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Mani and Pedi Tips from the Pros

Jin Soon Choi, owner of Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spas in New York City, gives Allure Spa readers seven steps for a successful manicure.

  1. A nonacetone remover is less likely to dry out the nails.
  2. Clip and file nails. File in one direction unless you're using a buffing bock or fine-grade file.
  3. Soak for 3-5 minutes in warm water and milk or oil to soften cuticles, then push the cuticles back.
  4. Make your own exfoliating scrub with olive oil and sugar. Wrap in warm, damp washcloths for one minute.
  5. Massage lotion into arms and forearms.
  6. Apply thin coats of polish.
  7. Use a topcoat, and make sure nails are completely dry before using hands.

Ji Baek, owner of Rescue Beauty Lounges in New York City, recommends this pedicure routine every three weeks.

  1. Cut toenails straight across, and be careful not to overfile corners and sides as that can cause ingrown nails.
  2. Rub on cuticle cream and soak feet for three minutes. Push back cuticles.
  3. Use a foot file for calluses, rub on exfoliating scrub, and moisturize.
  4. Separate toes, and apply base coat and polish. Darker shades are better at hiding imperfections.
  5. Apply two thin coats and topcoat.

Allure Spa recommends CND Citrus Moisture Scrub, Bliss Diamancel #20 The Conquerer foot file, and Crabtree & Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander Rejuvenating Hand Remedy.

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