The 15 Best Hair Colors for Olive Skin

Here's a range from subtle to spectacular.

Just because you have a warm, olive skin tone, you don't have to stick to flat shades of brown.

By Erin Mayer, Good Housekeeping

When you're considering what hair color goes best with your complexion, it's easy to feel boxed in by the "rules," but let's be honest, if you like a color, go for it! There's so much room to play within the brunette spectrum and beyond.

Deep Mocha

A dramatic coffee brown compliments Olivia Wilde's brilliant eye color, and a chin-length bob haircut gives her an edgier look.


Bayalage Highlights

Lots of little highlights make deep coffee colored strands like Leah Remini's glisten.


Cocoa Sheen

Olivia Munn's hair fades from dark chocolate brown to a slightly milkier hue, creating an extremely subtle ombré effect.


Cool Grey-Blonde

Sure, grey-blonde might not be the most common hair color for olive skin, but it can be stunning if done correctly. Kim Kardashian's version is anchored by darker roots. Maintain a platinum shade with Drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo


Ice Blonde

Like her half sister Kim K, Kylie Jenner looked great as a platinum blonde. Her interpretation is more white than grey, and it really stands out against her medium-toned complexion.

Bronze Bangs

Lots of little blonde highlights create a shimmering bronze effect on Leighton Meester's half-up/half-down 'do.


Yellow Streaks

Highlighter yellow bangs are an unexpected, but playful choice for someone with Rita Ora's complexion. This look might make paler folks look sickly, but it contrasts beautifully with darker tones.


Dark Brown Curls

Alia Shawkat's midnight black ringlets play off her brown eyes and freckled cheeks. Use something like John Freida Brilliant Brunette Luminous Color Glaze ($10, to temporarily deepen your hair color.


Two-Tone Ombré

Megan Fox's endless supermodel waves fade from chocolate brown to nearly blonde in this attention-grabbing ombré.


Sun-Kissed Cinnamon

If you're bored by plain old brown, add some blonde highlights to give your hair a sun-kissed look without having to hit the beach.


Auburn Highlights

Many fear red won't flatter your complexion, but dip atoe in the water with some auburn highlights. They add a glossy mahogany finish to brunette hair that compliments olive skin nicely.


Beachy Bronde

Jessica Biel normally goes quite dark with her hair, but we're loving how this bronde (read: brown-meets-blonde) color here.


Light Brown

Sofia Vergara takes a softer approach with her caramel waves. Selectively placed lighter brown highlights make her dark eyes pop and give her hair dimension.


Almost Black

Shay Mitchell's nearly black hair contrasts nicely with her warm skin tone — and that bold red lip!



The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her shiny, voluminous hair in an even shade of chestnut. Her stylist uses Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom ($16, for a polished finish.

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Women's Magazine: The 15 Best Hair Colors for Olive Skin
The 15 Best Hair Colors for Olive Skin
Here's a range from subtle to spectacular.
Women's Magazine
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