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35 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 brown hair can look good on just about everyone, even famous blondes like Blake Lively or Gwen Stefani (seriously— Google them with darker hair, you won't be disappointed. In fact, you'll probably be inspired to follow their lead).

Choosing a Shade: "My best advice is to check your eyes & skin color. Pick a shade that will brighten your eyes and even your skin tone," says Garnier colorist Millie Morales. "I would start by deciding if you need to be warm or cool brown depending on what’s going to look best on your skin tone," adds Nikki Lee, celebrity colorist and owner of Nine Zero One salon.

Maintenance Level: Medium. According to Lee, "it’s not the most high maintenance color. But it will require regular touch ups, unlike doing just highlights you can go a bit longer."

Goes Great With: Black, honey, or hazel eyes.

Similar Shades: honey brown, brown ombré, dark with highlights

Price: $60 - $150 for salon color

Keep scrolling to see 35 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 that shows off her highlights and has enviable texture.

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Issa Rae

Issa Rae

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Issa Rae's springy curls positively shimmer here. Her brunette shade, shows off with a summery golden-brown balayage.

Be sure to show up at the salon in your usual hairstyle to help your stylist figure out color placement. "If the client likes to wear natural curly hair, a hand painted technique is a great way to go," says Morales. "When using this technique you enhance the type of curls that need the spotlight to create a natural look."

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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 balayage mix is one of our favorites. "The great thing about medium brown is that it compliments all skin tones," says Lee. The key is to determine your undertones and go cool or warm.

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Cleo Wade

Cleo Wade

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We've always been a fan of Cleo Wade's stunning curls. Her medium-brown locks are woven with a gorgeous caramel bronde shade to lighten up the overall appearance.

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Lily Aldridge

Lily Aldridge

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Lily Aldridge has been our inspiration for brunette hair since day one. Here, she shows off deeper chocolate locks with just a few highlights on the ends to soften the appearance.

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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 shade. For the 2016 Met Ball, she went darker and straighter than usual, with golden highlights and a dramatic eye shadow.

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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 and an even-toned medium shade.

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Kaia Gerber

Kaia Gerber

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It's no surprise that there's supermodel in Kaia Gerber's blood, as just about 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

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 welcome 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. 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.

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Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls

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Joan Smalls has the bedhead of our dreams. 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 complements her saffron colored dress.

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Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling's chocolate locks have a glowing bronde balayage that gives this native Bostonian a west-coast vibe.

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson

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Emma Watson's brunette locks and auburn balayage pair perfectly with her dark brown eyes and burgundy lip shade.

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Lily Collins

Lily Collins

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Lily Collins is the definition of princess hair. Her flowing locks are a rich chestnut brown with high-wattage shine.

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Ciara

Ciara

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Ciara never lets us down with her hair, no matter the length or hue. Here, she adorns her side-parted curls with a bit of medium-brown highlights.

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Ariana Grande

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The high pontytail is classic Grande. 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?).

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Sandra Bullock

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Sandra Bullock is one of the most beloved brunettes in Hollywood. Here, she has a tawny balayage that runs through her darker mane.

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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.

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Zendaya

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Zendaya sports a golden brown hue that manages to pack loads of dimension without overtly obvious highlights.

Use caution when attempting an at-home dye job. "Simple root touch ups are fine to do at home as long as you can match your color correctly," says Lee. "I wouldn’t recommend going more than two shades above/below your natural shade. Leave big color changes to the professionals."

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Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel

 

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Another master of the ever-changing brunette locks, Jessica Biel demonstrates a subtle ombré with a sleek, longish bob hairstyle.

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Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid


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As a fashion model, Bella Hadid has worn every hairstyle and color under the sun. Her natural look is more of a subdued brunette. We love this slicked back, semi-wet look wavy bob in a soft chestnut.

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

 

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Soft Old Hollywood waves in a medium-brown hue complement Jessica Alba's tan complexion and dark eyes.

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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

 

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Laverne Cox is another hair chameleon, known for shifting her look from everything to a blonde chin-length bob to full honey-colored curls and even magenta waves. We adore this sleek low bun with dark roots and warm highlights.

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Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson


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On the opposite end we have ever-consistent Dakota Johnson. She's pretty much always sporting long, piece-y bangs, though her shade of brown varies. Here, she has a medium-brown color with very subtle highlights.

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Halle Berry

Halle Berry

 

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Halle Berry's curls show off well-placed warm highlights that add an extra note of depth and dimension. To keep hair treated healthy and color vibrant between salon visits, Lee recommends utilizing masks and treatments. "Garnier’s Nutrisse Color Revivers ($7) are a great treat for post-colored hair–they instantly restore softness and smoothness to hair while refreshing color."

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Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen

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We usually picture the third Olsen sister as a blonde, but she's rocked medium-brown hair more than once. This take features solidly brunette roots that fade off to sun-washed blonde ends.

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Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson is typically on the darker end of the brunette spectrum, but this version with big curls has a slight ombré that gives the look an overall softer effect.

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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

 

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We adore Natalie Portman's cool, ash brown take on brunette.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

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Another take on cooler toned medium-brown, Selena Gomez's raven roots trickle down to cool chestnut and fade into and ashy bronde at the ends.

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Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis


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Mila Kunis' all-one-shade of medium-brown is the perfect complement to this molded red carpet hairstyle.

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Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

 

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Golden highlights soften the overall vibe of Sofia Vergara's hairstyle, giving her a sun-kissed appearance.

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Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton


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The trend-averse should look toward Kate Middleton for inspiration. She opts for a classic medium-toned brown without very obvious highlights.

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Alison Brie

Alison Brie

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For fair complexions, this sunny brunette shade with lots of subtle highlights seen on Alison Brie is a wonderful option.

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