Coloring your hair something new is no small commitment (time-wise or dollar-wise), so odds are you're motivated to do everything in your power to make sure that when that salon chair spins around and faces you toward the mirror, you are instantly feeling it. At Byrdie, we're in the business of making your hair decisions easier, and this time, we're here specifically in service of readers with brown eyes.
If you're on the hunt for the most flattering, natural-looking, overall best hair colors for brown eyes, I'm giddy to report you've landed in the right place. We consulted Team Byrdie's most trusted celebrity colorist, Matt Rez from Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills, who helped us put together this handy gallery of hair ideas to show your colorist next time you head in for highlights.
Meet The Expert
Matt Rez is a celebrity colorist from Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills, CA and is a Redken Color Ambassador. His clients include Ashley Benson, Olivia Holt, and Camila Mendes as well as featured in Allure, Refinery 29, and WhoWhatWear.
Read on to find a bevy of hair colors that flatter brown eyes.
Darkest Dimensional Brown
The base of this brunette is in the darkest brown category, says Rez, and touches of cinnamon and espresso highlights break up the color and add dimension. Rez created the above look on Eiza González knowing it would perfectly complement her brown eyes and olive skin tone.
"Highlights will keep the color from looking flat," Rez explains, adding that the look works especially well for super–dark brown eyes.
Out of the many daring hair colors Selena Gomez has sported lately, this dark dimensional brown strikes us as the most becoming.
You can always trust Olivia Munn to deliver chic, well-executed dark-hair inspo. (Check out more of the actress's all-time best hair looks.)
Looking to go a little lighter? This multidimensional look, which sits on the blonder side of brunette, is ultra flattering for brown eyes. Exhibit A: Lea Michele's mesmerizing highlights (another Matt Rez creation).
Make sure you ask your colorist for what Rez calls "mid-light ribbons of auburn that melt into medium and light golden highlights, and enough of the medium-brown base color throughout the silhouette to keep from being a bronde."
According to Rez, this look is particularly ideal for medium-brown eyes. In addition, he says, "This brunette shade of hair has multicolor and tonal dimension to complement those with more of the lighter olive to fair skin colors."
To add brightness and youth to your complexion without going too light, ask your colorist to place the blondest pieces around your face, à la Leighton Meester above.
Branch a little further out of the brunette family with a fun, rich auburn. This look is "great for brown eyes that tend toward more honey, hazel, and olive," says Rez.
You can play with the levels of red in your auburn (and, of course, it will look a little different depending on the light). Emma Watson's look above, for example, is more of a subtle, brunette-leaning take.
Out of all of Julia Roberts's hair eras, her timeless 2007 auburn is undoubtedly one of our favorites.
Fair skin tones tend to be the obvious choice for auburn, but who could forget when Halle Berry proved that it can look killer on darker complexions, too?
Solid Golden Blonde
And for a blonde option, this golden honey shade looks particularly smoldering with brown eyes.
Singer-songwriter Tori Kelly is one of our favorite brown-eyed blondes. Her incredible curly texture and bright golden strands get all yeses from us.
If you're looking for more dimension in your color, try asking your colorist for the "4D blonde" technique, which guarantees the most flattering level and tone.
Beyoncé's slightly cooler-toned take on the shade pairs beautifully with her complexion.
Brown-eyed Byrdies, we sincerely hope this list has provided some useful hair inspiration. Happy coloring!