The 21 most popular brown hair color shades
Brown hair color is synonymous with richness. Brown hair color shades are so delicious, they evoke all the best foods: caramel, chocolate, toffee, and honey, just to name a few. Whether you’re looking to lighten hair, create new dimension, or deepen your hair color, there’s a gorgeous brown hair color for every need. Garnier’s brown hair color choices include shades that range from warm to cool to neutral. With so many hair color shades to choose from, how do you pick a favorite brown hair color? It is helpful to think about best hair color for your skin tone and eye color. Then you will discover new makeup favorites to complement your look. Ahead, the brown hair color shades we love and how best to wear them.
Golden Brown Hair Color
For everyone who wants to stay a brunette with added warmth, a range of golden brown hair color shades can lighten up your look. If you have a warm skin tone (think peachy skin) and warm eyes (think hazel eyes or brown eyes with flecks of gold) golden brown will add a sun-kissed flair to your look. Once you’ve gone golden, make your hair color pop even more with a shimmery bronzer.
Golden Honey Brown Hair Color
Why choose between blonde and brunette? Opt for a beachy casual golden honey, the best of both worlds. This warm brown hair color shade is a balance between light brown and dark blonde hair color, which can help brighten up fair complexions. Best of all, it’ll have you dreaming of vacation all year long.
Caramel Brown Hair Color
With hints of gold and mahogany for the perfect layered brown, this cozy shade will have you reaching for a sweater and ready to curl up by a fireplace. A great choice for people with warm complexions — especially olive-toned skin.
Toffee Brown Hair Color
Toffee brown is a warm, burnished bronze hair color shade. It’ll complement naturally warm skin tones and eye colors from green to brown. Pro tip: Tones of toffee can add a breezy lightness to dark brown shades. Style with matching warm brown eyeliner and silver eyeshadow for a sophisticated look.
Neutral Brown Hair Color
Neutral browns are the perfect balance between golden and ash tones for a hair color shade that’s part warm, part cool. Without giving off a particular tone it’s still shiny. Natural hair color can have a soft golden undertone, so don’t confuse “Neutral” with “Natural.”
Bronze Brown Hair Color
The chic metallic-looking reflects of bronze brown are popping up across social media and on magazine covers. The hair color shade combines both golden and red tones for an innovative, trendy look. Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of metallics, everything from the latest highlighter to the hottest nail art will work well with this fun shade.
Chestnut Brown Hair Color
Chestnut brown hair color may be even more subtly pretty than the name suggests: It has warm, reddish-gold tones to complement brunettes. Recommended for anyone with brown or green eyes. It’ll complement almost any skin tone.
Dark Chocolate Hair Color
Dark chocolate is probably already one of your favorite things, so just imagine how sweet dark chocolate would look and feel as a hair color. If you have warm undertones or olive skin, this color will make your look even richer. Complementary makeup includes everything from gold and dusty pinks to soft blushes.
Ash Brown Hair Color
Cool off your color with a moccachino-like ash brown hair color shade. The tones will counteract warmth when going lighter and leave you with an ashy hair look without being brassy. Fair-skinned, light-eyed beauties going darker will benefit from a nice cool result. Then finish off the look with silver jewelry or a statement lip to complement the new hair color.
Nude Brown Hair Color
Nude browns are shades that seem just that — naturally reflective enough to mimic the color you were born with. These soft hues work any time of year. The best part of nude hair color? These hair color shades work well on all complexions.
Natural Brown Hair Color
Aiming for a natural hair color shade with a bit of rich, boosted color? The natural shade family allows a soft golden tone to shine through. Perfect for covering gray hair or helping to keep hair shiny, these shades will work to complement your natural complexion.
Reddish Brown Hair Color
How can you add a touch of vibrancy to brown hair? Add reddish tones for a rich hair color with warm or cool, bold autumnal feel. Red brown color is perfect for anyone with light eyes and a bit of pink or peach in their skin tone. Try it with earth-toned makeup or — for a dazzling effect — a shimmery gold.
Chocolate Cherry Brown Hair Color
This dark brown shade with wearable mahogany reflects is appropriate for all skin tones. If you have natural hair between medium to dark brown and eye color ranging from hazel to bright blue, add depth to your look with this color.
Sweet Cola Brown Hair Color
Picture your favorite soda. Now envision that syrupy brown as a brown shade of hair color that’s designed to emphasize hints of golden tones. Try this look on complexions from fair to olive. Don’t limit yourself when it comes to makeup.
Dark Platinum Brown Hair Color
A chic, cool platinum is possible even for brunettes. The metallic shine on brunettes with absolutely no warmth works well next to fair skin tones. For ultimate trendiness, pair with a matte lip.
Dark Brown Hair Color
Raven-colored dark brown hair color makes a dramatic statement. This lush, head turning hair color shade looks gorgeous on anyone with blue, green, hazel or brown eyes. This classic sophisticated brown hair color is ideal for almost any makeup look.
Mahogany Brown Hair Color
Mahogany brown adds a cool, red tone to dark brown hair. An especially enriching hair color shade for anyone with a cool or warm complexion and warm eyes, mahogany livens up your deep brown color — not to mention, it looks amazing with a deep red lipstick.
Light Brown Hair Color
One of the most easygoing hair color shades, light brown hair is perfect to ease your look into summer or brighten up your complexion come fall. Anyone from natural blondes to women with dark complexions should opt for this hair color shade. Light brown hair color is almost universally flattering, so pair it with your wardrobe in all colors of the rainbow.
Medium Brown Hair Color
One of the most versatile hair color shades, medium brown is a simple, rich color that works on almost anyone. From blondes looking to add depth to their look to redheads who hope for a more neutral hair color shade, medium brown is the basic brunette look we should all try once.
Medium Ash Brown Hair Color
Ash brown hair color shades are for anyone who wants to be a pure brunette without any blonde or red mixed in. It’s a cool, glossy tone that looks elegant in the board room or at happy hour. Natural brunettes or dark blondes can opt for this shade for a simple yet dramatic change to their look.
Cinnamon Hair Color
This (literally) spicy hair color adds a dash of copper to rich brown to create a warm hair color effect. The copper brings out the color in green, brown or hazel eyes, especially when worn with a pinky nude lipstick that keeps the look all-natural.