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Steps for the Best DIY Home Mani-Pedi

11 June 2021
Steps for the Best DIY Home Mani-Pedi -  june hoy

Winter has arrived which means that it is only a matter of time before dry skin, hangnails, dry scalp and all the other winter skincare ailments come to the fore.

Between busy workdays, weekend chores and cold weather there is not much time left to pay your favourite beautician a visit.

But in the evening - once dinner has been cooked, the kitchen cleaned, and everything is sorted for the next day - you have some time left over to spend on yourself.

Grab a cup of coffee, put on your favourite series and keep this article open because we are going to give you a step-by-step guide for the best home mani-pedi!

1. Getting Prepped

You will need the following:

  • Nail polish remover and cotton balls
  • Nail file
  • Buffing block
  • Cuticle stick
  • Exfoliating scrub
  • Moisturiser
  • Cuticle oil
  • Nail polish (base coat, colour, and topcoat)

Before starting your mani-pedi, make sure that all your nails are free of nail polish. Clean your nails properly using cotton balls and nail polish remover. Once your nails are clean, it’s time to get your nails prepped.

Using either a nail file or nail scissor, shape your nails to the desired length and shape. Try to avoid using a nail clipper or a coarse emery board as this can cause your nails to split and break.

Once you are finished shaping, buff your nails using a nail block to remove any nail polish stains and to properly level your nails.

2. Scrub and Exfoliate

Now it is time to get rid of all the dry skin on your hands, fingers and feet. If you have a foot spa, now is the perfect time to haul it out. Fill the spa with some warm water and start by soaking your hands for two to three minutes.

Once your hands have soaked, dry them off with a towel and let your feet soak while you are busy exfoliating your hands. This is especially relaxing – and warm – for in front of the TV!

Don’t have an exfoliator? You can make one:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baby oil/coconut oil

Scrub away all the dry skin, rinse off and pat dry. Repeat this process on your feet.

3. Push Back Your Cuticles

You have already soaked your hands which should have made your cuticles softer and more pliable. If you have slightly more stubborn cuticles, rub some cuticle oil on them. This will soften your cuticles allowing you to push them back with a cuticle stick.

Trim any excess skin from your cuticles with the nail scissor.

Repeat on your feet before getting to the fun part: moisturising.

Generously apply the cream to your hands and feet, including your heels, and rub the cream in completely. Before you begin applying nail polish, be sure to clean any moisturiser from your nail beds.

The oiliness from the moisturiser will affect how well the nail polish sticks to your nails.

4. Coat, Polish and Shine

Start by applying a thin layer of base coat. This will smooth any ridges to create an even and smooth surface for your colour. Allow your nails to dry completely before attempting to add the colour layer.

Paint on two layers of your desired nail polish allowing the layers to dry completely between each coat. You can use a nail dryer if you have one to speed up the process.

Be sure to apply the coats as thinly as possible to help the polish to dry faster and last longer.

Once your polish layer is completely dry, add a topcoat for that brilliant shine. Not only does your topcoat add shine, but also smooth any flaws and helps prevent your nail polish from chipping for longer.

5. Relax

We are all guilty of skipping out on this step and it usually ends in a smudged nail. Sip your coffee and watch a movie or series you have been meaning to catch up on to give your nails time to dry and set completely.

Plus this gives you the perfect excuse to sit on the couch and do nothing – enjoy your well-deserved me-time!


Do you have any home mani-pedi tips and tricks that you would like to share? Be sure to do so in the comments on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages to help our followers get their nails on point too!

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