If anything was edgy about Michelle Obama’s DNC look Tuesday night, it was her gray nail polish. Naturally, enthusiastic fans of nail polish/art and her style noticed.
The color was even a thing on the Today show:
The exact shade is yet to be determined (nail polish isn’t as identifiable as dresses or shoes), but we can speculate.
It could be “Chinchilly” by Essie ($8):
Or perhaps “French Quarter For Your Thoughts” by OPI ($8):
There’s also Deborah Lippmann’s “Waking Up In Vegas” ($16):
She was also wearing it on Monday, as you can see in this photo of her hugging Kal Penn.
The gray nails were like an accessory to Michelle’s Tuesday night outfit, which included simple hair and makeup and hardly any jewelry.
Gray nail polish emerged as a big runway trend about four years ago. The The LA Times wrote in November of 2008: “This season… gray nails are one of beauty’s biggest, and perhaps unlikeliest, trends.” Gray nails have appeared on the runways of designers like Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, and Jason Wu (of whom Michelle Obama is a fan).
Typically, Michelle opts for neutral tones on her nails.
The gray may have been her trendiest look at a high profile event yet. Wouldn’t it be fun if she moved into nail stickers next?