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Q: Sandal season is here and my feet need some serious help! What do you recommend?

A: All you need are a few supplies and your favorite color of nail polish, and you are minutes from sandal-ready toes!

For starters, you'll need a basic manicure/pedicure kit that has clippers, small scissors (for nails or dry bits of skin), a file or emery board, and an orange stick (for pushing back cuticles). You'll also need a pumice stone or loofah to smooth any rough areas like your heels. All of these tools are indispensable for a professional looking pedicure.

If you have old polish on your nails, remove it with a gentle nail polish remover, and then wash your feet with mild soap and warm water. If you have dry skin or any rough spots, use a pumice stone, loofah, or a lotion with loofah or pumice bits to gently exfoliate them away. If you use a lotion, be sure to only apply it to your skin and not to your nails as it will interfere with the nail polish's ability to adhere to your nails. If your nails are long or uneven, cut (always straight across) or file (one direction only to prevent splitting and peeling) them to the length and smoothness you want, then very gently push the cuticles back using your orange stick wrapped in cotton.

Before applying any nailcolor, always start with a basecoat to prevent the polish from turning your nails yellow. Sally Hansen, OPI, and Orly make a nice selection of basecoats for every kind of nail problem you can think of - breaking, splitting, peeling, and so on. Basecoats don't need much drying time, so you can apply your color right away. For the richest color and longest wear, I recommend two coats of color plus a quick drying topcoat. With normal activity, your pedicure should look fresh and pretty for about a week with no touchups!


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