If your regular pedicure appointment is on hold, these six steps are all it takes to whip feet into sandal-ready shape
1 Glass nail files are a quick fix for out-of-shape nails – unlike emery boards, you can use them in any direction without weakening nail tips (plus, they last ages). Remember, polish stays on a smooth surface longer, so use the file flat against nails to even out bumps or ridges, too.
2 Choose a fine foot file to buff away hard skin (concentrate on the heels and balls of your feet and the edges of your toes). An exfoliating scrub gets between toes, too – use on dry skin to maximise its scrubbing power, then rinse off.
3 Skin on your feet is 12 times thicker than the rest of your body, so your regular moisturiser won’t cut it. Hotfoot it to a supercharged shea-butter formula from L’Occitane, or try Ragdale Hall’s Sleep Foot Cream, a steal at £5 and a treat for tired feet.
4 Now the fun part: colour! Wipe away any moisturiser residue from nails, then apply base coat (non-negotiable to prevent staining). If your first coat of colour looks patchy, don’t stress – a second coat will even it out nicely. Noticed pesky bubbles in previous pedis? Instead of shaking the bottle to mix it, tip it upside down and roll between palms.
5 Shaky hands? Fix mistakes with this neat tip – after painting each toe, dip an angled make-up brush (like this neat one from Diego Dalla Palma) into nail polish remover and trace it around nails to clean up any polish that’s spread onto skin.
6 Instead of tip-toeing around, apply Autograph’s quick-drying nail drops to seriously speed things up. To eke more mileage out of your pedi, keep Leighton Denny’s Crystal Top Coat on standby – it glides on easily to leave a super-hard, protective shield.
Words: Dulcie Emerson / Model image: Jian Wei Lim