How to Use Pedicure Tools

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  • user warning: Table './tipsformom_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n<p>If you want to give yourself a spa-worthy pedicure at home using professional tools in a pedicure kit, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll walk you through the pedicure process from start to finish, explaining each special tool along the way so you\'ll know exactly when and how to use it. If you’re ready to get started, scroll down for our complete guide!\n</p>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=1\" title=\"Edit section: Steps\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Steps\">Steps</span></h2>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=2\" title=\"Edit section: Use nail polish remover to get rid of old polish.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Use-nail-polish-remover-to-get-rid-of-old-polish.\">Use nail polish remover to get rid of old polish.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Old-Nail-Polish\" title=\"Remove Old Nail Polish\">Remove the old polish</a> so you can start with a clean slate. Soak a cotton ball in 100% acetone <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=nail+polish+remover&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=1FRARUQRK2CHB&amp;sprefix=nail+polish+remover%2Cbeauty%2C102&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">nail polish remover</a>. Then, swipe the cotton ball over each toenail until the nail polish is completely gone.<sup id=\"_ref-1\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 1\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-1\">[1]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-1-Version-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 1 Version 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/f/f7/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-1-Version-3.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-1-Version-3.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=3\" title=\"Edit section: Soak your feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Soak-your-feet-in-warm-water-for-5-10-minutes.\">Soak your feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Use a <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=foot+tub&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=2WXW5VCQ0VR37&amp;sprefix=foot+tub%2Cbeauty%2C99&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">tub</a> big enough to accommodate both feet. Soaking your feet in warm water softens the skin and nails so that they’re easier to groom. Just fill a small, clean tub or bucket with a few inches of warm water and slip your feet in.<sup id=\"_ref-2\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 2\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-2\">[2]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-2-Version-4.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 2 Version 4.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/9/93/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-2-Version-4.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-2-Version-4.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Pro tip: add a little scented body wash or <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=epsom+salt&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=3GHWPV08DZZVQ&amp;sprefix=epsom+salt%2Cbeauty%2C101&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">Epsom salt</a> to the water for a more spa-like experience.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=4\" title=\"Edit section: Use a foot brush to wash your feet.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Use-a-foot-brush-to-wash-your-feet.\">Use a foot brush to wash your feet.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Scrub the bottoms and tops of your feet, as well as between your toes. The <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/Xjinmin-Fingernail-Laundry-Cleaning-Scrubber/dp/B08D64HWD1/ref=sr_1_11?crid=ZHA0CR60N564&amp;keywords=foot+brush&amp;qid=1657752858&amp;sprefix=foot+brus%2Caps%2C97&amp;sr=8-11&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">foot brush</a> is the bristled tool in your pedicure kit. Use a gentle, circular motion to scrub your feet so you get them nice and clean. You can apply a little soap to the brush if you like.<br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-3-Version-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 3 Version 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/4/45/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-3-Version-3.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-3-Version-3.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Instead of a brush, your kit may come with a foam foot buffer that’s more like a rough sponge. You can use it the same way you would a foot brush.<sup id=\"_ref-3\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 3\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-3\">[3]</a></sup></li>\n<li>To keep your brush clean and sanitary, rinse it under warm running water after you\'re finishing using it. Then, soak it in rubbing alcohol overnight to disinfect it.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=5\" title=\"Edit section: Exfoliate your feet with a foot scrub.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Exfoliate-your-feet-with-a-foot-scrub.\">Exfoliate your feet with a foot scrub.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Apply the scrub to each foot individually and massage your skin. The <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=exfoliating+foot+scrub&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=129DJRGTTTRS0&amp;sprefix=exfoliating+foot+scrub%2Cbeauty%2C89&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">foot scrub</a> will slough away rough, dead skin and help your feet feel baby soft. Be thorough—massage the scrub on the top and bottom of each foot as well in between your toes. Dunk your feet in the tub to rinse off the scrub.<sup id=\"_ref-4\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 4\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-4\">[4]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-4-Version-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 4 Version 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/3/39/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-4-Version-3.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-4-Version-3.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=6\" title=\"Edit section: Rub rough spots with a pumice stone.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Rub-rough-spots-with-a-pumice-stone.\">Rub rough spots with a pumice stone.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Pumice-Stone\" title=\"Use a Pumice Stone\">Use a pumice stone</a> to smooth rough skin and calluses. The <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pumice+stone&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=3LS57IY3DNVG4&amp;sprefix=pumice+stone%2Cbeauty%2C114&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">pumice stone</a> is the rough black or gray stone in your kit (your kit may have a paddle-shaped <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pumice+stone+foot+file&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=30VMMXEGT59JF&amp;sprefix=pumice+stone+foot+file%2Cbeauty%2C83&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">foot file</a> with a rough black side; that’s pumice stone). Use a gentle circular motion to scrub tough areas like your heels, the sides of your big toes, and the balls of your feet.<sup id=\"_ref-5\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 5\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-5\">[5]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-5-Version-2.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 5 Version 2.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/5/5d/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-5-Version-2.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-5-Version-2.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>If you have any calluses, gently work on them with the foot file or pumice stone. Avoid rubbing too hard, since you don’t want to break the skin! Aim to smooth the skin (rather than trying to fully remove the callus).</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=7\" title=\"Edit section: Use the callus shaver on thick calluses.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Use-the-callus-shaver-on-thick-calluses.\">Use the callus shaver on thick calluses.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>The callus shaver is very sharp, so handle it with care. <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=callus+shaver&amp;crid=2D34166R6LD13&amp;sprefix=callus+shaver%2Caps%2C128&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">Callus shavers</a> (sometimes called corn planes) allow you to slice through the thickened skin to remove a corn or callus. The tool\'s handle looks similar to a spoon or fork, with a stainless steel double-sided blade on the other end. Place the blade flat against your skin and gently swipe the tool over the callused area without applying any pressure. The blade will grab the top layer of skin and remove it.<sup id=\"_ref-6\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 6\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-6\">[6]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-6-Version-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 6 Version 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/6/60/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-6-Version-3.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-6-Version-3.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Go slow and be gentle if you decide to use this tool. When used correctly, you shouldn\'t experience any discomfort, pain, or bleeding.</li>\n<li>Avoid using this tool on minor calluses. Save it for tough calluses or corns that don\'t get any better after you use a pumice stone or foot file.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=8\" title=\"Edit section: Rinse off your feet.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Rinse-off-your-feet.\">Rinse off your feet.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Give your feet one last dunk in the tub of warm water to rinse them. If your tub water is pretty dirty, move to the bath tub and give your feet a quick rinse under the tap. Then, place your feet on top of a clean towel and gently dry the skin.<br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-7-Version-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 7 Version 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/1/17/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-7-Version-3.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-7-Version-3.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=9\" title=\"Edit section: Push back cuticles with an orange stick.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Push-back-cuticles-with-an-orange-stick.\">Push back cuticles with an orange stick.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>The <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=orange+stick&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=R7IARRJIIBBG&amp;sprefix=orange+stick%2Cbeauty%2C103&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">orange stick</a> is a thin wooden or plastic stick with a pointy end. Since the warm water soak softened up your cuticles, you only need to use a gentle pushing motion with the pointed end of the stick to <a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Push-Back-Your-Cuticles\" title=\"Push Back Your Cuticles\">push each cuticle back</a> from the toenail.<sup id=\"_ref-7\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 7\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-7\">[7]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-8-Version-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 8 Version 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/0/0b/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-8-Version-3.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-8-Version-3.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Pushing back your cuticles is safer than cutting them (cutting can lead to infections). It also enhances the appearance of the nail beds so your toes look well-groomed.</li>\n<li>If your kit came with a cuticle cutter or nipper, you can use the tool to safely trim any hangnails you have.</li>\n<li>If your cuticles feel dry, rub a small amount of <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=cuticle+oil&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=34H8E0BR5QT5A&amp;sprefix=cuticle+oil%2Cbeauty%2C102&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">cuticle oil</a> into them.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=10\" title=\"Edit section: Trim your toenails straight across.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Trim-your-toenails-straight-across.\">Trim your toenails straight across.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Use a straight edged pair of <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=toenail+clippers+straight+edge&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=AQWL3TWSZF8O&amp;sprefix=toe+nail+clippers+straight+%2Cbeauty%2C88&amp;ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_27&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">toenail clippers</a> for the best results. Trimming straight across helps to prevent ingrown toenails. Try to trim your toenails about even with the skin at the tips of your toes. Avoid trimming lower than that, since this can be painful and cause bleeding.<sup id=\"_ref-8\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 8\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-8\">[8]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-9-Version-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 9 Version 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/0/00/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-9-Version-3.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-9-Version-3.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>If your toenails are already trimmed short, you can skip this step.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=11\" title=\"Edit section: File your toenails into oval or square shapes.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"File-your-toenails-into-oval-or-square-shapes.\">File your toenails into oval or square shapes.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Use a <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=toe+nail+file&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=3DY3JVQPLC1GP&amp;sprefix=toe+nail+file%2Cbeauty%2C91&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">toe nail file</a> to even out the edges and shape them. Use swift movements in one direction as you’re filing; avoid filing back and forth. It’s also important to hold the file flat against the nail, not at an angle (filing at an angle can weaken your nails).<br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-10-Version-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 10 Version 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/d/db/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-10-Version-3.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-10-Version-3.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>It’s totally up to you whether you want rounded toenails or a more squared look!<sup id=\"_ref-9\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 9\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-9\">[9]</a></sup></li>\n<li>Avoid rounding out your toenails too much. Try to keep the edges of your toenails above the level of the skin to <a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Ingrown-Toenails\" title=\"Avoid Ingrown Toenails\">prevent ingrown toenails</a>.<sup id=\"_ref-10\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 10\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-10\">[10]</a></sup></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=12\" title=\"Edit section: Buff the tops of your toenails.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Buff-the-tops-of-your-toenails.\">Buff the tops of your toenails.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Using the <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=nail+buffer+block&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=20GOHSA20OTFQ&amp;sprefix=nail+buffer+block%2Cbeauty%2C90&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_1&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">nail buffer block</a> helps even out the surface of your toenails. Use swift, gentle strokes along the tops of your nails to <a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Buff-Your-Nails\" title=\"Buff Your Nails\">buff and smooth them out</a>.<sup id=\"_ref-11\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 11\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-11\">[11]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-11-Version-2.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 11 Version 2.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/9/9d/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-11-Version-2.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-11-Version-2.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Avoid buffing your toenails more than once a week, since buffing too often can weaken your nails.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=13\" title=\"Edit section: Moisturize your feet.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Moisturize-your-feet.\">Moisturize your feet.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Massage your favorite lotion or <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=foot+moisturizer&amp;i=beauty&amp;crid=194RWZMQ6JERA&amp;sprefix=foot+moistu%2Cbeauty%2C100&amp;ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_2_11&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">foot moisturizer</a> into your skin. Pay special attention to any areas that were really dry or cracked before your pedicure, like your heels. Be sure to massage in between your toes, as well! Just try to avoid getting lotion on your toenails since you’re about to paint them.<sup id=\"_ref-12\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 12\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-12\">[12]</a></sup></li>\n</ol>\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-12-Version-2.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 12 Version 2.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/2/20/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-12-Version-2.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-12-Version-2.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=14\" title=\"Edit section: Apply your chosen nail polish.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Apply-your-chosen-nail-polish.\">Apply your chosen nail polish.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Use the <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=toe+nail+separator&amp;crid=PB95H8TL4F99&amp;sprefix=toe+nail+separa%2Caps%2C246&amp;ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_3_15&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">foam toe separator</a> to keep your toes apart while you paint. The foam is super soft, so just wedge it in between your toes. <a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Paint-Your-Toe-Nails\" title=\"Paint Your Toe Nails\">Apply your favorite nail polish</a> and keep your toe separator in place until the polish is dry, which usually takes 10-15 minutes.<sup id=\"_ref-13\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 13\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-13\">[13]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-13-Version-2.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Use Pedicure Tools Step 13 Version 2.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/0/08/Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-13-Version-2.jpg/v4-728px-Use-Pedicure-Tools-Step-13-Version-2.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>To speed things up, apply a <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s?k=quick+dry+top+coat&amp;crid=2I420T82SK5QR&amp;sprefix=quick+dry+top+coa%2Caps%2C97&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_2&amp;tag=wikihow-20\">quick-drying top coat</a> over your polish. After about 60 seconds, you can remove the toe separator.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=15\" title=\"Edit section: Tips\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Tips\">Tips</span></h2>\n<ul>\n<li>After your pedicure, be sure to disinfect your tools, like your clippers, files, and shavers, by soaking them in a disinfectant solution or rubbing alcohol. Make sure you clean your tools after every use.</li>\n</ul>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=16\" title=\"Edit section: Video\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Video\">Video</span></h2>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=17\" title=\"Edit section: Related wikiHows\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Related-wikiHows\">Related wikiHows</span></h2>\n<ul>\n<li><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Pedicure\" title=\"Do a Pedicure\">Do a Pedicure</a></li>\n<li><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Toe-Nails\" title=\"Clean Toe Nails\">Clean Toe Nails</a></li>\n<li><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Self-Pedicure\" title=\"Do a Self Pedicure\">Do a Self Pedicure</a></li>\n<li><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Cuticle-Pusher\" title=\"Use a Cuticle Pusher\">Use a Cuticle Pusher</a></li>\n</ul>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Use-Pedicure-Tools&amp;action=edit&amp;section=18\" title=\"Edit section: References\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"References\">References</span></h2>\n<div class=\"mw-references-wrap mw-references-columns\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"_note-1\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-1\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCuNZ_rie7k&amp;t=44s\">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCuNZ_rie7k&amp;t=44s</a></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"_note-2\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-2\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mno4oiiqjc&amp;t=23s\">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mno4oiiqjc&amp;t=23s</a></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"_note-3\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-3\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8is4tw_KmPM&amp;t=121s\">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8is4tw_KmPM&amp;t=121s</a></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"_note-4\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-4\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8is4tw_KmPM&amp;t=84s\">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8is4tw_KmPM&amp;t=84s</a></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"_note-5\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-5\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.threadsbeautybar.com/2015/07/the-essential-steps-of-a-pedicure/\">https://www.threadsbeautybar.com/2015/07/the-essential-steps-of-a-pedicure/</a></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"_note-6\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-6\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U0GL0DwwiY&amp;t=8s\">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U0GL0DwwiY&amp;t=8s</a></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"_note-7\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-7\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.threadsbeautybar.com/2015/07/the-essential-steps-of-a-pedicure/\">https://www.threadsbeautybar.com/2015/07/the-essential-steps-of-a-pedicure/</a></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"_note-8\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-8\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external free\" href=\"https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ingrown-toenails/symptoms-causes/syc-20355903\">https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ingrown-toenails/symptoms-causes/syc-20355903</a></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"_note-9\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-9\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external free\" href=\"https://youtu.be/8is4tw_KmPM?t=317\">https://youtu.be/8is4tw_KmPM?t=317</a></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"_note-10\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_ref-10\">↑</a> <span class=\"reference-text\"><a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" 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If you want to give yourself a spa-worthy pedicure at home using professional tools in a pedicure kit, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll walk you through the pedicure process from start to finish, explaining each special tool along the way so you'll know exactly when and how to use it. If you’re ready to get started, scroll down for our complete guide!

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Use nail polish remover to get rid of old polish.

  1. Remove the old polish so you can start with a clean slate. Soak a cotton ball in 100% acetone nail polish remover. Then, swipe the cotton ball over each toenail until the nail polish is completely gone.[1]
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[Edit]Soak your feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes.

  1. Use a tub big enough to accommodate both feet. Soaking your feet in warm water softens the skin and nails so that they’re easier to groom. Just fill a small, clean tub or bucket with a few inches of warm water and slip your feet in.[2]
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    • Pro tip: add a little scented body wash or Epsom salt to the water for a more spa-like experience.

[Edit]Use a foot brush to wash your feet.

  1. Scrub the bottoms and tops of your feet, as well as between your toes. The foot brush is the bristled tool in your pedicure kit. Use a gentle, circular motion to scrub your feet so you get them nice and clean. You can apply a little soap to the brush if you like.
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    • Instead of a brush, your kit may come with a foam foot buffer that’s more like a rough sponge. You can use it the same way you would a foot brush.[3]
    • To keep your brush clean and sanitary, rinse it under warm running water after you're finishing using it. Then, soak it in rubbing alcohol overnight to disinfect it.

[Edit]Exfoliate your feet with a foot scrub.

  1. Apply the scrub to each foot individually and massage your skin. The foot scrub will slough away rough, dead skin and help your feet feel baby soft. Be thorough—massage the scrub on the top and bottom of each foot as well in between your toes. Dunk your feet in the tub to rinse off the scrub.[4]
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[Edit]Rub rough spots with a pumice stone.

  1. Use a pumice stone to smooth rough skin and calluses. The pumice stone is the rough black or gray stone in your kit (your kit may have a paddle-shaped foot file with a rough black side; that’s pumice stone). Use a gentle circular motion to scrub tough areas like your heels, the sides of your big toes, and the balls of your feet.[5]
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    • If you have any calluses, gently work on them with the foot file or pumice stone. Avoid rubbing too hard, since you don’t want to break the skin! Aim to smooth the skin (rather than trying to fully remove the callus).

[Edit]Use the callus shaver on thick calluses.

  1. The callus shaver is very sharp, so handle it with care. Callus shavers (sometimes called corn planes) allow you to slice through the thickened skin to remove a corn or callus. The tool's handle looks similar to a spoon or fork, with a stainless steel double-sided blade on the other end. Place the blade flat against your skin and gently swipe the tool over the callused area without applying any pressure. The blade will grab the top layer of skin and remove it.[6]
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    • Go slow and be gentle if you decide to use this tool. When used correctly, you shouldn't experience any discomfort, pain, or bleeding.
    • Avoid using this tool on minor calluses. Save it for tough calluses or corns that don't get any better after you use a pumice stone or foot file.

[Edit]Rinse off your feet.

  1. Give your feet one last dunk in the tub of warm water to rinse them. If your tub water is pretty dirty, move to the bath tub and give your feet a quick rinse under the tap. Then, place your feet on top of a clean towel and gently dry the skin.
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[Edit]Push back cuticles with an orange stick.

  1. The orange stick is a thin wooden or plastic stick with a pointy end. Since the warm water soak softened up your cuticles, you only need to use a gentle pushing motion with the pointed end of the stick to push each cuticle back from the toenail.[7]
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    • Pushing back your cuticles is safer than cutting them (cutting can lead to infections). It also enhances the appearance of the nail beds so your toes look well-groomed.
    • If your kit came with a cuticle cutter or nipper, you can use the tool to safely trim any hangnails you have.
    • If your cuticles feel dry, rub a small amount of cuticle oil into them.

[Edit]Trim your toenails straight across.

  1. Use a straight edged pair of toenail clippers for the best results. Trimming straight across helps to prevent ingrown toenails. Try to trim your toenails about even with the skin at the tips of your toes. Avoid trimming lower than that, since this can be painful and cause bleeding.[8]
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    • If your toenails are already trimmed short, you can skip this step.

[Edit]File your toenails into oval or square shapes.

  1. Use a toe nail file to even out the edges and shape them. Use swift movements in one direction as you’re filing; avoid filing back and forth. It’s also important to hold the file flat against the nail, not at an angle (filing at an angle can weaken your nails).
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    • It’s totally up to you whether you want rounded toenails or a more squared look![9]
    • Avoid rounding out your toenails too much. Try to keep the edges of your toenails above the level of the skin to prevent ingrown toenails.[10]

[Edit]Buff the tops of your toenails.

  1. Using the nail buffer block helps even out the surface of your toenails. Use swift, gentle strokes along the tops of your nails to buff and smooth them out.[11]
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    • Avoid buffing your toenails more than once a week, since buffing too often can weaken your nails.

[Edit]Moisturize your feet.

  1. Massage your favorite lotion or foot moisturizer into your skin. Pay special attention to any areas that were really dry or cracked before your pedicure, like your heels. Be sure to massage in between your toes, as well! Just try to avoid getting lotion on your toenails since you’re about to paint them.[12]
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[Edit]Apply your chosen nail polish.

  1. Use the foam toe separator to keep your toes apart while you paint. The foam is super soft, so just wedge it in between your toes. Apply your favorite nail polish and keep your toe separator in place until the polish is dry, which usually takes 10-15 minutes.[13]
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    • To speed things up, apply a quick-drying top coat over your polish. After about 60 seconds, you can remove the toe separator.

[Edit]Tips

  • After your pedicure, be sure to disinfect your tools, like your clippers, files, and shavers, by soaking them in a disinfectant solution or rubbing alcohol. Make sure you clean your tools after every use.

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