Perfect DIY Pedicure Tricks That’ll Knock Your Socks Off!

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One of my favourite bands, Aerosmith, encapsulates pink in a song solely dedicated to the blushing colour: “Pink; it’s my new obsession, Pink; it’s not even a question…” This winter, it’s all about pink everything! From the runway to makeup and everyday fashion, pink will liven up cold winter days this season. You too can embrace Aerosmith’s words by trying our perfect at-home pedicure tips and any of these rosy tones on your toes! With winter approaching, the air around us becomes dryer and our skin can lack the moisture needed for soft, smooth texture. The dehydration can take a toll on the feet especially, therefore, it’s important to set some time aside to pamper yourself in order to relax and revitalise. What better way to do so than in the comfort of your own home with a DIY pedicure?

These top products have been tried and tested by yours truly, and are wonderfully luxurious to lather on your tootsies – perfect for a pamper day with a glass of rosé!

Step one:

Remove any previous nail polish with acetone and cotton wool.
Soak feet in a warm water bath with a few drops of essential oil (try tea tree, lavender or peppermint oil).

Step two:

Use a foot scrub to exfoliate and remove any hard, dead skin. Try Freeman Bare Foot Lemon + Sage Foot Scrub (available at Dis-Chem Pharmacies nationwide for R82.95).

Step three:

Cut and file nails to desired length and shape.

Massage feet with a rich foot balm to restore moisture and smoothness to the skin. Try Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint + Plum Foot Balm (available at Dis-Chem Pharmacies at R82.50). I have fallen head-over-heels in love with the Peppermint + Plum foot balm! I’ve been using it every day and night for the past two weeks and my feet feel soft, smooth and luscious. I’m a huge fan of the unique fruity, minty scent and the balm absorbs into the skin without leaving an oily or slippery residue.

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Bonus tip: You can also use these balms on other patches of skin prone to dryness such as elbows and knees.

Step four:

Trim and push back cuticles, and massage cuticle oil into the skin to moisturise around the nails. Try L.A. Girl Cuticle Oil (available at Dis-Chem Pharmacies at R39.95 each).

Step five:

Clean off any excess oil or moisturiser on the nails, or else your nail polish will not stick well.

Paint a clear base coat onto nails and leave to dry for a few minutes. Try Essence Mega Last Base Coat (with super grip – available at Dis-Chem Pharmacies for R32.95).

Step six:

Carefully paint two coats of desired polish on each nail, waiting until the first layer is dry before proceeding on to the next.

Finish off with one layer of top coat and allow to dry completely.

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For a top coat that will prolong your pedicure with no chipping, try Essie 2nd Shine Around Top Coat (Available at Dis-Chem for R149.95).

5 Perfectly Pink Polish Colours

Every one of these pinks looks lovely on all skin tones; are opaque, and last well on the nails when paired with a good top coat.

Essence I Love Trends Nail Polish in ‘Hot Jungle Fever’

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Deep berry-toned pink.
The ‘I Love Trends’ range is available at Dis-Chem for R36.95 each.

Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Angora Cardi’

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A beautiful deep, dusty rose with purple undertones – my personal favourite.
Essie nail polishes are available at Dis-Chem for R129.95 each.

Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in ‘Tag, You’re It’

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A wonderfully vibrant, luminous pink.
Morgan Taylor nail lacquers are available at Dis-Chem for R138 each.

Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Lady Like’

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A gorgeous, subtle pink-based nude.
Essie nail polishes are available at Dis-Chem for R129.95 each.

Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish by Rita Ora in ‘Sweet Retreat’

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The perfect bubble-gum pink.
The Rimmel Rita Ora nail polish range is available at Dis-Chem Pharmacies for R54.95 each.

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