Pedicure Step #6: Apply a Lotion
Moisturise your feet and lower legs with a rich lotion, like the Mademoiselle Provence Natural French Lavender Body Lotion ($US20). "Then, cleanse nails with a nail cleanser (to remove any lotion residue), and apply pedi slippers or toe separators." This step will help prevent you from smudging your handy work before it dries completely. She recommends the Morgan Taylor Pure Cleanse ($US20).
One of the biggest mistakes people make when giving themselves a pedicure is skipping this step. "Not properly dehydrating the nail surface before applying the base coat can cause chipping of the polish," said Candido.
Pedicure Step #7: Paint Your Toenails
Now, the moment you've all been waiting for. "Apply a base coat, your polish, then a top coat," said Candido. "Apply quick dry drops and cuticle oil afterward, and you're done."
We recommend the OPI Nail Treatment Natural Nail Base Coat ($20) or the Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish Gel Couture Top Coat ($17).