I don’t know about you, but I’m always self conscious about my feet – especially in the summertime. Call me a diva, but if the little piggies aren’t painted pretty, ain’t nobody will be seeing them. That’s why I love getting pedicures. They make my feet feel oh-so-soft, and look oh-so-pretty.
The problem is… pedicures are so expensive, especially when we dream about our toes looking pretty all the time – not just when we can afford them to. It’s definitely lucky for us that I know the secret to giving yourself the perfect at-home pedicure so our dreams can be made into reality. I feel like we should hug now… don’t you?
The Soft Foot Secret
One time I was getting a pedicure at the salon, and I decided to ask the pedicurist how she got my feet to feel so smooth and silky. I was basically expecting her to tell me they had some magic formula that could never be replicated and costs my entire bank account. You should’ve been there to see my face when she told me the secret was just some cheap conditioner and a pumice stone. You better believe I ran to the store right afterwards to pick up the supplies for the next time I needed a little foot pick-me-up.
I found both items for under $5, and picked up a cute color of nail polish on my way. I love one-stop shopping, since I’m not the biggest fan of staying in the store for longer than an hour.
The Perfect Pedicure
If you want to give yourself the perfect at-home pedicure, I’ve got you covered. I usual give my feet a nice little wash in the tub first, to start with a clean slate.
Then, put on a little music, light a candle or two and sit back and relax. Maybe we’re not going to the spa, but the spa can definitely come to you. You deserve a little TLC!
Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes in hot water with a little oil. You can use, olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil – it really doesn’t matter. I like to use maybe a teaspoon of coconut oil and lather it on my feet before I soak them, but you can also just stir the oil in the water for the same effect.
Next, use some cheap conditioner and a pumice stone (our soft-foot secret) to treat any calluses. Simply lather the conditioner all over the foot without rubbing it in, and use the pumice stone to gently scrub at the rougher areas of the foot – especially the heel.
Rinse your feet in the water and pat them dry. Lather them in your favorite lotion – preferrably a yummy smelling one.
Painting Your Nails
Next is the tough part – but don’t worry – I’ve got your back. To paint your nails without getting paint on the skin, use a q-tip to line the nail and surrounding skin with Vaseline or Elmers glue. This will keep the nail polish from sticking, and it makes for easy clean-up.
My mom went to cosmetology school, and her tip for good polishing is to use three strokes to cover the nail. One down each side and one down the middle. It’s pretty tricky if you ask me, but it also makes for neat looking nails. Give it a try, but if it doesn’t work for you, don’t worry. 😉
It’s best to use a clear base coat and a clear top coat. You can find some cheap ones at your local drugstore, Walmart or even the dollar store.
The Finishing Touch
Give yourself some time for those nails to dry. Watch a movie, read a book, or meditate – but don’t smudge the nails.
If you’re in a hurry, I learned recently that if you stick your nails in some ice cold water for a few minutes, they’ll dry lightning fast. It pretty much changed my life.
When your toes are done drying, give them a glossy look by applying just a little bit of oil (the choice is yours for what kind) to the cuticles.
Can you hear angels singing, because I totally can. Soft feet are the best – so enjoy your silky smooth toes, and admire the way they look in your adorable sandals. Which reminds me – what are your favorite shoes to sport in the summer? I have a major crush on these sandals from target. I wear them everywhere!
Let me know what you think in the comments! 😘