Need to Manicure Your Toes? Find the Steps in This Easy Tutorial

Bellindah Gama
by Bellindah Gama
13 Materials
1 Hour

Pedicures aren’t that complicated. In fact, pedicures are one of the most inexpensive spa treatments that you can do at home. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to manicure toes at home. Let’s get started!

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Tools and materials:

  • Foot bath
  • Epsom salts
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Foot scrubber
  • Exfoliating foot scrub
  • Coconut oil 
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail separator
  • Nail buffer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail polish
Filling a foot bath with warm water

1. Create your foot soak

The first thing you have to do is soak your feet in a foot bath. Add warm water and feel the temperature to make sure it doesn’t burn your feet. 

Natural pedicure

The next thing you want to add is Epsom salt or a foot soak of your choice. 

Pouring apple cider vinegar into the bath

I normally use an apple cider vinegar soak, but this time I’m just going to add one shot of apple cider vinegar.

Soaking feet in foot bath

2. Soak your feet

Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. I left my feet in there for about twenty minutes and the vibrations felt so good. After a while, you kind of get lost in it. Add more water when you need it since the water won’t stay warm forever. 

Feet after soaking them in the foot bath

I continued to soak my feet until they looked something like this. I could see that the Epsom salt didn’t remove as much dead skin as my normal foot soak, but it allowed my feet to be as soft as they needed to be before I started scrubbing.

Gently scrubbing feet to remove dead skin

3. Scrub your feet

I’m using this scrubber that has four different options that allow you to scrub, file, and buff. I love this scrubber and it’s saved my life. As I scrub, I'm being very gentle and just removing all of the dead skin.

Filing heel gently

4. File your heel

Next, turn your scrubber over and continue to file your heel gently. Remember to be careful to not hurt yourself. Your foot is very sensitive and if you do it too hard, you can hurt yourself to the point of bleeding. To avoid all of that, you just want to be careful. 

Dead skin after scrubbing and filing feet

Look at all that dead skin!

Pedicure scrub

5. Rinse and exfoliate

Now, I’m just rinsing my feet and using an organic foot scrub that I made myself. You want to be very gentle and scrub your feet to exfoliate all over. Exfoliation is the key to soft feet; it’s a step you cannot skip. Trust me, your feet will love you. 

Pedicure moisturizer

6. Moisturize

Next up is my favorite product: coconut oil. I absolutely love coconut oil. You just want to make sure that you moisturize your foot and keep all of the moisture trapped in before you move on to the nails.

Cutting nails with clippers

7. Cut your nails

Before starting with the nails, you’ll need a nail separator or something that can help you work. I find that without one, my nails smudge everywhere and it doesn’t work well for me. First, cut your toenails to make them a bit shorter. I prefer to grow my toenails and then cut them because it allows me to pick the design or shape that I want. So shape them however you want.

Shaping toe nails with curved file

8. File your nails

Next, I’m using a curvy file and just filing them down to the desired length and shape. When you’re filing, be careful because you don’t want to hurt yourself. I recommend using a buffer for the top of your nails as filing the top will weaken the nail, especially your fingernails. 

Pushing back cuticles with cuticle stick

9. Push back your cuticles

Spread cuticle oil all around your cuticle area, then use a cuticle pusher to push down the skin on top of the nail. This is a safe way to push back the cuticles without hurting yourself.

Buffing the top of the nails to make them smooth

10. Buff your nails

Next, you want to buff the top of your nails with a nail buffer. This will smoothen out your nails to allow for easier application.

Using a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol to dehydrate nails

11. Dehydrate and clean your nails

You also want to dehydrate your nails either by using rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.

Cleaning underneath nails

12. Clean underneath your nails

After you’re sure the shape and length are right, make sure to clean underneath your nails as well.

Removing dead skin using the back of cuticle

13. Clean off any dead skin 

Once you’re done cleaning, use the back of a cuticle pusher. This allows me to clean any dead skin that is on my nail and remove any of my cuticles that are already coming off. You can also use a nail clipper or a cuticle clipper for this, but I don’t really like to cut my cuticles. 

Deluxe pedicure steps

14. Apply base coat and cure

Now, let’s apply our base coat. I will be curing this for 120 seconds under a UV lamp, but it’s not necessary. I just prefer to cure because it makes the process a bit quicker. 

Applying gel polish to toe nails

15. Apply gel polish

Next, apply your gel polish. I decided to go for a white color this time, but use whichever color you prefer. Don’t worry if you touch your skin. We’ll be cleaning it up in the next step.

Cleaning up polish using a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol

16. Clean up excess polish with rubbing alcohol

A quick and simple way to clean up nail polish so your pedicure looks professional is by using rubbing alcohol. Just wet a Q-tip and slowly go around each toe and remove the excess polish on the skin. 

Applying top coat to toe nails

17. Apply top coat and cure.

Finish your nails with a top coat, and cure if necessary.

Applying cuticle oil to cuticles

18. Apply cuticle oil

Finally, apply cuticle oil to your cuticles and you’re done!

Manicured feet

DIY pedicure at home tutorial

Here’s the finished product of our DIY pedicure! Let me know what you guys think about my process to manicure toes down below.

Suggested materials:
  • Foot Bath
  • Epsom Salts
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
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  • Karen Pineda Karen Pineda on Jun 22, 2024

    I love this. I have never heard of soaking your feet in apple cider vinegar. You mentioned that you normally use one, but weren't using it this time. How much should I add to my foot soaker?

  • Valari Valari on Jun 24, 2024

    But she didn’t have anything like that. And I am a very happy person and you know nothing about me. I have already been using this for over 10 years.