Introducing the DIY series — a series of easy how-to guides on four essential home beauty activities. Because you can do it yourself!
With #SocialDistancing in full effect, getting your weekly or bi-weekly nail appointment is officially out of the equation. While there are tons of memes circulating social media of how our nails, hair and eyebrows will look post-quarantine, it’s easy to think that you won’t be steeping foot inside of a salon anytime soon.
And while we have a long way to go before things get back to normal, that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out our on regular beauty treatments. Sure, you may not have the midas touch of your nail tech, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to pull a pedicure together while you have some free time.
That’s right! Now is a great time to take your beauty skills to the next level, and we’re here to help you create a top-quality pedicure right at home. Keep reading as we give you the lay of the land to get your toes in mint condition.
1. Remove Any Old Nail Polish
Before you get started, it’s time to remove your old nail polish. Wet a cotton ball with nail polish remover or acetone and swipe away your old nail color.
2. Soak Your Feet
Add a few bath salts in your tub or basin along with warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes.
3. Apply A Foot Scrub
Apply a nourishing foot scrub, like the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub ($6.59, Amazon.com) to your feet. Gently rub all over your feet making sure to concentrate on your heels, toes and bottoms of your feet for a smooth finish.
4. Use A Pumice Stone
Follow up with a shower gel, like the Dove Body Wash Pump For Dry Skin Deep Moisture Sulfate Free Moisturizing Body Wash($8.18, Amazon.com) over your feet and use a pumice stone to rub gently over your feet. Once complete, pat dry with a towel.
5. Apply Moisturizer & Cuticle Cream
Next, you’ll want to apply moisturizer and cuticle cream to damp feet to lock in moisture. We love the Lush Cosmetics Softy Foot Lotion ($13.95, Lush.com) and the (Lush Cosmetics Lemony Flutter ($19.95, Lush.com). Once you moisturize your feet, apply a small amount of lemony flutter to your cuticles and push them back with an orange stick to keep them in place.
6. Clip & File Your Nails
Clip and file each of your toe nails into a square shape. Be sure to buff each nail properly to ensure your nails have a smooth surface.
7. Swipe Your Nails
Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover and swab over each nail to remove excess oil and moisture.
8. Apply Your Base Coat
Apply a thin base coat of the Essie Here To Stay Base Coat ($9.00, Ulta.com) to your nails and let them dry.
9. Swipe On Your Lacquer
Apply a quick dry nail polish, like the Essie Throw It On ($9.00, Ulta.com) to your nails. Once dry, wait a minute or two then apply an additional coat.
10. Top It Off
Seal your color in place with the Essie Speed Steer Ulta Fast Dry Top Coat ($10.00, Ulta.com)on your nails. You’re all set!
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