If you're like me, your tootsies get a little less TLC in the cooler, closed-toe-shoe months. Maybe you even neglect them. So before you expose your feet, and others to them, consider spending a few minutes giving them the attention they deserve....
LADIES IT IS TIME TO GET YOUR
SUMMER TOES READY...
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The first thing to do is examine your feet for any problems you'll need to take care of, In particular, check the nails for discoloration which could be a sign of fungus.
Next, trim the nails straight across using quality nail clippers. leaving 1/8 of an inch of length. Use an emery board -- not a metal file -- to shape the nails and smooth the corners. emery boards are finer and less likely to split the nail. Always work across the nail in one direction instead of sliding back and forth.
Soak your feet in Epsom salt and warm water for at least five minutes. This softens the skin... And it's great to do if your feet are swollen or sore.
Buff away rough skin using a foot paddle or pumice stone...
Another option for exfoliating the feet is using a mixture of brown sugar and olive oil, The next step is to moisturize, and hydration is key after winter months, Consider a lotion designed especially for the feet.
"Shea butter balms are fantastic, They're just a little bit thicker than you would use on the rest of your body, a little bit more luxurious. They'll soak into the feet a little more because the skin there can be tougher."
Gently push back the cuticles using a Q-tip... If excess cuticle appears over the nails, snip it with a cuticle nipper.
If you're not interested in color, voila! Your pedicure is complete.
But who doesn't like color?
Styling your toes
TIPS for painting your nails:
--First swipe nail polish remover over your nails to take off any oils from the moisturizer. Otherwise the polish won't stay.
--Apply a clear base coat in three strokes per nail -- one up the middle and then one on either side. The base coat prevents the upcoming pigment from penetrating and discoloring the nail.
--Wait 30 seconds to a minute before adding your nail color, using three strokes per nail like you did with the base coat. Do two coats of color, waiting 30 seconds to a minute in between. The "tacky" feeling is fine.
--Your top coat comes next. If you used a dark nail color, consider a top coat that is quick dry. Nail colors with more pigment are denser and so take longer to dry.
--Your nails may take an hour to be completely dry. "Color dries from the top down. It may feel dry on the top, but your under color may still be a little wet."
--A helpful hint: When painting nails, swirl the brush around the inside of the bottle to remove excess, instead of dragging it up and out against the rim. "When you wipe across the top and then you put the brush back in and close the bottle, you actually haven't sealed the bottle, and over time the polish will get thick." If polish does get on the rim, clean around the neck of the bottle with nail polish remover.
All about color
Brighter, lighter colors are in for spring and summer.
Pinks and Reds -- (but not dark reds) -- are the most popular hues selected this time of year... corals, pinks (from very soft to peony) and a putty color are the hottest shades this season.
And a new trend toward Greens and Blues.
"Although bright colors in general are the most sought after for summer, I am seeing my daughters friends wearing kelly greens, crystal blues and lilac purples."
To prolong your paint job, reapply a top coat once or twice a week, This also can help refresh the paint job after swimming in a chlorinated pool, which can dull polish, or walking in abrasive sand.
Wearing sandals prolongs the pedicure as well, as you are not getting the wear on the paint from constant contact with socks and shoes, another benefit of warmer weather...
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