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Summer Pedicure Tips

A Quick, Beach-Ready Pedicure That's Easy to Retouch

The sand and sea tend to deteriorate pedicures more quickly than just about anything else. That's why you need an easy-to-achieve, quick, and simple pedicure that can be done (and redone) in about 10 minutes flat. It's easy to master and will keep your feet looking groomed all season long.

What you need:

  • A bowl of hot, soapy water
  • Toe spacers to separate toes
  • Toenail clippers
  • Base coat
  • Sheer, pinky-peach nail polish
  • Top coat

The steps:

  1. Begin by soaking your feet in the soapy water to soften your skin. Then, push back your cuticles and file away any hard calluses under your toes or around your heels.
  2. Trim and file your toenails so that the ends of your nails are slightly shorter than the end of the skin on your toes.
  3. Swipe your toenails twice with nail polish remover. Use a nonacetone product, like Priti NYC Soy Remover ($11), if possible, since it's less drying. Then, separate your toes with toes spacers and apply a base coat and one coat of pale pink or beige nail polish. You'll hardly be able to see any chips if you find a nice neutral shade. Try Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush ($8).
  4. Wait about a minute, apply a light layer of top coat, and voilà — you're finished!
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navigator93 navigator93 8 years
add in a sephora french tip pen and you've got a super easy french pedicure ;)
outofhere outofhere 8 years
I love the sheer colour pink nail polish. I've tried so many different brands to get just the right shade and so far no luck, but this one looks promising. :)
kahribar kahribar 8 years
Bright colors are nice, but the light shade tends not to show chips anywhere near as much.
emalove emalove 8 years
I prefer brighter colors in the summer, but I might try this...easy to upkeep for my vacation.
susanec susanec 8 years
I still like having an orange stick to wipe away any excess. But I use mostly darker colors.
babygal14 babygal14 8 years
I haven't had a pedi in a while because it's really time consuming maybe I'll do this :)
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
jspeed, it removes oils so the polish sticks better.
jspeed jspeed 8 years
If you don' talready have polish on your nails, what is the purpose of the "Swipe your toenails twice with nail polish remover" step? Is it just to clean and prep the surface, or only to remove existing polish?
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