Do you need a 'naked pedicure' this summer?

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Stephanie Darling

The cuticles are meticulously cleaned and neatened: a key to the success of the naked pedicure.

The cuticles are meticulously cleaned and neatened: a key to the success of the naked pedicure. Photo: Stocksy

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ROAD TEST

This week I try... the naked pedicure

The lowdown I have been giving my toenails a much-needed break from polish (am up to month three!) under strict instructions from my podiatrist. Now, I am visiting nail expert Nicole Stubbs to get them into pristine condition for the sandal reveal, sans polish. This is a brave move, but I am quietly confident. Nicole cuts and files my nails short and square, applies a cuticle cream, pops my feet into a milk bath soak and then buffs them until they are baby-smooth. Next, a peppermint exfoliating scrub is worked between my toes and up to the knees. The cuticles are meticulously cleaned and neatened: a key to the success of the naked pedicure. The nail plates are buffed repeatedly until they shine as if they have a top-coat of polish. The finishing touch is a luxurious foot massage, and a generous dollop of CND cuticle conditioning oil on each nail. This gives my toes a gleaming, fresh finish. I apply this oil each night as part of my beauty routine.

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Pain factor Less than zero. You know how much I love a pedicure.

Downtime An hour.

Results My feet are not my favourite appendages, but I now have renewed pride in their pristine, paintless condition.

Where to get it Sydney: Jocelyn Petroni, jocelynpetroni.com. Cost: $95. Melbourne: Natskin (03) 9699 3090. Cost: $80.

At home Try Micro Nail, an electric nail buffer, $60, micronail.com.au.

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WE ASK AN EXPERT

Elsa Morgan, L'Oréal Paris make-up director

What is the hottest summer-party lipstick shade?

"The J. Lo bold orange-red shade is the hot favourite, and the perfect matte lipstick for summer parties. If you're fearful of the boldness of matte, go for a lip gloss, but I believe everyone can wear a bold red."