Do-it-yourself spa treatments are a relaxing way to unwind.A DIY pedicure is a nice alternative to going to the salon. However, you can save money, take care of yourself, and relax in the privacy of your home.Plus, there’s no need to rush to choose your nail polish shade!Skyy Hadley (a celebrity manicurist who owns As U Wish Spa in Hoboken New Jersey) shared how she achieves salon-quality pedicures at her home.
What do you need to do a DIY manicure?
Get all the supplies that you will need to relax before you get started.We recommend using the following products: nail polish remover (and cotton pads), soap, and a tub with water.A foot file for calluses, a toe separator, cuticle oil or moisturizer, a nail file, and a topcoat.
1. Remove old nail polish
Use nail polish remover along with a cotton pad.To remove any remaining polish, even if there is no visible oil on your nails, you should still apply nail polish remover to them.
2. Get your feet as if you were at the Spa
For a DIY foot soak, fill your tub with warm water and soap (body wash will do!After you have done that, let your feet soak in the warm water for at least 15 minutes.Pro tip: While you’re in the rest and relaxation mode, break out a face mask.
3. Get Rid Of Dead Skin
After drying your feet, you can use a foot file for any dead skin or calloused, hard patches.Pay particular attention to the soles of your feet, your heels, and the sides.Do not scrub these areas too much as it could cause irritation.
4. File and shape your nails
Use a nail clipper to get the perfect shape and length.You can cut straight across the nail and then buff out the corners with a file.Hadley claims that cutting your cuticles can be a major mistake.Hadley stated that cutting or trimming cuticles is not a good idea.“The cuticle is a barrier to protect your surrounding skin and protect against infection.” Instead, simply push your cuticles back.
5. Apply Cuticle Oil
Apply cuticle oil, like the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, to the base of your nail.Hadley states, “Cuticle oil does more than keep your feet soft and moisturized. It also helps to prevent your polish from chipping.”
Moisturize your feet with an unscented lotion to keep the skin hydrated and smooth.Hadley warns that synthetic scents can cause nail polish cracking.
7. Prep your Toes
Use toe separators to make painting your toes easier and avoid making a mess.
8. Apply your Polish
Hadley states, “Don’t forget your basecoat because it gives nail polish something to sink in.”Allow the base coat to dry for about two minutes.Now you can apply your chosen color.After drying, apply 2 to 3 coats of nail polish.Do not apply too many coats. It will cause the paint to look clumpy, and it will take longer to dry.
9. Add a quick-drying, topcoat
Finish with a top coat so your nails maintain high shine and luster.Hadley recommends soaking your feet in the cold for a few minutes as nail polish can take around 12 hours to fully set.