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How do you do a gel pedicure?

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Polish first because moisture in the nail bed causes the polish to lift. Slough the dead skin, and moisturize after polishing. A gel pedicure takes 45 minutes and requires gel polish, a UV lamp, a tub, a nail file, an orange wood stick and cream.

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  1. File your nails

    Use an emery board to file your nails to the desired length. Do not saw across the nails. Instead, draw the emery board toward the center of the nail from each side.

  2. Prepare the nail bed

    Use an orange wood stick to push back the cuticles. Only nip flags of skin and not the entire cuticle. Use the emery board to gently rough up the nail bed so that the gel polish adheres to it. Use a paper towel soaked with alcohol to remove the dust from the nail bed.

  3. Apply the polish

    Start with the base coat. Apply a thin layer, and then hold the nails under the UV lamp so that the polish cures. Repeat this process for two layers of color and the top coat. Use a paper towel soaked with alcohol to remove the sticky film from the top coat.

  4. Remove the calluses

    Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes. If desired, add essential oils or foot soak solution to the water. Remove one foot, and dry it off. Apply foot scrub to the heels and any other areas with calluses. Use a foot file or pumice stone to scrub away the dead skin. Rinse the foot in the water bath, and then dry it thoroughly. Repeat the procedure with the other foot.

  5. Apply moisturizer

    Use a thick cream made especially for feet. Warm a dab of cream between your palms, and rub it into the foot and up the leg as far as the knee. Then, apply cuticle oil to the cuticles.

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