How to Give a Pedicure at Home

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Many people enjoy pampering themselves by getting a pedicure. With warmer weather people are more likely to show their feet with sandals and beach and pool visits. But not everyone wants to pay for a professional pedicure. You can do it yourself, any day at any hour. You can even give yourself other home spa treatments to enhance the experience, such as a manicure, facial or soak in the bath, or pair up with someone to give massages to each other.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish remover (if necessary)
  • Small tub
  • Water
  • Epsom salts or baking soda
  • Towel
  • Skin file, pumice stone or exfoliating scrub
  • Nail clipper
  • Cream/lotion
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle pusher/stick
  • Nail polish

Preparation

Remove any nail polish already on your toes. Then, to get your feet ready, soak them in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes in a small tub, anything that you can fit your feet (or just one foot at at time) into. Put Epsom salts or baking soda into the water to soften your feet even more. Dry your feet thoroughly.

Remove dead skin with a skin file, pumice stone or exfoliating scrub.

Cut your toenails with a nail clipper to prepare for filing.

Moisturize with cream or lotion. If your feet are especially dry it is good to wet them and towel dry so a little water remains, then apply lotion to keep the moisture in.

Pedicure

Clean under toenails and then file nails, moving file in one direction only.

Push cuticles back gently with a cuticle stick or cuticle pusher.

Apply a base coat of polish down the center and then each side of each nail.

Allow the base coat to dry thoroughly and apply second coat of polish. If desired, apply a final coat of clear polish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have a group of friends over and have a spa party. You can help each other apply polish better.

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