Going Gray: The Beauty Trend You'll Want To Try This Fall

Gray doesn’t describe the mood for fall because of cloudy skies, dipping temperatures, and our cyclical symptoms of seasonal affective disorder coming into play. Gray is the shade du jour because the color authority that is Pantone declared Turbulence — a fancy word for slate gray — as one of the hues of the season.
Ritzy fashion houses like Céline, Chloé, and Reed Krakoff strutted their sartorial 50 shades of gray down the runway while smoky gray eyes and gray glitter-dusted nails ran rampant at John Galliano, Alexander Wang, and Nicholas K. Luckily, the gray lipstick trend hasn’t returned (and fingers crossed it’ll remain dead and buried) but if you want to match your nails and lids to the looks of the season, here you go.
Advertisement
Web01
Gray polish on your toes to match with a pair of Alexander Wang shoes? Yes, please.
Alexander Wang Maryna Sandal, $575, available at SSense; NARS Nail Polish in Galathée, $19, available at NARS.
Opener Image: MCV/FirstView.
Web02
Advertisement
There are just too many gray goodies to relegate them to your toes. These are my picks for your hands when they're on display.
Essie nail polish in Cashmere Bathrobe, $8, available at Essie; OPI Nail Lacquer in Haven’t The Foggiest, $9, available at OPI; L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail in Greycian Goddess, $4.99, available at Target; Wet 'n Wild MegaLast Nail Color in Wet Cement, $1.99, available at Walgreens.
Web03
From light charcoal to lead, a smoky gray eye can be just as seductive as a traditional black, so play up those icy blues for the ultimate "come hither" look.
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Tailor Gray, $20, available at MAC; Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Etoile, $30, available at Dior; Tom Ford Beauty Ombre Eye Color in She Wolf, $60, available at Neiman Marcus; By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Silver Granit, $43, available at Beauty.com.
Advertisement
Web04
If you’re stuck in a black liner rut or head-to-toe gray is entirely too dreary and matchy-matchy, a statement bag and a hint of gray on your lash line is a subtle way to keep you on trend without trying too hard.
Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey, $3.99, available at Ulta; Laura Mercier Crème Eye Pencil in Slate, $24, available at Laura Mercier; 3.1 Phillip Lim Scout Drawstring Hobo Bag, $1,295, available at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Like this post? There's more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and news on Beauty Nation now!

More from Makeup

Contouring can, as we've shown before, look scary. But, enhancing your cheekbones or jawline doesn't have to be frightening — or require the skill of a ...
Here's the good news about brown eyes: They're easy to play up, since brown is a mix of the primary colors. This most-common of eye colors is a gorgeous ...
I don't consider myself a vain person, but when I think of my #goals, having Cate Blanchett levels of skin perfection is right there at the tippy-top. Well...
When I was eight years old, I knew nothing about makeup. Did that stop me from collecting palette upon palette of colorful shadows and sparkly tubes of ...
Base makeup is one of those notoriously hard beauty products to shop for. Like picking out jeans or bras, the process takes time, commitment, and patience...
Three months ago, if you offered me a liquid lipstick, I'd give it a hard pass. I've tried a few before, and saw little advantage to applying lipstick from...
If there’s one thing King Kylie has conquered, it’s the art of the Snapchat selfie. Oh, and she seems to know a thing or two about lipstick, too. We’ve ...
(Paid Content) Some beauty trends from decades past always manage to circle back — they’re just too good to keep locked away in a previous era! Now you can...
If you haven't heard about rainbow highlighters, then you have some serious catching up to do. This year, a magical unicorn of a highlighter popped up on...
The gap between mass and prestige beauty products has never been so small. In fact, it seems that nearly every day a top celebrity makeup artist reveals a ...
Blame Kylie and her Lip Kits, the resurgence of the '90s aesthetic, or Hollywood's obsession with monochromatic makeup, but the nude lip is having its ...
There's a lot to love about a classic red lip. But one of our favorite reasons is that it stands out on its own, making it the ultimate in lazy-girl ...
This summer, we completely overhauled our makeup arsenal — swapping out our foundations for tinted moisturizers, stocking up on cream blushes over powders...
What do Orgasm, Boy Brow, and Better Than Sex have in common besides cheeky names? Cult status, thanks to their ability to inspire lust in beauty lovers ...