I was recently contacted by the wonderful people at Julep to partake in a DIY pedicure challenge inspired by the summer season. Oh boy, was I excited to do it! They have their own pedicure guide for those of you who want it.
Let me get this out first. One, summer season is already over and done here in the Philippines. Two, Julep is not locally available here. If they were, I’d definitely be using their polishes for this challenge and I would be one of the first people to get their hands on the Plié wand. Definitely makes manicures and pedicures easier for clumsy girls like — ahem — yours truly. (You would not believe how many polish splatters have decorated my bedroom floor, sheets and table.)
So why did I accept the challenge?
I do love bold and bright nail polishes. I may not be as eager to purchase them as I do with lipsticks but a bright spot of color on my nails and toes is one way to perk me up especially in this gloomy weather we’re having. Second, doing this reminds me how much I love summer — the beach, shorts, sandals, bikinis and colors.
Before you start, remove any leftover polish from your toenails with a nail polish remover.
Step 1: Soak your feet in lukewarm water for a few minutes to soften up any calluses and relax your muscles.
Step 2: Apply some salt scrub (Jericho Energizing Dead Sea Salt Scrub) and gently massage it onto your feet in circles to exfoliate dead skin cells and improve blood circulation. Get a foot file and scrub on areas with thicker calluses like your heel, for example. Then, rinse with warm water. Pat your feet dry.
Step 3: Trim your nails and file them with an emery board according to the shape you want.
Step 4: Apply some cuticle softener (Human Heart Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil) on the base of your nails and gently push back with a cuticle pusher. Use of a cuticle nipper is entirely optional. Go ahead if you want to.
Step 5: Put on your toe separators and get ready to paint those clean babies. Apply one layer of your base coat followed by your choice of nail color and a topcoat. Wait at least 30 minutes for them to dry.
You can end it there but if you’re feeling pretty adventurous, I suggest doing a nail art.
Of all the designs that ran through my mind, I chose to apply some watercolor effect on my nails. Granted I have only done those on my hands and never on my toes, but hey, there’s a first time for everything. Before you plan on doing this, make sure your base color is either a white or something like it and apply two layers of the top coat instead of just one.
Step 6: Dot blobs of your chosen color anywhere you want on the nail.
Step 7: Get a watercolor brush — I used RT Detailer Brush for this — and dip it in acetone/nail polish remover. (This is why you need to apply 2 layers of top coat to avoid your base color getting smudged.) Dab the brush on the blobs of nail polish repeatedly until you have achieved the watercolor effect you like.
Step 8: Get another color of nail polish and repeat steps 7 and 8. You can add different colors as you wish. Don’t be afraid of overlapping them. Finally, add another layer of top coat. Clean up around the edges with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover.
And you’re done!
Below is a list of all the products I used:
Human Heart Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil
China Glaze Ridge Filler Base Coat
Lioele Nail Color in #15 Baby Pink (a light milky pink)
China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat
Etude House Nail Remover #1 Mild
Real Techniques Detailer Brush
OPI Nail Lacquer Anti-Bleak (a deep, cool-toned purple creme, LE from the Mariah Carey Collection for Spring 2013)
NARS Chinatown Nail Polish (blood red
Essie Off The Shoulder (a bold, hot pink)
FYI, this is my first nail polish post. Celebratory dance and hugs all around you guys.
Don’t forget to follow me on: