How to do yellow fingernail polish

Why did my nails turn yellow & what can I do about it?

Illustrated by Olivia Santner
From time to time I noticed that my nails were turning yellow. I always thought to myself that it was just one of those things that you notice on your own body from time to time without worrying about it any further. Maybe it was genetic too. Or was it the nail polish - or maybe the diet?
If the eyes are the window to the soul, the nails are the window to health. All sorts of defects, autoimmune diseases and other ailments can be recognized on them - in the form of discoloration, grooves and spots. This is why you may be asked to remove your nail polish before an operation. This not only makes it easier to measure your blood pressure on your finger, but also lets the doctors see how your body reacts to the operation.
But back to the yellow discoloration. I asked Tinu Bello, founder of London's Color Riot Nails nail salon and professional nail technician, for her opinion. "My first guess would be that you would paint your nails yourself without applying a base coat," says Tinu. That's right: the base coat is not just a sales trick! “Without a base coat, your nail polish can discolor your nails if you wear it for too long. The color pigments of the paint mostly turn yellow, even if it is not a yellow paint. That then settles on the nail. The base coat prevents that from happening. "
The base coat protects the nail, the top coat the colored varnish. “If you don't apply a base coat as a barrier between the nail and the varnish, this discoloration can occur. The stronger the paint color, the more likely it is, ”explains Tinu and reveals that dark reds, blues and blacks are most susceptible to this. And what is the maximum length of time you should wear a lacquer? Tinu's answer surprises me: One week for normal varnish, two to three for gel varnishes. "If you leave the paint on for longer, it will discolour."
Now, of course, you can use it always a base coat or never wear nail polish and still have yellow nails. Then my next question would be: do you smoke? It could be because of that. If not, it may be better to consult your doctor or health care professional. “However, a multitude of underlying diseases can also be responsible for the yellow color - for example anemia. The best thing to do is to have this clarified to rule out anything more serious, ”advises Tinu, adding that the same applies to spots and grooves.
Specifically, yellow nails can, for example, suffer from psoriasis, pneumonia, biliary and liver diseases or even depression. But they can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antibiotics, or a symptom of nail fungus. This can occur, for example, if you wear artificial fingernails, have diabetes or circulatory problems, or if you eat unhealthily. If the latter is the case for you, you should now pay attention to a vitamin-rich, balanced diet. Because there are so many different possible causes, I really recommend getting checked out and not just looking for Dr. To leave google.
Once you have determined the cause of the discoloration, you can devote yourself to combating it. Tinu preaches patience, because you may have no choice but to let the spots grow out. The consolation: ideally you now know where they come from - and thus also that their end is near.
A professional manicure including polishing and cleaning can work wonders for discoloration caused by incorrect use of nail polish. Tinu advises against DIY methods: They rarely achieve great success. “You are best advised with a proper manicure. Have as much buffed away as possible and choose a bold, opaque paint to cover up any remaining discoloration. But please don't forget the base coat! ”Tinu's favorite is the Orly Bonder Base Coat - it's also vegan and cruelty-free.