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As much as we love relaxing in one of those massage chairs and having someone else make our feet pretty, frequent pedicures can get pricey. Save some money and master the perfect pedi at home with these steps.

1. Start with a clean slate.

Use cotton pads and nail polish remover to eliminate any unwanted polish. Cotton balls work too, but cotton pads work best simply because they won’t come apart as easily.

2. Trim & file.

Use a toenail clipper to trim nails straight across, clipping just above the skin. Then file them with the less coarse side of a nail file, moving from each edge to the center.

3. Soak & relax.

Now the easy part: Immerse your feet in a mixture of warm water and a mineral soak for about 10 to 20 minutes.

4. Clean up the cuticles.

Use a towel to dry off your feet, and apply cuticle cream to the base of each toenail. Let the cream sit for a few minutes, and then use a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick to gently push the cuticles back toward the skin.

5. Remove calluses.

Using an exfoliating foot scrub and a pumice stone, scrub off dead skin from your heels and the balls of your feet.

6. Moisturize.

Massage lotion onto your feet and apply cuticle oil to the cuticles.

7. Paint.

Use toe separators — or anything you have on hand — to separate toes. Apply one base coat, avoiding the cuticles, and give it a few minutes to dry. Apply two coats of your favorite nail polish and one coat of a quick-dry clear polish. Use either an orangewood stick or a Q-tip with nail polish remover to remove any messes.