How To: Easy DIY Pedicure

Sandal season or not, we believe that sleek tootsies are a must all year long. With that in mind, we enlisted the help of Gina Carney, founder of RGB, to give us a step-by-step breakdown of how to get a pro pedicure at home.

Step 1: Soak Your Feet

Dipping your feet into warm water will soften skin and make it easier for you to push back your cuticles. Fancy foot baths are nice and all, but Carney says a chrome salad bowl will work just as well.

Step 2: Buff & Exfoliate

“Women’s feet tend to rougher and tougher than men’s,” Carney explains, “since we’re wearing heels and wedges without socks all the time.” Erase those ancient callouses by scrubbing the bottoms of your feet with a pumice or an exfoliating cloth like MicrodermaMitt’s Body Mitt. Get rid of any lingering roughness with a serious scrub, starting from your calves and working downwards. We like dirt’s sweet-smelling Luxe Salt Scrub in Lemon Leaf because it leaves skin moisturized.

Step 3: Moisturize

The skin on your feet is notoriously neglected, which means it’s extra important to use an intensive balm. We go for Yu-Be® Moisturizing Skin Cream, which has a high concentration of replenishing glycerin, and J.R. Watkins Foot Salve, a zesty, grease-free formula loaded with peppermint oil.

Step 4: Cut & Shape

Grab those clippers and cut carefully. Carney says the most popular nail shape right now is a classic square with slightly rounded edges. Instead of using conventional finishing tools, Carney suggests investing in a glass nail and cuticle smoother to gently file over hangnails and push back rough cuticles. “It’s much safer than cutting your cuticles,” she says.

Step 5: Apply Polish

It’s time for the main event! Light pastel polishes are perfect for the warmer months since they offset golden tans. We love Zoya’s new Bevin, an opaque silvery sage. Another fail-proof option: a neutral sheer like Carney’s fave RGB Polish Beach, which is inspired by the look of feet buried in sand.

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