Between it being both summer and wedding season, your feet are likely going to see a lot of strappy sandals and open-toed shoes soon if they haven’t already. But not everyone likes to go to the salon for a pedicure! Whether you’re trying to save money in the long-run, or you love to DIY — here’s how to give yourself an at-home pedicure that makes your feet look great, and your heels feel nice and soft.
Before you get started, you’ll want to remove any existing nail polish and prep your water. I like to break up about half a bath bomb in my bathtub with hot water. (You can also use a separate foot bath or whatever else that’s comfortable for you.) Feel free to improvise with your favorite body wash, bubble bath, or epsom salts. You may even wish to light your favorite candle!
- Clip and shape your toenails to their desired length and shape.
- Soak your feet for at least 10 minutes — this helps soften your calluses and cuticles.
- Apply cuticle remover — wait the amount of time specified on the bottle. (Usually just a minute.)
- Gently push back your cuticles with an orangewood stick or metal cuticle pusher. (Personal preference!)
- If you’re comfortable with the process, use a nail nipper to gently trim hangnails. Then, clean under the free edge with a nail brush.
- Since your feet are soft from soaking, now’s the perfect time to exfoliate. The Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry rechargeable foot file is the perfect tool for me to take care of those troublesome areas, without a pricey salon callus treatment. I find that it works best when you let it do the work for you — not a lot of pressure is needed — it has two speeds, and it’s safe to take in the shower. (Save up to $17.50 on Amopé™ products here!)
- Apply a moisturizer to your feet and legs, with gentle massage, paying close attention to the areas that are driest.
- To prep for nail polish application, wipe nails with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils and moisturizer residue.
- Apply base coat.
- Apply nail polish.
- Seal with top coat and allow to dry.
- After 5 minutes, apply cuticle oil.