If you feel compelled to paint your nails just to hide that unsightly and grim-looking yellow pigment, you’re only doing more damage. In most cases, it’s all the result of your nails absorbing some of the pigment from your paints and lacquers; the darker the shade, the worse the problem.

So if you aren’t prepared to give up on your reds, pinks and burgundies just yet, Nail The Look With These Manicure & Pedicure Tips, and try some home remedies to mellow the yellow:

Denture Tablets
Bet you’ve never heard of this one before! Just as with dentures, the solution can remove the stains from your finger nails. Soak them in a mix of denture tablets and warm water for five to 10 minutes to see the difference.

Hydrogen Peroxide & Baking Soda
Don’t worry; both of these are easily available over the counter at the grocery store and your local pharmacy. Mix 1tbsp baking soda with half cup water and 1tsp hydrogen peroxide (30 percent). Apply the paste to your nails and leave it on for 10-15 minutes; then rinse and moisturize.

Lemon Juice
This is an all-purpose miracle fruit. It has bleaching and detoxifying properties that will give your nails back their original color. Just extract some lemon juice into a bowl, and soak your fingers in the solution for five to 10 minutes.

PS: Lemon can dry out your skin, so don’t forget to moisturize thoroughly once you’ve washed your hands.

Apart from the above, other little tricks include applying a clear base coat before you use a dark color nail paint, not substituting acetone for nail polish removers, and ensuring that your intake of iron and zinc is sufficient.

Nisha Gulati is a fitness expert and model originally hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is a certified Bikram Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor, health and fitness columnist for Hyderabad’s widely read B Positive Magazine, a trained Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and giddha dancer. She also has trained in Kalaripayattu a martial arts form in Kerala. Yoga has been a source of great discipline, inspiration and positivity for Nisha who has been teaching at studios in Mumbai India, Phuket Thailand, Marina Dubai and Vancouver Canada.