32 Best Auburn Hair Color Ideas for Every Skin Tone

Auburn hair colors

Auburn is a type of red hair that comes in a variety of shades ranging from reddish-brown to dark ginger. Auburn hues can vary from medium to dark hair and are a combination of light to dark brown and red hues, which makes it similar to a Titian hair shade. Auburn is a warm red color that flatters most skin tones and eye colors and can be the perfect option for women wanting to try a new, subtle hair color.

Before your next hair coloring appointment, check out these auburn hair color ideas for some hair color inspiration!

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#1: Blended Auburn Brown

An auburn brown hair color is dimensional and warmer on women with naturally darker shades. There’s a seamless blend between the levels of lightness, and the tones tie the look together for an overall seamless blend with tons of dimension. This darker shade of auburn works on any hair type. Auburn colors work best with medium to dark brown or even black hair. It looks best on neutral, olive, and darker skin tones. Stay away from it if you have any red undertones.

Dark Red Auburn Balayage Waves
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#2: Dark Red Auburn Balayage Waves

The dark red auburn balayage waves are stunning but high-maintenance color and style. Red and copper dyes fade away easily. So, one of the best ways for you to get more longevity of the color is to top it up at home with a direct dye. Crazy Color, for instance, is perfect for this. It would be very helpful if you wash less often – once a week is best, using color-safe sulfate-free shampoos.

#3: Deep Auburn Long Straight Hair

Long hair and a deep auburn red hue make a combination that results in a very chic hairstyle. This auburn-colored hair will flatter warm and neutral skin tones.

natural auburn wavy hair color
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#4: Natural Auburn Waves

The thing with hair dyes is you can transform yourself to have natural auburn hair. Dyes that are copper-tawny tones that suit you are readily available in the market for you to try on.

#5: Amazing Chestnut Auburn

A deep shade of auburn will make you want to grow long hair! This chestnut hair absolutely looks so mesmerizing with any style you try with your locks.

#6: Warm Natural Auburn Balayage

Warm up your hair and complexion with a natural auburn balayage. Balayage looks more natural and will bring life to your locks with little maintenance. Warm tones of bronze and copper will make your hair look super shiny and luxurious.

intense rich auburn hair color for long hair
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#7: Intense Rich Auburn

This super-rich dark auburn hair color idea can do wonders for thick, long, textured hair. This burnt sienna with orange undertones can greatly intensify even the most subtle waves your hair has.

#8: Hints of Mahogany and Auburn Tones

Auburn with hints of mahogany and auburn tones is the perfect fall vibe! Auburn can be easy to maintain and if you have cooler tones, auburn looks best with pink or olive skin tones.

#9: Flattering Auburn for Women Over 50

Try a flattering shade of auburn hair if you’re over 50. It can often make women look younger while keeping it looking like natural hair color.

Subtle auburn for women over 60
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#10: Subtle Auburn for Women over 60

If you’re over 60 try a more subtle auburn because of its warming effects on your skin tone. Auburn hair has beautiful rich tones which brighten up the skin, but as we age we tend to lose this youthful feel to our coloring. Injecting your hair with these subtle auburn tones can give you a glowy appearance on your skin.

Rich Reddish-Brown Auburn
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#11: Rich Reddish-Brown Auburn

A reddish-brown auburn offers one of the best warm shades. It’s also a perfect start-off point when wanting to try the redhead lifestyle. A rich auburn hue, if paired with long waves, beautifully complements pale skin tones the best.

brown auburn on medium-length hair
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#12: Brown Auburn on Medium-Length Hair

An auburn hue with a blend of medium brown and golden honey highlights that flatters those with warm undertones. Pair with flirty and light waves and side-swept bangs for that extra glam!

Complimenting red brown auburn hair
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#13: Complimenting Red Brown Auburn

The easiest way to become a natural brunette is to wear mixed shades of red-brown auburn hair dye like this. Undoubtedly beautiful on any hair length and style, this perfect auburn shade also complements a light to dark skin tone.

Sexy Auburn Highlights on Dark Hair
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#14: Sexy Auburn Highlights on Dark Hair

If you want to keep your beautiful natural brunette hair and spice your hairstyle up at the same time, try adding some auburn streaks to enhance your natural hair color and make it bright and vibrant!

Dynamic Purple and Auburn Red Balayage
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#15: Dynamic Purple and Auburn Red Balayage

Check out this combination of red shades! A dynamic triple melt with a bit of red, copper, and purple to make this unique auburn red balayage.

Dimensional Auburn Hair With Highlights
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#16: Dimensional Auburn Hair With Highlights

Try a fiery auburn and copper highlights on your natural dark brunette hair for an amazing reddish-brown hue. For more dimension, cut your mid-length hair into long layers, then match it with waves to emphasize the dimension in this orange-red tinge mane!

Auburn Ombre with Hints of Red Brown Color
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#17: Auburn Ombre with Hints of Red Brown Color

Consider an autumn-inspired red auburn ombre hair color that melts into warm blonde tones. This masterpiece is what you get when you combine blonde and auburn highlights, adding them to your dark locks to brighten them up.

#18: Dark Auburn Bob

A dark auburn hair color with highlights makes it dimensional. It especially pairs well with a bob cut.

#19: Gorgeous Auburn Highlights on Brown Hair

Long, dark brown hair with auburn highlights adds lots of richness.

#20: Light Auburn Color for Women over 70

A light auburn color is ideal for women over 70 because it flatters a warmer or fair skin complexion. Auburn is known to be a fall hair color. If you love it, see more fall hair colors for women over 70.

Burgundy auburn hair for older women
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#21: Burgundy Auburn Hair for Older Women

Burgundy auburn hair is great for older women who have a fun, funky, and edgy short bob cut to match. For styling, use curl cream or texturizing products for a tousled look, and a smoothing cream for a classic, sleek look.

Related: See more short auburn hairstyles.

#22: Low-Maintenance Auburn and Blonde

An auburn and blonde hair color is called “autumn caramel.” It’s a combination of 3 different warm colors that blend from a smooth auburn brown at the root to a soft beige at the ends with hints of copper. It’s the perfect balance between blonde, brunette, and natural red. This is a great color for a woman who is looking to tone down her color into something warmer and more low-maintenance. Come in once every 6 weeks for a gloss service to refresh your auburn hair dye and keep the tones looking as fresh as possible.

#23: Yummy Auburn with Caramel Highlights

Auburn with caramel highlights pair well with a slightly angled lob. This bob with auburn tresses is a great look for all women and face shapes. Different lengths can be played with, but always work around the collarbone. Anything above may have the tendency to flip.

Vibrant Light Auburn balayage
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#24: Vibrant Light Auburn Balayage

Try a high-depth copper-auburn balayage. If you do, ask for a rich brown base color to balance out the warmth of the copper mid-lengths and ends. If you’re a natural redhead, opt for this hair color with its vibrancy and soft wave.

If you’re considering an auburn balayage, you have to be able to follow a couple of guidelines if you want a longer-lasting color. The first of those is you need to be able to go 2-3+ days in between washes. Reds tend to fade a little faster than more neutral colors and prolonging washes helps extend color vibrancy. The second guideline is cooling your water down when washing and using a good color-protecting shampoo and conditioner, like the Kérastase Reflection line.

Beachy Auburn Hair with Blonde Highlights
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#25: Beachy Auburn with Blonde Highlights

A natural light auburn hue blends well with blonde highlights. The result is a sunny, textured balayage. There’s a dimension between the high and lowlights and the “worn-in” root with this type of hair texture. To style, use a sea texture cream for piece-y texture. A bit of bronzer on your collarbone will also complement the sunny blonde tones.

#26: Auburn with Golden Blonde Balayage Highlights

This is a blend of auburn and golden blonde balayage highlights. By using the “V” shape balayage technique, it purposely kept it off the roots for it to be a more low-maintenance “rooty” vibe.” There’s a ton of dimension in the hair when blending the two colors with the natural base. This auburn hair with blonde highlights would be great for a woman wanting to experiment with red tones but doesn’t want to commit to the high maintenance of an overall red hair color.

Bold Auburn on Curly Hair
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#27: Bold Auburn on Curly Hair

If you’re adventurous, try on a fiery auburn color and look bold with any hairstyle you wear with those glamorous natural curls! This shade of auburn looks more vibrant and flattering for warm skin tones. It’s very important you have a thorough consultation with your stylist to make sure this is the right shade of auburn hair for you.

#28: Modern Auburn Highlights on Brunette Hair

Auburn highlights on brunette hair create a deep auburn tone that makes tresses seem thicker when styled with waves. Some red tones complement pinky skin complexions. Yet, the deep auburn colors flatter olive skin tones the most! To see what shade suits you, hold a swatch to your face and compare the different reds to your skin tone. If a deeper one looks best on you, get your auburn waves now!

#29: Cute Medium to Dark Auburn

A soft auburn shade is in the red-brown family and has chocolate tones in it. It’s not an extreme red, but it definitely has warm undertones with a hint of copper and red that peek through in the highlights. Red tones do tend to fade faster than others, so start using a color-conserving shampoo and conditioner such as L’Oréal Professionnel’s Vitamino Color line. Always use professional salon products. This will help in preserving the color as well as the integrity of your hair.

Charming medium auburn hair color
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#30: Charming Medium Auburn

This auburn hair is coppery with just the right amount of golden money pieces. Brandish your long waves with such a monumental medium auburn hair color.

#31: Sleek Light Auburn

Light auburn hair color on sleek, long locks creates an edge, packed with richness. Salon-quality, color-safe shampoo and conditioner are a must to maintain the hue. There are some tinted shampoos with red hues in them that can be used. Just be careful that it won’t shift the bright auburn tone into a cherry red. When considering this color, bring pictures to the stylist of what you’re aiming for.

Classic auburn on short hair
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#32: Classic Auburn on Short Hair

This breathtaking deep auburn on short hair is perfect for bold personalities.




Readers Also Ask

  • The difference between red hair and auburn hair is that red hair has no undertones while auburn hair has a brown undertone. Red is a lot more vibrant while auburn tends to be more natural-looking.

  • The difference between auburn and brunette is that auburn has red in it while brunette does not. Auburn is a mixture of brown and red while a brunette is brown alone.

  • Auburn hair is a mixture of brown, red, and sometimes copper. It’s a warm and rich hair color that would compliment many skin tones.

  • If your hair has red or warm tones but is mostly brown, that means your hair is auburn. Auburn hair can range from mostly brown to an equal amount of both brown and red.

  • Auburn hair can be worn by almost all skin tones. The only skin tone that doesn’t mesh well with auburn hair is very warm with a lot of red undertones.

  • Auburn is a warm hair color. Auburn can have cool and warm tones throughout, but it’s mainly warm.

  • Auburn hair can be many different levels, but the most common is around a level 6 or 7. Auburn mainly refers to the tones of the hair, not the lightness or darkness.

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