soft & pretty feet for the summer
Summer = sandals. Sandals = everyone gets to see what horrible shape your feet have been in all winter.
So I’ve created a step-by-step tutorial to help you beautify your feet and get them into tip-top shape for the summer. It’s quicker and less expensive than getting a professional to do it–both pluses in my book!
1. Remove all traces of old nail polish with non-acetone remover.
2. Cut and file nails. I like to do this first because it’s easier to clip and file the nails while they are still dry.
3. Place your feet in a tub of very warm water (adding in Epsom salts or essential oils are optional). Soak for about 5-10 minutes. This step is very important, as it allows for the dead skin to come off more easily. After the soak, gently push back cuticles with a cotton swab.
4. Apply an exfoliating foot scrub and rub vigorously all over
(I used this apricot scrub
. It’s made for the face, but I also use it for my elbows, knees, back and feet). Take a pumice stone and buff away.
Concentrate on rough areas like the heel and the side of the big toe.
5. Scrub the entire foot with a soft brush to slough away the leftover dead skin. Rinse off.
6. Pat-dry with a towel. Apply a cream, like cocoa butter, and massage into feet. The richer the cream, the better. When done, wipe the excess cream off your toenails with a towel. The nails need to be dry when the polish is applied or it may not evenly distribute.
7. Apply a clear base coat to prevent staining and to help the color last longer. Feel free to put cotton balls or toe separators between your toes, if necessary.
8. Choose a fun color for toes and apply 2 coats. Once you’ve completed the color, take a cotton swab and dip in nail polish remover. Carefully remove all traces of polish on the skin.
10. Apply clear topcoat to prevent the color from chipping. Sometimes, I skip this step if I’m under a time constraint. Or if I’m lazy (which is usually the case).
11. Once dry, slip on your sandals and pose!
- If your hand isn’t very steady, go for a nude, sheer or shimmery color. The “coloring outside the lines” is less visible.
- Avoid using a razor to cut off calluses.
- For a super express pedicure: skip the 10 minute soak; apply a sheer nude color so that you can spend minimal time and effort fixing mistakes.
- If all else fails, just slip on some closed-toe flats!