How Do You Do a Pedicure?

To do a pedicure, trim and file the toenails, soak and exfoliate the feet, apply nail polish, and dry the toenails. This 45-minute process requires nail clippers, a buffing block, a pedicure file, water, oil, an orange stick, cotton balls, nail polish remover, lotion, toe separators and nail polish.

  1. Trim and file the toenails

    Trim the toenails with clippers, and shape the ends with a buffing block. Move the block from side to side across the surface and ends of the nails.

  2. Soak the feet

    Add several drops of bath oil to a tub of warm water, and soak the feet for 10 minutes.

  3. Exfoliate the feet

    File away rough, dry skin on the heels and balls of the feet.

  4. Moisturize the feet and cuticles

    Spread moisturizer on the feet and cuticles, then push the cuticles back with an orange stick. Keep lotion off of the toenails.

  5. Clean and polish the toenails

    Separate the toes with foam separators. Clean the toenails with a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover. Apply a base coat, two coats of polish and a clear topcoat. After applying the products to the surface of the toenails, pull the brush along the tips of the nails to prevent chipping.

  6. Dry the toenails

    Dry your toenails for at least 20 minutes before touching them or putting on shoes.