How to: Pedicure

By Amy Lawrenson

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In an ideal world we would have everything preened, buffed and beautified by a professional 24/7, 365 days a year; however that just isn’t 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.

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1) PREP: Remove all traces of nail polish with a non-acetone nail polish remover.

2) SOAK AND SCRUB: It’s 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.

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Team ELLE’s top at-home pedi picks…

Jenny Dickinson, Beauty Director

I love Margaret Dabb’s in-salon pedicures– they’re my absolute favourite treatment (read more here) – so I do my best to recreate the experience at home between appointments. I use Margaret’s Abrasive Foot File, £10, and a lot of elbow grease – it’s 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, I’ve got Essie’s ‘One of a kind’ on my toes.

Georgia Collins, Beauty Writer

I love the disgusting but brilliant Revlon Pedi Expert, £4.99. I can’t do a proper pedi without it...

Amy Lawrenson, Web Beauty Assistant

During a trip to Boots I came across Scholl’s Rough Skin Remover, £3.47, which I thought would probably be good as it’s by a ‘serious’ foot-care company. My instinct was spot on; it is a great solution for dry, hard patches. You just massage in the creamy scrub until the cream has absorbed, your dry skin will then literally start to flake off as you massage. It’s super addictive and I have been hooked ever since. I also swear by Jessica’s Phenomen cuticle oil, £11.30.

Susannah Edwards, Beauty Intern

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 Denny’s crystal nail file, £15, is a must, I love it.

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