How to Give Yourself a Perfect Pedicure

Soothe Your Soles

  • Soak your feet in the hot water for five minutes.
  • Dip a foot file, such as Dr. Scholl's Dual Action Swedish File, in the water, then use it to smooth your heels, the balls of your feet and the outsides of your pinkie toes.
  • Pat feet dry with a towel.
  • To get cuticles under control: Use the edge of the nail file to push your cuticles back, then a nail brush dipped in an exfoliating scrub, such as Rainforest Stress Therapy Foot Scrub, to clean the area where your nail meets your skin.
  • If you feel that you must get rid of your cuticles, have a pro do it in a salon so you don't end up with painful, ingrown toenails.
  • Rinse, then dry feet and apply a generous amount of super-moisturizing foot lotion or cream. Try: Bliss Spa Foot Patrol. Massage it into your feet and calves.
  • Wash the moisturizer off your toenails with soap and water and let them dry.

Polish How-To's
  • Create space between toes with a foam toe separator.
  • Apply one coat of base coat, two coats of color and one coat of top coat.
  • Confused about which color to go for? "For summer, say good-bye to burgundies and browns," advises Bialo. "The hot shades are bright. Think coral with a sheen to it, hot pink and orangy-red."
  • Use a Q-tip moistened with nail-polish remover to remove any polish that missed the mark.
  • Let your polish dry for a few hours before putting on close-toed shoes.
  • Apply one coat of top coat three days after your pedicure, then eve&colory third day after that to keep polish from chipping.
  • If your feet are going to be in the sun, use a top coat with sunscreen to keep the polish from fading.

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