Home pedicure guide

Painted toenailsIgnore all thoughts of starving your children's goldfish and sticking your feet into its bowl, it is perfectly possible, according to the silken-hooved sirens of the Style & Beauty Talk board, to give yourself a great pedicure at home without any animals being harmed. Least of all you.

Essential home pedicure kit

Blades and graters

People can go mad here, and it can get dangerous. Corn planes, or foot shavers (basically potato peelers for feet), cost around £3 and are very popular with the devil-may-care home pedicurist, but beware.

"Chiropodists advise you to not use them because we see so many hacked-about feet that are septic and then we have to sort it out. Diabetics, people with bad circulation and people taking steroids (tablet form) should avoid them. Fluffycloudland77

Perhaps you will be safer with the cheese grater-type of hard skin remover, some of which come with a little container to keep your parmesan-like footscraps in. Perhaps though, according to DuplicitousBitch, these are merely "an entrance drug, and next thing you know you are face down in a gutter hacking at your own bleeding stumps with a saw". Maybe just a foot file, then.

Softening hard skin on your feet

So the advice from those in the know on the MN boards is to 'tread carefully', haw haw, and assemble your pedicure kit in advance.

A foot-spa or warm water in washing-up bowl (oh the glamour), some sort of oil to soften, a foot file/pumice stone, a good heel cream - ideally containing urea, which is not as disgusting as it sounds - and some thick cotton socks. And a towel. Don't forget a towel.

Put a few drops of oil into the water and soak your feet for about as long as it takes to watch your favourite TV show (this is essential). Thirty minutes minimum, then get scraping.

"I use a Ped Egg, which I bought in Boots. Make sure you use the fine side, too, at the end. Then get really good heel balm. Apply generously, massaging feet as you go along. An extra application, then put on thick socks for at least 30 minutes. That should sort out the
skin." MisSalLaneous

Painting your toenails

Grab some basecoat, polish, an orange stick, nail varnish remover and drying oil. Remember to limber up a bit, those digits can be very far away if you haven't painted your toes in a while, and take all traces of moisturiser off the nail before you begin.

"Dry thoroughly and use an orange stick to push back your cuticles. Cut and file your nails. Then apply basecoat, let it dry, polish, dry, second coat of polish, dry, topcoat... spray that with some drying oil. Then don't move for about two hours!" RhiRhi23

Professional pedicure top tips

"I asked the lady who did mine why it lasts so much longer when she did it and this was her advice:

  1. Nails need to be dry so wipe with remover before you put varnish on
  2. Take the colour over the top of the nail - if it stops flush with the top it will come off more easily.
  3. Top coat." littleomar

Last updated: 24-Sep-2013 at 10:24 AM