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16 Auburn Hair Colors That Complement Every Skin Tone

Women with beautiful auburn color hair

We’re just going to come out and say it: Auburn is the most versatile red hair color of all time. While blondes have the most fun and 2020 is technically the year of the brunette, auburn is a shade that deserves just as much attention this year. The reddish-brown hue is classy, dimensional, and if you needed any more convincing: It looks amazing on every single skin tone. What more could you ask for?

Wondering which shade of auburn is right for you? Read on for the 16 auburn hair color ideas you need to know about.

Is auburn a cool or warm color?

While auburn is sometimes considered a cool-toned color because of its slight blue undertones, auburn can be worn either cool or warm depending on your chosen shade. If you want to go warm, opt for an auburn shade with coppery, golden undertones. If you’re more into cool tones, stick with the deeper shades with purple undertones.

How do you maintain auburn hair color?

When you opt for any shade of red, you can expect your hair care routine to change a bit. First, you’ll need to swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated for color-treated hair. We recommend Biolage R.A.W Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. This system nourishes and protects to help maintain the depth, tone, and shine of color-treated hair.

If your colorist needs to use bleach to achieve your desired auburn shade, you’ll want to add a weekly hair mask like Redken All Soft Mega Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask to your routine. This two-in-one hair mask is both an intense conditioner and care extender designed specifically for your dry, brittle hair.

It’s no secret that heat styling can strip the vibrancy from your salon color. That’s why we recommend always using products formulated with heat protection like Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Benefit Leave-in Spray.This lightweight mist primes, protects, and perfects while delivering 21 essential benefits for color-treated hair.

Ready to try auburn hair color for yourself? Read on for 16 of the best ways to wear the look.

The Best Auburn Hair Color Ideas To Try Now

Good hair day by @beauty__by__mikayla.

True Auburn

Not too dark or too light, true auburn falls somewhere in between the two. If you’re a sucker for a classic shade, true auburn is the perfect choice for you.

Good hair day by @haircolorkilla.

Mulled Wine

An auburn hair color named after our favorite date night beverage? We’ll drink to that! If you’re looking for an auburn hue that’s deep and sultry, we recommend giving mulled wine a try.

Good hair day by @lyndadidi.

Chocolate Auburn

Unlike its wine-inspired cousin, chocolate auburn leans more toward true brown. This makes it an ideal choice for anyone looking to add dimension and depth to their very dark brown hair.

Good hair day by @hairbyallisonclaire.

Auburn Highlights

Edging into auburn territory for the first time? If you’re not completely sold on a full head of auburn locks, ask your colorist for auburn highlights to add spice and dimension to your natural base color.

Good hair day by @amandahillhair.


Auburn falls into a gorgeous middle ground between brown and red, one that flatters almost every complexion. Amber is an excellent starter shade because it’s basically an over-the-top brunette with red accents.

Good hair day by @myguiltycrown.


While some enjoy a toned-down and sophisticated auburn hair color, others like a little zest. Case in point: copper. This lighter, punchier take on auburn is perfect for adding a little spice to your look. If you have a pale complexion, this one’s for you!

Good hair day by @chaotic_color.

Fiery Auburn

What do you get when you mix deeper auburn with accents of ginger? A fiery, dimensional color that’s wearable for every skin tone.

Good hair day by @my.otte.

Rose Gold

Partial to hair colors with intense shine and vibrancy? Ask your colorist to add hints of rose gold throughout your auburn hue to give it a touch of radiance.


If you’re a natural brunette looking for something a bit more muted, look to chestnut. This warm-toned, reddish-brown hue leans more towards brown with just the right amount of red to ease your transition.

Good hair day by @lynn__styles.

Ginger Beer

According to our experts, ginger beer is the hottest red hair color trend of 2020. Looking to make this spicy, orangey-red hue yours this year? Click here to find out how.

Good hair day by @marieevefaucher.


On the lookout for a vibrant variation of auburn? No matter your skin tone, you can’t go wrong with cherry.

Good hair day by @laurenvosshair.

Golden Auburn

Golden brown and blonde are on-trend for 2020, so why shouldn’t red follow suit? Golden auburn is a warm-toned, sunkissed hue that flatters any skin tone.

Good hair day by @makeupbynkc.

Dark Auburn

Auburn is (somewhat famously) a shade that’s gorgeous on women with dark skin tones. If you have dark or medium skin, go for it. You’ll find that dark auburn is the extra nudge your hair has always needed to truly attain bombshell status.

Good hair day by @askforamy.

Strawberry Auburn

Who could forget about strawberry? Strawberry auburn walks the thin line between red, blonde, and brown. In other words, it’s a versatile shade that suits a range of skin tones.

Good hair day by @aubreearivera.


Mahogany is to auburn what honey is to blonde: a rich, luscious shade that flatters the complexion and looks good on every skin tone.

Good hair day by @suetyrrellstylist.

Auburn And Caramel

Let’s be real: A few caramel highlights can do wonders for any hair color. If you want to add just a bit more warmth and shine to your auburn hue, ask your colorist to add a few caramel highlights throughout your strands.

Interested in trying an auburn hair color? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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