By Victoria Moorhouse
Sep 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am
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If you're the type of person that wants to try a trend before it's everywhere, listen up. Gray is going to be the most popular nail polish shade of 2019. 

Our prediction comes from backstage at New York Fashion Week, where models at the 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2019 show debuted a smoky gray-lavender manicure on the runway. The color, an $18 formula called JINsoon Auspicious, was chosen to complement the tweed, pop prints, and metallic shades that showed up in the clothing collection, which was inspired by the textures of the Moroccan desert and 1960s retro futurism.

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But considering most spring nail polish collections consist of pastels, like baby blues, yellows, pinks, or really any color that looks like it belongs on an Easter egg, the moody, cloudy color was an unexpected and shockingly chic find. It's also the perfect color for someone who wants a subtle mani, but is sick of Ballet Slippers

To create this specific look, celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi started by shaping the nails and removing any residue from the nail bed — the nails should be super clean. 

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Then, she applied one coat of base coat, two coats of JINsoon Auspicious, and then one coat of top coat to create that high-shine finish. 

If you don't feel like shelling out $18 for a bottle of polish, you've still got options. Essie's Without a Stitch is a slightly lighter gray, and retails for $9, while Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Slate promises a long wear and costs less than $8. 

Gray for spring? Yep, that is groundbreaking.