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Many people enjoy looking their best, and having a fresh new coat of nail polish on your toenails can add an extra flare to wearing your favorite strappy heels. Maybe tonight is date night; or perhaps you want to wind down from a stressful day from work. Either way, painting toe nails can soothe and leave your feet looking magazine-ready. While going to the nail salon is always an option, if you want to save some money, painting your own toenails is a good option. Painting toenails is something anyone can do, and you’ll free great afterward.
This article will focus on tips and tricks on how to give yourself the best pedicure. This article goes through the necessary steps to prep, trim, massage and paint the toes with care and will make your toes look as if they were done by a professional. This article also touches on how best to massage and remove dead skin, which types of materials to choose and how to paint your toes so they look fresh and rejuvenated.
What Is Nail Painting?
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Painting toenails is a skill that has been passed down for generations, usually among girls and women; however men and boys are now enjoying this pastime as well and have done so throughout history. Painting toenails is a practice that dates back to around 3000 B.C. in China, and in ancient Egypt painting toenails was used to distinguish which class someone was in.
Typically, throughout history, the lower class of people usually wore nude colored nail polish, while the ruling classes typically wore reds to show they were wealthy. Before females were painting toenails, men and warriors in ancient history used to paint their nails to signify their great importance, typically wearing the same shade of their lips.
Today, nail polish is typically made of lacquer, which is a shiny, thick liquid. Nail polish can also be made from gum, beeswax, gelatin and egg whites. Nail polish should be applied in an airy room, as polish fumes can be unhealthy to consistently breath in, however in small amounts it should be ok.
Painting toenails requires patience; however, a solid pedicure does not take longer than an hour to do, making it the perfect pastime while watching your favorite tv show. However, painting toenails does require skill and using the right tips can help make painting toenails fun and relaxing. Purchasing the right materials can also help produce the best toenails.
Tips For Before You Start Painting Toenails
Using a foot pumice will remove the dead skin, leaving the skin smooth and the pedicure looking delicate and professional. You can also use a foot grate, which is a metal tool that grates the dead skin from the foot. Giving yourself a massage can also boost endorphins, which can help with relaxation.
Another tip is to use an undercoat and overcoat of polish to enhance the color and prevent from chipping. The undercoat and overcoat can also strengthen the toenails and leave them looking healthier and stronger. The undercoat and top coat also provides nails with a shiny, glossy look that makes them look more attractive. The more time and care you take while painting your toenails, the better the results will be. Have fun while painting them, and you will enjoy the look and feel after the pedicure.
How To Paint Toenails Like A Pro
1. Buy Correct Tools
You can buy the necessary tools at any local drug store. Make sure to buy nail polish remover and cotton balls. Next, add toe nail clippers, cuticle oil, and Epsom salts and bath gel. Find your favorite shade of polish and buy an undercoat and overcoat. Lastly, purchase a strong pumice.
Pumice stone is made of volcanic rock and works wonders when removing dead skin. However, sometimes there are tools that are made of metal that gently grate the skin from the foot. These tools tend to last longer; however each skin type is different. These tools are great investments because they will last for a long time and will save you money from going to the nail salon.
2. Remove Previous Polish And Prep
Before painting toenails, remove previous any nail polish from your toes. Prep the toenails by filing and clipping them to your chosen length and style. If your nails aren’t too long, it is recommended that you not cut them, but file them instead. Try and make sure the nails are even. Usually a square-like shape with rounded edges is an attractive look for the toe.
3. Soak Feet In Warm Water
After shaping, prepare bath water with Epsom salts and bath gel. Make sure the water is warm. You can use your bathtub or you can use a small tub to soak your feet in. Some people prefer using a small tub because they are able to place it in their living room while watching a fun movie or reading a book.
Maybe the weather is warm; why not sit on the porch while soaking your feet? Leave your feet soaking for about twenty-minutes. This is the optimal amount of time to keep your feet soaked, as it will loosen the skin and muscles, which is important when removing dead skin.
4. Clip Cuticles
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Apply a small amount of cuticle oil to the toes. Gently massage into the skin around the nails. After massaging, trim the cuticles around the nail. Massage an extra amount of oil around the toe nails. After the cuticles are trimmed, softly buff the nails to make them smooth.
5. Use Pumice To Remove Dead Skin
After soaking your feet and trimming your cuticles, lightly pat dry the skin and lay down a towel underneath the foot you’re going to work on. Before beginning, make sure you use the tools over the towel. Begin by pressing the tool firmly down on the heel and ball of foot, but don’t press too hard. The point is to remove the dead skin while leaving the soft skin intact. If you press to hard, you could cause the skin to rip and bleed.
Slowly move the pumice in a circular motion, and if you are using a grating tool, move this back and forth slowly. You should expect the dead skin to fall off, and it will resemble a soft white powder; which is why it is useful to keep the towel underneath you. Keep using the tool around the outside of foot and heel. Once the skin is at a smooth texture, you can begin moisturizing.
Normal body lotion can work, however there are specific products available that help keep feet feeling fully moisturized. Gently work the lotion into the skin and massage. Knead your thumbs into the center of your foot and push up and back down. Squeeze the ball of your foot and heel. Massage the foot for several minutes until your muscles feel relaxed and limber.
7. Paint Toe Nails
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After your feet have been thoroughly massaged, separate the toes with a toe separator. You can also use toilet paper or cotton balls to separate the toes. It’s important to keep them separated so the nail polish doesn’t get smudged.
Apply the undercoat to each toe nail. Only one coat of the undercoat is needed. Wait for about three minutes. Next, apply the nail polish color. Apply two to three coats of the color as needed to reach the desired shade. Wait about five minutes for the color to set in. Finally, paint the top coat on your toenails. You only need one coat if this. Let your toes dry for at least twenty minutes before using the toe separators. It is best to stay seated while your toes are drying so you don’t smudge your polish job.
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Painting toenails is not as hard as it seems, and once your toes are done you’ll feel a boost to your self-esteem. Instead of paying money to have someone else paint them, give yourself a pedicure. It is soothing and easy to do. Make sure to invest in the correct tools and supplies, as these will go a long way.
You don’t need to purchase expensive materials; however investing in the right tools will last longer and improve your pedicure. Take care when using the pumice or foot grate and always make sure to have a towel at hand in case there is a mess. Choose your favorite color, and make sure to use both an undercoat and topcoat. Whatever the occasion, having a fresh new coat of polish and a pedicure will leave your feet looking perfect.