How To Do A Spa Pedicure

Friday 20 January 2012

It is always so nice to go to a spa and get a pedicure, but sometimes it's just easier to DIY. Here are some tips on getting a spa quality pedicure at home.

Take off any existing nail polish
Remove any nail polish you already have on your nails. File your nails straight in one direction. If you see-saw, it will damage the nail. Slightly round the edges.

Soak your feet
Fill a large bowl/tub with half warm water and half with whole milk. The lactic acid in milk helps to exfoliate your feet. If you have cuticle oil, apply to toes then soak your feet for 5 minutes. 

Push back your cuticles
Remove your feet from the bowl/tub and gently push back the cuticles with a wooden stick on both feet. 

Smooth your feet with a foot file
With a foot file, scrub the heels and the balls of your feet and the bottom of your toes. A foot file is much better to use than a pumice stone, since bacteria can get trapped in the pumice stone. Wash your feet then apply a moisturiser. 

Apply your polish
It is best to separate the toes to paint them but not essential. Apply a basecoat, to stop your nails from turning yellow from the polish. Then apply two coats of colour followed by a topcoat. The topcoat will keep your colour from chipping quickly and make it glossy. 

What are your tips for the perfect pedicure?


  1. This is so helpful! I am an expert with my hands, but the feet can get a bit tricky :) I am officially following your blog by the way...

    XX Kathryn

  2. Thanks for following Kathryn :) Your blog is so pretty!

    I am terrible with my feet too. Luckily we can hide them in cute shoes ;) XO

  3. such a great post!! I am surprisingly bad at painting my toe nails :/ I ignore my feet, you've inspired me to give them a bit of attention!

  4. Thanks for the tip! this is very useful, can't wait to try it myself. I have followed you, can't wait for more tips!

  5. These are great tips - I never spend enough time on my tootsies as I hate my feet; moisturising/exfoliating is about as far as I go. I should really show them some love!

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  7. Great how-to post, definitely will be having a spa night tonight!

    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog, your blog is very informative & you have so many great tips!

    The Urban Umbrella

  8. This sounds soooo relaxing! Defiantly going to do it for my next pedi :D

  9. It's good to hear everyone else say they are hopeless at it too hahaha :)

    Thanks for all your kind words on the blog XO

  10. Thanks for the tips! I love having my toes painted.

    I'm a new follower - hope you'll follow back :)

  11. Who doesnt love a pedicure? I've noticed, though, its not the same when you do it yourself! Treat yourself to a spa treatment from a professional!