If you had to name your worst fashion sin, what would it be? Double denim? Blue and green? Crocs? Admittedly those are all bad but if you ask us, it doesn’t get worse than the dreaded socks and sandals. That’s why we’re wholeheartedly supporting No Sock Day that was on the 8th May.
A celebration of bare toes and foot freedom, No Socks Day is the perfect way to mark the beginning of the warmer months. Check out our handy guide to get the perfect pedicure for this footloose and fancy-free day.
Step 1 – Soft, soft, soft. The first step of any good manicure is to make sure your feet are free, not only from socks, but from any unsightly hard skin. For a sumptuously luxurious start to your pedicure, fill a bowl with warm water and a refreshing foot soak like the Peppermint Rain Foot Soak from Kaeso. Once they’re feeling soothed, massage your feet with a good foot scrub to make sure that your tootsies are soft and sandal-ready.
Step 2 – Do your filing. Not just a cosmetic concern, trimming and filing your nails correctly can be crucial to healthy feet. Too-long toenails can tear or rub against shoes and cause pain or infection so grab your nail clippers and get cutting. Don’t go too short though! Over-clipping can be equally dangerous so make sure you find a good length for you. Then it’ll be time to choose your shape, we love an elegantly rounded toenail as these don’t have any straight edges that tear too easily. A simple nail file is all you need to achieve this easy-to-maintain shape.
Step 3 – Cute cuticles. Like your fingernails, the cuticles on your toenails need maintaining too. Rather than cutting them though (this can lead to infection if you cut them too close), simply push them back with a cuticle stick to leave a smooth and clear base for your polish.
Step 4 – Moisture-toes. As with any beauty regime, moisturiser is key. Once you’re scrubbed and clean, apply a nourishing foot cream to really soften your skin and strengthen your nails.
Step 5 – Paint the toes red. Okay, it doesn’t have to be red but we love a good bright polish for toes. Since we tend to change up our toenail polish less than our fingernail polish, choosing a colour that will go with all those lovely summer outfits you have planned is a good idea. Red is a classic colour and will go with most things; we love OPI’s simple Red Polish for example. If you want to try something a little more adventurous, a bolder shade like CND Vinylux’s Electric Orange is a summery and eye-catching shade for toes.