How to Give Yourself (or a Friend!) a Pedicure

By Aly (and Brooke!)


What you need:

  • Paper towels
  • Your favorite color polish
  • Polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Clear polish

What you do:

  1. Put some paper towels on the floor so you don’t have to worry about spilling polish.
  2. Take one cotton ball and put some polish remover on it. If you have polish on your toes already, use enough to get it off. If you don’t, just rub the remover over your nails to get off any dirt that might be on there.
  3. Rip off two paper towels. Twist the first one into a long tube and weave it back and forth between your toes to separate them a little bit more. Then do the same thing with the second paper towel for your other foot. You might need to tuck it in around your pinkie toe if it pops up and gets in your way while you polish.
  4. Open up your clear polish and do a coat of clear on each nail. Then close the clear bottle up tight.
  5. Open up your favorite polish. Do a coat on each toe.
  6. Fan your toes a little to dry them a tiny bit, and then repeat step five.
  7. Fan your toes a little again, and then open your clear polish. Do a top coat of clear polish on all your toes. Be sure to close the bottle up tight.
  8. Now your toes have to dry. You can fan them for a long time, or sit and make a bracelet or read a book or watch TV or talk to your friend. Usually it takes about twenty minutes, but it could take longer.

And now you should have a beautiful pedicure! Even after the polish is dry, you probably shouldn’t wear socks and sneaker-type shoes for a while. Bare feet or sandals are better so all your hard work doesn’t get smooched. Happy Polishing!