Like it or not, sandal season is almost here... Are you afraid to reveal your plates of meat to the world? Get your feet ready in five fuss-free steps:
1. GET TRIM:
Remove your old polish and shape and trim your nails. Cut straight across and under no circumstances should you cut the corners, unless you're in the market for ingrowing toenails.
2. GET SOAKED:
Fill a basin with warm water and add a dash of Epsom salts (this is an emollient that soften the skin and relaxed the muscles) and a few drops of essential oils. If you have a few smooth pebbles knocking about, we urge you to chuck these in as they will massage your feet. Soak your feet for at least 15 minutes.
Get yourself a pumice stone and some foot scrub (we're obsessed with Leighton Denny's Sole Mate exfoliator
). Pay particular attention to the backs of your feet and rinse off any excess.
This step is crucial. Soft and moisturised feet are half the battle when it comes to making them acceptable for public viewing - so ladle it on. If you need a really intense hit, we love Margaret Dabbs' Intensive Treatment Foot Oil.
5. DRESS THEM UP:
Nod to this season's pretty palette for an instant update to your look (see our pick of spring nail polishes below). Remember to apply a base coat and a top coat though; chipped nails are never ok...
Chanel's sorbet shades will set your nails apart this Spring. The even better news is that there's a colour for for every month in the season too - a ruby red April, rose pink May and peachy June.</p>
£17.50 from <a href="http://www.debenhams.com/" target="_blank">Debenhams</a></p>
Dior's garden party-inspired nail polishes are the must-have shades of the season (green is the colour to watch out for this Spring). Choose from the lavender Forget Me Not and lime green Waterlily - although when you smell their rose scent you'll probably want both.</p>
£18 from <a href="http://shopping.mydaily.co.uk/redirect.php?prodID=75063917&pID=7933&dest=http://www.awin1.com%2Fcread.php%3Fclickref%3Dlynku%26awinaffid%3D126863%26awinmid%3D3539%26p%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww%252Eselfridges%252Ecom%252Fen%252F%252F%252F%252F%252F%255F359%252D84011246%252DSC12DIORVERNIS%252F" target="_blank">Selfridges</a></p>
Essie's new Spring collection is made up of "power pastels", from Navigate Her green to A Crewed Interest in peach. Our favourite is summer's most-loved shade - the Tour de Finance fuchsia.</p>
£9.95 each available from <a href="http://www.nailsbymail.co.uk/" target="_blank">NailsByMail</a> in February</p>
Givenchy's Vernish Please comes as a bit of a surprise compared with the rest of the pastel coloured palettes that make up their Spring/Summer collection.</p>
We're not complaining though - this stand out shade will get rid of winter blues in one quick coat.</p>
£13 from <a href="http://shopping.mydaily.co.uk/redirect.php?prodID=74816717&pID=8143&dest=http://www.awin1.com%2Fawclick.php%3Fmid%3D3100%26id%3D126863%26clickref%3D%26p%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.ist-track.com%252fProcessClick.ashx%253fcompanyId%253d17910aed-1bae-4362-9580-b523eb87a91e%2526itemId%253dwwxtppal%2526bid%253dt%2526affiliateCompanyId%253Dc35abe1f-3be3-45e0-bc66-7d104d67d479%25" target="_blank">House of Fraser</a></p>
OPI have gone Dutch for Spring. The Holland inspired collection includes the hot pink Kiss Me On My Tulips, the pale rose Pedal Faster Suzi and the duckegg blue Thanks A WindMillion. (They've got to be the best nail polish names ever).</p>
£11 each available from <a href="http://www.lenawhite.co.uk/" target="_blank">Lena White</a></p>
Orly have just launched their mini nail polishes, but it's not just the pocket-sized bottles that have caught our attention. The new pale grey Faint Of Heart and pink Prelude To A Kiss are perfect for a subtle but chic manicure this Spring.</p>
£5 each from <a href="http://www.boots.com/" target="_blank">Boots</a></p>
- Butter London
From tropical pink to twinkling oyster, Butter London's newest nail colours were designed to match the colour-popping palettes from the Spring/Summer catwalk shows. However, our favourite thing about this collection? The names. Say hello to Slapper, Knackered and Disco Biscuit.</p>
£13 each from <a href="http://www.lookfantastic.com/home.dept" target="_blank">Look Fantastic</a></p>