I’ve always been obsessed with dark nail polishes. The’re edgy yet classy and are very flattering on my pale skin. And they also look great on short nails like mine (I can’t stand long nails, they aren’t practical at all).
But dark shades are hard to maintain and they can even stain nails yellow. If that happens you could always apply nail polish to hide the stains or just wait a few months for your nails to grow back, but let’s face it: those solutions aren’t ideal. So, what can you do?
Use a base coat
Preventing dark nail polish from staining your nails is very easy. All you need to do is use a base coat. This will create a protective layer on your nail so that the polish won’t get in contact with the nail plate and stain it. In addition, a base coat provides a smoother surface for your polish to adhere to and makes it last longer.
Squeeze some lemon juice
If you forgot to use a base coat and your nails are now an unattractive yellow color, don’t panic. Go to the kitchen, get a lemon, squeeze the juice on your nails and rub it for a few minutes. Or you can just pour the juice in a bowl and soak your fingers in it for 10 minutes if you prefer.
When you’re done, you’ll see that your nails are already whiter but you may need to repeat this treatment a few times for the stains to be removed completely. In addition, lemon juice can dry skin and nails, so you should always apply a moisturizer afterwards.
If it doesn’t work
If the lemon juice trick doesn’t work for you at all, then the yellow nail stains can be a symptom of a more serious condition, like diabetes for instance. If this is the case you should consult your doctor immediately.
Do you have any more tips to prevent or remove nail stains?