Tips for an at home pedicure

Who doesn’t like a good pedicure?
I for sure love them.  However, since I went to beauty school, I really hate to pay for one.  I’m really picky and I know that I like them to be just right.  I wanted to share with you some tips I’ve learned that make up a great pedicure.  

#1-Soak your feet.  I know it’s hard to do this when you are rushing, but the best time for your feet to turn out perfect is right after you’ve showered.  Your nails, cuticles and calices are all softened and ready to be trimmed and beautified.

#2 While your feet are still wet-right after the shower buff the callouses off.  You can buy them just about anywhere and it’s the best way to get rid of dead skin -esp. on those heals.
#3  Take off old nail polish.  Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Acetone and Non-Acetone remover?  Acetone remover is the best for removing polish quickly.  It can take forever to remove polish – esp. glitter kind.  Acetone is the way to go. As for the Non-Acetone?  It should be used for fake nails.  Acetone will take them right off.  

#4 Apply a cuticle softener.  The water will do most of the work, but if you don’t have time to soak them first, apply this stuff on the base around the cuticle and let it sit for a few minutes.
 #4 Invest in some of these birchwood sticks.  They are awesome!  They are double sided and can push down the cuticle easily and then they scrape excess dirt and cuticle skin away. Sally’s Beauty Supply is a great place to find these very inexpensively.  And you won’t need to get more for a long time!   They are also great for cleaning up polish that made it’s way off the nail.

 After your nails are prepped and dry. Apply a good base coat.  You don’t need to apply a lot.  A clear base coat helps the polish stick to your nail more easily. It creates a barrier that helps protect your nails. It also prevents staining and peeling, and it will give your polished nails a more even texture.
 #5 Time to paint!  A more expensive paint isn’t necessary.  The biggest difference between a name brand polish and the dollar polish you can find is in the number of coats you’ll need to apply.  More expensive polish has a higher grade of the actual paint and it tends to go on more evenly and without so many coats.  It also shouldn’t chip or come off as easily either. 
 #6 Apply that extra shine!  Finding a great shiny coat to complete that color on your toes is worth it.  It protects the paint and makes your toes look extra attractive!
#7 Cute!

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