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How to: The Perfect At-Home Pedicure

Mon, 28 January 2013 9:01AM

Summer, much more so than winter, calls for flawless feet. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had my feet out of my favourite strappy sandals and wedges these past few weeks, meaning my tootsies are always on show. And sure, a pop of polish will always work to pretty them up, but dry, calloused heels and overgrown cuticles just won’t do sexy summer shoes justice.

Treating yourself to regular pedicures is a good, yet somewhat expensive option, otherwise you could spend your next Friday night in getting the perfect at-home pedicure with our step-by-step guide.

Pop on a movie, grab a glass of wine, and let’s get started …

Step 1:

Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually best to clip your nails before soaking them, otherwise they can become too soft and brittle. Use a pair like Manicare Nail Clippers, $5.45, Priceline, then clip or file your nails straight across so they sit just over the top of your toe, which helps to avoid ingrown toenails. Gently file away any sharp edges so you have a squoval-like shape.

Step 2:

Fill up a bucket or large bowl with lukewarm water and add some nourishing oils or bath salts – a good option is Billie Goat Soap’s Peppermint Foot Soak, $16.95, David Jones. Not only is it enriched with peppermint oil and a hydrating cocoa butter, it also contains natural Australian goat’s milk so you’ll get the added exfoliating benefits from the lactic acid. Leave your feet to soak for around five minutes.

Step 3:

Use a fluffy bath towel to dry off your feet. Once they are dry, yet still soft, pick up a dampened foot file or pumice stone and gently buff away any dry skin. Or, try a tool that takes the manual labour out of the task for you, like the Emjoi PediSmooth Plus, $39.95, department stores. It features a mini mineral stone roller that rotates 360 degrees and comes with two detachable heads, one for dry skin and one for more coarse areas. Your feet will be as soft as a baby’s within seconds. Use it whenever you feel like any dry skin is building up – or for last-minute touch-ups – however it’s best to leave some callus on the ball of your foot and heels for natural protection, whether you use a pumice or a tool.

Step 4:

Dust off your feet and thoroughly moisturise them with a thick lotion. Then, apply an oil like ORLY Cuticle Oil +, $19.95, 1300 769 355, to your cuticles and gently massage it in. Use an orange stick to push your cuticles down like you would with a manicure – never cut them, because if it isn’t done correctly it can lead to infection.

Step 5:

Use your towel to wipe off any excess lotion, and use a cotton pad and nail polish remover to ensure your nail bed is clean. Place toe separators in between your toes and find a clean surface. Slick on your base coat, and then depending on the consistency of your nail polish, add 1-2 layers of your chosen lacquer. I’m using ModelCo Nail Polish in Fire Cracker Red, $14.95, ModelCo. To finish, paint your top coat, swishing the brush over the tips to seal in the polish.

How’s this for an Australia Day long weekend pedicure, complete with a flag-adorned pair of Havaianas, $24.95, Havaianas Australia.

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Mon, 28 January 2013 07:48pm

    Id love to do this at home. Id have to lock myself away so the kids don’t try to help out :)
    Love your finished look hayley. Your toenails rock in that hot red.

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Mon, 28 January 2013 10:33pm

    Some good tips.
    Billie goat soap products are really lovely.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 12:07pm

    Ive been dying to paint my toenails red. I think i will be doing this today. I love cuticle oils :)

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 12:10pm

    haha this is great! thanks for the tips Hayley! :)

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 01:12pm

    I’ve got the Emjoi PediSmooth and I love it

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 05:44pm

    Love the Billie Goat range of products. Great tips, I always do my pedicure at home.

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 06:23pm

    Can’t reach my toes currently so had to handover my pedis to the pros! But do have the Emoji and it is really effective, great for in between pedis!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 09:10pm

    I love my peppermint salted foot soak, it smells great and my feet feel refreshed afterwards

  • Posted by: Amanda E // Wed, 30 January 2013 09:15am

    I do this minus the Billie Goat Soap’s Peppermint Foot Soak.. I’ll have to invest it sounds great!!

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 11:13am

    loving the sound of this helpful little electric tool! My feet are in desperate need of some love and attention aka a complete makeover!

  • Posted by: melany Devotee // Fri, 1 February 2013 12:30pm

    Such great tips! Love the red toenails!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 05:59pm

    I would so much rather pay someone to do this for me- I hate feet!

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Tue, 9 April 2013 11:57am

    I have a multi tasking emjoi epilater that has a foot attatchment, works like a dream!

  • Posted by: thecatwhosawstars Master Fan // Wed, 5 June 2013 10:45am

    A battery run pumice – I wonder if its as effective as I sounds.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 9 June 2013 03:55pm

    thanks for the great tips

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 9 June 2013 03:57pm

    i must get Emjoi PediSmooth Plus, sounds interesting

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 8 July 2013 01:53pm

    Yes I like to keep my feet reasonable, love a pedicure and love matching toe nail to finger nail polish.

  • Posted by: Ara20 Enthusiast // Wed, 14 August 2013 03:25pm

    Oh wow, slow moment, have to admit even though I regularly use cuticle oil on my hands I have neglected my poor toes! WIll have to give this a go this weekend.