If you’re blessed with hazel eyes, you know it doesn’t take much more than bronze eyeshadow and a quick coat of mascara to make your dazzling eye color pop. However, just like choosing a hair color for your skin tone, there are hues that perfectly complements your eye color.
We teamed up with Alli Wray, Matrix artistic educator, to bring you the ultimate guide to hair colors for hazel eyes. Whether you’re looking to keep it simple with dark brown hair or try a fantasy shade, these are the 30 shades you’ll want to ask your colorist about.
What is the true color of hazel eyes?
Every pair of hazel eyes is different, but most people have a mix of brown, green, and gold hues. You may have more of one color, depending on your unique eye color.
What color looks best with hazel eyes?
Hazel eyes have flecks of gold, green, and brown, so it’s best to complement them with warm-toned blondes, browns, and reds if you really want your eye color to stand out. If your hazel eyes have a lot of green in them, rich red shades like auburn and copper will work best for you.
What hair color looks best with hazel eyes and light skin?
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If you’re searching for the perfect blonde hair color to flatter hazel eyes, Wray suggests warm-toned shades like honey blonde, butterscotch, and cream blonde. The warm glow from your hair will help bring out the green and gold tones in your hazel eyes.
“Since lighter skin typically has less concentrated amounts of melanin, you can add a lot of warmth without worrying about looking washed out,” Wray says.
It’s essential to care for your newly lightened mane with salon-quality products. Start out by swapping your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system designed to benefit color-treated hair. We recommend Biolage R.A.W Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam, this system protects color-treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny with lasting color vibrancy.
To keep your blonde hue brass-free, swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a purple color-toning system once a week. We recommend Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo and Conditioner. This system neutralizes brassy warmth and corrects yellow tones on blonde hair.
If you’re transitioning from dark to blonde, your colorist will need to use bleach to lift your color. Bleach will always cause damage, but with the help of your stylist and an at-home hair treatment like the Redken All Soft Mega Hydramelt Moisturizing Hair Lotion, you can help to improve the look and feel of your strands.
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Red and green are a color match made in heaven—and we’re not just talking about Christmas decorations. For fair skin, a warm red hue like copper will instantly bring out the green in your hazel eyes.
“Red and green are contrasting colors, so they work really well with one another,” Wray explains. “This will make the eyes the focal point because the two colors are able to stand next to one another, but the warm hair color won’t overpower or take away from the eyes.”
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When it comes to red hair colors and hazel eyes—the bolder, the better! Wray loves the look of bright red hair paired with fair skin and hazel eyes. If you’re up for the challenge, this bright cherry hue packs a serious punch!
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If you’re looking for a blonde that’s a bit lower-maintenance, consider dirty blonde. This stunning blend of blonde and brunette shades will make your hazel eyes shine.
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Don’t be afraid to go dark—especially with a brunette shade like dark chocolate. This deep chocolatey brown is rich and dimensional enough to flatter any skin tone or eye color.
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Thinking pink? Us too! For fair skin tones with hazel, we recommend a pink shade that leans more pastel like bubblegum pink.
It’s no secret that fantasy shades are more challenging to maintain, but if you’re up for the challenge, be sure to swap your regular shampoo and conditioner for the Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid system. This shampoo and conditioner is specifically formulated for high-maintenance hair colors.
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If you’re going to try a cool-toned hair color, don’t just pick any shade—go green! Green shades like this stunning emerald hue can complement your pale skin and the green flecks in hazel eyes.
We’ll let you in on a little secret: The darker the hair color, the brighter and bolder your eye color will look in contrast. If you’re looking to go as dark as possible with your hue while still complimenting your fair complexion, look to espresso.
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We know bright yellow is an unexpected choice, but a vibrant, out-of-the-box hair color like this looks absolutely stunning with golden hazel eyes.
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If you’re torn between warm-toned hues and ashy tones, cream blonde is the best of both worlds. This shade has just enough warmth to make the warm hues in your eyes pop while accentuating cool, pale skin tones. Blonde always looks best with a high shine, so be sure to use a hair treatment like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Shine Rinse Lamellar Water Treatment. This formula conditions and detangles while leaving your hair shinier in just eight seconds.
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For those who are super pale, medium brown is the perfect in-between shade of brunette. It will enhance the look of your hazel eyes without washing out your skin tone.
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Cinnamon may be a go-to color for fall, but we can’t deny how wearable it is for any time of year. This reddish-brown hue complements the green and gold flecks in hazel eyes.
What hair color looks best with hazel eyes and medium skin?
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For those with naturally dark brown hair and medium skin tones, Wray has some advice to share: Don’t change a thing!
“Keeping the color around the face predominantly darker will help accentuate the eyes,” Wray says.
If you want to make a change, keep it simple. Ask your colorist to apply chocolate brown lowlights throughout your mane. This will keep your overall hue dark while adding dimension and movement.
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If you’re looking to go lighter while staying true to your dark roots, you’ll love bronde hair. Bronde hair allows you to experiment with both ends of the color spectrum—plus, the golden blonde tones can make your hazel eyes look brighter.
To prevent your face-framing strands from becoming too bright, ask your colorist for a bronde balayage or ombre.
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Since medium skin tones already have a lot of warmth, Wray suggests avoiding bright red shades. Instead, opt for a cool-toned hue like cranberry hair if you want to test out a wild hair color.
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If you’re lucky enough to maintain your summer glow all year long, channel your inner beach babe with a sandy blonde shade. This stunning combination of light blonde and sandy brown has just enough brightness and warmth to complement both your eye color and skin tone.
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Ash blonde hair might be favorable for fair skin tones, but we absolutely love ash brown for medium skin with hazel eyes. To keep your new hue in tip-top shape, swap your regular shampoo and conditioner for Redken Color Extend Brownlights Shampoo and Conditioner. This progressive color-depositing system keeps brown hair cool and prevents brassiness by depositing the perfect balance of blue pigment with every use.
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Leaning towards something a bit cooler? Stay on-trend with a cool-toned pastel shade like lavender.
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We’ve already established that warm-tones are key to enhancing hazel eyes, but what if you’re not trying to commit to a full-head of honey or cream blonde? Ask your colorist about the twilighting technique. Your colorist will apply golden highlights throughout your naturally dark base to add depth and warmth to your look.
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We never say no to wine—especially when it looks this good! If you have tan skin and hazel eyes, mulled wine is the perfect shade of red for you.
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Honey blonde will complement the glow of medium skin tones (and the golden notes in hazel eyes).
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If you don’t want a full head of copper hair, opt for copper highlights. A partial head of highlights can be all you need to accentuate both your eye color and skin tone.
What hair color looks best with hazel eyes and dark skin?
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You can never go wrong with caramel highlights and deep skin tones. Wray loves adding caramel highlights to draw attention to hazel eyes instantly.
“For clients that have darker skin tones, adding brightness around the face will create light that reflects off of the eyes, giving them a brighter appearance,” Wray says. “This will also add depth and dimension to the hair.”
If committing to a full head of highlights sounds like a full-time job, Wray recommends asking your colorist for a money piece or strobing highlights to add a subtle pop of color around your face. Click here to find out which highlighting technique is right for you.
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If you’re looking to keep things vibrant but cool, Wray recommends giving violet hair color a go.
“Cooler, dark hair colors such as burgundy or deep violet will both help to draw attention to hazel eyes without washing you out,” Wray says.
Keep in mind that although violet hair is gorgeous, the shade is not for the faint of heart. If you decide to commit to violet, your colorist can help you develop a touch-up schedule and hair care routine that best fits your needs. You’ll want to pick up a shampoo and conditioner like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner to protect the vibrancy of fast-fading hair colors.
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Burgundy hair might appear bold on lighter skin tones, but the deep red shade looks almost neutral against dark skin. If you’re looking for a fiery hair color that makes hazel eyes pop, burgundy might be the one for you!
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Auburn is the best of both worlds if you’re deciding between brown and red. Not to mention, the reddish-brown hue picks up on the green flecks in hazel eyes.
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As far as fantasy hair colors go, it doesn’t get much better than hot pink. If you have deep skin and hazel eyes, give this daring shade of pink a try.
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Is there any combination more stunning than black hair and hazel eyes? We think not! While a smoky, jet black hue is a bit too dark for fairer skin, it’s perfect for deep skin tones.
Black hair looks best with a high-shine finish, so be sure to invest in a shine-enhancing hair serum like Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original Hair Oil.
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Sand Storm Blonde
If you have hazel eyes and dark skin, don’t assume you can’t wear a full head of blonde! It’s all about finding a color that’s customizable for your skin tone—case in point: sand storm blonde. To achieve sand storm hair color, your colorist will use foil highlights or a balayage technique to add streaks of sandy blonde throughout your mane.
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If you’re worried that a full head of red will be too much to handle, chestnut highlights can give you the hint of red you’re craving with half the commitment.
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