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
- Nail polish remover/cotton balls
- Nail polish
- Base coat for nails
- Top coat for nails
- Orangewood stick (cuticle stick)
- 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.
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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