Many people are doing their manicures and pedicures at home right now during the quarantine. I’ve been doing diy pedicures at home since I was a teenager. I had some co-workers I used to go and get manicures and pedicures with very frequently at the mall across the street from where we worked….Almost every payday. One time we went to the mall to get a pedicure and the lady said “Do you want nail design with diamond?” I’m like yeah sure! She put (3) rhinestones on each of my big toes with some lines and charged me $7.00 extra dollars! So lady did you really just charged me $1.00 per stone??!!
As I continued to be broke I started to get smart about my money and got heavy into DIY (Do It Yourself) projects. I went to a nail technology school from 2008-2009 and I was a nail technician. I never did work in the field but that’s an entirely different story. I was already skilled at nail art and did many forced pedicures on clients I tried to hide from (in the break room) to get my credits so I know a little bit about doing my toes.
So here is a quick easy way to do your pedicure at home with mostly things you may already have or can pick up at the local beauty store, online or dollar tree.
Take off any nail polish or oils off your toenails with a cotton ball or some tissue. Clip your toenails down.
File toenails in a straight across motion with a nail file. I’m using a glass nail file (very easy to clean and reusable)
Get a foot tub fill it up with water and soak your feet. While your feet are soaking you can use a foot paddle or pumice stone to get the bottom of your foot smooth. (I used a bath bomb from the dollar store to make my diy pedicure look fancy. It’s totally optional) Also make sure to get any debris from underneath and around your toe nails.
This is optional. If you want smoother feet and get rid of more dead skin use a sugar or salt scrub to exfoliate your entire foot. If you don’t have any handy just grab some sugar and oil mix it together and you have a diy homemade foot scrub (This one was sugar, coconut oil and lavender oil) Rub all around your feet, then take it off in the water and now you can pat your feet dry and get ready to paint!
Choose nail polish to paint your toes. Use two coats for full coverage. I’m using Kiss Gel nail polish color DTGNP05 and yes…you guessed it the nail polish was also from the dollar tree.
This is also optional. If you choose to do a toe nail design you have to get it on before applying topcoat. I’m using some acrylic paint with a dotting tool to add some simple dots to the sides of my toe nails.
After the acrylic paint design has dried apply two coats of clear topcoat. I’m using Mia’s Secret.
After your topcoat has dried put on some sandals or flip flops and try to keep toes out for a couple hours to prevent smudging. If you want to avoid the drying time with regular polish you can do a gel pedicure which would require no drying time.
WERE ALL DONE! Pretty pink diy at home pedicure with white dots all from the comfort of the couch. I forgot to mention at the very end of your diy pedicure you can add some type of oil (baby oil, coconut oil, olive oil) to the skin around the toes and your entire foot to make it look extra nice. I was in a rush so I didn’t do that part but I’ll make sure to add it in the next pedicure blog post.
Ok it’s your turn! If your still at home quarantined ain’t no since in your feet looking crazy! Get to work on a custom diy pedicure at home to relax. Be safe, stay creative and take care of yourself.