With Summer weddings coming up and open toed shoes (or flip flops) making an appearance down those wedding aisles, another expense many brides will have to fork out for are those pedicures. An average salon pedicure can range from around £25 to £60 depending on where you choose to go and what kind you decide to have.
Plain and painted will be the best option for brides on a budget but this can soar right up if you choose a posh salon, paraffin wax treatment and a French polish.
There’s no doubt they can be relaxing but a bride to be on a budget may not be able to afford this on top the rest of the preparations, so how about doing it yourself? Follow our hints and tips and make a night of it. You can also get the girls round for a pre wedding day pampering session. We recommend doing it around two or three days before the big event.
Perfect toe tip 1: Get cleaning
The first thing you need to do is ensure you start with a clean base. Get rid of any nail varnish left over from the Christmas season by soaking a cotton wool pad in nail polish remover and clean off all leftover polish really thoroughly.
Perfect toe tip 2: Have a nice relaxing foot soak.
Fill up a bowl with warm water and some essential oil, like lavender or peppermint. You can soak your feet for just five minutes, but if you’ve had a long day, you’ll probably want to leave them in there for more like half an hour. The more hard skin there is on your feet, the longer you’ll need to soak them for.
Perfect toe tip 3: Use cuticle oil
Although it’s tempting to keep your feet inside that bowl for a long long time (or at least until it goes cold) you will need to take them out to continue the pedicure. Take one foot out first, dry it and then take the clippers and cut it straight across, filing down to shape. Massage in some cuticle oil and put it on a towel to rest. Take the other foot and do exactly the same as the one before. Once the cuticle oil has soaked in use a wooden cuticle stick to push them back. Apply some exfoliating foot lotion onto to both and rub in, before rinsing them again in the water.
Perfect toe tip 4: Scrub away at the dead skin.
Use an exfoliation brush to scrub off all the hard skin, many of which is found under the heels and the balls of the feet. You’ll then need a foot file to get rid of any stubborn areas of hard skin. Make sure you file in one direction, like when you file your nails, and don’t scrub too hard.
Perfect toe tip 5: Massage
Get an obliging friend (come on its your wedding day soon after all) to massage your feet using an intensively moisturising cream. Make sure she also massages the calves and the balls of your feet thoroughly.
Perfect toe tip 6: Polish it all off
Before painting your nails, go over them again with nail varnish remover to get rid of any oils leftover from the footbath. Then apply a basecoat, two coats of polish, and a topcoat (use toe separators if you want).
Because you’re getting married we recommend either a deep shade of red or something completely pale and neutral, which can be shown off on your honeymoon too. Or if you have a steady hand then why not try a French manicure? Failing that Boots does some cute French pedicure DIY kits for £7, which consist of a stencil which you paint over to get the white tips.