Manicure & Pedicure Instructions

by Tobias Starr ; Updated September 28, 2017

Giving yourself a manicure or pedicure at home is easy.

water manicure image by Leticia Wilson from

Giving yourself or a friend a manicure or pedicure at home can be fun, relaxing and cost-effective. It’s a great way to pamper yourself and have a fun, relaxing evening at home with friends while simultaneously working on beauty treatments. Also, doing at-home manicures and pedicures gives you the freedom to create your own signature nail look. You don't need any special tools, and you can avoid long lines at the salon by doing your nails at home.

Items you will need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton ball
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Soak bowl
  • Towel
  • Base coat
  • Polish
  • Top coat
  • Moisturizer
Step 1

Remove all polish from fingernails or toenails with a nail polish remover. Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover and gently rub away any leftover bits of polish.

Step 2

Use a nail clipper to cut fingernails or toenails to the desired length.

Step 3

File fingernails or toenails with a nail file along the corners and edges to shape them and rid them of any ragged edges.

Step 4

Rub a hand or foot moisturizer onto your fingernails or toenails. Allow the moisturizer to sit for five minutes.

Step 5

Soak fingers or toes in warm, soapy water for eight to nine minutes.

Step 6

Use a cuticle pusher to push the cuticles of your fingernails or toenails back.

Step 7

Rinse and dry your fingernails or toenails.

Step 8

Go back over your fingernails or toenails with a file again to make sure all of the edges are still smooth.

Step 9

Polish your fingernails or toenails with a base coat. Allow the base coat to dry, then go over that with one to two color coats, allow to dry for a minute between each coat, then apply a top coat. Allow the nails to dry completely.

Photo Credits

  • water manicure image by Leticia Wilson from

About the Author

Tobias Starr has been writing professionally since 2010. Her specialties include fashion/beauty articles, literary analysis pieces and the occasional commentary on cultural issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in speech communication and a Master of Arts in secondary education, both from Morehead State University.