I’m in serious need of a pedicure. I mean…BADLY!
Last night I went to town on my heels with a PedEgg because they looked something like this.
|photo by Ariadne Van Zandbergen|
No, I’m not kidding. It was a bad bad scene. It was so bad that my pride and vanity took over and would only take a picture of my foot post PedEgg and post about 14 gallons of Eucerin cream. And still, they looked like this….
So today, I’ve come up with a solution for the gal with nasty feet in need of some TLC…or in my case, some serious elbow grease. So my friends, I give you my own invention….
- 1 set of horribly neglected feet, already subject to the redneck paint job of the past…layer upon layer of nailpolish.
- Some nailpolish remover, or for the true Redneck Pedicure experience, you might find Paint Thinner or furniture stripper to be just as capable of doing the job.
- A cotton ball. One cotton ball should do it for this sort of job. It doesn’t really matter terribly if there is a bit of polish left on your piggies, you’re just gonna cover it back up anyhow.
- And the piece de resistance…your trusty orbital sander. Yes friends, it had gotten that bad! I’d recommend using a 120 grit fine sandpaper… since this is afterall your foot we’re about to go to town on here.
Position your sander (in this case I used a Bosch orbital sander) along the nastiest, most calloused part of your foot…and sand that bad boy down. Your foot may start to look smoother at this point. If the sander feels too hot to your skin, remove it immediately…it’s likely you’ve sanded off too much and probably didn’t need this drastic of a method afterall.
Before polishing your nails, smooth some really thick cream onto your feet. For a true redneck pedi experience, Crisco should work just fine. Today I opted for something more traditional though and used Eucerin cream.
Since I follow a pretty strict redneck polishing regime and over time like to put multiple layers of polish on my nails to save time, I highly recommend using a clear basecoat. Who knows how long it will be before your nails see the light of day again, and serious staining will occur if you don’t at least clearcoat them first.
Paint a base clear coat onto your nails and wait the 60 seconds that the bottle recommends….or if you’re me, just wait until you finish painting the other foot before applying your first layer of colored polish.
For this pedicure, I was feeling cheery to no longer have heels and toes that look like a desert in Nairobi, so I opted for a red polish to really draw attention to my happily smoothed toesies.
Put this polish on and then lean back and admire your handiwork!