We know what you're thinking . . . gray is unexciting, one-dimensional, and just all around dull. Well, that was true until the beauty industry got ahold of it. Now, gray is taking over the red carpet manicure scene. And surprisingly, when it comes to wearing gray polish, you've got options from chalky, off-white shades to the darker charcoal hues. There's even a colorful side to the gray trend (blue gray, anyone?). See all our favorite polishes and shop the look in this "5 Ways to Wear."
White nail polish was a trend on the runway, but take it up a few shades to a pale gray for added glamour. We like Jin Soon polish in Auspicious  ($18). The shade is neutral enough to blend in but bright enough to leave people wondering, "What shade is that?"
Gray Nail Art
Usually nail art is a mix of bright colors, but why not make it more work-appropriate with shades of gray? The New Black Kit in Heathered  ($24) has all the colors you need. You can even mix in silver rhinestones and studs for an edgier look.
Even though it might appear gloomy, dark gray is our favorite Winter-appropriate shade. Try Deborah Lippmann Pretty Vacant  ($19) for your next night out. And you heard it here first: dark gray is the new black.
Are you a fan of glitter? Then a metallic gray like Nails Inc. Special Effect Mirror Metallic in Swiss Cottage  ($5, originally $10) is your best bet. The shimmering shade vacillates between green, purple, and gray depending on the light.
If you're still not a fan of gray, then try a hybrid shade like this blue gray. You can buy Sephora Formula X in Fathom  ($11) for a similar look or mix up your own original hue. Green gray and brown grays would work, too.