So, again, I mentioned way back in September, that maybe I should do a pedicure tutorial… so why haven’t I followed through with that? Because embarrassingly enough, I haven’t given myself a pedicure since, ahem, July. *blush*. Now for most of you, this may not be a big deal, but to me, having been as esthetician for 8 and something years, this is as important to me as making sure I wash off my makeup every night and moisturize day and night… so here it is. I am putting my ugly toes on the internet! Ready?!
Since I did this pedicure, I have “re-touched” it about 4 times, those cute little decals started at the bottom of the toenail, now almost grown off, and you can see many nails are good and chipped now. So…
Step 1. Remove nail polish and clip nails
Step 2. Apply cream or cuticle oil to your cuticles. This will soften them for later. As you can see, I slathered mine with cream.
Step 3. File nails. When filing your nails, it is healthiest to work from corner to middle, on each side of your nail, not an aggressive back and forth movement. Sometimes with toe nails there might not be the choice but to be somewhat aggressive, however, if you are following this to give yourself a manicure, please be nice to your fingernails!
Step 4. Push back your cuticles. Now that you have had them soaking for a while, your cuticles should be nice and soft for a GENTLE pushing. Again, be nice to yourself! Being aggressive will only cause you pain, and even scar tissue. For this step you could use q-tips, a towel, a cotton pad… if your cuticles are too built up to move them out-of-the-way, then leave them, and work on them a bit more next time.
Step 5. If you are planning on giving your calluses a little exfoliation, now would be a nice time to do it. Use a foot paddle, or an exfoliating product. If you have the time, treat yourself to a little foot massage!
Step 6. Prepare your nails for polish. Towel off all the cream off your nails and surrounding areas…
… then use nail polish remover to remove any leftover oils from your nails and surrounding areas. This is important to help your polish last as long as possible.
Step 7. Base Coat. Base Coat is important to protect your nails from the polish color staining your nails yellow, plus creates a surface for your polish to adhere to. (kind of like priming before painting!)
Step 8. Polish Application. In the mood for Halloween, I chose a dark OPI color – ‘Lincoln Park after Dark’, a favorite of mine. Polish always needs 2 thin coats for best coverage and lasting results… doing your best to “color in the lines”…
but even I’m not perfect! I try to clean up as I work, but a little extra cleanup after was needed here…
I like to use lint-free wipes, wet them with polish remover, wrap around my thumb, and clean up the edges. This technique won’t work if you have polished fingernails, but personally, as long as my fingernails are short and clean, I don’t pay much attention to them!
Step 9. Accessorize. This is when you might put on some “bling”! First, apply a thin layer of topcoat to the nail you will apply your “bling” to. Then, using something with a sharp point, example: toothpick or tweezers, apply a dab of topcoat to the point. Using this now sticky tip, “pick” up your jewels and place in your design. (this would also work with a decal, just no need to put topcoat on your tool point).
Ta-Da! My Pumpkin Pedicure!
Step 10. Top Coat. I suggest not trying to rush your drying process. Use a good topcoat and wait. After an hour or so you may put on socks etc, but be patient. Many products that claim to speed up the process just cause the polish to bubble and then chip sooner. Apply your top coat to all your nails, using a light touch with your jeweled nails, so you don’t drag the jewels out-of-place, and Enjoy!
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