How to home pedicure tips and tricks

I’m not going to lie to you, today’s post includes a lot of gratuitous photos of my feet.  Not because I have a weird foot fetish – gross – today it’s all about how to home pedicure tips and tricks.  How ’bout them apples?  I really do apologize about the feet, but I couldn’t really find a way to do a how to pedicure post without showing an actual, you know, pedicure.


how to home pedicure tips and tricks

Tomorrow is the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!  Can you believe it?  I usually have a manicure, and I almost always have my toenails painted, but the first day of spring is just another reason to get out the scrub and polish and get my feet in gear.  No one wants to see cracked, dry, yellow toenails in sandals.  No one.

Let’s get started, shall we?

home pedicure
  • 1. File your nails.  Go for a square shape with rounded corners.
  • 2. Fill a small sink or tub with warm water.
  • 3. Add about 1/2 cup Epsom salt.
  • 4. Soak feet for 5 minutes.
home pedicure tips
  • 5. Scrub and smooth heels and callouses.  Rinse feet and pat dry.
  • 6. Use toe separators {you can use toilet paper in a pinch} and throw on a coat of OPI Chip Skip or run over your nails with nail polish remover.  Trust me.  Now paint a base coat on all nails. Let it dry for 2 minutes.
  • 7. Pick a nail polish color {the hardest part} and start painting from the big toe down.  Paint in 3 strokes: straight down the middle, one side, the other side.  Read a magazine or something; wait at least 5 minutes.
  • 8. Use an orange stick/cuticle stick to clean up the edges of the polish.  OR just wait until you shower a couple of times, it will come right off.

Throw on a top coat and you’re done.

how to home pedicure tips

Just like that you’ve given yourself a home pedicure.  Super easy, right?  Do us both a favor and leave your toes alone for at least an hour.  Seriously, don’t put shoes on or bump your toes for a minimum of 60 minutes.  Be obedient or you’ll screw up your toes.

There you go!  You look gorgeous already.

pedicure supplies:

  1. nail polish remover
  2. base coat nail polish
  3. cuticle stick/orange stick
  4. OPI chip skip
  5. nail file
  6. nail polish color {this is OPI Red Lights Ahead Where? {from Holland OPI 2012}
  7. Epsom salts for foot bath
  8. foot scrubber
  9. foot buffer
  10. nail polish remover pads
  11. nail polish color {Road House Blues from the OPI Fall collection 2011}
  12. top coat
  13. toe separators
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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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