At Home Pedicure: Quick, Cheap and Easy

At Home Pedicure: Quick, Cheap and Easy


I envy people who get regular pedicures. I envy people who even get irregular pedicures. My friend came into town and treated me to one a couple of months ago. It was my first in 5 years. The rest I do at home.

The thing is, I ALWAYS have my toenails painted and don’t ever let them look gnarly. It’s all about technique, the right polish and setting aside about 7 minutes. No joke.



First, I gather up my supplies. Most of which I have no idea their actual name:

  • Nail file
  • Wood stick-y thing (as you can tell, I’m a professional)
  • Cuticle cutter thing
  • Quick-drying nail polish (I just grab whatever is cheap)
  • Pro-FX Quick Dry High Gloss Top coat (found at WalMart. See? CHEAP.)

The nail prep and the top coat are most important.

Staying within the lines is not.


I have zero time to dilly dally these days. I do what’s quick.

If you’re looking for high class, I recommend you tap out now.

  1. Remove all the polish off your toes.
  2. File your nails, push back cuticles and make sure the top of your nails are smooth-ish.
  3. Paint one coat on each nail.
  4. Paint a second coat on each nail. Just go right back on through even though the first coat isn’t dry.
  5. Paint the top coat (technically your third coat).
  6. Let dry. It takes almost no time.
  7. Optional: Add a second top coat.


If you have “colored” outside the lines, wait until your polish (top coat included) is completely dry.

To remove the edges and excess color (and have your toes look professionally done), hop in the bath, shower, or any place where the end result will have your feet in warm water.

While in water, use your fingernail to peel away the polish on your skin (side of toenail, on your toe, etc). It takes little to no time to do this. It’s like you’re steaming the polish off your skin.

Once you get out of the water, your toes should look like a professional did them.

If not, add one more top coat. Viola!


Have more than 10 minutes? Check out the “proper” way to paint your nails. This applies to toes as well.

how to apply polish

That’s it.

Call it thrifty, call it white trash, call it whatever you want.

All I know is that I don’t have to avoid one day in sandals or barefoot because I can’t get an appointment at a salon.

Now, when my friend did take me to a salon, I almost cried it was so amazing. They also served wine. But I digress.

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Nail Polish Color Reference


TIP OF THE DAY: For quick reference and to keep your nail polish organized, brush a coat of paint on a file label sticker and then let dry. Once dry, use a hole punch (they used a fancy heart shape punch) to cut out the color and stick to the top of the nail polish top.


  • Nail polish
  • Avery (or similar) sticky file folder labels
  • Hole punch
  • A little bit of time

You could go alllllll out and make yourself a cute little storage box, too.


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