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How To Fix Discolored Nails

It's the scourge of the modern age, thanks to dark nail polish.

Everyone loves a creative hack. In the beauty world, there are tons of time-saving, money-saving ways to re-purpose products, plus techniques you can try that don't require you to have the makeup brush prowess of Pat McGrath. For this weekly feature, we will pick the brains of beauty's best and brightest to try to make your life easier.

You can thank Chanel's Vamp -- that dark burgundy polish set off a worldwide hunger for goth lacquers back in the '90s. Yes, they're badass, but you may be dismayed to see your nails turning a sickly yellowish color as a result of all those moody hues. Which, if you're anything like me, prompts you to just put on more nail polish to cover it up. It's time to stop the madness and get your nails back to the color that nature intended them to be. 

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to snag a mani/pedi session with celeb manicurist Tracylee, who is also a brand ambassador for Sally Hansen. While trying out Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel, which launches in August (more on that in a second), I picked her brain for some nail fixes she swears by. 

For yellowing nails, she recommends mixing up a paste using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, letting it sit on your nails for a few minutes, then brushing with a nail brush. (After some quick research, the correct ratio seems to be 1 tablespoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to 2 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda). Repeat as necessary. And lay off the dark colors for a while. (Try this mermaid-y pastel. It's one of my faves of the season.)  

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And just a quick word on Sally Hansen's new formula: It's meant to be an at-home alternative to salon gel polish. You apply two coats, without a base coat, then apply the special top coat which helps the polish "cure" in natural light, no UV or LED lamp necessary. I was very impressed by the shine, and my mani lasted five days without chipping, which is a really, really long time for me. (Tracylee has made hers last 8 days.) 

Happy summer manicure-ing!

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