Everything You Need To Know About Michelle Obama’s Gray Nails

We might never know the exact brand and shade of the polish, but it looks similar to a few things you can buy now.

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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:

Savannah Guthrie of @TodayShow just announced she's been calling FLOTUS office all AM for ... Michelle Obama's nailpolish color. #priorities

— laneyboggs (@Elaine)
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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):

She was also wearing it on Monday, as you can see in this photo of her hugging Kal Penn.

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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).

Gray and nude nails on Marc Jacobs’s Fall 2010 models.

Light gray nails at Jason Wu, Fall 2010.

Typically, Michelle opts for neutral tones on her nails.

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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?

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