Manhattan has spoiled me rotten. The relatively cheap and almost always decent nail spas that pop up every fifth storefront have made me all thumbs in the home pedicure department. I can pick which color I want, but after that, it's over. It's pathetic, really.
Give them a good scrubbing. Spending the summer in a pair of Havaianas can leave your soles rough and wreched. (Ick.) To keep them fresh and pretty, exfoliate at least once a week, says Weingarten.
Moisturize. No one wants to see your dry, cracked heels, so after showering or before bed, "Slather them with a rich lotion full of vitamins and healing ingredients," she says. "Then put on socks." She mixes Essiespa Kirby Creme (shown above) with two drops of Essiespa Ylang Ylang oil.
Apply a basecoat. "One of the biggest mistakes women make when giving themselves an at-home pedicure is skipping the base coat, it's essential. It helps the polish go on smoothly."
Think thin. "Apply two thin coats of polish to nails, followed by a topcoat. If polish too thick, it can chip."
Make it last. "To keep a summer pedicure looking new, apply cuticle oil every day and add a fresh swipe of topcoat every few days."
Seems simple enough. Wish me luck.
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