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DIY: the Perfect At-Home Pedicure

It’s FINALLY that time of the year again when we can put the snow boots away and get out the flats and sandals to let our toes breathe a little! After a long winter your toes may be less than picture perfect but don’t worry, with a quick at-home summertime pedicure you can have your feet sandal ready in no time!

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First things first… soak those feet and get them ready for the transformation. Fill up your tub or a big bowl with warm water. To take it up a notch, add some tea tree oil, witch hazel, or some Epsom salts, all guaranteed to do great things for those feet! Soak for 5 to 10 minutes or as long as your water is still warm.

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Next, get those feet and toes in shape for the public eye. This is going to take some buffing, scrubbing, trimming, and filing. To get rid of those rough spots, try a sugar scrub, and scrub those feet. Once you've gotten rid of the rough, take care of the new baby soft skin with a moisturizer. While you're moisturizing, take it a step further and make it a foot massage. If you’re in to it, here are the pressure points on your feet and what they correlate with.

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Feet are looking good now but what about those toe nails? When was the last time they received a proper trim? Trim your toe nails straight across to avoid getting ingrown nails. Once they are trimmed down to size, file down the edges to give a smooth finish. Word of warning: if you’re a picker, you may be inclined to trim your cuticles down... don’t do it. Get an angled wooden tool and push those over grown cuticles back.

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Finally, dress them up with a little color! Insert some foam tow separators and apply a clear basecoat with protein, vitamin E, and/or calcium, all guaranteed to help strengthen your nails to keep them looking good all summer! Next, layer on the color! Pick your favorite! A few of mine are Essie’s Watermelon, Camera, or Fifth Avenue. But this year is all about the pastels so maybe start off with some of those colors.

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Well, you’ve done it. Your toes are ready for the public eye! Now go find a new pair of sandals to compliment your amazing at-home pedicure.

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