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Beauty Blooper: Yellow Nails Left Me Feeling Anything But Mellow

A few years ago I was en route to my new boyfriend's house for a dinner date when I noticed that my red nail polish was beginning to chip. I knew that it would soon become an unsightly disaster, so I decided to avoid any future embarrassment by purchasing some nail polish remover before my arrival. I'm not sure why I had to be so dramatic about the whole thing, but I stopped in to use the bathroom at a restaurant around the corner to clean things up.

Unfortunately, what I uncovered was far worse than chipped nails. A week earlier, I had been on a tropical vacation, and apparently the mixture of sun, SPF and polish had turned my nail beds an unnatural shade of yellow. My nails were the jaundiced shade of a longtime smoker's teeth, and all night long I did my best to keep them hidden. It took about a month for the color to return to normal, so I only wish that I had done something to prevent this whole mess when I was on vacation.

Lesson learned: Be sure to use a good base coat when wearing red nail polish, and always protect your nails when you are going to have excessive exposure in the sun. Try a product like Orly Sunscreen For Nails which is a topcoat that contains SPF, or if it's too late and you need to reverse the damage, Yello-Out Clear Acrylic Top Coat ($7) should do the trick.


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starinajar starinajar 9 years
Wow, I didn't know that you needed SPF for your nails too. Guess I should look into it!
imeesagad imeesagad 9 years
this is great
Hautie Hautie 9 years
Alot of time it is the color of the polish that is turning your nail's yellow. All the red shades I wear tend to have a yellow undertone... so it bleeds. For a very quick fix... get a bowl (like a cereal size)fill half way with warm water and about a tablespoon of plain ole liquid bleach. Swish your whole hand of fingers in the mixture. For maybe 30 seconds - 60 seconds. It will turn them back to white. Then be sure to really wash your hands with a good soap. Then apply lotion.
sputniksweetie sputniksweetie 9 years
I used to have this problem too but I've switched to doing gel nails instead. It's a layer of gel that's applied to your nails and then cured with UV light. You can just do clear, or clear with a layer of colour gel on top. It really protects and strengthens my nails and my manicure can last for about a week at least.
indielove indielove 9 years
I NEVER use polish without a base coat first. I don't want yellow nails.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
i dint know about this polish such a great idea, specially for my toenails, i love polish on my toes in summer...
emalove emalove 9 years
I find that dark nail polish usually does this to my nails too...I hate it. I try to remember to always use a base coat.
ikimashokie ikimashokie 9 years
I use a ridge-filler as a base coat, put on the color, and top it off with a 4 dollar UV blocker from the local Sally Beauty Supply. I haven't had yellow nails in years.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow you poor thing!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
I never knew about the spf thing either! i'll have to get that for this summer.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
aahhh good to know!! thanks
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I've had that happen to my toenails. Never thought about the SPF thing - knowledge for the future!
elmosisi elmosisi 9 years
i have a question: i wear a lot of dark colored polish myself and my nails have turned yellow like in the picture. I have purchased the yellow out, should i just wear it without nail polish, or is it okay to wear it as a base coat? For how long? Someobody help me out here! Thanks
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