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.
Regardless of the reason for the beauty treatment, a manicure forces you to take some time for yourself. How you spend that time is up to you -- rehashing recent dramas with your friend in the adjacent chair or chatting with the manicurist. After all, you and the manicurist practically hold hands, and if you know each other well, you might catch up on life since the last manicure.
Pumpkin Spice Pedicure: Our ultimate foot hydration treatment begins with an aromatic spiced pumpkin soak followed by a moisturizing, oil free sea salt scrub to slough off and soften dry skin. A warming pumpkin masque is then applied along with hot towels for a relaxing treat that compares to none! A hot stone massage utilizing our Shea & pumpkin butter crème will leave your fall feet in summer shape. Available September – November
An American manicure is similar to the French, but the shape and color of the nails differ. In this particular style, the tips are sometimes rounded, and use neutral or off white colors on the tips, instead of the drastic bright whites used in the French manicure. This can be worn in the classic style or made modern with some well placed glitter polish.

“It may feel nice to soak your hands in warm water before your mani but the water actually bloats the nail, causing it to soften and expand. After the manicure, your nails will eventually shrink back down which causes the bond and adhesion of the polish to be compromised, leading to chipping and peeling polish. Bottom line? Dry manicures last longer.” —Lisa Jachno


^ Marlow, David A.; Looney, Timothy; Reutman, Susan (September 2012). "An Evaluation of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems for Controlling Hazardous Exposures in Nail Salons (EPHB Report No. 005-164)" (PDF). Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Retrieved 5 March 2013.

Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Silica, n-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Polyurethane-11, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120). MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Violet 2 (CI 60725), Red 7 (CI 15850).


One thing we know for sure is that healthy nails start at the salon — and that’s true now more than ever. New technology has made it possible to not only reduce the removal time, but in some cases even protect and strengthen your nails. In fact, OPI recently launched its GelColor ProHealth, which includes a two-step system featuring a nourishing basecoat and a wear-and-tear protective topcoat that can keep nails shiny for up to two weeks. The pair works in tandem to create a healthy gel application, but the real innovation is its patent-pending ProHealth technology that promises to cut the removal time in half, taking it from 15 minutes to a speedy seven.
Nail polish formulations may include ingredients that are toxic or affect other health problems. One controversial family of ingredient are phthalates,[10] which are implicated as endocrine disruptors and linked to problems in the endocrine system and increased risk of diabetes. Manufacturers have been pressured by consumer groups to reduce or to eliminate potentially-toxic ingredients,[25] and in September 2006, several companies agreed to phase out dibutyl phthalates.[26][27] There are no universal consumer safety standards for nail polish, however, and while formaldehyde has been eliminated from some nail polish brands, others still use it.[28]
An American manicure is similar to the French, but the shape and color of the nails differ. In this particular style, the tips are sometimes rounded, and use neutral or off white colors on the tips, instead of the drastic bright whites used in the French manicure. This can be worn in the classic style or made modern with some well placed glitter polish.
The Ft.Lauderdale Red Door as been a perfect experience everytime I have visited. It has an upscale refined, quiet, relaxing ambiance. From the friendly engaging manner of the people who greet you to the skilled staff who pamper your hands and feet, the experience is always 5 Stars. I would not hesitate to enjoy other treatments such as facials or hair design. They have my confidence. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"They are similar in that both provide an extra layer of protection to natural nails," says licensed nail technician, Harli G, the nail mastermind behind the nail art account @nailsbyharlig. "Dip nails don't require UV/LED light and are typically a much quicker process to apply from start to finish. Gel nails tend to look a bit more natural on the nails than a dip powered enhancement, so I prefer gel manicures."

The image of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s toes, as he received a pedicure in 2017, should have come with a NSFW warning. In 2014, former slam dunk champion Nate Robinson bared his soul, and his little piggies, as he posted a picture of himself on Instagram at a nail shop with the hashtag #teamUglyFeet. And through the decade of his own playing career, shame prevented Washington Wizards Coach Scott Brooks from removing his shoes in front of a stranger.
As a self-professed beauty lover, I pride myself on staying on top of the latest fads in the makeup, hair, and nail world—after all, I’m usually the person my family and friends run to when they need advice on getting a certain hairstyle or testing the makeup waters with new products. But when ELLE.com’s Senior Beauty Editor, Kristina Rodulfo, mentioned dip powder nails to me, I had to admit defeat—I never heard of the trend and was eager to find out what it entailed.
For Best Results: Prep your nail with Remove nail polish remover and apply two coats of any MATTEVELVET shade to your nail bed. Mattes can be applied over Zoya GetEven to protect your nails from staining when using highly pigmented shades. To extend wear, apply one coat of the Zoya MatteVelvet Topcoat over your favorite matte shades after polish is completely dry. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is typically not as long-wearing as traditional nail color.

Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).
Pumpkin Spice Pedicure: Our ultimate foot hydration treatment begins with an aromatic spiced pumpkin soak followed by a moisturizing, oil free sea salt scrub to slough off and soften dry skin. A warming pumpkin masque is then applied along with hot towels for a relaxing treat that compares to none! A hot stone massage utilizing our Shea & pumpkin butter crème will leave your fall feet in summer shape. Available September – November

Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Violet 2 (CI 60725), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Black 2 (CI 77266)[nano], Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
This type of nail polish is a clear colored polish formula that is used specifically after applying nail polish to the nail. It forms a hardened barrier for the nail that can prevent chipping, scratching and peeling. Many top coats are marketed as "quick-drying." Top coats can help the underlying colored polish dry quickly as well. It gives the polish a more finished and desired look and may help to keep the polish on for longer.[12]

Calluses and corns are hardened skin that can crack and hurt if they get too thick. During a pedicure, don't let the salon technician use a razor on your feet. Razors raise the risk of infection. At home, soak your feet in warm water for at least five minutes. Then use a foot file, pumice stone, or exfoliating scrub to remove calluses. Don't go barefoot, either -- it can cause calluses.
As a self-professed beauty lover, I pride myself on staying on top of the latest fads in the makeup, hair, and nail world—after all, I’m usually the person my family and friends run to when they need advice on getting a certain hairstyle or testing the makeup waters with new products. But when ELLE.com’s Senior Beauty Editor, Kristina Rodulfo, mentioned dip powder nails to me, I had to admit defeat—I never heard of the trend and was eager to find out what it entailed.

Refining your skin, the treatment begins with a sea salt exfoliation from the knees to the feet. Enjoy a state of total bliss as warm volcanic stones are massaged from heel to knee followed by an old fashioned foot rub to increase relaxation. A double action seaweed foot mask and fresh seaweed leaf wrap around the legs reduce swelling and soften tired feet. A truly “sole”ful experience.
To my surprise, the dip powder manicure process was fairly simple: Anna dipped each finger into the clear, finely-milled powder, brushed off the excess powder, set it with a protective clear polish and repeated these steps until my nail was fully coated and hardened. After applying OPI’s Freedom of Peach, Anna sealed each nail with a gel top coat and placed my hands under a fan dryer. The process took about an hour and a half in total—and for $51, the manicure was still in tip-top shape after a week of fumbling through my handbag for my keys, typing on my laptop, and washing my hands round the clock.
Always check out a new nail salon beforehand, even if you're desperate for a pedicure. Be sure employees wash their hands and clean their equipment between clients. Most salons have an odor from nail products, but it shouldn't be overpowering. A very strong smell may mean that the ventilation system doesn't work. And look for the nail technician's state cosmetology license. It should be current and on display.

This type of nail polish is a clear colored polish formula that is used specifically after applying nail polish to the nail. It forms a hardened barrier for the nail that can prevent chipping, scratching and peeling. Many top coats are marketed as "quick-drying." Top coats can help the underlying colored polish dry quickly as well. It gives the polish a more finished and desired look and may help to keep the polish on for longer.[12]
To start, Anna, one of the nail technicians in the salon, removed all access nail polish from my nail using acetone before pulling out her electric buffing machine to smooth out any rugged areas on my nail and create a clean canvas for the powder to stick to. After cutting and shaping my nail—I opted for an oval shape instead of my usual squoval—and pushing back my cuticles, it was time for the fun to begin. Anna brushed on a primer, then swiped on a clear polish. While there were an array of powder colors to choose from (pink, nude, purple, etc.) my heart was set on the pale orange shade I saw upon arriving at the salon so I chose to go with that.
"Excess exposure to chemicals such as those found in household cleaners can lead to weakened enhancements or brittle natural nails. I always recommend wearing protective gloves to protect both the enhancement, your natural nails and the surrounding skin from weakening, which could lead to painful breakage. Restoring hydration after the treatment and during the wear time will help a lot of the problems that can arise from the dip powder enhancements. Try to apply cuticle oils and high quality moisturizers multiple times a day."
Why do people get manicures? First, changing your nails can change how you feel about yourself. For instance, some professional women who lost their jobs were loathe to cut a weekly manicure from their expenses, arguing that the indulgence helped them to look professional [source: Saint Louis]. Second, the process is undeniably relaxing, from the hand massage, to the careful attention to each finger. Third, sometimes it's hard to deny a bride who's made a round of manicures mandatory for the bridal party.
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