Rita Re­mark, global lead ed­u­ca­tor for Essie, shares her top five D.I.Y. tips

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Ar­range your­self com­fort­ably

pre- pedi. “If you can’t reach your feet, prop them up. Don’t crouch into a fe­tal po­si­tion try­ing to pol­ish your toe­nails,” says Re­mark.

When it comes to toe­nail shape, health comes

first. “I f they are short and square , they won’t de­velop in­growns, and they will be less likely to chip.” Start with clean nails. “If there’s oil on the nails, I can guar­an­tee they will chip within three hours,” says Re­mark. She sug­gests wip­ing nai l s with pol­ish re­mover or soap and wa­ter and dry­ing them off quickly. Never skip base and top­coat . “It’s not just for the pro­tec­tion of your nails and the last­ing ef­fect, but also be­cause nail pol­ish only looks good with base and top­coat.” Al­ways ap­ply SPF when wear­ing san­dals or slides. “Don’t for­get to put sun­screen on your feet, or you’re go­ing to have a mo­saic of skin tones by the end of sum­mer.”

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