Want perfect toes but hate to stretch your budget?Give your feet a much-needed pampering by following these easy 4 steps to an indulgent pedicure:
1. Prep them feet
First things first â€” pretty toes are hair-free. Depilatories are a faster, longer-lasting, and painless alternative to tweezing or waxing. Next, soften tough heels in a mineral sea salt soak. In a pinch, liquid dish soap also removes dirt and makes cuticles more pliable. Pat one foot dry â€” letting the other soak longer â€” and slough away calluses with an emery board or pumice stone.
Remember, don’t use anything more abrasive, like a metal tool,and avoid infection by not exfoliating any blisters, corns, or bunions. Soak the scrubbed foot in a clean bath while working on the other and dab a cotton ball soaked with hydrogen peroxide on any blisters after feet have been washed.
2. Get them ship-shape
On dry feet, apply cuticle oil to the base of the nail â€” use olive oil as a substitute â€” and push back cuticles with an orangewood stick. Only cut cuticles with a cuticle trimmer if they look like they’re about to tear the skin. File away extra length with an emery board, getting nails as short as possible without causing discomfort.
Keep the shape of the nail square and only use a clipper if nails are excessively long, as unnecessary cutting can cause brittle nails to split. Do not round the corners, because this is where the strength of the nail comes from. A lot of people get ingrowns from trying to file the sides.”Applying cuticle oil to the base of your nails every night will help pedicures last up to two weeks,” says nail expert Essie Weingarten
3. Shield them from harm
From moisturizing to ridge-reducing formulas, the right basecoat can troubleshoot a lot of nail pigmentation and texture problems. Apply two coats of your shade of choice before finishing with a topcoat â€” preferably one with UV filters to prevent fading. Allowing two minutes between each step will ensure a streak-free application and expedite overall drying.
To minimize the chance of smudging, apply polish first to the foot opposite your dominant hand, then move to the other. Finally, fix mistakes with a corrector pen or, after the lacquer has dried, by scraping away any excess in the shower.
4. Life in technicolour
When in doubt, choose coral. The blue and yellow undertones complement fair and warm skin alike. Your fingers and toes don’t need to match, but they should be somewhat complementary shades. If you opt for a neon purple to play off your bright-coloured espadrilles, choose a ladylike lavender or neutral mauve for your hands.MYNEWSHUB/Text: Sara Khalid