Don’t think you have the time for a home pedicure? Well, you do! It’s as good an excuse as any for some sacred private time (not to mention it will save you some cash).
You already know how to do a basic pedicure, now use my expert tips to take your home pedicures to the next level!
- If you’re going to use polish, don’t do it just before bed. Even if the polish doesn’t smudge, sheets somehow dull the gloss if you don’t wait at least 45 minutes before climbing into bed.
- Soak your feet in lukewarm water and white vinegar for several minutes. Then dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Wet nails are more likely to tear when you cut them.
- Cut your toenails straight across. Use a clipper with a straight edge rather than curved scissors, and never cut nails with tiny cuticle scissors. The scissors will dull quickly and your nails will be ragged. Leave the nails closer to the tips of your toes than to the nail bed; if you cut them too short, they are more likely to grow into the skin.
- If you have heavy calluses, try this home remedy. Mix into a paste 1 cup of kosher salt, 8 tablespoons of mineral oil, 1/2 cup of Epsom salts, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Apply the paste to all of the most callused spots on your foot, put the entire foot into a plastic bag, and wrap a warm towel around everything. Sit still for ten minutes, then unwrap your foot, and use a pumice stone on it.
- Apply a touch of mineral oil or baby oil to your feet before you begin polishing. The oil will sink in while your polish is drying.
- Push your cuticles back gently, but don’t try to cut them.
- If you have any inflammation in the cuticle area at the sides of your toenails, apply the polish in a slightly narrower swathe than the bed of the nail. (Bonus: this also creates the optical illusion of narrower, more elegant-looking toes.)
- Use a base coat before applying color. Your pedicure will last longer.
- Always clean your own instruments with soap and water when you’re through using them. Many people overlook this important hygienic step.
- Enjoy the way your feet look! This whole routine takes a little over an hour–20 minutes to apply and 45 minutes to dry. Take the time to savor your efforts when you’re done!
Questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to check back and answer them!