Beauty Hair Hair Color The Best Brunette Hair Colors for Different Skin Tones A master colorist breaks down the best brown hair colors for warm and cool undertones. 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 Updated on September 20, 2022 @ 05:49PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images/InStyle Brown hair is anything but boring. Whether you're going over to the dark side for the first time or you're a natural brunette that wants to enhance your color, there's a myriad of shade possibilities. Choosing to go dark is the first step, but finding the right shade for your complexion is the other half of the equation. That's why we turned to Nick Arrojo, founder of Arrojo Studio in New York to create a complete guide on which brunette shades work best for every skin tone. Find the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone Once you're enjoying your new brown shade, Arrojo stresses the importance of preserving it by using shampoo and conditioner tailored for colored hair and treating strands with a weekly treatment (such as Arrojo Whipped Treatment, $31) to maintain its vibrancy. Now, who said blondes have more fun? Keep scrolling to find out the best brunette shade to compliment your skin tone. 01 of 07 Fair With Cool Undertones Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images Those with fair skin with cool skin tones have a blueish undertone to their skin and often burn easily when out in the sun. Look at your veins in natural light. If they look blue or purple, then you have cool undertones. Dakota Johnson's warm, chestnut shade with red and golden undertones will brighten up fair complexions that err on the cool side. 02 of 07 Fair With Warm Undertones Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Those with warm undertones have a more yellow or green undertone. If your veins have a green tint to them instead of blue, then you have a warm undertone.The best way to compliment a fair complexion with warm undertones: Katie Holmes with her deep caramel color. "Keep the caramel cool for a nice contrast," says Arrojo. 03 of 07 Medium With Cool Undertones Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic If you don't burn easily when out in the sun, but have a blue undertone to your skin then you fall into this category. Arrojo says that a neutral brunette shade like Bella Hadid's charcoal-toned brown pairs well with a medium complexion with cool undertones. The Best At-Home Hair Colors for Your DIY Dye Session 04 of 07 Medium With Warm Undertones John Shearer/Getty Images Those with a medium skin tone with warm undertones, such as Emily Ratajkowski or Beyoncé, will find that gold jewelry looks best, compared to silver. If you have a medium complexion that leans on the warm side, Arrojo says that a light chocolate brown shade, seen here on Ratajkowski, is the perfect balance for your skin tone. 05 of 07 Olive Kevin Mazur/AMA2016 /Getty Images Olive skintones are considered warm or even neutral. Your veins may be somewhere in between blue and green. For olive complexions like Selena Gomez, Arrojo suggests opting for a dark chocolate brown that will create a striking contrast with your skin tone. 06 of 07 Dark With Cool Undertones Matt Winkelmeyer / Staff Arrojo says that multidimensional highlights, like Viola Davis with her ribbons of color, add softness and warmth to dark skin tones with cool undertones. Caramel or warmer red highlights are a great choice for this skin tone. Low Maintenance Hair Color Ideas You Can Wear Year-Round 07 of 07 Dark With Warm Undertones Amy Sussman / Getty Images To enhance the natural warmth of this skin tone, Arrojo recommends a coppery brown shade, as seen on Yvonne Orji. This brunette shade gives your skin the ultimate "glow from within" look.