French pedicures can be the perfect look for your wedding and honeymoon. French nails on your toes make a great statement at work or at play, for graduation, during pregnancy, or any other number of exciting occasions. A French pedicure is an awesome look for any vacation where your toes are bound to be seen. Show off your feet with confidence and grace, sporting a pretty French pedicure.
Consider these tips and instructions for a DIY French pedicure.
French Pedicure Materials:
- Pink or nude nail polish
- White nail polish or white nail art pen
- Clear topcoat
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls or Q-tips for cleanup
DIY French Pedicure Instructions:
To create your own lovely French pedicure at home, follow these steps:
1. Remove any old nail polish using nail polish remover and cotton balls.
2. For a Relaxing French Pedicure: (For the Quickie French Pedicure, skip to step 3!) If you want the spa-style at-home pedicure, soak your feet in a foot spa, tub, or basin for about 20 minutes to soften them. Then use a pumice stone or foot file to smooth away rough spots. Rinse your feet periodically. Dry off your feet and apply your favorite foot lotion. Then use nail clippers and an emery board to trim your nails to the proper length. Ensure your cuticles are in good shape and get ready to paint your nails!
3. Begin your French pedicure by painting your toenails evenly, using a light pink or nude nail polish color.
4. Allow your toenails to dry completely.
5. Decide if a second coat of the base color is needed and apply if necessary. Allow to dry again.
6. Once dry, use the white nail polish or white nail art pen to paint only the tip of each toenail. For best results, take your time and paint just the tip of the nail by moving the nail polish brush horizontally across the tip of the toenail. Keep it slow and steady.
Tip: Some French manicure and pedicure kits come with their own stickers as tip guides (you can also buy them separately) to help you paint a straight line for the tip of the nails. These kits can be very handy to ensure a professional look even if you are a beginner at nail art, manicures, and pedicures!
7. Decide if a second coat of the white nail polish is needed for the tip of your toenails. Apply if necessary.
8. Paint a clear topcoat to preserve and protect your new French pedicure!
Tip: If you wish, consider adding a rhinestone or crystal to one toenail on each foot for added sparkle.
When created carefully, a French pedicure can last quite a while – sometimes up to two weeks or more. Remember to touch up edges that get damaged from walking around barefoot, and don’t feel bad about removing all the polish and starting over. A pedicure is a great way to pamper yourself and especially your feet!