Pedicure Tips

A step-by-step guide to help to achieve a professional looking pedicure in your own home, saving time and money.

Giving yourself a professional looking pedicure at home is a snap if you follow some simple steps. Pedicures can be done alone of course, but they are so much more fun when you invite a group of girlfriends over for a pedicure party. Here are tips to help you achieve salon quality results without the expense.

You need the following materials, which you can find at beauty supply stores:

  • Pumice stone or dry skin buffer
  • Toe separators or cotton balls/roll
  • Emory board
  • Cuticle remover
  • Orangewood stick
  • Color nail polish
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • Nail polish remover
  • Quick dry spray
  • Nail clippers
  • Dish pan
  • Cotton balls
  • Towels
  • Cuticle nippers, if desired
  • Lotion
  • Nail buffer, if desired
  • Paper pedicure slippers, if desired.
  1. Thoroughly saturate a cotton ball with nail polish remover and use it to remove any old polish you may have on your toenails from you last pedicure. Gently pressing the cotton ball on the nail for a moment before wiping the nail with a circular motion will make it easier to remove the polish.
  2. Fill the dishpan with enough warm soapy water to cover your feet. Soak for at least five minutes.
    Note: Whenever you are working on one foot, the other foot should be soaking in the warm water.
  3. 3. Dry your foot and apply the cuticle remover at the base of each nail. Wait one minute for the remover to soften the cuticle. Use the wedged end of the orangewood stick to push the cuticle back. If desired, carefully snip off the excess cuticle. Repeat this procedure on the other foot.
    Note: If you like, you may trim your cuticles with cuticle nippers. I don't recommend this if you aren't experienced at it. Once you start trimming cuticles you have to keep doing it every time you give yourself a pedicure. You may nick yourself in the process and bleed. This will not make for a relaxing pedicure experience!
  4. Using the nail clippers, cut off any nails that are too long. Length is a personal preference, but make sure the nail is shorter than the toe. Be careful not to cut the nails too short as this can cause ingrown toenails and can be quite painful. With the emery board, file the nail into a square shape.
  5. Use the nail buffer to smooth any roughness or ridges on the surface of the nails.
  6. Wet the pumice stone in the dishpan. Rub any areas of dry or flaking skin gently with the pumice stone. Rinse the foot and dry. You may also use skin-buffing sponge instead of the pumice stone.
    Note: Do not ever use a filing tool that cuts your skin or allow one to be used on your feet. Not only is it unsanitary, but you may cut too deeply, causing pain or even drawing blood.
  7. Apply a generous amount of lotion to the foot, massaging it in and taking care to cover all the foot, especially the dry and flaky parts. Massage the lotion up your legs to your knees. Close your eyes and relax for 10 minutes, allowing your skin to soak in the soothing lotion.
  8. Saturate a cotton ball with nail polish remover and go back over your toenails, making sure that all lotion residues are removed. This is important, since the polish will not stick to any surface that still has lotion residue on it.
  9. Press the toe separators between the toes, so that each toe is not rubbing on the next.
    Note: If doing a group pedicure, make sure that each person has his or her own pair of toe separators, for the sake of hygiene. If toe separators are not available, use cotton balls or a roll of cotton. Be very careful to keep the cotton away from the nails themselves, as cotton fibers will ruin the look of the polish.
  10. Brush 1 coat of the base coat over each nail. Allow it to dry for one minute.
  11. Apply 2 coats of the nail color. Allow it to dry for 5 minutes.
  12. Apply the top coat. Allow it to dry for 1 minute, then spray your nails with the quick dry spray.

If possible, allow a half hour for the nails to dry completely. If you don't have that much time, carefully remove the toe separators and slip your feet into open toed shoes. Be very careful that the wet nails don't touch the shoes or other toes. You may want to use the paper "sandals" that are available at beauty supply stores to preserve your polish until it is dry.

This entire procedure should take about an hour. After your nails are dry, you can look down often and admire your handiwork. Your pedicure should last about 2 weeks or even longer if you apply more coats of the topcoat. Have fun!


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Posted by Katie Patterson on Wed, Jun 15th, 2011
Thank you- I will be trying out the steps above and let you know the outcome.    Do you recommend anything for rough callused feet?
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