For the perfect simple pedicure the 4 different stages that you must undergo are here as follows :
1 Preparatory Stage
° Position a chair behind a clean, wide bucket filled with hot water.
° Fold a bath towel in a square and place it at the bottom of the bucket. This will give your feet a comfortable surface to rest on when you soak them.
° Add half a cup of Epsom salt, a natural disinfectant. You can also throw in a few caps full of herbal vapours, readily available in the markets. The best would be one that contains rosemary, eucalyptus and menthol — three therapeutic, cleansing herbs that make the room you’re in smell just like a spa.
2 Grooming Stage
° Use a cotton pad soaked with nail-polish remover to take off old polish.
° If your cuticles are dry, add a drop of olive oil to the pad before using it on your nails.
° Clip your toenails straight across with clippers.
° Use a nail file to smooth the edges, including the sides. Best shape : square with rounded edges.
3 Soothe Your Soles
° Soak your feet in hot water for five minutes, then rest them on the edge of the bucket.
° Dip a foot file, in the water, then use it to smooth your heels, the balls of your feet and the outsides of your pinkie toes.
° Pat free dry with a towel.
° To get cuticles under control : Use the edge of the nail file to push your cuticles back, then a nail brush dipped in an exfoliating scrub, to clean the area where your nail meets your skin.
° If you feel that you must get rid of your cuticles, have a pro do it in a salon so you don’t end up with painful, ingrown toenails.
° Rinse, then dry feet and apply a generous amount of super moisturising foot lotion or cream. Massage it into your feet and calves.
° Wash the moisturiser off your toenails with soap and water and let them dry.
4 Applying Nail Polish
° Create space between toes with a foam toe separator.
°Apply one coat of base coat, two coats of colour and one coat of top coat.
° Confused about which colour to go for? For summer, say good bye to burgundies and browns. The hot shades are bright. Think coral with a sheen to it, hot pink and orangy-red.
° Use a Q-tip moistened with nail-polish remover to remove any polish that missed the mark.
° Let your polish dry for few hours before putting on close-toed shoes.
° Apply one coat to top coat three days after your pedicure, then every third day after that to keep polish from chipping.
° If your feet are going to be in the sun, use top coat with sunscreen, to keep the polish from fading.