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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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