Remove. Strip old color with acetone polish remover on a cotton ball. (Note: Don’t use a tissue, it will fall apart and doesn’t absorb the remover well.)
Soak. Add Epsom salt and your favorite scented oil to warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes. Although the bath tub might be easier, I use a pedi Tub but you could always use a large glass bowl, That way it feels more glamorous and luxurious. Place it in your living or bedroom and relax with a book while you soak. For a more deluxe option, invest in a Homedics Bubble Bliss Plus Luxury Foot Bubbler, $25. It gives you more of a spa experience at home,I like to Add Flowers to the Bowl to make it seem Elegant!! ;)
Buff. Dry your feet with a clean towel. Then, exfoliate feet and heels with Tweezerman’s Pedro Callus Stone, $20 or a biodegradable pumice pad, which can be purchased at any drug store. Rub in any direction you want, but don’t scrub too hard and never rub the top of your foot. Make sure to get your heel, the ball of your foot and your big toe. Thoroughly rinse the pad after each use, let it dry and keep it in a plastic bag.
Exfoliate. Remove dry skin from legs and feet with a homemade mixture of olive oil and kosher salt or raw sugar. Or, choose a scrub I like Cocoa butter from The Body Shop, $16. Rub in an upward motion for two to three minutes. Then, rinse them in your foot bath.
Trim. Cut nails with a toenail clipper then file them to your length of choice. Make sure not to go too short though, as nothing looks worse than a space between the polish and the top of your nail bed. Run your finger across the top of your toe. If your nail barely grazes your finger, you’ve got the right length.
Moisturize. Massage feet and legs with a rich cream. Nivea’s Renewal Night Creme, 10 oz $10. It smells great and helps to smooth and soften skin.
Soften. Apply cuticle oil to nails to soften and revitalize rough areas. Try Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Moisturizing Nail & Cuticle Oil, 0.45 oz, $5.
Push. Use a cuticle or Popsicle stick to press cuticles back so they don’t get in the way of the polish. Some people prefer to cut their cuticles for aesthetic purposes but if you have never done it before it could be disastrous, looks easier than done. I have mastered it after giving myself pedicures for many many years.
Polish. Apply a base coat first, or use Sally Hansen’s Double Duty base and top coat. Then, apply two thin coats of polish. I love You Rock-apulco Red by OPI, $8. Finish with a top coat.
When soaking your feet, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water to fight athlete’s foot and reduce itchiness.
- Ask your partner to do the massaging for total relaxation.
- If you don’t have cuticle oil, olive oil works just as well.
- Keep nail polish in a cool, dry place, like the fridge. It’ll last longer.
Finger and toe nail polish don’t have to match. Sometimes it’s fun to do different shades of the same color, If you’re opting for varying shades, go lighter on your hands and darker on feet.