Treat yourself to a home pedicure

We have been lucky enough to have lots of sunshine during lockdown, definite flip-flop weather. But are your feet feeling like they need some TLC? Unfortunately Madison Beauty is closed but I have created a step by step home pedicure guide that’s easy to follow, even for first timers. Or you could have some fun and get the children or your partner involved while you relax with a glass of champagne! 🥂

What you’ll need:

  • A towel for the floor and one to cover the chair that you will lift your foot onto
  • A chair or rest to lift your foot onto
  • A washing up bowl (pedicure foot spa if you have one) to fill with warm water
  • Bubble bath or foot soak
  • Foot scrub or body scrub
  • Hard skin removal tool (foot file or pumice stone)
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail clippers
  • Cotton pads.
  • Cuticle pusher or orange stick
  • Nail polish remover or acetone
  • Nail polish base coat
  • Nail polish colour
  • Nail polish top coat
  • Toe separators or kitchen roll


  1. Place the towel on the floor and another on the chair or surface you will be lifting your foot onto to work on.
  2. Fill the large plastic bowl/foot spa with warm water and bubbles or foot soak and put both of your feet into the water and rest for five minutes.
  3. Take one foot out of the water and dry using the towel on the chair or surface in front of you. Using your nail polish remover or acetone, pour onto cotton pads. Wipe the cotton pads over your nail to remove any polish.
  4. Using your cuticle pushing tool or orange stick, gently push back your cuticles as far as possible. The warm water softens cuticles so this should be a little easier. For any cuticle that you can’t push or remove, you can buff them out later.
  5. Cut your nails or file them down to your desired length and shape. Short, square nails are the strongest option as they do not have a point of impact if you stub your toe. Rounder shaped nails have a point at the end of the nail and when they come into contact with something, the point is easy to split or break.
  6. Buff over the nail to make it smooth. Be sure to go right down to the nail bed to remove any stubborn cuticle that you couldn’t push back in step 4.
  7. Take your other foot out the water bowl and repeat the above steps
  8. Hard skin removal time! Apply pressure backwards and forwards up and down the sole of your foot to remove any hard skin. Be sure to go right around the back of your heel and the to the ball of your foot as these are the places hard skin gather the most.
  9. Apply a small amount of exfoliator to all of the foot.
  10. Repeat on the other foot and then put both feet into the bowl and swish the water around to rinse off. Empty the bowl and put aside.
  11. Apply a small amount of moisturiser into the palms of your hands and warm up by rubbing together. You should then apply this moisturiser to your feet and spread over your ankles, and up your legs slightly. Repeat this step on your other foot.
  12. Wipe away any cream that may be left on your toe nails to ensure that your base coat and polish can be painted on easily.
  13. If you do not have any toe separators, fold a piece of kitchen roll in half and twist. You can then weave this paper in and out of your toes!
  14. Apply one coat of your base coat to each nail.
  15. Apply two layers of your desired polish to each nail. Work across one foot and then onto the other. Avoid painting two coats of polish at once onto each nail before moving onto the other.
  16. Wait around 5 minutes before applying one layer of your top coat polish.
  17. Once you have applied your top coat, sit back and relax for the next 30 minutes.

Top Tip: Nail polish can take any time up to 2 hours to dry properly, so please be very careful whilst your nails are drying and relax!

Don’t forget to send your pictures in of the beautiful colours you pick for your summer toes 💕

Why not take a look at my Nail Care Treatments and decide what you’d like to book when the salon reopens and if you’re in need of some nail inspo check out my gallery!

Hope to see you all again soon, stay safe, Madison xxx

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