how to do pedicure at home

I had this smile of excitement today, just with the thought that spring is a month away. I’m waiting for the warm days to come and pack my cozywear for the year. Anxiously waiting for a fun picnic with family and friends or a sunny day at beach. Anyhow, It’s time to get those foots sandal ready.

Let’s gather all the items needed to have an uninterrupted luxurious pedicure at home. Put on a soothing spa music and let’s get started

Items Needed:

  • Epilator or any other hair removal tool if you have unwanted hair on your feet
  • Polish Remover and cotton pads
  • foot bath tub
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrush
  • Towel
  • Cuticle Pusher/Orange stick
  • Nail Trimmer
  • Pumice Stone
  • Body Scrub
  • Foot Creme or Body Moisturizer
  • Base Coat Polish
  • Nail Polish of your Choice

If you are new to doing your own Pedicure and don’t have required tools, you can get a mani pedi kit. The Kit will have all the tools needed!

Prep Your Feet

If you have hair on your toes, remove them by waxing, plucking or saving. It really makes a big difference. I have few hair on my fingers and I remove them using my epilator. Remove any nail polish on your nail with a polish remover.

Time for Foot Bath

Now give your feet a good soaky warm bath. Take some warm water in a small tub, add few drops of shower gel. Soak your feet in the foamy water for fifteen minutes at least. You can not skip the soaking part because, it softens the cuticles and the hard skin on the heels. As a result, it is easier push back the cuticles and clean the calluses making your feet baby soft.

If you wish, you can splurge on a foot spa tub which will be with you any time you want to pamper yourself. I love the Conair Foot Spa/Pedicure Spa, I can not do my pedicure with out it.

Push Those Cuticles and Make Your Nails Appear Bigger

Get a old tooth brush and brush over your nails to clean each nook and corner. Pat dry your feet with a soft towel. Grab a cuticle pusher or orange stick, and gently push back the cuticles and clean underneath your nails. I would suggest you to be gentle and don’t cut the cuticle. I always push them back and that makes my nail appear bigger.

Trim, Shape and Get Rid of Calluses

Use a nail trimmer and cut across your nails to trim them. Let your foot dry and get a pumice stone and brush your heels and the rough/dry areas to get rid of calluses. To get best result do it when your foot is dry. Use a nail file to shape your nails as you desire. Remember to file your nails in one direction. Doing back and forth motion, your nails will get rough and split edges.

Use a Body Scrub to Exfoliate

Now is the right time to exfoliate your foot. Get a good body scrub and massage it onto your feet. This process will remove impurities and dead skin making you feel re-energized. I would highly suggest natural body scrub as they don’t have toxic micro-beads and other chemicals, which is harmful for the environment. You can make your DIY Scrub. There’s plenty of DIY scrub recipes on the web. You can choose the one you feel is good for you. Give your feet a good wash and pat dry.


Apply a nourishing foot creme to moisturize. Take some polish remover on a cotton pad and wipe your nails to get rid of oil/moisturizer. If your nails are oily, the polish won’t stay long. Hence, It is a good idea to dehydrate your nails to make the polish last long.

Paint Your Nails With a Pretty Polish

Apply a good base coat polish to prevent yellowness. Paint your nails with your favorite polish and let them dry. Apply a cuticle oil and gently massage it on your cuticles. Now enjoy your clean, baby soft foot.

How do you prefer your pedicure, in salon or at home? Let me know in the comments below. I would be happy to hear from you.