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DIY Pedicure How-To

DIY Pedicure How-To

Summer means lazing poolside with a New York Times Best Seller (OK, US Weekly) and working on your tan from head to toe. But you’ve been so busy lately that your feet look kinda sad and you can’t go beachin’ until you’ve shown them some love.

Why not save your salon change for margaritas and make time for a DIY pedicure? We’ll show you how!

  1. Work on That Dead Skin
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    Work on That Dead Skin

    Sometimes it can feel like your feet carry the weight of the world, and it shows up as dead, hard skin and unsightly cuticles. Apply some cuticle remover to your toenails and after a long day, hop in the shower. Better yet, draw a hot bath and add some relaxing bath salts. We love AHAVA’s Muscle Soothing Eucalyptus Mineral Bath Salts because they relax muscles and joints.

    A hot bath will soften the dead skin, which you should start working on with an exfoliator like Barielle’s 60 Second Mani-Pedi. This one will scrub away all the drama with dead sea salts that target dry, cracked feet.

     

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  2. Work on that Dead Skin Some More
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    Work on that Dead Skin Some More

    Once you’ve dried your tootsies off, slough away the last of the dead skin. The battery-operated Emjoi Micro-Pedi Callus Remover is the Uber of callus removal devices. It’s easier and safer to use than pumice stone alternatives and has a unique roller that spins 360°. It’s what every DIY pedicure needs.

    Use an orange stick to help remove unwanted cuticles.

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  3. Fix up Your Toenails
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    Fix up Your Toenails

    File your toenails, never cut, with a strong nail file like this one from Bliss, which will last almost a lifetime and shape up even the thickest of toenails. Using a nail cutter could result in an ingrown toenail – ain’t nobody got time for that.

    Buffing your toenails will help remove ridges and smooth the nail surface. Try Deborah Lippmann’s Smooth Operator for a matte surface with high-shine.

    Apply a base coat to your toe nails, follow through with two coats of nail lacquer (because it’s summer choose something that pops!) and seal in the color with a top coat. Leave and let dry as you watch Netflix and chill.

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  4. Moisturize Your Feet
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    Moisturize Your Feet

    Reach for Caudalie’s Nourishing Foot Cream to add suppleness to your feet, and enhance all that hard work you put in to removing the hard skin.

    This  Shea butter softens while sweet orange pulp, spearmint and bitter orange peel leave your feet with a zesty scent.

     

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  5. Make Your Pedicure Last
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    Make Your Pedicure Last

    From time to time, revisit your feet with a treatment like Karuna’s Exfoliating Foot Mask. Each box contains 4 packs of socks, infused with oils that nourish and fight bacteria, and aloe barbadensis leaf juice which alleviates irritated and inflamed skin.

    Wear your socks with pride and massage in the serum. You can either apply for 20 minutes and then throw and glow. Or leave on all night.

     

     

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Emma

Emma

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During the day, I’m a busy Beauty Content Manager, musing over all things beauty and make-up. By evening, I’m a dedicated beauty blogger, experimenting with shiny products and the newest lotions and potions. I trained in make-up artistry just to satisfy my cosmetics addiction. Overly interested in natural and organic beauty, as well as how diet and fitness have an effect on how we look and feel.


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