Gray lipstick is one of those shades you think is impossibly daring until you give it a try. It’s the perfect way to add drama to any makeup look without taking it over the top and is incredibly easy to pull off.With that said, all shades of gray are not created equal. Some err a little on the nude/gray side (known as greige by beauty junkies everywhere) and others are a true, stormy shade. We’ve rounded up our favorite gray lippies by skin tone — in our favorite formulas, of course — for you to try.
This purple-y gray shade is perfect for the beginner beauty junkie who wants to dip her toe in the gray lippie waters. The cool tones look great on fair skin tones but also works for a variety of complexions. What we love most, second to the color of course, is the formula and staying power. A true matte, this shade wears comfortably and seriously doesn’t budge.
If you’re looking for a pale gray shade then look no further than Black Sesame from NYX’s Macaron Lippies collection. The satiny-matte finish is comfortable on the lips and this shade looks positively icey on fair skinned babes — what’s not to love?
A dusty, greige shade — this lipstick is really the best of both worlds. It has a rosy tinge that keeps it fresh and fun but stays true to its greige roots at the same time. We love this shade for everyday makeup looks — just don’t be surprised if everyone asks you about your pretty pout.
When Urban Decay announced their partnership with makeup guru Kristen Leanne, the internet (and us) were instantly obsessed. One of our favorite products to come out of the collection is the liquid lipstick “Pulse” — a cool-toned, cement gray shade that feels badass and wearable at the same time.
This gray-beige shade is a true gray on deeper skin tones and is great for the babe who is looking for a lighter gray shade. We’re smitten with the formula as well, it’s hydrating yet matte and packed with antioxidants and Vitamin E for comfortable wear throughout the day.
This purple-y gray shade is intensely gray to say the least. Formulated with 2x the pigment of other Maybelline formulas, this shade is not for the faint of heart. It glides on smooth and dries down to a pigmented, matte finish.
This frosty gray shade speaks to the space babe in all of us and gives us all of the galactic feels. It’s perfect for a girls night out or a day when you want to take your makeup look to the next level with a little something extra. It has a creamy matte texture that wears comfortably and at $5 a lippie, the price can’t be beat.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.