With the pandemic still at its peak, it’s advisable that we stay home and stay safe. This means that we won’t be visiting the nail salon anytime soon. Doing it yourself at home is actually not that hard! Well, we gotta admit that it’ll take a little bit of practice to achieve the perfect pedicure but it’s possible and Beauty Insider will show you how!
How To Do A Pedicure At Home
DIY Pedicure Tools
Now this list might seem extensive but it is more than likely that you have these tools laying around in your home already. In order to give your nails the full professional experience it needs, begin with gathering these useful tools.
- Nail Clipper
- Nail polish
- Nail Polish Remover
- Nail file
- Nail buffer
- Q-tips and cotton balls
- Cuticle oil
- Exfoliating scrub
- Moisturising foot lotion
- Toe separators
- Base and top coat
Once you have these tools (which you can easily purchase online), you can get started with your very own DIY pedicure session.
Get Rid of Nail Gunk
If you have nail polish- or what’s left of the nail polish, grab your nail polish remover and a cotton to remove it. We recommend non-acetone removers as it does not dry up your skin and nails. Using a cotton soaked in nail polish remover will help remove nail polish, dirt, and gunk on your nails to prepare it for a feet soak.
Soak Your Feet
Who doesn’t love a good feet soak? Begin with an exfoliating scrub on your feet. Then, fill in a tub with warm water and soak your feet in there for a good 10 minutes. You can step it up by adding some Epsom salts that will help with aches in your feet. Tea tree oil could be a good option to add too as it helps with killing bacteria. For an Instagram worthy shot, you can even add some rose petals and peppermint leaves completing the at-home spa experience.
Shape Your Toe Nails
Now grab your nail clippers, nail buffer, and nail file and get to shaping your toe nails to your preference. It is important that you don’t cut your nails too short to avoid injury as well as making it harder to shape it with your nail file once you’re done.
After cutting your nails smooth it out with a nail file and cut out the hangnails with your clippers one again. Once that is done take your nail buffer and with gentle movements buff your nails to smooth them out for an effortless glide when you apply nail polish.
Apply Cuticle Oil to Your Toe Nails
Before oiling your toes you may attempt at cutting the loosened skin. However, it is important to do it with caution to avoid accidentally injuring yourself. Apply a cuticle oil on the surrounding skin of your nails. This step will help achieve healthier cuticles while making your pedicure last longer. You’ll notice a major positive difference in your nails right after application!
Apply Lotion to Your Feet
Now is time to give your feet that finishing touch with a good moisturising lotion. Massage your feet gently with lotion as it soaks into your skin for much needed hydration. After all that soaking your feet will definitely appreciate a good moisturiser. Take a look at our suggestions here.
Paint Your Nails
Yes, we’re now at the best part! Start with wiping off any excess lotion or oil off your nails. Then apply your base coat. Often times, we neglect the base coat but trust us when we say you will not regret it as it will make your pretty nail polish last longer. After the base coat is dry and ready, select your preferred colour and get painting! Having trouble finding good nail polish? Well, we have a list just for you here. Avoid making a mess with toe separators, they will stop your toes from clashing against each other and messing up your work.
Once the nail polish dries, finish it off with a top coat. This step will help seal in your nail polish and leave it with a gorgeous shine!