How to Prevent Yellow Nails

Prevent yellow nails with a clear base coat of polish.

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Are your talons tainted yellow? Don't worry, it's usually not a cause for alarm. Ladies who love dark nail polish, like burgundy, red or brown-based tints, often find their fave color stains their nails. So if the tips of your digits look a little jaundiced, your polish may be to blame. Prevent it from happening by lightening up your nail color. If you must have ruby red nails, use some protection to prevent the color from staining your digits.


Apply a quality base coat to your fingernails before polishing. This clear polish acts as a barrier between your nails and any nail color that may stain them. Choose one that helps your fingernails retain moisture. After the base coat dries, apply your regular nail polish on top.


Wear light colors on your claws. Dark polish tends to turn natural nails yellow, so lighten up. Look coy in coral or pretty in pink.


Give up your nail polish habit completely. Shocking, for sure, but keeping your nails au naturale ensures pesky polish won't stain them.

Things You'll Need


1.Clear base coat

2.Light colored nail polish


Tips & Tricks


If your fingernails are already yellow, clear up the discoloration by rubbing them with a lemon wedge, soaking them in a water-denture cleanser bath for five minutes, or applying a paste made from 1 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide and 2 1/2 tbsp. baking soda. Let any of these agents sit on your nails for three minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

If your yellow nails pull away from the nail bed, it could be a sign of an infection or a problem with your respiratory or lymphatic system. See a doctor if your nails become thicker than normal, grow slowly, have ridges in them, or develop edges with a dark, greenish tint.


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