Seven steps for a flawless pedicure you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Somehow, treating yourself to a pedicure at your local salon or spa always ends up in the ‘too hard’ basket.

We get it: it can be super expensive, and for half the year our toes are kept hidden away from the world anyway, so why bother?

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But your feet literally carry you around every day, so every now and then, it’s nice to treat them to a little rest and relaxation.

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Luckily, you don't even have to venture out of your house to do it!

Here are eight easy steps to get a salon-perfect pedicure in the comfort of your own home.

So go on, treat yourself!

1. Start with clean, polish-free feet.

Sure, you may still have a bit of chipped, red polish on your nails from your last trip to the spa six weeks ago. But we're here for a fresh start.

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So grab some nail polish remover and a cotton ball, swipe off dregs and start from scratch.

2. Soak the stress away.

Fill your bathtub (or even a bucket or bowl big enough for both feet to feet in) with warm water and a little bit of your favourite body wash.

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Soak the stress away before you do anything else. Image via Getty.

3. Relax!

While your feet soak for around 10 minutes, take a moment to sit back and relax.

Dim the lights, light a candle or even put on some relaxing music to help you unwind.

Who says your bathroom can't become a day spa?

4. Scrub away the rough stuff.

Nobody's feet are perfect, so after soaking, use a body scrub (or make your own with brown sugar, coconut oil and honey) to release tension and remove any dead skin.

Concentrate on the balls of your feet and your heal for best results.

Rinse with clean, warm water and pat dry.

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5. Trim and file those nails.

Time to cut those toenails into shape! For best results, use a pair of nail clippers, and use a series of little snips rather than one big cut across the entire nail.

This will ensure you are cutting your nails in a natural shape and also prevent cutting too close to the skin.

Clean and round the edges of each nail with a nail file or emery board.

6. Massage and moisturise.

Once your cleaning and trimming is done, massage your feet and legs with a rich and luxurious lotion.

Moisturisers with hydrating ingredients like shea butter and macadamia oil to penetrate deeper into your skin and keep them softer for longer.

7. Pick your favourite polish and paint away.

Before applying a base coat, wipe away any excess lotion residue from nails with a damp cotton wool pad.

If you don't have fancy foam toe separators on hand, you can make your own using folded and rolled up tissues.

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Make your own toe separators using rolled up tissue. Image via Getty.

Pick your preferred colour, and apply one coat of clear base coat, two of colour and a clear top coat, letting each layer dry thoroughly in between.

For any stray polish strokes, soak a cotton swab in polish remover and carefully remove from the skin around your tootsies.

Voila! An at-home pedicure that's as good as any one you'll get at a spa.

Plus, you can wear your pyjamas the whole time. Win.

What are your favourite at-home beauty hacks? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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