Salon Savvy: How to Give Yourself a Pedicure

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8. Prep for Painting

Before applying polish, remove any oils and residue from your nails themselves so that your polish stays put. Use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to swipe across each nail to get them clean and bare.

9. Polish Pretty

Apply one coat of basecoat polish and let dry. You can find many options for this at drugstores, beauty stores and online. Note: Clear polish is not the same as basecoat or topcoat polish – they are actually all different formulas!

After the basecoat dries, apply two coats of your favorite nail polish, allowing them to dry in between. (Pro polish picking tip: Anything with glitter will last longer. Sparkle doesn't come off as easily.)