A DIY pedicure is only as good as the techniques you use. Oprah Daily advises you give your feet some love by soaking them in warm water and Epsom salt. Dry your feet after five to 10 minutes. For strong nails, Healthline stresses the importance of keeping the right tools handy, including nail oil, cuticle oil, and a file board (preferably glass). A common mistake people make is filing their nails in a seesaw motion. Avoid brittle nails by filing in one direction.
After your feet are soaked and nails prepped, Byrdie suggests scrubbing your heels with either a foot file or pumice stone. Just be mindful of how much skin you’re scrubbing off. For the full spa experience, gently massage cuticle oil into the bottom and sides of your nails. This helps increase circulation (via Tipsy Turvy Nails) and also encourages nail growth (via Good Housekeeping).
Before you start applying your chosen nail color, make sure that you use a base coat as your first layer (via Oprah Daily). Repeat the same process with a top coat once your nails are painted, and bam — you have gorgeous nails.