How to Perfect Your DIY Pedicure (A.K.A. Hurricane Edition: What I Did While Irene Kept Me Stuck Inside)

Beauty / August 29, 2011

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How to Perfect Your DIY PedicureWhile hurricane Irene raced up the east coast, I made sure to be prepared: water, canned goods, a flashlight, and a colossally big bag of cosmetics.

Because what else is a beauty editor to do when her entire city is shut down?

Play with products! I enlisted my friend Emily, fresh from evacuation Zone A, to help me out.

We settled on DIY pedicures, and since we had the time, went all out.

Here’s how:

Make sure your nails are clipped, your feet are clean, and you’ve sloughed off calluses with a foot scrub and/or pumice stone.

Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot CrèmeSmother your feet with moisturizer (I love Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Crème), wait a few minutes, then gently wipe off any excess with a towel.

Next, lightly soak a cotton swab with polish remover and swipe each nail (this removes excesses oil and moisture).

Before polishing, I suggest putting on a toe separator (or weave twisted toilet paper between your toes) so they won’t touch and cause smears.

Sephora by OPI’s Sparkle Me SilverApply a light coat of clear base polish, such as Essie’s All-in-One Base Coat, and let dry. Then, use your color of choice to paint on two coats. I opted for Orly’s Moonlit Madness, while Emily went glam with Sephora by OPI’s Sparkle Me Silver to prepare for her upcoming cabaret show.

QUICK TIP: To avoid air bubbles in your polish, rub the bottle between your palms for a few seconds before applying (don’t shake).

Also, make sure your lacquer has not been sitting in your bathroom cabinet getting stale for a year. The newer the polish, the smoother it will go on.

Once dry, apply a top coat, like this one from OPI. Make sure your nails are totally dry before removing your separator, and slide on some flip-flops. And you’re done!

Hopefully, you’ll be able to go right out and show off your sparkling toes. Unfortunately, Emily and I were stuck inside, watching NY1 and pigging out on peanut butter.  Still, it wasn’t that bad. And thankfully, the city stayed (more or less) safe.

Susan Linney
Susan Linney
Susan is a freelance writer, born and raised in NYC and currently based in Brooklyn. She’s the senior beauty editor for Meets Obsession, and also writes for online publications such as, and The Huffington Post. Susan had a serious candle hoarding issue that she has no plans to address. She’s currently obsessed with Marc Jacobs’ new beauty line, her black Zara moto jacket, and Aaron Paul.

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August 29, 2011

How to Perfect Your DIY Pedicure (A.K.A. Hurricane Edition: What I Did While Irene Kept Me Stuck Inside)