This will show you how to get you tootsies looking and feeling fabulous.You will learn how to do a home pedicure step-by-step. So let's get started.
The first step [with] at home pedicure involves removing the old nail polish completely using cotton pads dipped in acetone remover. Use flat cotton pads and not cotton-wool balls because these tend to leave behind traces of cotton strands on the nails.
If this does not remove the polish completely then the acetone soaked cotton pads has to be left on the nails for some time until it comes off completely.
Invest in the best quality nail clippers that you can afford. A good quality clipper gives far better results. Nails have to be cut leaving about 1/8th of an inch length so that the nails don't extend over the tip of the toes. For acquiring a soft square shaped nail, its best to file from around the corners and edges in one direction using Emery boards and not metal files as they could cause the nails to split.
With Emory boards, the smooth surface is for softening the nail edges whereas the coarse surface is for shaping them. Soaking the feet in a bath of salt and aroma oils or Epsom salts will do you good. Calloused feet require being soaked for longer hours and adding milk to the warm water will help loosen the dead skin. Cuticle remover is applied to the nail bases and using orangewood stick the skin is pushed back to where it meets the nail.
Trimming of loose skin is done using cuticle nippers and care should be taken to see that the toe flesh is not cut. Exfoliators, foot scrubs, or if possible wet pumice stone is used to remove the dead cells in the balls and heels of the feet. Scrubbing too hard may cause the foot to turn red, in case of which the scrubbing should be stopped.
End your home pedicure with a generous helping of a nourishing foot cream that is vigorously massaged on the feet including the area between the toes.
You can also apply some cuticle oil around the cuticles. A thin base coat polish of three strokes, with one down the middle and the other one on each side is applied followed by a thin topcoat polish. Don't paint the cuticles.
Wrap some cotton around an orangewood stick and dip it into some nail polish remover to remove any excess nail polish. The nails are to be dried before wearing shoes. Pedicure socks are available which can be worn without covering the toenails.