X
X

Enter to win a free product from Dr.Brandt

*By entering to win, you agree to receive future emails from Dr.Brandt and SheFinds.

beauty

6 Tips That Will Extend The Life Of Your Summer Pedi

June 27, 2013 by Jenn Rice
shefinds | beauty

I paint my nails so often that I rarely get manicures. And if it’s winter, I pretend like my feet don’t even exist and leave them in the dark. I mean, who’s really going to see my dogs when it’s 5 degrees outside? But summertime is a whole different story. You can find me perched up in a salon chair at least two times a month, getting the “deluxe” pedicure where they scrub my feet extra hard. Chipped polish peeking out of your wedges or sandals is a huge beauty fail. And let’s not even discuss sandpaper feet. Do yourself a favor and give your feet some beauty love. And whether you prefer doing your nails at-home or in the salon, take note of these six tips below—they’ll prolong the life of your pedicure:

1. Bring your own polish to the salon if you can. I’ve seen some sad (and very old) looking polishes sitting on salon shelves. Salons also constantly add thinner to their bottles to make them last longer, which can warp both the formula and color. Plus, if you bring your own, then you have that color if you need to fix a nail. Try Inglot’s 02M Breathable Nail Enamel ($14)–it allows oxygen and moisture to get to the nail, plus it’s long lasting.

2. If you can, try to avoid wearing socks and closed-toed shoes for at least 8-12 hours after your pedicure. Although your polish might appear to be dry to the touch, socks and shoes will royally screw up your pedicure. Trust me, i’ve done this plenty of times. It’s not pleasant.

3. If you happen to nick your polish while it’s drying, fix it right away. If you don’t, your nail may start chipping. Just dab a tiny bit of cuticle oil over the nick and smooth it out. Do not, repeat DO NOT try and correct it with polish remover unless you’re an expert. Otherwise you’ll probably mess up the entire nail and have to start over again.

4. Apply a layer of clear top coat every other day to minimize the chances of the color chipping. Coating the ends of the toenails will also create the edges from chipping, which is where the chipping process usually begins. I’ve been obsessed with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($8.99) for a while now, it dries ridiculously fast and people always ask me if I have a gel manicure when I use it.

5. BE PATIENT. I know this is super hard for most of you, but it’s a must. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rushed out the door thinking I’d be okay, only to find that my mani and pedi was all messed up once I got home. Whether you’re in a salon or giving yourself a pedi at home, allow them to dry for at least 20 minutes. Consider it a great excuse for a little break!

6. Use cuticle oil. Jane Park, founder of Julep, recommends using cuticle oil daily. It will keep your pedicure looking fresh and will help your paint job last longer.   Their Essential Cuticle Oil ($18) is one of my must-haves, and for many good reasons. It’s easy to travel with and features a rollerball application, so you can slather it on your cuticles without making a mess.

Do you have any secret long-lasting pedi tricks? If so, we’d love to hear about them.

For more beauty news, check out the best facial products for hangovers$3 summer nail polishes and how to get ready in 5 minutes now.

[Photo: Shutterstock]

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

beauty

4 Life-Changing Foundation Tricks You Should Try For Younger-Looking Skin

April 20, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It's all about flawless application!

beauty

7 Concealers Every Woman Over 30 Should Be Using

April 19, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They're the best of the best!

beauty

Lush Cosmetics Just Launched The Cutest New Mother's Day Collection

April 18, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Mother's Day shopping complete.

beauty

The $2 Product With Amazing Reviews & Reputations Everyone Should Own

April 18, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's a total lifesaver!

beauty

The Best Anti-Aging Moisturizers That Are Made With Natural Ingredients

April 18, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They work better than those other ones

beauty

5 Haircuts Celebrities Swear By To Look 10 Years Younger

April 18, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Give one of these a try.

beauty

This Easy-To-Use Gadget Will Make You Rethink How You Shave

April 17, 2018 by Brianna Peters
It's amazing!

beauty

You Heard It Here First: Tamanu Oil Is About To Blow Up In The Beauty World

April 17, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
It's a beauty game-changer.

beauty

4 Cheap Natural Cruelty-Free Products Dermatologists Swear By

April 17, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Everyone should be using these!

beauty

6 Beauty Products That Are ALWAYS Selling Out At Sephora

April 17, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They always fly off the shelves!

beauty

4 Life-Changing Makeup Products You Should Try For Younger-Looking Skin

April 17, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
These are amazing.

beauty

How To Give Yourself A Luxurious At-Home DIY Facial In 6 Easy Steps

April 16, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
It's super easy!

beauty

Stowaway Cosmetics Just Debuted The Most Amazing Color-Changing Lipstick Ever

Lipstick is hands down one of the beauty items I ...

beauty

This Easy-To-Use Gadget Will Make You Rethink How You Shave

We've all been there. You're supposed to head ...

beauty

You Heard It Here First: Tamanu Oil Is About To Blow Up In The Beauty World

I'm lucky to not have super sensitive skin, but ...

beauty

I'm 24 And I Got Lip Injections--Here's What I Looked Like Before And After

I have been insecure about my lips for as long ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS