How To Choose The Right Hair Color For Your Brown Eyes

Written by Anjali Sayee

The first thing I noticed about her was her brown eyes. Her curly locks made her brown eyes sparkle with flecks of gold.

It’s true what they say – it’s all in the eyes. The eyes are the window to the soul, the teller of emotions, and the most attractive physical feature. But the wrong hair color can take the focus off the eyes and ruin that perfect love-at-first-sight moment you’ve always dreamt of. Women with brown eyes tend to feel that their eye color is too common, too blah. With the right hair color, you can pop those hints of gold and orange or make your eyes a brown ocean so deep that anyone can get lost in them.

Now that I have piqued your interest in making those brown eyes pop, here are some focus points to help you pick the right hair color.

How To Choose The Right Hair Color

You need to consider your surface skin tone, eye color, and skin undertone when choosing a hair color. Check out these brilliant hair colors that will totally amp up those eyes!

I. Consider Your Eye Color

Is your eye color a light brown or a deep dark brown? Is it hazel with undertones of green or red? Determining your exact eye color can help you pick a hair color that makes those subtle flecks pop and really bring out the best in your eyes.


Hazel Eyes

Hazel eyes can have hints of brown and gold (which are warm colors) or blue and grey (which are cool colors). Dark hair colors like deep brown and black make hazel eyes really stand out.

Light And Dark Brown Eyes

Dark brown dimensions and brunette or caramel highlights bring out the light hints of color in brown eyes. If you have a warm skin tone then try golden, yellow, or red hues. Cool skin tones with brown eyes should try intense shades like white blonde, silver grey, and jet black.

II. Consider Your Skin Tone

By skin tone, I’m not simply referring to your complexion which can be dark, olive, medium, or light. Your skin also has warm, cool or neutral undertones. Once you figure out your undertone, you can pick a hair color that complements your skin tone as well as your eyes. There are quite a few ways to figure out your undertone, the easiest being the vein check. If the veins on your wrist appear green then you have a warm undertone. If they appear blue then you have a cool undertone. If they sometimes appear blue and other times green, then you have a neutral undertone.

III. Consider Your Hair Color

Your natural locks are key to picking a good hair color. If you have dark hair then consider getting highlights or a balayage over coloring all your hair, which can lead to hair damage and dryness. If you have light hair then coloring your entire hair is easy. Contrasts between light and dark shades will make brown eyes stand out.

IV. Consider Your Clothes

We pick our clothes based on the colors that look good on us. If shades of yellow, red, and gold look great on you then go for caramel shades and dark dimension highlights. If blues, greys, silvers, greens, and purples look great on you then go for intense blonde or dark shades like ash blonde or black.

V. Consider Your Makeup

Understanding your regular makeup choices and how they make your skin look is vital for figuring out what hair color works for you. If you have brown eyes, smokey eye makeup can make them really pop. Using shades like blue or green can make your brown eyes stand out.

And now, here are the hair colors you need to try out to finish off the look!

1. Hair Colors For Warm Skin Tones With Brown Eyes


Earthy colors look incredible on warm skin. Stand in front of the mirror and hold small pieces of yellow, gold, and red colored papers near your face. If these colors look good next to your skin color, you have a warm skin tone.

Hair Colors To Consider

  • Brunette hair with light highlights will really make those brown eyes pop against your warm skin.
  • Try coffee or caramel highlights. These light brown colors have a slightly blonde undertone that creates a bronde feel. This mix can really draw focus to brown eyes.
  • If you have warm toned skin, golden blonde highlights on dark hair can really make you shine. Try other deep earthy blonde shades like honey, dark strawberry blonde, and auburn blonde.
  • If you really want to go edgy, try a salt and pepper mix or pick a red or orange shade.

Hair Colors To Avoid

  • Avoid cool colors on warm skin. Stay away from bright electric blues, purples, and greens. If you really want to try these shades then consult a hairstylist.
  • Shades like copper can make your skin look heated, so steer clear of them.

2. Hair Colors For Cool Skin Tones With Brown Eyes


Do you get sunburn or tan easily? If your skin burns and turns pink or red when you step out in the sun, you have cool toned skin. Subtle and intense shades look really good on cool tones.

Hair Colors To Consider

  • Light colors like ash and platinum blonde go really well with cool skin tones.
  • Go for intense dark colors like dark brown and jet black. This will really make your brown eyes pop.
  • If you want to try vibrant colors then go for pastel shades in blue, red, pink, purple, and green.
  • Colors with red, burgundy, and maroon hints can really bring out your brown eyes.

Hair Colors To Avoid

  • Don’t go for golden brown hues as they are warm colors and look jarring against cool skin tones.
  • Bright orange tones might not suit your cool toned skin and brown eyes.

3. Hair Colors For Neutral Skin Tones With Brown Eyes

If you have neutral skin then all hair colors will suit you. Some neutral tones tend to lean towards an undertone, so some colors might look better on your skin than others. Go crazy experimenting to find out which ones make your brown eyes shine!

4. Hair Colors For Fair Skin Tones With Brown Eyes


Women with fair skin are lucky in the hair color department because almost all colors look good on them. However,, you need to know your undertone. Pick colors that cater to your undertone hues and you’ll look fabulous.

Hair Colors To Consider

  • Sandy blonde, ash blonde, lilac platinum blonde, and light blue ombre look great on fair skin.
  • Golden blonde highlights on medium brown hair, auburn brown, chocolate brown, and deep burgundy go really well with fair skin.

Hair Colors To Avoid

  • While there is a wide range of colors that do suit you, there might be a few shades that don’t. Talking to a hairstylist can help you pinpoint those shades.

5. Hair Colors For Medium Skin Tones With Brown Eyes


When you have a medium skin tone, your undertone really matters. An ombre done in a bright color looks great against your skin. If you lean towards light-medium then you can try out unicorn colors, but if you have dark medium skin then try soft pastel shades.

Hair Colors To Consider

  • Pastel purple and dark dirty blonde work wonders on medium toned skin.
  • Try dirty blonde, caramel or honey highlights on dark brown hair. The contrast will bring out your brown eyes and highlight the golden flecks in them.
  • Try deep shades like copper brown. It will make your skin glow and your eyes shine.
  • You can try deep plum shades as well.

Hair Colors To Avoid

  • Avoid light hair colors like platinum or ashy shades.
  • Steer clear from ginger shades.

6. Hair Colors For Olive Skin Tones With Brown Eyes


Olive skin generally has a warmer undertone owing to some yellow hints. Warm and earthy colors like maple leaf orange look great on olive skin.

Hair Colors To Consider

  • Consider coloring your hair deep grey with a really light purple or blue ombre.
  • Try red or burgundy streaks on dark brown or black hair to make your brown eyes the center of attention.
  • Dark honey highlights will add a nice contrast to brown eyes.
  • Try ash shades like ash blonde or ash brown.
  • Try pastel streaks or highlights. They’ll add a nice touch of vibrance to your hair.

Hair Colors To Avoid

  • Stay away from blue and green hair colors as they can look too intense against olive skin.
  • The same goes for violet and purple shades.

7. Hair Colors For Dark Skin Tones With Brown Eyes


Dark colors work really well on dark skin tones. Opt for deep colors over bright colors. Deep auburn is great and complements this skin tone really well.

Hair Colors To Consider

  • Choose a mix of light and dark brown. You’ll get a nice dark brown dimensional look.
  • Try caramel, coffee, and toffee highlights on light brown hair.
  • Dark red, deep wine, and deep plum highlights can really show off hints of red in your brown eyes.
  • Auburn brown is a great hair color for dark skin and brown eyes.
  • Try pastel shades of bright colors (preferably pinks and blues) to add some vibrance to your look.

Hair Colors To Avoid

  • Don’t color your hair completely red, orange, yellow, purple, blue, or green. These shades can make your skin appear dull.

There you have it you brown-eyed beauties! So long as you know your skin tone and the colors that work with it, you are good to go. Don’t forget that your clothes and makeup play a part in showcasing those brown eyes. Did this article help you figure out which hair color to go for? Do you have any tips for your fellow readers? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.