Get Your Toes Sandal Ready With These At Home Pedicure Tips

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Summer’s here, and it’s time to put your best foot forward—a pedicured foot, that is! Save yourself some cash and skip the expensive salon treatment by giving yourself a pedicure at home. Here are some helpful tips for a perfect application, plus a promo code on the perfect summer polish!

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1. Start with a foot soak and a scrub.

Dunk your feet into a warm water bath to soften up the skin. Then follow with a good scrubbing of dry/cracked skin. Pick up a jar of sugar scrub, or make your own with a mix of equal parts white sugar, brown sugar, and olive oil. Add coffee grounds for coarse exfoliation.

ella+mila soy nail polish remover and cotton balls

2. Start with a clean, polish-ready base.

If your nails are stained from previous nail color, mix equal parts baking soda and peroxide. Then apply the paste to nail beds. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and scrub off in a circular motion. Once dry, give the tops of your nails a quick scuff with a nail file. Then wipe clean with polish remover for better polish adhesion.

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3. Apply polish with a light hand.

Two thin coats provide better coverage than one thick layer. Apply your polish sparingly for a smoother result and a faster drying time overall. You’ll also want to leave a small space between your polish and the cuticle to avoid peeling.

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4. Top your polish with a quick-drying finish.

Summer only lasts for so long, folks. You don’t have time to sit around inside while there’s fun to be had outdoors. Swipe on a coat of this quick-drying formula and cure up to four layers of polish in only three minutes!

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5. Stay pedi pretty with zero effort.

Before bed, apply a thick layer of lotion to clean feet and pull on a pair of socks. It’s a mildly uncomfortable feeling, but the incubation of lotion on dry heels and toes keeps feet looking (and smelling) fresh at all times.

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6. Score this deal on your pedi-perfect polish.

Get your toes summer-ready with free shipping on all orders! Plus, sign up for their free rewards program as you’ll earn points with every purchase! You’ll also get points just for creating an account, as well as on your birthday, for completing various tasks on social media, and for writing a review.

Now you can spend your savings on a new pair of sandals!

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About the writer:

Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 5 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, home, & living frugally.

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Comments 19

  1. Jennifer

    Since my heels are the major problem area, I cut the toe area off of a pair of old socks to use at night with lotion. The gross lotion feeling on my feet doesn’t bother me as bad when my toes are free.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s a really good idea, Jennifer!

  2. Ana

    I’ve been running forever and have running toes. So I’m going to do the world a favor and keep those puppies hidden 😜

    • Judy Track

      Me too. No amount of nail polish will hide the fact my big toe is a bit too wide.

  3. Hannah

    Pls tell me where those amazing gladiators are from

  4. Lindsay

    This foot file from Amazon is an awesome tool to have at home for pedicures:

    Colossal Foot Rasp Foot File And Callus Remover, Best Foot Care Pedicure Metal Surface Tool To Remove Hard Skin, Can Be Used On Both Wet And Dry Feet, Surgical Grade Stainless Steel File

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the recommendation, Lindsay!

  5. alienna21

    “Out the Door” top coat is my favorite quick dry layer. I get it at Sally Beauty Supply or on Amazon.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Coupon Katie

    I love my shellac set from Sally’s. I can get about 6 weeks out of a pedicure with zero polish drying time. A little more expensive than regular polish, but way less expensive that the salon. I’m in love with a nice French pedicure but I CAN NOT for the life of me find someone who has the patience and light hand for a shellac french pedicure. They charge extra for it and It always comes out looking sloppy, so I do it myself.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh interesting! Thanks for sharing your experience! I have never had a shellac pedicure!

  7. Kc

    Are the Pom Pom sandals comfy? They’re so cute!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Kc! It looks like there are some helpful reviews on some similar sandals when you head over HERE and scroll down a bit. Hope that helps!

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