The 4 Best Hair Color Ideas for Brown Eyes (with Photographic Proof)

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Going for a new hair color 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're 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 natural-looking, overall best hair colors for brown eyes, you've landed in the right place. We consulted Team Byrdie's 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, and his work has been featured in Allure, Refinery29, and WhoWhatWear.

Read on to find a bevy of hair colors that pair beautifully with brown eyes.

Darkest Dimensional Brown

Eiza Gonzalez wears a dark brown tousled long bob hairstyle

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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.

Viola Davis wears a dark brown curled bob hairstyle with subtle highlights

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"Highlights will keep the color from looking flat," Rez explains, adding that the look works especially well for super–dark brown eyes.

Selena Gomez wears a dimensional dark brown bob hairstyle

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Out of the many daring hair colors Selena Gomez has sported, this dark dimensional brown strikes us as one of the most becoming.

Sun-Drenched Brunette

Kaia Gerber wears a honey-brown bob with blonde highlights


Looking to go a little lighter? This multidimensional look, which sits on the blonder side of brunette, is tailor-made for brown eyes. Exhibit A: Kaia Gerber's mesmerizing highlights.

Joan Smalls wears long, straight brown hair with golden highlights


Going for this look? 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."

Anne Hathaway wears subtly highlighted brown hair with curtain bangs


According to Rez, this look is particularly ideal for medium-brown eyes. In addition, he says, "This brunette shade of hair has a multicolor and tonal dimension to complement those with more of the lighter olive to fair skin colors." 

True Auburn

Zendaya wears long auburn hair in a curled blowout


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," Rez says. 

Emma Watson wears light auburn hair with side-swept bangs

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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.

Julia Roberts wears curled auburn hair with a center part

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Out of all of Julia Roberts's hair eras, her timeless 2007 auburn is undoubtedly one of our favorites.

Halle Berry wears a curly auburn hairstyle with bangs

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Those with fair skin tones tend to choose auburn for their locks, but who could forget when Halle Berry proved that it can look killer on darker complexions, too?

Solid Golden Blonde

Jennifer Lopez wears a golden blonde layered blowout with curtain bangs


If you're looking for a blonde option, this golden honey shade looks particularly smoldering with brown eyes. 

Tori Kelly wears her signature golden blonde natural curls

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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.

Ciara wears long, curled hair with an ash blonde balayage

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If you're looking for more dimension in your color, try asking your colorist for the "4D blonde" technique, which guarantees a stunning level and tone.

Beyonce wears curled blonde hair and red lipstick


Beyoncé's slightly cooler-toned take on the shade pairs beautifully with her complexion.

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