8 Steps to the Perfect Pedicure at Home

I’m doing my own everything for my Zoom wedding. Hair, skin, makeup, nails, and toes. Luckily my routine is simple and I’m taking the low-maintenance approach, but I have to start early as I because the ceremony is just days away. As I kick off my spring wedding beauty routine, today I will share how to do a pedicure at home.

Last year I wrote a post about achieving the perfect manicure at home, which is something I do immediately after finishing the pedicure. Any beauty routine I participate in starts with my feet; giving myself manicures and pedicures at home is such a relaxing activity that involves trying new products and taking care of myself at my own pace. I just bought a new pumice stone that’s made out of volcanic rock and a cuticle clipping set that tackles ingrown nails, so I am feeling really good about my spring and summer pedicures.

How to Do a Pedicure at Home


  • Footbath (I use a basic household dishpan just for pedicures because I haven’t bought a foot spa; you can always soak your feet in the shower or bathtub)
  • A pumice stone or foot scrubber
  • Cuticle clippers and stick
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls, pads, or rounds
  • Foot scrub (check out this DIY scrub recipe)


  1. Remove the old polish. If there is no polish, go directly to #2
  2. Clip and shape the toenails. If you don’t need to cut your nails, just file and shape them. (refer to these tips from a celebrity podiatrist)
  3. Soak your feet in a foot spa, bathtub, or the shower
  4. Scrub those heels and footpads with the pumice stone
  5. Push back the cuticles with the cuticle stick, and clip the excess cuticle skin (don’t go too deep and cut yourself)
  6. Massage your feet with an exfoliating scrub (optional, but recommended if you have a scrub)
  7. Prep for polish: swipe your toenails with rubbing alcohol
  8. Polish your toenails, and let them dry for at least an hour

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