Gray has cast off its rainy-day gloominess to become one of the sexiest hues on the color spectrum, thanks in part to E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey and the masculine styles that appeared on the fall 2012 runways. Work it into your makeup routine by picking up some of the hottest cosmetic interpretations of the shade to look for now.

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Gris Montaigne

Somewhere between white and black lives the perfect true gray, and this glossy polish nails it. It’s an elegant but edgier alternative to the classic dark red manicure and pedicure, and matches absolutely everything.

YSL Pure Chromatics Wet and Dry Eye Shadows in No.05

This kit offers the yin and yang: the light and bright pink hues add a feminine touch to the masculine gray eye shadows. Used dry, the colors go on with a subtle shimmery effect perfect for day. When applied wet, the look is dramatic, imparting intense color with a metallic sheen.

Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in Ice Pick
It’s everything you need all in one stick to create a smoldering smoky eye that will last. The thick waterproof pencil can be used to both line and shade, and the color goes on without pulling.

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Sublime Grey
YSL’s steely mascara makes for long, flirty lashes that are an alternative to the traditional blacks and browns and yet not as flashy as blues and greens. The unexpected touch of color makes eyes pop, especially when it’s paired with a smoky look.

Essie Nail Polish in Playa Del Platinum
Sheer gray is the new nail neutral, and this soft hue is a more modern take on nudes and ballet-slipper pinks. Try it alone or to breathe new life into a French manicure or pedicure.

What are some of your favorite gray cosmetics?