Looking for a glamorous manicure that screams sophistication? This nail trend is perfect for you!

Lately, Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu has been buzzing with excitement over grey nails, as they create a classy and chic look.

If you believed that grey was a dull colour, these manicure ideas will definitely change your mind.

We’ve gathered 16 nail designs that draw inspiration from the timeless grey nail trend. So, keep reading to find inspiration for a refined and fashionable manicure!

Simple and Elegant

Simple Grey

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A clean grey manicure is the way to go if you want to keep things simple and classy.

Its subtle shade works well with any outfit or makeup style you choose. This manicure will definitely give off an elegant vibe without being too flashy.

Grey French Tips

Credits: @一只影子/Xiaohongshu

Give a modern twist to the timeless French manicure by adding a hint of grey! This manicure combines grey and white shades to create a refreshing variation of French tips.

Experiment with alternating between the two colors to create a striking contrast, resulting in a manicure that is both distinctive and harmonious.

Matte Grey

Credits: @@Yuki钰琦_/Xiaohongshu

You can always count on a solid, monochromatic look!

If your wardrobe is filled with shades of grey, this matte grey manicure will exude confidence and style.

These nails are both simple and striking, effortlessly adding a chic touch to any outfit.


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Adding a gradient effect to your grey manicure gives it an extra dimension, if you want your minimalist grey nails to be more interesting.

Smoothly blending the shades of grey from light to dark will mimic shadows for an artistic and elegant effect.

Milky Grey

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If you find solid grey nails too bold, these nails have a subtle watercolour effect that gives them a nearly transparent appearance.

It’s a more subdued option for those who prefer a toned-down look!

Sparkle and Shine

Grey Sparkles

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If you’re into a playful and enchanting vibe, give this manicure a go!

These cute nails combine grey and silver glitter with delightful extras like rhinestones and stars. With a shiny clear coat, these nails are bound to catch attention as they shimmer in the light.

Grey Cateye

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The cateye nail trend is everywhere, and these grey cateye nails are sure to capture everyone’s attention with their soft elegance.

These mesmerising magnetic sparkles never fail to captivate us with their enchanting allure, constantly shimmering and dancing with every little movement we make!

Silver Swirls

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If you’re a fan of everything silver, then this is definitely something you’ll adore!

These one-of-a-kind nails feature a silver polish that creates a classy metallic border around your nails, giving you a chic and eye-catching twist on the latest trend.

To complete the look, pair this stunning manicure with some silver jewelry for an effortlessly cool and icy vibe.

Y2K Grey

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If you’re searching for a more daring take on the grey nails trend, look no further!

This manicure brings together grey nails and the Y2K obsession, blending sleek silver patterns with a glossy grey base.

Add some rhinestones for an extra touch of shimmer, and you’ll be all set to flaunt nails that could easily belong in a futuristic sci-fi flick.

Grey Chrome

Credits: @thehautespot/Instagram

Transform your nails into fierce claws with this stunning grey chrome polish!

With their metallic shine, these French tips will add a touch of power and confidence to your manicure, making you stand out from the crowd.

Glittery Grey

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If you love everything sparkly, these nails are perfect for you.

Mix together a smooth, shimmery polish with some chunky glitters to add more depth. And for a truly captivating look, contrast a simple grey base polish with subtle hints of sparkle.

Unique Designs

Grey Ribbons

Credits: @pinksoda_/Xiaohongshu

Hop on the balletcore trend and spice up your nails with cute ribbons!

These nails feature a delightful combination of grey and white ribbons, giving them a sweet and charming vibe.

If you’re a fan of the delicate coquette aesthetic, these stylish nails are just what you need.

Marbled Grey

Credits: @juliaknails/Instagram

Elevate your nail game with a touch of sophistication, by incorporating a marble texture into your manicure.

This trendy twist on the grey nail trend adds a touch of class and elegance to your overall look with its carefully-crafted marble detailing!

Geometric Grey

Credits: @bakemynails/Instagram

Get creative with elegant swirls and geometric patterns to give your grey nails a stylish twist.

These manicures feature unique shapes and a touch of sparkle, adding an artistic and playful vibe to your look.

Textured Grey

Credits: @nails.by.pk/Instagram

Try something new with this one-of-a-kind manicure!

Instead of sticking to plain grey nails, why not mix it up with a combination of plaid, shimmers, and even a cable-knit design?

These nails will definitely grab attention and are perfect for those who love to experiment with different designs.

Grey Aura

Credits: @ntd.melbourne/Instagram

Add a touch of elegance to the aura nail trend with these grey nails!

These stunning nails give off a halo-like effect, adding dimension to this chic look. The carefully blended gradient is sure to captivate everyone’s attention.

Featured image credits: @kuypernailart/Instagram, @naildemonet/Instagram.