20 Stunning Medium-Brown Hair Colors for Every Skin Tone

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While there's an entire wheel of hair color options—dark blonde, strawberry blonde, dark brown, red, or even rose gold—there's something classic, rich, and endlessly beautiful about a medium-brown. We have reason to believe dark brown hair can look good on just about everyone, even famous blondes like Blake Lively or Gwen Stefani (seriously— Google them with dark hair, you won't be disappointed. In fact, you'll probably be inspired to do the same.)

Whether it be 3D color with highlights and dimension or a single tone, some of our favorite celebrities are providing us with the ultimate inspiration. Keep scrolling to see 20 celebrities with medium-brown hair, and don't be surprised if you end up calling your colorist after.

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Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra's brunette locks part at the side and tumble in waves just below the shoulder. This layered cut displays a subtle dimension and has enviable texture. Seriously, her hair looks like it's been lightly tousled by a breezy beach, and we couldn't be more obsessed.

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Issa Rae

Issa Rae

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Issa Rae's springy curls positively shimmer here. Her brunette shade, balyaged with a summery golden-brown hue, perfectly compliment her pale pink ensemble and natural glow.

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Jamie Chung

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Jamie Chung is known to be a hair chameleon, and looks stunning in any shade, but we must say that this warm, medium-brown balayage mix is one of our favorites. We especially love the light brown hues that frame her face.

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Cleo Wade

Cleo Wade

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We've always been a fan of Cleo Wade's stunning curls, but we must take a moment to praise this middle-part, pulled-back look. Her deep raven locks are woven with a gorgeous caramel bronde, with her eyebrows matching this warm hue.

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Lily Aldridge

Lily Aldridge

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Lily Aldridge has been our inspiration for brunette hair since day one—she has the definiton of a long, silky, mane. Here, she shows off her chocolate locks with just a bit of warmth painted on the ends.

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé

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While Beyoncé is often rocking honey blonde hues, she'll occasionally vacillate between medium brown and a flaxen blonde shades, which is our absolute duty to properly document. For the 2016 Met Ball, she went darker and straighter than usual, with golden highlights and a dramatic eye shadow that we'll be attempting in our bathroom mirror later.

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Ashley Graham

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Ashley Graham has the kind of thick, shiny brown hair that makes us feel guilty about all the bad dye jobs we've inflicted on our own locks. Here, she sports a chic high ponytail with soft waves.

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Kaia Gerber

Kaia Gerber

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It's no surprise that there's supermodel in Kaia's blood, as every photo of her feels campaign-worthy. Her long hair somehow always looks windswept, and is a rich brown elevated with light, barely-there blonde highlights.

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Jourdan Dunn

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Jourdan Dunn is another woman who isn't afraid to switch it up her look, so her red-carpet style can be a welcomed surprise. Here she debuts her long, flowing brunette strands with subtle tawny tones.

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Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung

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Alexa Chung is the queen of shoulder-length cuts and undone waves, and has been an inspiration to all of us thinking about getting a fresh chop. We love this dark-chestnut to light-brown ombré, with the ends painted a golden bronde.

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Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore

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Mandy Moore's hair journey has brought her from brown, to blonde, to bronde, to raven, and now to medium brown. The one constant? She always manages to look amazing in whatever hue she's sporting!

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Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls

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Joan Smalls has long, tumbling brunette waves and the bedhead of our dreams. Looking effortlessly stylish, her carefree, voluminous dark hair has subtle highlights around her face and towards the ends of her locks.

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Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen's gorgeous hair is almost always a soft mix of dark blondes and brunette hues, and we're not mad about it. This warm, golden-brown ombré perfectly compliments her saffron colored dress.

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Mindy Kaling

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Mindy's deep chcolate locks have a glowing bronde balyage that gives this native Bostonian a west-coast vibe. We love how her curles fan out at the ends to showcase these warm, golden hues.

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Emma Watson

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Emma's pinned-back tresses look so delightfully whimsical. We love the swooping, wave-like effect of this style, and how a few wavy strands frame her face. Her brunette locks and auburn balyage pair perfectly with her dark brown eyes and burgundy lip shade.

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Lily Collins

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Lily Collins has the definiton of princess hair (which I suppose is fitting, as she did play Snow White). Her long, voluminous flowing locks are a rich chestnut brown, and has a shine and natural bounce that makes us want to research her hair-care routine, stat.

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Ciara

Ciara

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Ciara never lets us down with her hair, no matter the length or hue. While it looks amazing in a sleek bob, cropped short, or slicked back, these long locks feel classic and elegant. Here, she adorns her side-parted curls with a bit of medium-brown highlights, complimenting her dark brown eyes.

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Ariana Grande

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The long, high pontytail is classic Grande, but the color variation certainly shakes things up. This ombré goes from chocolate at the roots, to golden brown, to walnut, back to golden brown, and finishes with a sandy blonde (were you able to follow that?) Her fluffy bangs are a mix of all the hues, bringing a cohesive element to this ever-changing look.

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Sandra Bullock

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Sandra is one of the most beloved brunettes in Hollywood, and it seems like she is always taking a fesh, modern spin to her classic color. Here, she has a tawny balyage that runs through her darker mane, her locks looking relaxed and lightly tousled.

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Lea Michele

Lea Michele

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On the darker end of the spectrum, we have Lea Michele, who offers a ton of subtle dimension using tones from raven to auburn and warm brunette. Here, her bangs are dark and rich, while her long locks incorporate a honey bronde balyage.

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