As lovely as it would be to have a weekly pedi mani trip to your local champneys spa retreat; it’s just not possible in today’s current climate or is it affordable to do so. Therefore this article brings you a cost effective guide on maintaining luscious nails without bouncing your gas and electricity bill.
Which is absolutely fine because a beautiful looking pedicure is one of the many beauty treatments you can do yourself and save your self a penny or two.
01 of 10: Gather Your Supplies
Before you begin, clear a space and gather all of your supplies to make the process easier. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton pads
- Straight edge clippers
- Dual grit file
- Nail buffer
- Foot file
- Foot soak or liquid soap
- Cuticle serum
- Base coat
- Nail polish
- Quick-drying top coat
02 of 10: Remove Old Nail Polish
The first step to a great pedicure is to remove any old paint. Instead of cotton balls, which will leave fuzzies, use lint-free cotton pads:
DHC Silky Cotton Cosmetic Pads (80 pack) (£5.50)
Maybe try and upgrade to an acetone-, paraben-, and phthalate-free one nail polish remover:
NAILSINC Collagen Express Nail Polish Remover (£8.00)
It will be healthier for your nails in the long run and worth the investment.
Shop Sally Hansen Extra Strength Nail Polish Remover (£8.95)
might be the better, more effective choice if you frequently use very dark or stubborn nail polish.
Once you have your supplies ready, saturate the cotton pad with remover. Then, press the saturated cotton on the nail and let it soak in for a few seconds before wiping it off. If you have stains on your nails try using lemon juice to remove them. It might require a few tries, but it’s the most gentle remedy that actually works.
03 of 10: Soak Your Feet
Next, you’ll want to give your feet a soothing bath with a foot soak:
Epsom Salt Foot Soak (£10.99)
to soften the skin and relax your senses. If you don’t have a foot soak try a bit of your normal bath soak or your favorite liquid soap. After 10 minutes or so (the softer your feet, the better), pat your feet dry with a clean towel.
04 of 10: File the Heels of Your Feet
Once the soles of your feet have softened, you can gently tend to the dead skin with a light scrub from a pumice stone or a file.
Eco Bath Natural Pumice Stone (£4.99)
Ceramic Foot File ((£8.50)
Pay special attention to the balls of your feet, the bottoms and sides of your heels, and around your toes. Be sure to only smooth your heels and rough parts and not remove too much skin.
05 of 10: Tend to Your Cuticles
It’s fine to buff your cuticles and trim anything that’s hanging or loose, save the cuticle cutting for the pros. Cuticle cutting should always be done by your licensed manicurist. Seek help from a medical professional when dealing with ingrown toenail maintenance.
06 of 10: Scrub Your Feet and Legs
One optional step that is recommended for a spa-like experience is to give yourself a light scrub on the pads of your feet, your heels, and your lower legs with an exfoliator to even out the last few rough spots.
Peppermint Foot Scrub (£9.50)
07 of 10: Trim, File, and Buff Your Nails
To trim your toenails, it’s best to use high-quality clippers made specifically for that purpose.
Tweezerman Deluxe Toenail Clippers (£11.00)
If you need to trim them, cut your toenails straight across to just above the skin. Smooth out the raw edge with a nail file, working in one direction until they’re even and have been formed to the shape you like.
08 of 10: Moisturise Thoroughly
Finish your foot treatment with a good moisturiser.
The Body Shop’s Hemp Foot Protector (£11.00)
work the product from your toes all the way up your calves. Not only will the massage feel nice, but this also helps nourish and hydrate your skin after the scrubbing and soaking.
09 of 10: Apply Nail Polish
Before you start painting, swipe your nail beds dry to remove any excess product or oil. Then, start by applying a thin base coat.
OPI Natural Nail Base Coat (£12.50)
using three strokes: one up the middle and one on each side. Once the base has set, you’re ready to move onto the colour.
Before painting, roll the polish bottle in your hand to ensure the best consistency. Then, apply a thin coat of polish to start. Then, wait another minute before adding a second coat.
10 of 10: Finish With a Top Coat and Cuticle Serum
To seal in the colour, finish with a quick-drying top coat.
Essie Good to Go Top Coat (£8.99)
Then, carefully clean up any rogue polish marks or errors with a cotton swab dipped in polish remover. Once finished and dry, you’re free to admire your “hard work.”
To get the most out of your pedicure, we recommend using a cuticle serum daily and reapplying your top coat every few days to avoid chipping.
Margaret Dabbs London Nail Nourishing Cuticle Serum (£12.00)
Once you’ve given this 10-step tutorial a shot and realize just how easy the process really is, you might not ever make it back into the salon—which is good news for both you and your wallet.