Manicure and Pedicure at Home

Hello ladies! I’m Swathi and I’ll be describing an effective pedicure and manicure procedures that can be easily performed at home.
All of us desire beautiful hands and feet, well if not beautiful at least clean, and it is in fact essential to take care of the most ‘hardworking’ parts of our body.

Manicure and pedicure at home

Before going to the procedure, I shall go through the basic requirements for both. These are listed as under:
1. Turkey towels: a hand towel or medium sized one is sufficient. This chosen for it’s soft texture and high absorbing characteristics.
2. A medium sized bowl for manicure and a large plastic tub for pedicure.
3. Olive oil/any aroma-therapy essential oils, common salt and a slice of lemon and raw milk (2-3 tablespoons).
4. Hand lotion, foot care cream and anti-fungal cream (for monsoons)
5. Tools: manicure and pedicure tools are more or less the same, except for the nail clippers ( it is bigger in size for pedicure ).
home manicure pedicure

The commonly used tools are:

• Cuticle cutter- (as shown in the 1st pic in the grid) Used for cutting overgrown cuticle layer at the base of the nails. Now the cutting edge of the tool in 4th pic can also be used to remove cuticle.
• Nail clippers- (2nd pic of the grid) in mainly two sizes , one for the finger nails the other for the toe nails.
• Plucker/Tweezer- (3rd pic of the grid) it’s optional and basically used to pluck out little hair on the hand. This can be avoided by either shaving or waxing.
• I really don’t know what the tool in 6th pic is called as but it’s used to remove the excess skin around the corners of the nails to smoothen the skin. It has a ‘V’ shaped structure (shown in 5th pic), though it looks scary, it doesn’t hurt a bit when the skin is properly soaked.
• The tool in pic 7 can be called an Orange Stick used to remove debris from under the nails or gently scrape the cuticle layer off from the nail.
• Filer- (8th pic) it comes in different sizes and made up of various materials. They say a glass filer is the best as it is gentle and does the work. Used to shape the nails. It is coupled with a nail buffer to give extra shine.
• Lastly a Pumice stone to remove dead cells from the feet. A soft bristle brush may also be used along with it.


6. Liquid soap- my personal preference is baby shampoo.
7. Nail polish remover, nail paints and cotton balls or q-tips.


• Foremost remove old nail polish using the nail polish remover.
• Make sure your hands/feet are not too dry, if they are then moisturize them using a good lotion or oil or cream.
• Then apply raw milk over your hands/feet and add drops of lemon juice over them. This removes the tanning and any discolorations. Keep till the pack gets dry. Later dab it clean.
• After few minutes prepare your hand/foot bath by pouring warm water into a bowl/tub. Add a pinch of salt and little bit of liquid soap and few drops of any essential oils (optional).
• Soak your hands/feet for 10-15 minutes.
• Remove one of your hands/feet first and then clip the nails (clipping is easier this way) then file them neatly. Using the tool in 6th pic, remove the excess skin around the corners by gently gliding the tool over the area. Make sure you remove the debris from under the nail.
• Rub some olive oil or cuticle remover over your nails and message gently for a minute.
• Use the orange stick next and push back the cuticle layer. If it sticks out then carefully nip it with a cuticle cutter.
• Using the pumice stone scrub the dry cells off from the sole of the foot especially the heels.
• Wash off the any greasiness and pat dry using a towel.
• Repeat the process for the other hand/foot.

Once hands/feet are dry, message some lotion or cream. Remove excess moisture from the surface of the nail using a q-tip. Apply the base coat, one or more coats of your nail paint and finally a top coat. Allow to dry.


One should never forget to moisturize their feet especially in winters. If suffering from cracks use a medicated cream and get regular pedicures.
During monsoons, take extra care of your feet by applying anti-fungal cream on the nails and between the toes to avoid any risk of infection. On sunny days make your feet happy by dabbing some sunscreen on them too.

Hope this article was beneficial 🙂

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44 thoughts on “Manicure and Pedicure at Home

  1. nice review but still i would like to Manicure and Pedicure at parlor …..for great relaxxxx…………. :secret2:

  2. you know….I never go to parlour….for anything!
    Just facial once six months or hair cut. Thats it!
    So I really follow manicure pedicure routine at home with kits. :))
    Thanx for detail procedure. Helpful for me! :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

      1. thnx Sim… the parlour lady are too moody and they prefer the rich clients. One day she made me wait for 1 hour for haircut….infact I had prior appointment and was on time. But she preferred someone else. So from that day I decided to learn everything on my own. Just haircut I go to Lakme salon. :))

        1. I never go to parlour for anything!! :yelo: he he he…Like trimming and all I can do myself better…I might go to parlour once in a year probably, depending on my mood to get a hair cut or something, if I want to feel pampered or get myself a hair makeover!! 😛 😛 😛

        2. Thats really bad…even after appointment?? Yahaan toh twice I’ve been to parlour and the hair stylist wasn’t there…And I made a big fuss of it!! 😛 😛 Once they gave concession for that, second time a free complimentary head spa!! 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

        3. i m also learnign from all you………….and wish one day i could do something myself……….i have also some bad experience with parlor lady……….even they dont care about their precious client…huh!!!!!!!!!!………….u know in parlor they use chep product and contain in brand boxes to show off thier client………my frnd told me this as she is also working as same place………even she told me that parlor wale……..mix the cleansing milk in facial cream also …………..oh god……….let me also leave these kind of parlor………..otherwise we are just wasting our money nothing else…………..

            1. 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 thats bad Sim
              but mostly they do this and make us believe they using the best products so its better to do as much as pampering at home safely :))

  3. I feel like doing pedicure todya only.. thank you for the detailed procedure swathi.. I love manicures and pedicures . they are so relaxing. I sometimes get them done at parlour and sometimes i do on my own – Depending on mood and time. 🙂

  4. i seriously need to do a pedicure.. thanx for the tips sim..i’m gonna try this now :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: .. bt i dont have a kit wid need to get 1 too.. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

  5. i love getting pedicures done at the parlour…but i do supplement it by doing it at home once a while…love the feeling …though i dont have such elaborate tools :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:

  6. i shud try this too at home. dont have the tools either but maybe can start off soaking my feet in warm water which has liquid soap and using the pumice stone to scrub etc and eventually cutting my nails and using a moistirizer in the end. SHORTCUTS everywhere 😀

    1. hey aruna…good evening…try vlcc pediglo kit…its very nice. :waytogo: has the scrub, foot spray,cream and foot shampoo 😛 …me loving it :heart: :heart:

  7. hi swathi ..nice post :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: … i always do it at home with my maybelline manicure pedicure kit along with VLCC pediglo… :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

  8. Swathi, nice article :yes: , I have never had any manicure or pedicure kit until I stepped into the blogging world & now I do it religiously :waytogo:

  9. hi everyone
    this was my first attempt at writing a post. after reading it i felt i could have made it better but all your kind words encourage me and my hands are kinda itching to get going on the next post !! :victory2: thanks again 🙂

  10. really nice post Swathi 🙂 so helpful for me.. here the parlours charge a bomb and a fat tip too… so I do everything at home.. will try the lemon-m ilk wala idea 😀

  11. Hi Swathi…nice article. The item in the 6th photo in the grid is known as a cuticle trimmer. I have it & I use it to remove dry, hard skin at the sides of my nails. It’s a bit sharp to be used at the cuticles at the nail ends.

  12. nice article swathi….. pedicures are so soothing no? i just love them….. 🙂 will try this one at home…. tho’ i don’t have everything u have shown…. i’ll make a start 🙂 :thanks: :thanks:

  13. hi…. my hands are toooo rough and wrinkled. plzzzz give me somesuggestons to get rid of these wrinkles and roughness.plzzzz help me yaar….. 😥

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