At Home Pedicures: A Step-by-Step Guide
Being a mom is rewarding, but exhausting. If your life is anything like mine, you start your day by bolting out of the bed (“mommy – I’m doing just fine” is never actually indicative of things ‘actually’ being fine) and end it by collapsing back down into the bed, with you having spent the last 16ish hours going full speed ahead.
Don’t forget that it’s the little things in life that will keep you sane, and continue to make you feel good about yourself. I’m sure you’ve noticed, but summer is indeed upon us, and that means open-toed shoes and sandals. No matter if you are rockin’ the department store variety flip-flop or peep-toe Louboutins, your toes will be on display. Be sure that they are primed for summer.
Here are some tips for your very own DIY pedicure!
1. Trim your toenails down with a clipper and then file them into shape with a nail file. Take the professional approach and stroke the file in one direction instead of sawing back and forth.
2. Use a nail block to buff the top and sides of the nail to smooth out any remaining imperfections.
3. Add some oil to the bathtub and run a warm, shallow bath of about 3 inches. Soak your feet for 10 minutes.
4. Dry your feet gently, then exfoliate your foot with a pumice stone or foot file. Pay extra attention to rough spots that could use a little extra TLC.
5. Use a warm wash cloth to push back the cuticles and then apply a cuticle oil or foot cream.
6. Separate your toes with a foam separator, then dab a bit of nail polish remover onto a cotton ball and swipe over your toenails to prep them for polish.
7. Apply a basecoat – starting with a dab of polish in the middle at the base of the toenail and painting upwards, fanning it out towards the sides.
8. Apply two coats of color in the same way, allowing a few minutes between each coat for drying time.
9. Apply a clear topcoat to make it extra shiny and last for a long time.