Beauty Hair 16 Photos of Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights to Inspire Your Summer Hair Color By Erin Lukas Erin Lukas Instagram Twitter Erin is a Brooklyn-based beauty editor and has been with InStyle since 2016. She covers all facets of beauty for the site. InStyle's editorial guidelines and Victoria Moorhouse Victoria Moorhouse Instagram Website Victoria Moorhouse is a writer, editor, and consultant based in Brooklyn, New York who focuses on beauty, fitness, and health. Victoria was previously the Senior Beauty Editor at InStyle.com and a Senior Editor at POPSUGAR. Her work can also be found in notable publications such as Shape.com, The Zoe Report, Forbes.com, and Well+Good. She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on June 6, 2023 @ 02:02PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Getty Images/InStyle.com If you have been researching "highlight hair pictures" on your quest for summer hair inspiration, look no further. The perfect way to go lighter for summer without going full-on blonde, and keep your status as a brunette is by asking your colorist for caramel highlights. Warm caramel also happens to be one of the most flattering (and popular) highlight shades for dark brown hair. Caramel highlights on dark brown hair can be achieve through hand-painted balayage or foils to lighten up the base in a subtle way. When the color is evenly distributed and placed on the right areas, it should mimic what the sun does naturally: give the hair a more dimensional look. Keep scrolling to see how stars like Eva Longoria, Jasmine Tookes, and Jennifer Lopez sport caramel highlights. Your Complete Guide to Maintaining Your Highlights 01 of 16 Ciara Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images To really show off your dark and light hair color, a messy braid like Ciara's will do the trick. Her fishtail braid is neat and show a stark contrast in hair color, but her loose pieces blend her caramel highlights beautifully. 02 of 16 Hannah Jeter Getty ImagesOwner Hannah Jeter's caramel color begins at the top of her head, but gains momentum closer to her tips, for a full on light caramel to blonde moment. Her beach waves give the color even more dimension. 03 of 16 Taraji P. Henson Jean-Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images Taraji P. Henson added caramel highlights to her dark brown curls to create an ombré look that we just love styled this way. 04 of 16 Jasmine Tookes Getty Images Jasmine Tookes's caramel highlights begin a few inches away from her hair line, growing lighter as they reach the tips. 05 of 16 Eva Longoria George Pimentel /Getty Images Eva Longoria's face-framing caramel highlights draw attention to her facial features. 06 of 16 Jennifer Lopez Getty Images Stick with a subtle use of the color, like Jennifer Lopez does here, if you don't want to add too much caramel to your hair. Over time, you can ask your colorist to add in more and more caramel highlights until you reach a light blonde shade, which Lopez has also sported. 07 of 16 Kate Beckinsale Taylor Hill /Getty Images Kate Beckinsale's caramel highlights on her dark brown hair stand out even more when styled in loose, cascading waves. 08 of 16 Priyanka Chopra Jonas Steve Granitz/Getty Images A darker caramel highlight warms up a deep brunette base as seen on Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The color almost has a touch of auburn to it, and perfectly complements Jonas's skin tone and dark features. 09 of 16 Olivia Munn John Shearer/Getty Images Olivia Munn's subtle, sun-kissed highlights are really only visible from the middle to the tip of her hair, giving off beautiful copper vibes throughout her undulating waves. 10 of 16 Natalie Portman Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images Natalie Portman brightened up her brunette bob with a set of caramel highlights that frame her face when worn in waves. 11 of 16 Sofia Vergara John Shearer/Getty Images Sofia Vergara's highlights are focused towards the ends of her hair, but there isn't a harsh line of demarcation. Bring this photo to the salon if you want a super natural and lived in look. 12 of 16 Selena Gomez Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images Selena Gomez is bringing '90s chunky highlights here. To create the look, her colorist added thick streaks throughout the lower half of her bob. 13 of 16 Dakota Johnson Steve Granitz/WireImage Blink and you'll almost miss the subtle, face-framing caramel highlights added to Dakota Johnson's chocolate brown base. The placement of these highlights are a foolproof way to brighten up your face, even if you have bangs that are not as colored. 14 of 16 Halle Berry Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images Halle Berry didn't just surprise everyone with her micro bob and bangs on the 2021 Oscars red carpet, she also debuted a fresh set of caramel highlights throughout the short cut. The color is the work of the actress' go-to colorist, Tracey Cunningham. 15 of 16 Gisele Bündchen Michael Loccisano / Getty Images Gisele Bündchen is the poster girl for caramel hair. Here, her trademark long and loose waves show off several shades of blonde, bronde, and caramel all at once. Invest in a good sea salt spray to get her look. 16 of 16 Katie Holmes Getty Images Katie Holmes's barely-there caramel highlights are perfect for brunettes who want a little color but with very low maintenance.