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beauty

And These Little Piggies Went to Heaven

Summer is a-comin’.
Are your pretty little feet ready?
They will be with DailyCandy’s guide to the best (and most fun) pedicures in town.

Paint Shop Beverly Hills (319 1/2 South Robertson Boulevard, 310-652-5563) owner Julie Serquinia plays groovy tunes and on Saturdays doles out chocolate-chip cookies baked by her husband, Domingo. The basic pedi ($45) is solid, but the themed ones rock, especially the Bling Bling, which includes an effervescent satin soak, a paraffin wax, and a made-to-fit golden citrine-and-black diamond toe ring.

Jessica’s Nail Clinic (8627 Sunset Boulevard, 310-659-9292) is where ladies-who-lunch go pre- or post-chopped salad. Situated on Sunset Plaza, it’s elegant and reliable; and for a good $30 pedicure, we don’t mind being sandwiched between a blue hair and a Bev Hills bombshell.

CT Nails (7868 Santa Monica Boulevard, 323-656-6189) may look like a perfectly decent dive, but it’s actually home to the Airbrush Masters of the Universe. Choose from a ridiculously vast array of decorative options while checking out the slumming fashionistas.

The Face Place (8701 Santa Monica Boulevard, 310-855-1150) is known for excellent facials. (Hence the name, duh.) But most people don’t know about its super-manicurist Cecily Carrington, who makes house calls and does pedi parties.

The Robert Bachelor Salon (4222 Lankershim Boulevard, 818-980-3452), in Toluca Lake, is the place to go when you need variety. Hayley Alexander will painstakingly cut swatches from a vintage scarf (animal, tropical, Pucci) and affix them to your big toenails for $45. Your toes will look better than your shoes.

No time? There are plenty of down and dirty in-and-out joints all over town, but some are better than others. (And guys, take note: These are your best no-frou-frou options.)
Jackie’s Nails (161 South Crescent Heights Boulevard, 323-951-1166) is clean, friendly, and only costs $15. (Girls — they’ll add a jewel to your piggies on request.)
Lanny’s Nails (8300 West Third Street, 323-653-3370), nearby on Third, has a dedicated following because it’s cheap, cheap, cheap — $9! You get what you pay for in decor, but the work is consistently good.
Tracy’s Nails (1212 Montana Avenue, 310-393-3882, $15) devotees say it’s the best on the West side. But prepare for a wait if you simply must have Tracy herself.

And then your piggies will be ready for market. And for beach, and for dancing…