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No pedicure appointment, no problem! These six easy steps are all it takes to whip feet and nails into sandal-ready shape


1 Using specially designed pedicure tools is a quick way to help your feet and toenails look their best – glass nail files, unlike emery boards, can be used in any direction without weakening nail tips (plus, they last a lot longer, so are worth the investment). Remember, polish stays on a smooth surface for longer, so use the file flat against nails to even out bumps or ridges, too.

2 Choose a fine foot file to buff away any hard skin on your feet (concentrate on the heels and balls of your feet and the edges of your toes). Use an exfoliating salt scrub to get between toes, too – use on dry heels and soles to maximise its scrubbing power, then rinse off.

3 The skin on your feet is 12 times thicker than the skin on the rest of your body, so your regular moisturiser won’t cut it when it comes to hydrating your feet. Hotfoot it to supercharged foot treatments such as L’Occitane’s shea-butter foot cream, or give Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream, which smells like summer holidays, a try.

4 Now the fun part: nail polish! Wipe moisturiser residue away from nails then apply a base coat (non-negotiable to prevent staining). If your first coat of varnish looks patchy, don’t stress – a second coat will even it out nicely. Noticed bubbles in previous pedis? Instead of shaking the bottle, 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 into nail polish remover and trace it around nails to clean up any polish that’s spread on to skin. Perfectly painted toes are the ideal complement to this season’s most-wanted sandals.

6 Instead of tip-toeing around, use Leighton Denny’s quick-drying miracle mist to seriously speed things up. To eke more mileage out of your pedi, keep Leighton Denny’s crystal top coat on standby – it leaves a super-hard, protective shield.

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L’Occitane shea butter foot cream
15% shea butter foot cream
Autograph All-In-One nail polish
A clever all-in-one nail varnish
Tweezerman toenail clippers
The Rolls Royce of nail clippers
Leighton Denny nail polish drying spray
Speeds up the drying process

Words: Dulcie Emerson

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