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The cold weather is a perfect excuse to let your pedicure slide. Why? We are mostly in socks and boots so who even notices our unkempt toenails? Usually, many will go for a manicure but when it comes to getting a pedicure or even toenail treatment, the story changes! Yet nothing finishes a perfect look in open heels with a flourish than pretty toenails.
As much as toenail treatment adds beauty to your feet, it also gets rid of toenail fungus, ingrown toenails and generally protects your feet skin from other foot problems. Thus, it is just as vital. But what if you don’t have that time to go get pedicure done at the salon, you can easily do a simple pedicure at home. Just like I do!
To make your toenails look pretty without so much fuss, follow this step-by-step guide!
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED
Beula Gold Nail polish remover.
Gelish Soak-off gel polish.
Paragon cuticle remover.
Kylie sweet colour nail polish.
Charm Max nail polish, in fiery red.
Angelique baby oil.
Dettol antibacterial disinfectant.
A cotton swab.
Abrasive emery board file.
A basin of warm water.
STEPS TO DO PEDICURE AT HOME
Before starting the whole procedure, here is what you have to do to prepare your feet for the nail care:
- Always ensure that you have cleansed your feet and soaked them in warm water to soften them and wipe them dry with a towel.
- Use a foot scrub to remove rough skin around the feet which also helps in the growth of better skin cells.
- Hydrate your feet using a proper moisturizer or nourishing cream. I use Angelique baby oil which is a natural moisturizing lotion. Basically, pour a generous amount and rub around your feet in a circular motion.
Afterwards, your feet are ready for the process of toenail polishing. Here are 5 steps to ensure you get pretty feet effortlessly:
1. Remove any previously applied nail polish.
Wet a small piece of cotton wool with Beula Gold Crystal remover and quickly wet every toenail to soften the polish before gently wiping away the polish effortlessly.
Unless you are removing a gel-based polish, don’t soak your nails and the cuticle with the polish remover for their well being. Acetone-based removers are usually harsh than non-acetone removers although they get the job done faster so as much as possible, use them as fast as possible.
2. Cut, shape and clip the nails.
Using a nail cutter, cut toenails according to your preference; be it round although that harbors dirt so soon requiring frequent care or in a straight line to prevent ingrown. Even so, it is advisable to trim your nails straight.
File the nails from the edge to the center in order to keep their angular shape.
3. Remove the cuticle.
There are two ways of removing the cuticle: the cut and uncut method. In the cut method, the cuticle is shifted to the edge of the nail with a platinum wooden stick before it is cut while in the uncut method, the cuticle is dissolved using a cuticle remover.
I use the latter since one might mess up in the cut method and even end up destroying the toenails.
So using a soaked piece of cotton wool, apply Paragon Cuticle remover gel at the base of the nail and leave it for two minutes so that it can be absorbed by the cuticle. Soak in water before brushing off the cuticle gently.
Paragon cuticle remover removes the cuticle quickly and easily than lanolin cream.
4. Varnish the nails.
Buff your toenails with a nail buffer gently to smooth out any jagged ridges before treating the toenails with a disinfectant. I use Dettol antibacterial disinfectant for the process.
Fix the toe dividers between your toes then proceed to varnish the nails.
Lacquer the nails with the 1-2 coats of Kylie Sweet Color Nail Polish, which is the colorless base coat that helps to care for the nails and allows the main varnish to last longer.
5. Apply nail polish according to your preference.
Apply your nail color polish in layers allowing the layer to dry. I mean, two coats of color polish will be fine.
As a lover of the color red, I also love it when my nails are in red. So, apply Charm Max red nail polish and dry them in the UV lamp for 2 minutes.
Apply the top coat in two thin coats to add shine and luster to the nails.
I use Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish to top it off. Since mine is a gel polish that can take years to dry, I cure my nails with a UV lamp for 2 minutes.
It definitely creates a high shine finish for my nail service, right?
Most importantly, learn to change your nail polish after the shortest time possible. Usually, take three days to a week before changing it or actually going without polish to prevent the risk of a fungal infection.
Pretty toenails for a pretty lady! Easy steps to follow for a beautiful woman! Tips to make your toenails and feet look fabulous, ready for summer sandals!
So do you actually ignore taking care of your toenails? And what do you even think about doing your toenails just at the comfort of your home?
Let me know your thoughts below…