soften and make it easier to trim/file nails and remove any old polish.
  2. Use the pumice footstone to remove any dry skin on your feet. Focus on the bottom and back of the heel where skin is the thickest.
  3. Clip and shape your nails with the clipper and file and the follow with the foot scrub.
  4. After thoroughly rinsing and drying your feet, lotion your feet with the moisturizer. Immediately following this, push back your cuticles with the cuticle stick while nail beds are still moisturized.
  5. Clean the beds of your nails with nail polish remover in order to remove any foot lotion, and paint nail beds with a desired shade of nail polish. Be sure to utilize the base coat first and the top coat last, while the polish is still wet. The foot lotion that was applied on the feet helps to prevent the polish from staining your skin, and the base coat will help prevent the polish from staining your nails.

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