5 simple steps to the perfect pedicure
Confession: I will never step foot outside the four walls of my humble abode sans polish on my toenails. NEVER. The truth is, I feel stark naked with bare toenails, so it's no surprise I feel the need to 'dress' them all the time. Oh, and the fact I find feet one of the ugliest parts of the body may also have something to do with it...
But do you know how do get the perfect pedicure at home? Do you feel confident in giving your tooties a salon-worthy paint job? If not, you've come to the right place, because here is our cheat's guide to getting a flawless pedicure at home...
STEP ONE: Preparation makes perfect
Want your paint job to last longer? Then don't skip this step. By soaking your nails and removing any traces of old polish – and giving your heels a good scrub down while you're there – you'll be starting with a clean base, which means the polish will adhere properly to the nail. Do push your cuticles back after soaking, too, but never cut them unless they are damaged. If you do, they'll only grow back harder and stronger.
STEP TWO: Shape-up
No, don't reach for your runners – grab a pair of nail clippers instead. But, before you starting clip, clip, clipping away, listen up: don't ever cut your toenails into a rounded shape. Keep them square with slightly rounded edges instead, as this will help prevent ingrown toenails.
STEP THREE: Get even
This has nothing to do with revenge, and everything to do with toe separators. So, grab one and use it, as they'll help make for an even polish application and prevent any annoying smudges.
STEP FOUR: Colour in
But before you do, apply a base coat or nail hardener to prevent stains and strengthen your nails. Then, give each nail two coats of your selected hue, allowing plenty of drying time between each coat. By doing so, you practically guarantee a mark-free, high-shine finish.
STEP FIVE: Gloss over
Finish up with a shiny topcoat to seal in all your hard work, and give your pedicure some longevity. Just don't leave the colour on for too many weeks. If you do, you'll end up with damaged, discoloured tooties.
Tip: To keep your feet looking faultless, apply a super-hydrating foot treatment before bed, concentrating on your heels. Better yet, pop a pair of cotton socks over the top to help hold in the hydration. As this area tends to get dry and crack easily, this will keep both your feet looking as fabulous as your pretty paint job.
Are you a fan of the DIY pedicure? How often do you put aside the time to show your toes some love? And do you have any winning tips on how to get the perfect pedicure?