The shade everyone in the know is sporting on her tips this fall? Grey. From gunmetal to dove, slate to charcoal, light to dark, it’s what you simply must have in your polish arsenal this season. “Grey just feels so chic,” says nail polish guru Michelle Mismas of the blog All Lacquered Up. “It’s a great neutral that isn’t at all boring. Depending on the shade you wear, it can be fresh and clean or sexy and vampy. Plus, if you find the right tone, it can be flattering on anyone!” Here are the shades you should definitely pick up and paint on.
Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer in Stormy Blue
This blue-tinged shade reminds us of a cool, grey morning right in the beginning of fall … when all you want to do is put on a cozy sweater and jeans and slump under a comforter on the couch. Bonus tip from Michelle: “Due to its metallic quality, you should apply with an even hand to avoid brushstrokes,” she says.
$6 at drugstores
Piggy Polish Nail Lacquer in Every Cloud
“You can wear a light dove grey and still have that edge while being work-appropriate,” says Michelle. And not only is the metallic hue to die for, the accompanying floral toe ring is so super-adorable and fun!
$7 at amazon.com
Shades by Barielle in Sneak a Peak
“Right now I’m loving the light greys,” says Michelle. “I can’t get enough of them. It’s such a unique nail shade that we haven’t seen before.” This one is almost whitish in color, but with a gorgeous opalescence that really makes your tips pop.
$8 at barielle.com
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Recycle
“A great gunmetal
shade is elegant for evening and a little punk at the same time,” says Michelle. We love, love, LOVE everything about this shade. The staying power? Amazing. The creamy finish? Flawless. Totally our number one pick for the season.
$2.99 at head2toebeauty.com
Zoya Professional Lacquer in Freja
Well, the gods must have heard our prayers for a gorgeous deep charcoal laced with metallic shimmer … because this is exactly the shade we’ve been longing for. Plus, adds Michelle, “it’s very pigmented. Almost a one-coater.”
$6 at artofbeauty.com
Yves Saint Laurent Long-Lasting Nail Lacquer in Tuxedo Grey
Want people to do double takes when they glance at your nails? Then this is the color for you. Two coats of this creamy polish yield that perfect shade of almost black that will really have people talking.
$19 at nordstrom.com
Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Tinsel
Mismatched glitter and sparkles, set in a filmy light grey polish, lend pizazz to even the flashiest of outfits.
$6.50 at jessicacosmetics.com
Thanks to Michelle of All Lacquered Up for the Sally Hansen photo.