It’s June which means we are solidly in sandal season! It also means that toes need to look pretty and polished, even if you can’t pop in for a pedicure. Now that we've all mastered the DIY mani, it's time to move on to the DIY pedi...and this couldn't come fast enough! A simple DIY pedi is all you need to show off those feet and skip away in your cute summer shoes.
We caught up with some of côte’s amazing nail technicians to discover their secrets for achieving the perfect polished pedi look yourself...
STEP 1: CLEAN & SOFTEN
Using côte’s non-acetone remover, gently dissolve away any old polish and create a clean, dry nail bed with which to work.
pro-tip - If you have a few minutes, soak your feet in a bowl of warm water. Add a little body or hand soap to help cleanse and soften your skin and nails, then dry completely.
STEP 2: SHAPE & SMOOTH
Clip your nails with a large, straight edge clipper, being careful not to cut too close to the skin. Smooth the edges with a fine grit nail file to attain your desired shape.
STEP 3: HYDRATE
Feet can take a beating, especially in our hot summer months. Make sure to moisturize your feet with a rich cream or oil to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.
pro-tip – côte’s organic, cold -pressed argan oil is an amazing all-natural hydrator. Put a few drops on each foot and massage into heels, soles, toes and cuticles. After applying oil, make sure to re-clean your nail beds with a quick wipe of non-acetone remover.
STEP 4: PUMP UP THE BASE
Start the polishing with one even layer of base coat. Don’t make the mistake of skipping this important step! A good base coat really helps colored polish stick and last.
pro-tip - côte’s smoothing base is an awesome base coat that enhances all nail types. This specially formulated treatment works as a ridge filler, strengthener and primer for natural nails, and creates a great base for polish adhesion.
STEP 5: SHOW YOUR COLORS!
Time to paint those piggies! Making sure there is a medium amount of paint on your brush, evenly apply two coats of polish to toes.
pro-tip – To really make colors POP, try playing with layering. Use one application of côte no.2 (a crisp, clean white) followed by a layer of your favorite shade. Watch the color explode on your toes!
STEP 6: END UP ON TOP
pro-tip – Carefully swipe the tip of each nail to seal the edge and ensure no chips.
With your toes attended to and looking great, you’re back in the game! Grab those sandals and reach for that beach bag, you’re good to go. (Don’t forget your sunscreen!)
The trick to washing your hands but saving your mani?
Grab the door knob – wash your hands.
Pick up the mail – wash your hands.
Sneeze, cough – wash your hands.
There’s definitely a theme attached to many of our activities these days. While
EVERYONE will agree that washing your hands is ALWAYS a good idea, it can be a bit tough on pretty polished nails. Here’s a quick “tip” that can save your polish job while you scrub, scrub, scrub away the germs!
When applying your topcoat, give the tip a quick little swipe to seal the edge. That extra bumper gives you the added bit of protection you need to weather the washing!
the days of fake acrylics are long behind us and our nails couldn't be happier. but years of coating & covering with chemicals have left our nails tired, cracked, thin, and sometimes yellow. by embracing our natural nail, we allow it to breath so it can begin repairing the years of anguish we've put them through.
there are a number of things that can cause our once beautiful, natural nails to turn a yellow hue. often times discoloration is due to the overuse of toxin laden polishes, gels and fake nails. thankfully we are more aware of these harmful effects and now have methods to turn back to the clock by strengthening, repairing, and nourishing our nails with toxin-free products!
get the most from your manicure with our strengthening base and top. it’s a great way to strengthen your nails and prevent splitting, peeling, and thinning. It also adds shine, keeping your color looking fresh longer!
if you’re on the go, grab our travel size option which fits perfectly in any sized clutch and is carry-on safe for quick spot treatments.
strengthening base + top $21, traveler size $8
a great way to keep your cuticles supple and skin and hair radiant is our organic argan oil! this multi-functional oil is your secret weapon for combatting not only dry skin (cracked heels) and wrinkles, but for keeping cuticles soft and hair shiny as well!
to use on nails, simply apply 1 drop to each nail and gently massage in the cuticle area, but don't stop there! add some argan oil into your lotion, shampoo or conditioner for a special hydrating boost, or simply apply directly to your skin or scalp.
argan oil $28
nail health does not stop at topical solutions - internal health is equally important to maintaining beautiful nails. a nutritious diet is a key factor to healthy nails!
head out to your local farmers market and load up on the green goods with our aplat tote now available. a beautiful grocery tote is a great way to remind yourself that you're invested in your health as well as supporting a sustainable lifestyle with a reusable, multifunctional bag.