I’m not a big fan of the word, personally.
But that’s my reality. I am living on a tighter budget these days.
And for a girl that loves beauty products, shopping and all those fun girly activities, it has been somewhat difficult. I really really enjoy being pampered.
But I’m always up for a challenge,ya know? One thing I cut out of my budget is manicures and pedicures. Not that I was going all the time but I did go every couple months and treat myself. Really, even at your local strip mall nail salon, this is a treat.
However, just because I am not getting pedicures done by someone else does not mean I will be walking around with un-pedicured toes. No, I will not.
So, I was reading my REAL Simple magazine from August and the thing is just stuffed with ways to save money. Anyway, I came across a page on how to do your own pedicure.
Here you go straight from the pages of REAL Simple – embellished by yours truly and my very own home pedicure experience.
You will need:
Nail clipper, nail file, a buffing block (rectangle in shape, sand paper-like on all sides), a foot file ( I use a PedEgg), cuticle pusher (orange stick), tub for soaking (I use a dish tub I picked up at the dollar store), polish remover, foam toe separator, polish, top coat polish, base coat polish. I also use a foot soak, bath oil, or olive oil. Foot cream or lotion or whatever you use – olive oil again would be a great natural alternative here. A towel.
- Prepare your tub with warm water and the foot soak. I like to make this as hot as I can take it because it just feels so good!
- Use your PedEgg to smooth your heels and rough patches while your feet are dry. If you don’t have one, just move on to the next step.
- Trim the toenails with a clipper, then shape them with the fine-grit side of a nail file. Always stroke the file in one direction on your toes and fingernails. Don’t saw back and forth as this will weaken the nail.
- Buff off any remaining fragments with a buffing block. Use your buffing block to smooth out any ridges – this is a very important step to making sure it looks professionally smooth.
- Soak your feet in the water for 5 to 10 minutes or until the water starts to cool. The oil will add extra softening to your feet. Your hubby will thank you for this later.
- Exfoliate with a foot file, focusing on rouch patches, like the heels and the outside edges of the big toes. I do this also but the PediEgg really saves me time here.
- Push back cuticles using the pusher or a warm wash cloth
- Dry and rub your feet with your favorite foot cream or olive oil.
- Clean the nails with polish remover and separate the toes with a foam toe separator or pieces of paper towel. Don’t use cotton as it will stick to your polish.
- Apply a base coat. By the time you finish painting the last toe, you be ready for your colored polish. What color you ask? Well, you can check here, here and here for some suggestions of what is hot now.
- Apply two coats of color, allowing each coat to dry for a minute or so. See Tips on polishing below
- Finish with topcoat. I used to skip this but it really does make the pedicure look professional and stay a lot longer. Your regular polish will just not shine like a topcoat after a day or so.
- Let dry for at least an hour before heading to bed. I usually do this while we are watching a movie or a couple shows on TV.
Tips on Polishing
- Get that salon-finish look by swiping the brush along the tip of each nail to round edges. I do this and my pedicure lasts so much longer.
- Use your the corner of your fingernail or an orange stick to wipe away nail polish you get on your toes or out of the nail.
- Start with a dab of polish in the center, toward the bottom of the nail and work your way out.
Money saved? About $35 once you have purchased the supplies which will run you about $15-18.
Have fun and good luck!