10 Steps For The Perfect At-Home Mani & Pedi

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At-home manicures and pedicures have a few benefits. Not only can they save you a few coins, but the DIY process can also be a world of fun if you have the right tools and tips. In fact, you can even invite your girls over and make a party out of it with these quick and easy tips. 

[SEE ALSO: 8 DIY Remedies For Dry Feet And Cracked Heels]

What you’ll need

Before you get started, make sure you have all the proper tools on hand (pun, intended). Here’s a quick list:


  • Non-acetone nail-polish remover
  • Cotton swabs or pads
  • Nail clippers
  • Crystal nail file or emery board
  • Nail buffer
  • Cuticle pusher 
  • Callous/cuticle remover 
  • Pumice stone
  • Hand/nail moisturizer
  • Base coat nail polish
  • Nail polish
  • Clear topcoat
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DIY

  1. First, remove old polish on your fingernails and toe nails. Make sure they are completely bare.
  2. Next, file your toe nails to create the desired shape you want and buff to add shine. To avoid weakening or splitting nails, file the sides to get the shape you want and then finish the tip in one direction. If nails are much longer than you’d like, we recommend first using a nail clipper to get the desired length. 
  3. Now, fill a small bow or your bathtub with warm, sudsy water and soak your feet for 5 to 10 minutes. This will help soften cuticles and skin and loosen dead skin, dirt and dust left over from filing.
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  1. To save some time, you can file and buff your finger nails while your feet are soaking. 
  2. After you’ve soaked your feet, we recommend using a pumice stone or foot file to remove calluses and dead skin cells from your heels and the bottom. 
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  1. After soaking, push back your cuticles and apply cuticle cream. Rinse off and and apply moisturizer.
  2. Now, follow the above soak steps for your hands.
  3. After all steps are complete for both sets of nails, apply nail polish remover to each nail bed to wipe off moisturizer.
  4. Once dry, it’s time to apply polish! Start with a base coat and let set a minute or two before applying two coats of your desired nail color. Wait a few minutes between each coat. Finish off both sets of nails with a clear top coat.
  5. Now, let your nails dry for at least an hour. Contrary to popular belief, unless you’ve got quick dry nail polish, there is no quick fix for drying. It could take a full 24 hours for your nails to completely dry. So relax, grab a book or catch up on social media. 
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