Ok, cue the Diana Krall, light a candle, pour some wine, and let’s have a day at the spa in your own home….pedicure-style!Starting with clean, trimmed, and filed nails, I start my soaking. I fill either my Conair foot bath or my own tub with jets with very warm water. I pour the Aveda Stress-Fix soaking salts into either one and soak while I multitask with a mask, cucumbers over my eyes and a warm neck wrap infused with potpourri. I soak for about 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, I take my feet out and while feet are still wet, use the orange stick to clean underneath each toenail. I scrape down the sides and around the cuticle, pushing the cuticle down. (You wouldn’t believe what stuff can get in those suckers!)
I then dry legs and feet and take the Aveda Rosemary Mint Body Polish and massage into calves and entire foot area. Really get in there!!
Next, I take the microplane and scrub bottoms of feet and around toes.
I scrub toenails with a brush and soap to get cream off. I also take fingernail polish remover and go over each toenail.
Now it is time to apply nail base coat. I place a cotton ball in between my curled-in toes. Or, you could use these. I apply 2 thin layers of polish. I like using Essie for regular polishes. I keep a cotton ball with fingernail polish on it nearby for any mistakes.
My trick on applying with a steady hand is to brace your painting hand to the floor or surface you are working on with your pinky and ring finger. Using just your wrist to move up and down, paint with thumb and pointer finger.
Also, I shake the nail polish well between coats. And, I let each coat dry for a minute or two before applying the next.
I top nails with a top coat. I am using Sally Hansen’s Ultimate Shield combination base and top coat here.
If you are using the Sally Hansen’s Gel series, you would start by painting your color first (Step 1) and then top off with the top coat (Step 2).
I let dry for 5 minutes and spray with finishing spray. I let dry for 10-15 more minutes and run under cold water.
A few words to the wise….try to wait several hours before getting under your bed sheets. They seem to massacre any pedicure. Also, the gel nail’s shelf-life is a lot shorter than a regular polish. It needs to be replaced frequently.
You should be able to enjoy your pedicure for weeks, touching up once or twice. Remember to keep pushing your cuticles down after bathing each day. Also, I apply Shea butter to my feet, focusing on my heels each night when I get in the bed.