Even if a salon appointment isn't in the cards for you this week (or next), you can still give your toes some TLC with an at-home pedicure — all you need is a little foot scrub and the perfect shade of polish, which is why we've compiled a comprehensive pro's guide to a flattering and on-trend spring pedicure. From classic poppy red to pastel pink, you'll find the exact polish shade you need to ready yourself for the impending open-toe shoe season, ahead. Think of it as a seasonal pick-me-up and a good omen.
In cold weather, bring plastic wrap to your pedicure to help avoid smudges. Before you leave the salon, ask the technician to put a layer of cuticle oil on your newly polished toes. Then wind the plastic wrap around them before you put tights, socks, or shoes back on. Pedicure socks have openings for toes and can be worn with flip-flops. Or slip your feet into special pedicure boots that have a front flap that leaves your toes exposed.
To Ellington’s credit, he was the only Heat player who dared to wear flip-flops without socks before an October game against the Wizards. In the offseason, Ellington and his wife will plan day-dates to the nail shop. Though he believes that feet are “a vital part of what we do” as NBA players, like several of his peers, Ellington said he doesn’t have time to get pedicures during the season. But that just might be an excuse from a man who needs his spouse as his salon interpreter.
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Benzophenone-1, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Tin Oxide. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).
“Too many times I’ve had clients come in with nails they’ve just clipped themselves and often they’re uneven or, worse, too short. It’s not just unsightly, it can also lead to pain and infection if you cut them down to the quick. Part of my job is to trim and shape your nails—so let me do it.” —Amy Harold One thing you can do yourself: Eat these high-biotin foods that keep your nails healthy.
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Silica, n-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Polyurethane-11. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Violet 2 (CI 60725), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
You can simply ask to skip the soak, because a dry manicure actually is best. But other common salon practices are equally terrible for your mani, such as when technicians shake the bottle (you should roll the bottle between your palms instead to prevent air bubbles), use quick-dry topcoats (which often contain chemicals that actually break polish down faster), and have you pay at the end, since rifling through your purse or wallet can cause an accidental nick on freshly painted fingernails.
Before all else, a manicure lover dreams of her fashion statement. Is yours the French manicure? Depending on who you ask, this pale pink polish with a white tip is either classic or old-fashioned. If you love the look, you'll be happy to know that it makes nails look longer. And pale shades are just right for serious moments, like a job interview.