Woman giving herself pedicure

Sometimes the stresses of life leave us feeling ... chipped. Take some time out of your day to pamper and give yourself a pedicure. With these easy steps, find out how to give yourself the perfect pedicure.

How to ... Perfect
your pedi skills

Step 1: Gather your supplies

Here's what you will need for your pedicure:

  • Basin or tub
  • Foot soak, Epsom salts or bath salts
  • Pumice footstone
  • Small brush
  • File
  • Nail polish remover/cotton balls
  • Nail polish
  • Base coat for nails
  • Top coat for nails
  • Clippers
  • Orangewood stick (cuticle stick)
  • Lotion
  • Foot scrub treatment

Step 2: Start the water

Begin to fill a basin (or your bathtub) with several inches of warm water. Add desired amount of foot soak, bath salts or Epsom salts so that it dissolves in the water as the tub fills.

Step 3: Out with the old

While the tub is filling, remove any old polish from your toes with nail polish remover and cotton balls. If necessary, clip and file nails to desired shape and length.

Step 4: Soak and relax

Grab a good book or magazine, turn on some music or just sit back and enjoy the warm water on your tired feet. Soak for as long as you like, but at least 5 to 10 minutes.

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Step 5: Brush to buff

Using the small brush, gently buff one foot, then the other. This will help remove dead skin cells and also to soften your feet. Next, use a foot scrub -- here are a few to try: Freeman Bare Foot, de-luxe BAIN Hawaiian Cane Sugar Scrub or Dr. Scholl's for Her Pumice Foot Scrub. Massage the cream onto your feet, paying special attention to your heels and any rough spots. This will further soften and exfoliate.

lotionStep 6: Dry and massage

Remove both feet from the tub and dry them gently with a towel, then massage using your favorite lotion. Try some highly rated foot massage lotions, such as HeelFast by e70 Intense Foot and Heel Treatment, Udderly Smooth Extra Care Cream or Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Foot Creme.

Step 7: Prep for polish

Using an orangewood stick, gently push your cuticles back along the nail. They should be supple after the soaking. If you wish to paint your toenails, you can use toe separators to facilitate the process. Apply a base coat of nail polish to fill in the ridges and uneven surfaces. Base coats are generally clear or slightly opaque and help strengthen the nail to avoid breakage.

Step 8: Apply nail color

Choose your desired shade of nail polish and apply. Allow the first coat to dry and repeat. (Hint: For touch-ups, dip a Q-tip in the nail polish remover and gently swab away the unwanted color.)

Step 9: Add a top coat

Apply a crystal-clear top coat to add shine and protect color from chipping.

Step 10: Slide into on some sandals or slippers

Enjoy your smooth, soft feet and beautified toes! You're now ready to sport your favorite sandals or cozy up at home in your comfiest slippers. Whatever the occasion, your feet will look and feel great!

Approximate time required: 45 minutes to an hour, depending on personal preference.

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For more info on this topic...For more nail tips, check this out:
Do-it-yourself manicure dos and dont's

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Comments on "How to get a perfect pedicure"

Pooh December 03, 2013 | 12:25 PM

A step is missing in this process. There was nothing mentioned about taking care of the cuticle area of the toenail. I'm not a nail tech so I dont want to give "instructions" on how its done but I use my cuticle stick and run it across the nail to remove overgrown cuticle and I clip the dead skin off. Not sure the proper terminology but thats so important in making the nail polish sit right.

Yi-Fan May 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Great article! Now i can do this at my home myself.

Mellisa January 03, 2010 | 2:12 PM

Awesome article! I'm going to do a home mani/pedi today, thanks for the tips!

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