So you’re getting married…congratulations! A wedding ceremony is a wonderful day for everyone and thing involved – except for your checking account. You have enough to worry about – and to pay for. You want pretty piggies, but you just can’t afford the expense of a professional pedicure that can cost almost as much as it does to hire someone who officiates marriage ceremonies.
Follow this DIY guide for flawless feet on your big day.
A DIY pedicure will still be there when it’s time to relax after the wedding.
Step 1: De-Polish and Soak
Remove your crummy old polish and soak your feet in warm water mixed with a salt-based foot-soaking agent. They are sold under several different brands in any drugstore for about $8-$10.
Step 2: Trim and Smooth
Cut your toenails straight across so that they’re even with the tops of your toes, leaving a tiny strip of white across the top. Soften the edges around each individual nail with a regular emery board, like the kind you can pick up for under three bucks.
Step 3: Exfoliate
As described in “Home Pedicure Tips: Use Virgin Coconut Oil to Make Your Feet Happy,” coconut oil is amazingly good for virtually every part of your body – especially your skin and nails. Mix 1/4 cup of virgin coconut oil, 1/4 cup of epsom salts or sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Massage vigorously with a textured sponge or pumice stone to remove dead skin. Rinse with warm water.
Step 4: Smooth Out and Lay the Base
Massage your feet with a thick, rich foot cream such as shea butter to seal in moisture. Twist pieces of tissue and place them between your toes. Apply a base coat to your nails.
Step 5: Paint
Apply a coat of nail polish by spreading a thin, even layer from the cuticle to the end of the nail, starting in the center and working your way out. Always wipe off excess nail polish after dipping the brush in the bottle to avoid clumping. When you’re done, apply a top coat to avoid ugly chipping.
Give yourself a gift you can really use for your wedding – a cheap, DIY pedi!
That’s it! You’re all ready for a wedding ceremony complete with open-toed shoes. Marriage ceremonies come with a million hidden expenses, but a beautiful pedicure doesn’t have to be one of them. Not only will you look great, but a DIY pedicure is meditative and relaxing – and if you need to be relaxed for anything, it’s your wedding!
Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer who covers event planning and weddings.