In an ideal world we would have everything preened, buffed and beautified by a professional 24/7, 365 days a year; however that just isnt realistic or purse friendly. So, for those of you who would rather save on the cost of an in-salon pedicure, celebrity manicurist Leighton Denny has shared with us his step-by-step guide to getting perfect toes at home.
1) PREP: Remove all traces of nail polish with a non-acetone nail polish remover.
2) SOAK AND SCRUB: Its really important that you soften your nails and skin first, put some foot soak into a foot bath and soak for 10 minutes. Now massage soften your feet with Diamond Sole Mate foot scrub, £11 by Leighton Denny. This rinse-off treatment with peppermint oil will exfoliate, soften and polish even the most coarse feet, leaving them fresh and silky soft.
3) SOFTEN: now apply a cuticle cream all around the nail area and massage to nourish and moisturise.
4) REMOVE: Hard skin from feet, paying special attention around the heels using a foot buffer in circular movements.
5) PUSH: Using a hoof stick gently push back cuticles in tiny circular movements all around the nail plate. Gently wipe debris from the nail. Never cut your cuticles.
6) SHAPE: Using clippers to cut nails straight across and file from the side to the middle rounding the corners to help prevent in-growing toe nails.
7) BUFF: Get rid of those ridges, they are not a good look in any season! Use a nail buffer to buff up your toenails for a glass-like finish Fabulous!
8) CUTICLE CURE: Say goodbye to cracked cuticles forever by using a cuticle oil - apply and massage in. And remember to apply at least 3 times a week.
9) RELAX: Give your feet a good hydrating rub with Sole Pleasure Foot Lotion, £9 by Leighton Denny, then apply it again, more thickly this time, and wrap feet in cling film for 5 minutes.
Team ELLEs top at-home pedi picks
Jenny Dickinson, Beauty Director
I love Margaret Dabbs in-salon pedicures theyre my absolute favourite treatment (read more here) so I do my best to recreate the experience at home between appointments. I use Margarets Abrasive Foot File, £10, and a lot of elbow grease its a good arm workout! Afterwards I always treat my feet to Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil, £20, then finish with a polish. Right now, Ive got Essies One of a kind on my toes.
Georgia Collins, Beauty Writer
I really rate Super Pro Wear Topcoat, £4.49, by Rimmel London as it lasts for days and days and leaves a really glossy finish. Leighton Dennys crystal nail file, £15, is a must, I love it.