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DYI Pedicure - Get Ready for Sandal Season

It's getting to be time to break out your sandals and try out this season's cute footwear styles. If you want to look your best for sandal season, you'll want to have a flawless pedicure to go with your shoes. Following these simple steps will help you get ready for sandal season and have pretty piggies all season long.
1. Slough It Off. After a long winter, your feet are likely showing signs of dryness, and you may have rough patches on your heels and on other parts of your feet. To help address these problems, give your feet a good soak in warm water with a touch of body oil or essential oil. After at least 15 minutes, take your feet out of the water and towel them dry. Then, use a manual foot file or a power battery-operated foot file to remove dead skin. Finish with a foot lotion to seal in moisture. You may need to repeat this treatment a few times to get your feet silky and soft for sandal season. Applying foot lotion after you bathe and before you go to bed at night will help to further soften your feet.
2. Prepping for Polish. When you're ready to do your pedicure, start by cutting your nails. Use clippers to remove the length and then utilize a nail file to shape rough edges. Always file your nails in one direction to avoid causing nicks and tears that can lead to splitting. You should cut and file your nails when they're completely dry. If you're going to soak and file your feet on the same day that you work on your nails, cut and shape as the first step.
3. Separate Your Toes and Prime Your Nails. Before you begin to polish, use a toe separator, cotton balls or cotton strips to separate your toes. This will help you to apply the polish more accurately and cut down on messes. Rub a dry cotton ball, a gauze pad or a microfiber cloth over your toenails to remove any oil before you begin to polish.
4. The Perfect Polish. A pedicure polish should always consist of at least four parts. First, you should apply a base coat. This will create the perfect surface for your colored lacquer to adhere to so that you get the best results. After your base coat has dried, apply at least two coats of your colored lacquer. Strive to make the coats as thin as possible, applying more than two layers of colored lacquer if needed to get your desired look. To finish, use a top coat, which will seal the polish to protect it from chipping. When your top coat is dry, use a cotton swab moistened with nail polish remover to remove any polish from your skin.
If your toenails are broken or have another cosmetic problem that detracts from your manicure, you can use acrylic toenails to hide the flaws. For ingrown toenails, warts or toenail fungus, see your doctor for assistance in getting your feet ready for sandal season.

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