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10 Steps to Do Your Own Pedicure


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Trim
For best results, use a toe clipper with a curved edge.
For best results, use a toe clipper with a curved edge.
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Now's the time to start shaping your toenails, getting them prepped to paint. How short should you clip? Well, a good standard is that you want to be able to run your finger across the top of your foot and have your toenails barely grazing your finger.

Using a clean nail clipper -- curved clippers are usually easiest to work with -- clip straight across, careful not to cut too close to the edge of the skin. It sounds simple enough, but too often, we clip too much, causing uncomfortable hangnails and ingrown nails. To prevent this, a smart recommendation is to clip the edges at a 45 degree angle. Clipping at this angle won't give you smooth, sleek nails but that's where Step 8 comes into play. So let's move on.


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