The results of a salon-quality pedicure can be duplicated at home by following an easy routine outlined in Ladies' Home Journal.

Remove old polish with cotton balls soaked in gentle nail polish remover. Clip nails straight across, even with the ends of the toes. Buff and shape until smooth, and trim hangnails with cuticle clippers.Apply cuticle softener, soak feet in warm, soapy water for five minutes, then gently push back cuticles with an orangewood stick. Smooth calluses and remove dead skin on soles with a pumice stone or heavy duty emery board. Then boost circulation with a massage: slather cream on feet and with both hands on one foot make circular movements with thumbs from the top of the instep to the toes.

Rinse and dry feet and remove traces of cream from toenails with tissue dipped in nail polish remover. Splash astringent or cologne on feet and let dry.

Insert tissues between toes to prevent nail polish from smearing. Apply one coat of ridge filler or other base coat, then apply polish the same way as on hands with one stroke down the center and one on each side of nail. Wait three minutes then give nails another coat.

Let the color dry for five minutes, then add a top coat to give nails extra protection and sheen.

Let the color dry for five minutes, then add a top coat to give nails extra protection and sheen.

Finally, apply baby oil or a brush-on oil-finish product to reduce drying time. Leave separators between nails for 15 more minutes, and wait another hour before putting on shoes.