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Cause: Dark or intense colors are more to blame here, Schoon says, so be aware of which polish you choose. Also, the nicotine in cigarettes can leave a yellow tinge.
Fix: "Some less expensive brands use dyes instead of pricier pigments in their polishes, which can seep into nails and stain them just like an Easter egg," Schoon says. So when it comes to deep tones like black, blue or plum, it's worth it to splurge. To attack the discoloration, Schoon suggests using a whitening product that's formulated especially for nails, like Orly Nail Whitener, $7.50, and most importantly, applying a protective layer of thick base coat, like Essie Protein Base Coat, $8, to help ward off future yellowing. And of course, quit smoking (but you already knew that).
Photo: "Nail Structure & Product Chemistry", Second Edition Doug Schoon M.S., Thomson/Delmar Learning
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