It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a DIY manicure with you all. These posts started back when Tristan and I first got married, and I needed to address my shallac manicure obsession, and the false belief that I could no longer reach my toes to do my own pedicure. In case you’re new to Torie and Tristan, here are the previous manicures (full disclosure: Tristan not involved):
Earlier this year, I came across this fun nail/outfit combo on Atlantic Pacific, and was immediately brought back to ages 8-12, when I did all sorts of crazy nail polish combos.
I borrowed a few nail polish colors from a co-worker to complete my ombre look.
This manicure was tons of fun and very easy. Here’s how it turned out:
What do you think?
I’ve been spoiled by the best pedicures ever from Kerrie at Salon Rae, and will never be able to self-create the same results. But I have come up with some tricks to make the DIY pedicure process less daunting. Also, I’ve taken a giant chill pill and realized my toes don’t always have to be perfectly painted.
When I’m getting ready to do a pedicure, I break the process out into three mornings (>5 min each).
- Morning one: Clip toe nails before getting into shower. In shower, scrub toes and pumice feet with a gadget like this. Apply lotion.
- Morning two: Remove prior nail polish. In shower, scrub toes and pumice feet. After shower, file toenails. The shower has softened the skin and nails, making everything easier. Apply lotion.
- Morning three: Following shower, apply lotion. Use skewer and cuticle stick to clean cuticles and sides of nail beds. This is my favorite part. It makes such a difference and makes it feel like a real pedicure.
- The evening of day three is when I typically paint my toenails. They are primed and ready, so the process goes quickly.
And that’s it!
-t (Tristan had nothing to do with this post)