A Pampering Pedicure You Can Do At Home

Update: This story was originally published on May 4. We thought you guys might like a little weekend DIY project to help you show off your toes in your new summer sandals.
While part of us is rejoicing that we can finally bust out our best open-toed shoes, the more practical half is looking at our neglected tootsies and wondering if we'll look totally crazy wearing socks all summer. Getting your peds pampered weekly is a surefire way to make your lower half look presentable — and to go bankrupt trying to pay for all those pricy salon visits.
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With that in mind, we asked Emma Lara, the nail expert at Haven Spa in NYC, to concoct a DIY pedicure you can do in the comfort of your living room. From shaping your talons to a sweet-smelling mask that will soften your feet up stat, here is the DL on getting your down-below digits ready for the big unveil.
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Here's everything you need to turn hobbit toes into pretty peds: lavender essential oil, an egg, baking soda, strawberries, honey, epsom salt, sugar, milk, a lemon, body cream, nail polish, nail clippers, top coat, cuticle oil, a foot file, and olive oil.

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You're going to start your pedicure with a relaxing soak, for which you will need the epsom salt, baking soda, and essential oil.

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Grab a pair of nail clippers and cut your nails to the desired length and shape. Fill a basin with warm water, then add in one cup epsom salt, one teaspoon of baking soda, and four or five drops of essential oil, then stir together.

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Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes, then dry them off with a towel.

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Using your foot file, exfoliate off any callouses or rough patches. If you are in a rush and don't have time to soak first, Emma says you can spray feet with a callous spray that contains tea tree oil. Leave it on for five minutes to soften them up, then file off.

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Next, you'll want to scrub your feet with a sugar scrub. To make your own, you'll need raw cane sugar, olive oil, and essential oil.

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In a large bowl combine one cup of sugar, a half cup of olive oil, and six to eight drops of essential oil. Mix together with a spoon. You can add more sugar or oil to get your desired consistency.

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Rub the sugar scrub over your calves and feet to exfoliate any remaining dead skin.

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Wash off the scrub thoroughly, then dry feet with a towel.

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For a brightening, softening boost, this mask can't be beat. To make it, you'll need an egg, honey, strawberries, a lemon, and milk.

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Cut up a handful of strawberries into quarters, until you have one-half cup. Place the pieces in a large bowl.

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Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice and pulp into the bowl with the strawberries.

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Mash up the strawberries and lemons together until you have created a purée.

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Add a splash of milk, a teaspoon of honey, and an egg, then whisk together.

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Apply the mask to your feet and calves, making sure to rub it into the skin.

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Take a plastic bag and wrap up your feet, then sit back and relax for 20 minutes. Remove the bags and rinse with warm water.

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Rub a hydrating cream into your skin, making sure to massage feet as you go. Swipe nail polish remover on nails to get rid of the excess oil from the cream. This will ensure your lacquer stays put for longer.

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For your polish, choose a summery hue that will really pop on your toes. Emma suggests Butter London Trout Pout, Zoya Sachi, or Essie Mint Candy Apple.

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To keep your pedicure looking fresh and lasting longer, Emma recommends applying a top coat and cuticle oil every two days.

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Prepped, polished, and ready to step out in style!

Shoes: ALDO RISE x Libertine Baughan sandals, $155, available at Aldo.

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