- Insider spoke to Gloria Williams – Oprah Winfrey’s personal pedicurist for the last 12 years.
- Williams gave us the ultimate guide on how to spot a bad manicure or pedicure.
- Those blue jars of disinfectant are a big no-no, and you should always get a base coat.
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She then asked Winfrey’s glam squad if she could give the TV legend one of her pedicures. Two years later, in 2009, Winfrey decided to make Williams her personal pedicurist.
“She said, ‘That’s it, only Gloria is doing my feet,'” Williams recalled. “And the journey began.”
Williams still sees Winfrey once a month for her pedicure — “she loves earth tones” — and now runs Footnanny, a line of premium foot-care products that have appeared on Winfrey’s “Favorite Things” list for the last seven years in a row.
Since Williams is a seasoned nail expert, Insider asked her how to spot the signs that you’re about to have a bad manicure or pedicure.
And, reader, she didn’t hold back.
So if you see an unlined foot basin, maybe it’s best to go to a different place.
“It should come from a packet — a sanitized packet,” she added.
“Regular polish or gel polish, if they go to polish your toenails with no base coat, that’s it,” she added. “And they’re doing it so you come back and spend more money.”