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5 Ways to Make Gray Your New Go-To Neutral Polish

Jul 24 2014 - 6:00pm

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 runway and 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 below.

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Pale Gray

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 [2] ($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 [3] ($13, originally $24) has all the colors you need. You can even mix in silver rhinestones and studs for an edgier look.

Dark Gray

Even though it might appear gloomy, dark gray is our favorite seasonal shade. Try Deborah Lippmann Pretty Vacant [4] ($18) for your next night out. And you heard it here first: dark gray is the new black.

Metallic Gray

Are you a fan of glitter? Then a metallic gray like Nails Inc. Special Effect Mirror Metallic in Swiss Cottage [5] ($15) is your best bet. The shimmering shade vacillates between green, purple, and gray depending on the light.

Blue Gray

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 [6] ($11) for a similar look or mix up your own original hue. Green grays and brown grays would work too.

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