It’s that time of year again when sandals come out of the closet and you need to be ready to bare your feet. Are you ready? If you like me know that moment when you can see your feet need an instant beauty fix then read on.
The joy of today’s products is that you don’t have to wait a huge amount of time for your revamped toenails to dry – it’s really very quick. That’s not to say you can immediately slip into a pair of sneakers – don’t do it. But you don’t have to wait for hours.
The first step is obviously to get rid of any old nail varnish (or recent nail polish if your feet are dry). I’ve never looked back since I started using OPI Expert Touch nail polish remover. It may be a little more expensive than the competition but it’s the best I’ve found.
Then you can either use a foot file such as Tweezerman’s Callus Stone, or go the easy route and use a Scholl battery operated foot file. I’ve used both, I really like the Scholl because it’s so quick and easy and a manual foot file will take a little extra work. The important thing is to end up with smooth feet.
After you’ve filed your feet, soak them in warm water for a few minutes, then scrub either with a dedicated foot scrub such as Jessica’s exfoliating foot scrub, or do what I normally do, which is to use one of my favourite body exfoliators - here in the form of Clinique Sparkle Skin.
Then dry off your feet, push back the cuticles where needed and clip and file your nails to the shape you want. After this rub body, foot or hand lotion over your feet and into your nails. I particularly like Clarins Hand Cream because it means I don’t have to have another specialist product and it really does work for feet as well as hands. It’s worth remembering to use it every evening if you can for super-smooth feet year round.
At the end of this your feet should be beautifully polish free and smooth everywhere.
There are two base coats I like, one is Jessica’s Rejuvenation, and the other is OPI Start to Finish which I always take travelling with me because it’s both a base coat and a top coat.
On to the prettiest nude shimmer nail polishes – I love this type of colour because it lasts much longer than something bright or dark (in other words you don’t see so easily when it needs to be replaced) and it’s perfect for summer. Essie Buy me a Cameo is a favourite pink nude shimmer nail polish which stays on really well and is really pretty. Smith & Cult’s Take Fountain nail polish is a finely ground rose gold glitter that you can wear on its own, or layer over another neutral shade.
Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Stargasm offers a professional finish which nourishes and conditions nails at the same time.
Armed with these tools you can’t go wrong with a home pedicure. The final touch, and probably the most important if you want to get out and about quickly is an application of the gloss enhancing Seche Vite quick dry, followed by a drop of Orly Flash Dry on each nail. Try to allow a couple of minutes between each application for a better finish. I have never found anything that works better than these two products – there are loads of quick dry products around but these are what I always use……
Because there are so many products it may sound as if this takes a long time, however it really doesn’t, and within minutes you’ll be slipping on a pair of flip flops and going about your day.
Pedi maintenance requires a little buffing and scrubbing and moisturising regularly. Those are the keys to smooth gorgeous feet all year round.