When the weather heats up, sandals and flip-flops are all the rage. A glamorous pedicure can put the finishing touch on your look. However, if you’re cramped for time, sitting in a nail salon to get your toes done might not always be a priority. This doesn’t mean that you should go around covering your feet in hot weather. You can still get pretty toenails by giving yourself a pedicure right at home. Not only will your toes look flip-flop ready, you’ll be saving money at the same time.
Before giving yourself a pedicure, remove any old nail polish from your toes and soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes to soften them. For tired feet, sprinkle some Epsom salt in the water. After drying your feet with a towel, massage a drop of cuticle cream into the base of each toenail, and use a cuticle stick to gently push back any dead skin from the nail plate. Use sterile toenail trimmers and a nail file to shape each nail, shortening them to the desired length and smoothing any rough edges. After this, remove dead, rough skin from your feet with a foot file or pumice stone and rinse your feet in the foot bath. If your feet are in pretty good shape, or if you’re in a rush, you can skip the foot bath and prepping steps, and immediately start polishing your nails.
Now that you have a clean foundation it’s time to polish your nails. Start with a clear layer of a base coat, which will make your polish adhere better and extends the life of your pedicure. It will also prevent any bleeding of dark colors onto the nail plate. When the base coat is dry, apply two layers of your favorite nail polish, allowing each layer to dry between applications. Finish the pedicure with a layer of clear top coat, which protects your polish and adds a shiny, salon-like finish. For a quickie pedicure, use fast-drying nail products.
For any mistakes, use a Q-tip that’s dipped in nail polish remover, and carefully swipe it over the areas you want to clean. When your nails are dry, apply foot lotion or body moisturizer to your feet, emphasizing the dryer areas. As the days go by, your pedicure might lose its luster and sheen. When this happens, simply apply a layer of top coat over it to quickly refresh it. Repeat the entire process when you feel like changing the color of your toenails.