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A step-by-step guide to the perfect pedicure

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The summer weather means open-toed sandals and flip-flops, but sometimes a messy pedicure can leave you dashing to the salon rather than making the most of the sunshine. Celebrity nail artist Jenny Longworth reveals her step-by-step guide to creating the perfect pedicure at home to keep your feet looking their best this season…

Jenny reveals her top tips for a perfect pedicure

The night before:

1. Cut your nails down with clippers rather than scissors as this will give you a cleaner finish.

2. Use a medium to hard grit file to shape your nails. When you have the right shape, file downwards at a 45-degree angle to the free edge of the nail. This will seal in the layers at the edges and prevent any flaking.

3. Run a hot bath and soak your feet. Take them out for five minutes and gently push back the cuticles, then soak your feet some more.

4.Use a body scrub to massage into any dry skin on the heels.

5.Dry off your feet and while the skin is still supple, use Revlon's Pedi-Expert to remove dead skin. Start with the thickest area and slide the Pedi-Expert back and forth in lengthway motions.

6. Moisturise and put on a pair of socks before bedtime to ensure your feet soak up all the goodness.

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Pamper your feet the night before with a hot bath and moisturiser

Applying the polish:

1. A good buff of the nail will make all the difference in the look and wear of your nail polish – try Revlon's Crazy Shine Buffer for healthy-looking nails.

2. Apply a base coat to protect your nails.

3. Choose your shade! For a gel-like effect, apply two coats of your favourite Revlon Gel Envy Nail Enamel.

4. Finish off with a topcoat and a slick of quick-dry polish to seal the colour and complete your perfect manicure!

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