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How To Do Pedicure At Home

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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!

How To Do Pedicure At Home


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.

Nail Cutter.


Nail clipper.

A cotton swab.

Abrasive emery board file.

Toe dividers.

Foot scrubber.

A basin of warm water.

A towel.


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.

How To Do Pedicure At Home

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.

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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!


How To Do pedicure at home

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…


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    • Thank you Emily. Actually, I purchased all the products from a local beauty store otherwise I’d have shared the links😥
      Even so, fiery shades of red are always my favourite.

  1. Something I really need! My toenails rarely get treatment since they are always hidden by my shoes, I rarely go out on flipflops anyway but sometimes I feel I need to take care of them so thank you so much for sharing an informative post.

  2. Always nice to give yourself a little pamper time for sure. Plus you feel much better after your toes look pretty 😉

    Jackie – Organised Mum Life

  3. I probably go to my pedicure every 3 weeks or so and definitely don’t pay so much attention as for my manicure. I also never use polish on my toe nails, maybe I should though as my feet would look nicer when I wear flip flops.

    • It is healthier to not use polish on nails as compared to leaving them with polish for to long. And I’m glad you frequently get your pedicure done.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Doing an at-home pedicure is quite easy and can save you a good deal of money. Your toe rings are adorable, and I love the pop of color with the red polish.

    • That’s right Angelle since pedicure is not always as cheap in salons over here. Anyway, these toe rings are my favs…I actually wear them when I’m in sandals.

  5. Wow, I love the toe accessories! It matches so well with the red nail polish! You have listed all the steps for toe nail treatment, it looks simple and I shall give it a go.

  6. I’m terrible about letting my feet go without any love. During the summer, I like to put on nail polish, but that’s about it. I have a weird thing when it comes to anyone touching my feet, so pedicures are out. This is a great help for giving my feet some love at home!

    • Haha…I can totally relate since I feel wierd when people touch my toes so I’d rather do them alone. Anyway, you could use the tips too hun and make your feet look as pretty!

  7. I love this post! Reds are some of my favorite toe nail polish colors so Im loving the fiery red you have going on your toes. I am going to have to trip your tips. Maybe Ill save some money not having to go to the shop to get my toes done. Thanks for the advice.

  8. I love pretty toenails! Taking care of one’s feet and toe nails are so important. I appreciate that you shared your maintenance routine with us. Let’s all have healthy happy toe nails 🙂

  9. Actually, getting a pedicure is a way that I treat myself! It’s hard to not get polish around the edges, and those people do it perfectly!

    • Haha…I can totally relate Jennifer. I recall how I’d smudge polish on my toes too so I’d go for pedicure too until I learnt it too. Hope you get it too.

  10. Thanks for these tips! I usually do my nails at home because I want to save money (a manicure can start from $40 and beyond). It was really helpful to see what other steps I can do for nail treatment.

  11. Although I am a lazy bee in taking care of my toes on my own. Hope we could have some automatic machines for same….just kidding 🙂
    I go parlour once in a month for pedicure. Still in a week they are in their bad shape. You reminds me to leave laziness and care my toes too. Thanks dear.

    • Oh Nidhi; you’re welcome and I actually suggest that you pamper your nails too. You’ll love them and the laziness will be no more since you won’t want uglier toenails lol!

  12. Mine is somewhat reversed lol. I trim my toe nails first, then scrub dry and oil. Then lightly file them before adding varnish and colour. Most times, I splurge on a pedicure because it’s very relaxing to me.

  13. I like your toe rings. It’s fun to do this at home for a mom/daughter day too, especially in the colder months!

  14. I had my big toe nail removed years and years ago and grew back so ugly. Its the worst. I am spending time every 3 months at a foot doctor who is trying to help it now years later, but it seems impossible. Taking care of your toenails is very important. I hope others follow your advice so they don’t end up with the ugly toenail like mine.

  15. Very informative post! I never knew that not changing nail polish often can give you a fungal infection. Thanks for sharing! Loved your toe ring!

  16. This is a really great and thorough guide for giving yourself a pedicure. I’ll admit that with the long winters up here in the northeast I definitely let my toes go to the wayside. Maybe I can change that for this year. After all, winter is just around the corner! 😉

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