It doesn’t matter if your favorite spring shoe is an espadrille wedge, a strappy sandal or a casual flip-flop, you need to have pretty toes when you are showing them off in great shoes! A DIY pedicure is simple and affordable…so no excuses! Get busy and your toes will be ready for spring in no time!
How to give yourself the perfect pedicure:
Your pedicure begins the night before you paint your toe nails! Generously rub your feet with a thick body cream or foot callous cream. Put on socks and sleep with them on. In the morning your skin will be soft and primed for smoothing.
- Let feet soak in a tub of warm water for a few minutes.
- Remove old polish with an acetone-free polish remover. Even if you are not wearing nail polish currently, do this step. You’ll remove excess oils and your polish will stay on better.
- Trim toe nails. Shape nails with a nail file. Avoid filing the sides of your nails as this can lead to ingrown toenails. Gently buff the tops of your nails to smooth the surface.
- Gently rub dry, rough skin with a handful of moistened sea salt. It’s a great exfoliator. A pumice stone or a foot file works great too. I like to add a bit of liquid soap to a foot file and really get the soles of my feet clean.
- Push back cuticles while feet are still damp. Trim cuticles on sides of nail bed if necessary.
- Dry feet. Apply a base coat. A base coat is clear and will help prevent your nail from becoming stained by the polish.
- Apply 2 coats of your favorite bright spring color.
- Apply a quick dry top coat.
- When your nails are dry, apply a rich lotion to keep your skin soft and glowing!
- Enjoy your pretty feet! Once dry, slip on your favorite spring shoes and go show off your pretty pedi!
The hottest nail colors for spring:
Look for brights like these shades from Zoya. Forget the subtle! Go for bold! For an extra fun twist, layer 2 colors to create your own personalized shade. The orange layered over red would make a great mango color! Go crazy, experiment and have fun with it!
What is your favorite pedicure color for spring?