Lets face it, one of the most relaxing and enjoyable things about being
a woman is getting a pedicure. Better yet, a French pedicure. I have
gotten a few done at a salon before for about $20-$25 which usually
include a soak with bubbles, trimmed and filed nails, pushing cuticles
back, lotion application, and usually a nice little massage along with
the application of the polish.
Now, all of those extras that come with a pedicure of course cost you.
Prices for a French pedicure at a salon or nail specialist cost between
$20 and $30. But, if you would like to save a few dollar bills by doing
it yourself, at home, follow my tips!
Picking The Nail Polish
Different from home pedicure, for a french pedicure you need two colors. You need white
(try LOreal Quick Dry in "French Tip White") and a light pink or peach
tone for the base (try LOreal Quick Dry in "Barely Pink"). You could
even try using a light pink with a bit of a metallic in it for some
You can get these nail polishes at most drug stores (CVS, Brooks,
Walgreens) for about three bucks. Do not pick a base that is really
thick because you are applying 2 1 layers of nail polish and if you
have 2 layers of thick nail polish, it is hard for it to dry.
Lotion and Soaking
Of course soaking your feet in warm water to soften them isn't
necessary if you are giving yourself a French pedicure at home, but it
can be very enjoyable..especially in the winter months.
Also, to relieve your toes and feet of dry skin, exfoliate your feet
then apply a nice soft lotion (Jergens will do) or other Pedicure Treatments. Massage the lotion
onto your feet, between your toes, on your cuticles and even on your
lower legs for the full relaxation effect. Once you have applied the
lotion to the cuticles, you can gently push them back with your nail or
one of those small pieces of wood that you use to push them back (I
don't know what you'd call them).
Trimming and Filing Nails
To apply a French pedicure, wait until your nails have grown out a bit.
You can trim them by either squaring them off or rounding them off. For
a French pedicure I suggest you have more of a square look to your
nails so it is easier to have a even line for the white polish.
After trimming your nails you can go the extra step and smooth them out
by filing them. But remember, don't make them too short or it will be
hard to apply the white!
Applying The French Pedicure Polish
And finally we have come to the last few steps to the perfect French pedicure-applying the polish itself.
- Base Coat-you are first going to apply one even layer of the base
coat (the pink or peach colored one) to all ten toes. Wait for it to
dry-usually about a minute or two, depending on what kind of polish you
- White Tip-applying the white tips to your French pedicure is the
most frustrating step to the pedicure. Apply a thin even amount in a
straight, smooth line on the tip of your nail. Don't make it too big of
a line, or too small of a line. You will be able to tell if it is even
or looks like the right sized line but I try to make mine about the
width of between 1 of my big toe and for the smaller toes between 1
- Final Base Coat-This is the last step to the perfect French
pedicure. Make sure your nails are completely dry first. Next, apply
another thin layer of the pinkish base coat over all ten nails again.
This makes the pedicure look more even and neater. After this, you are
-Have some Q-Tips and nail polish or other pedicure kits remover handy so that in case you
miss your nail and get some on the edge of your nail that is on your
skin, you can dab the Q-Tip in remover and get rid of the excess