DIY Manicures and Pedicures
Treating yourself to a DIY manicure and pedicure at home
can be a fun way to pamper your hands and feet without ever having to leave your
house. Not to mention you’ll save a few bucks! It’s also a great time to experiment
with new colors and designs. You can use the time to care for yourself and relax,
or grab a friend and make it a polish party!
Before you get started, remember that it is important to
be safe and clean. So talk to your mom or other trusted adult to see what you have
at home and what you need to purchase. Then find a good place to focus on the task
at hand. Now you’re ready to get started.
What you need:
Nail polish remover
Small tub of warm water
Emery board/nail file
Base coat nail polish
Nail polish (color of your choosing)
Clear top coat nail polish
Foam toe dividers
Giving Yourself a Manicure
Remove any old nail polish on your nails by wiping nails
with a cotton ball dipped with nail polish remover.
Soak your hands in warm water to soften the cuticles
(the thin, flexible part of your nail, closest to the nail bed).
Remove your hands and pat them gently with a towel to
Massage hands with a moisturizing lotion.
Gently push back your cuticles with an orangewood or
Trim nails to your desired length with nail clippers.
Be careful not to cut your nails too short, or it will be painful.
Use an emery board or nail file to smooth out any sharp
edges on the tip of your nail and get your desired nail shape.
Tip: There’s no perfect way to shape your nails. Some girls like to shape
them into ovals while others like shaping them into a square. Whichever shape you
choose; just make sure they are smooth.
Wash your hands with soap and water to get rid of any
debris or lotion left on your nails and pat gently with a towel to dry.
Apply a base coat to the nails and allow nails to dry
for a few minutes.
Follow-up with two coats of your new favorite color nail
polish and allow it to dry for three to five minutes in between coats.
Finish your manicure by applying a clear top coat.
Remember to allow your newly painted nails to dry completely.
You can use a fan to speed it up. Time also varies depending on how thick you apply
each coat. Once you’re all dry, enjoy your new look!
Giving Yourself a Pedicure
Follow the same first steps as a manicure but instead
of your hands, soak your feet in warm water for five to 10 minutes.
Lightly rub your heels and any rough spots on the bottom
of your feet with a wet pumice stone (a rough piece of rock you can purchase at
a store) on the bottom of your feet in a back-and-forth motion to help remove any
Dip your feet back in the water to rinse off the dead
Remove your feet and gently pat them dry with a towel
and finish with a moisturizing lotion.
Follow steps 5-7 above to trim and shape your toenails.
Finish up these steps with a final rinse and dry.
Insert foam toe dividers between your toes to keep them
apart (to prevent your toes from touching and smudging the polish).
Follow steps 9-11 above to properly coat your nails,
ensuring you allow time to dry in between the top coat, color coats and top coat.
Allow your newly painted nails to dry completely. Then
you can remove the toe dividers and enjoy your new pedicure!
All your hard work will pay off with beautiful nails you’ll
be proud to show off. The best part is, you can always remove your polish and try
other colors whenever you want. Feel free to get creative. Most importantly, you
just enjoyed some relaxing time pampering you and you have salon-beautiful fingers
Learn about manicures and pedicures and get helpful advice from teen girls at BeingGirl.com.