It’s no secret that Fifty Shades of Grey has taken over our bedrooms, will soon be taking over movie theaters and has even found its way into our kitchens. But forget all the erotic baggage that comes along with the triology, and let’s just consider for a moment how much we love the color gray. It’s a key color in any girl’s beauty arsenal, whether you’re aiming for the perfect smokey eye or an understated manicure. We’ve found 12 ways gray can rock your look, instead of your bed.


1. Gray Ombre: We’ll admit, we still love ombre tips, and we love them even more when they’ve gone gray. Lilah Parsons rocks the edgy dip-dyed locks like a natural. Try hair chalk for the same hue (without the permanent change). (Photo via HJI)


2. Matte Gray Mani: A matte gray manicure is a super chic hue for those chilly winter days. Try a matte top coat over any favorite gray polish for this classy mani. (Photo via Into Mind)


3. Gray Lips: Swedish beauty blogger Linda Halberg isn’t afraid to try anything. If you find yourself also wanting to push the beauty envelope, a gray lip is an interesting twist on a typical fresh-faced look. (Photo via Stureplan)


4. Gray Glitter Mani: Let’s face it, everyone needs more glitter in their life. This glitter-rich mani is all in the application of your sparkly topcoat. (Photo via Glitter and Nails)


5. The All-Gray Look: If you’re looking for gray hair inspiration, look no further than Samantha Ravndahl’s Instagram. This beauty YouTuber pulls off gray locks like no other millennial, and we love the combo of a muted plum lip with smokey gray eyes. (Photo via @ssssamantha)


6. Metallic Mani: If you didn’t know already, we dig metallic everything. The easiest way join in on the fun (and shine) is with a silvery gray mani like this one. (Photo via Polish Police)

7. Light Gray Smokey Eye: This lighter take on the traditional smokey eye is a perfect date night look. Using silver shimmery shadows in the corners of your lids will really make your eyes pop. (Photo via Stureplan)

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8. Growing Out the Gray: We absolutely loved when OITNB‘s Dascha Polanco debuted her gray and purple locks. Now that she’s growing it out, her hair is an even more interesting combination of gray-tastic colors. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

9. Purple + Gray Smokey Eye: If you want to make your smokey eye more unique, mixing in purple will really bring your look to life. Plus, adding a touch of gold emphasizes the whites of your eyes, making them really pop. (Photo via Beautybyjj)


10. Silver Ombre Mani: So we meet again, ombre. A creative twist on a French manicure, this sparkly nail is simply stunning. (Photo via Top Inspired)


11. Green + Gray Smokey Eye: A touch of metallic green makes this smokey eye even more intense. Also, how great does that fuchsia pink lip look with a gray smokey eye? (Photo via Keiko Lynn)

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12. Queen of Going Gray: How could we write about great gray looks without including the queen of hair color, Nicole Richie? But seriously, does she make gray hair look fierce or what? We are soooo ready to embrace the gray now. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)