DIY Pedicure

The sun’s out and the feet come next! Ladies, this blog is directed towards you (but fellas you should do it too)! You do not want to be caught in the streets with worked over heels and toes while wearing the latest footwear and strappy sandals. Tell me who doesn’t like clean, pretty and healthy feet? Some people choose not to bother with their feet because who cares right? Wrong. People do care, I care. I want you to always put your best foot forward both figuratively and literally. One of the greatest setbacks for many of us females when it comes to our life long pursuits is our self-esteem.

Buzz on Beauty Book Cover

During this time of your lives, you want to grow, experience, trail blaze, fit in, have fun, love and be loved. In amidst of all of that, your confidence, self-respect and healthy self-esteem will take you anywhere you want to go. In order to do so, your image should reflect all that you want to be and are. In other words, your hair, skin and nails should be healthy and well maintained. Now, maintenance can come at a cost. But being well put together does not mean going to spend $50 plus on a spa pedicure and full set manicure at a beauty salon. Everything I needed cost me less than $7 at the store, and some of the items you may already have at home. So, let me get off my soap box and get you all started on your do-it-yourself feet beautification routine!

Recommended Reading

The Buzz on Beauty: A Girl’s Guide to Looking and Feeling Your Best By Amy Gelman

You Glow Girl By Dianne York-Goldman and Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D. 

Prep Materials:

  • Small tub or Basin (enough room for feet to comfortably fit inside)
  • Foot Soak (bought or ½ cup Epsom salt, ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup Listerine)
  • Foot Scrub (bought or sugar, Listerine, vinegar)
  • Pumice Stone
  • Double Sided-Foot File
  • Toe Nail Clipper
  • Emery Board
  • Paper Towel or Toes separators
  • Cuticle/Orange Stick
  • Non-Acetone Polish Remover
  • Q-Tips
  • Your choice of Nail Polish
  • Shower Gel


Some prefer doing a dry scrubbing of the rough skin with foot file before.

  1. Soak feet for 10 minutes in a small tub/basin with warm water; add half cup of Epsom salt, half cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of Listerine (you may also choose to buy the foot soak with Epsom salt, menthol and eucalyptus)
  2. Take foot scrub and massage each foot starting at your heels and work your way out toward your toes. Rinse with clean warm water.
  3. Take pumice stone, coat it with soap or shower gel and slightly scrape back and forth on your heels, bottom of feet and toes.
  4. Cut nails straight across and take emery board to file smooth rounded edges on one direction (not hack saw style).
  5. Using a circular motion, take a quarter size amount of moisturizer and massage into your feet, ankles and calves; pay special attention to cuticles and slightly push back cuticles while soft with orange stick (if it is painful at any time, stop)
  6. Use piece of paper towel to wipe toes of residue with polish remover. Take a rolled up piece of paper towel and weaving it through your toes. Apply a clear base coat to your nails. Polish your toes by starting above the cuticle, down the center of the toe toward the tip and then sweep color to the sides of the center line. Repeat second coat after polishing all ten toes.  Apply topcoat to seal in color and prevent chipping.

-Renesha, Teen Servies, Newburg Branch

2 thoughts on “DIY Pedicure

  1. Hannah

    i have never really cared what my feet look like, but i think I will l have to try this sometime.

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