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Highest-paid model Kendall Jenner is no stranger to the beauty world! Check out our cover girl’s best looks, hottest hairstyles and her makeup musts.

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See top-celebrities coifs in our Celebrity Glamour Hair Guide!

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Get inspired to go bold with some serious color inspiration!

Star Hairstyles Star Style

The stars have definitely turned up the style notch!

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This might be our most epic beauty giveaway yet! Check out our big beauty giveaway, on stands now in the February 2019 issue.

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Wondering which products to test out? We’ve got what you need to start your new beauty routine off right!

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This holiday season, the right hair accessory can mean the difference between a look that’s naughty or nice—pick which one you want to be in our latest issue!


Sophisticate's Daily Dose Of Style
Face Forward: Almost Nude
November 15, 2018

It’s almost the weekend! Do you have your makeup look figured out yet? Here’s your weekly inspiration…

How to look natural, but with a little more oomph. Makeup artist Patrick Ta created a nude lip with a hint of pink, a nude face with a hint of glow and a nude eyelid with a hint of color. To bring the look a little more into finished territory, he topped it off with darke brows, a few coats of mascara on upper and lower lashes and a lightly smudged dark eyeliner.


One Great Look: Bubblegum Ombré
November 14, 2018

Hair by Amber Kelley
Hair Artistry, Kansas City, MO

Pink is just a happy color. It’s impossible to be sad while rocking bubblegum hair, and with hair this pretty why would you want to be? The beautiful balayage expertly blends with the soft white, making this a joyful look.


Floral Fantasy
November 13, 2018

Make it a reality, as did Evan Rachel Wood, who accented her chignon with a side of flowers. One large peony surrounded by baby’s breath and smaller posy-like flowers makes for a colorful hair accessory with a romantically beautiful quality. The soft, face-framing tendrils are a nice touch, too.


Rose Gold Melt
November 12, 2018

Florida colorist Jen Goodison created this gorgeous metallic-looking color on long locks. “Rose gold is one of my most requested colors this year!” shared the pro on Insta. Loving the expert way the color melts from a lilac to a rose to a pale peach. It’s all so pretty!

3 Ways To Wear Your Bob
November 11, 2018

You’ve got a classic cut, and there’s so much you can do with your bob. Here is one fabulous cut by Beat Bourillon in France, and three ways to wear it…

1. Totally Curly
2. With Sparkle
3. On The Side
The Power Of The Plait
November 10, 2018

Sometimes all you need to get through the weekend is the perfect hairstyle. The expert hair pros at JCPenney Salon and The Salon By InStyle inside JCPenney have created such a style: the plaited upsweep. From the front, sides and back, it’s got everything you need/want/love in a gorgeous lock look. Wear it for brunch, for date night and for yourself. And wear it when you go buy the new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, which not only has this look, but a bunch of others from JCPenney Salon and other great salons across the globe, and some really pretty star hair, too.

November 9, 2018

Well we have to hand it to them. They could just sit around and revel in their hair and beauty success in our industry, but they don’t. No, legendary hairstylist and beauty salon owner Mario Tricoci, who has been in the industry over 40 years, has decided to open a salon at Chicago’s Misericordia—a community which serves persons with mild-to-profound developmental disabilities. Mario and wife/business partner Cheryl Tricoci (pictured at right) opened the Misericordia Hair Salon which will be staffed by volunteer professional hairstylists and students from Tricoci University at no cost to the Misericordia residents. Now the residents can experience the joy of a great shampoo, cut and/or styling.

Mario stated, “First and foremost, I am a stylist and have so much more to share with this magnificent industry, an industry which has given our family so much. Being part of Misericordia’s family is key to our charitable and civic leadership in the Chicagoland area.” Many of Misericordia’s residents are physically challenged and a trip to a salon can be difficult.

Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide applauds Mario and Cheryl for this wonderful happening! Can you hear us clapping?

Take a look at some of the images from the dedication event…
























Photos by Matt Ferguson

Silver Surfer
November 9, 2018

While some go for the gold, Francine Makshanoff of JCPenney Salon in Moreno Valley, CA, knows it’s all about silver. This ashy gray color is done with a balayage technique and is fresh, hip and oh-so flattering on so many skin tones.


Face Forward: The Eyes Have It
November 8, 2018

It’s almost the weekend! Do you have your makeup look figured out yet? Here’s your weekly inspiration…

What goes best with the perfect arched brow? The perfect eye look. Makeup artist Hung Vanngo shows off Olivia’s icy-green eyes with gorgeous eyeshadow work using, “See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow in Copperazzi and Scandalust Eyeshadow Palette,” reveals the pro. Other key products: Highliner Glam Glitter in Glam Jam, Air Blush in Kink & Kisses and New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Eat Cake.


One Great Look: Up, Up, And Away
November 7, 2018

Hair by Lorena Bello
Di_Bello Hair Salon, Buford, GA

Nothing says pick-me-up quite like an amazing updo. While at first glance this retro-chic sweeping style is ultra classic, the fun pops of color underneath have something entirely different to say.


Pony Up!
November 6, 2018

Although actress Joey King shaved her head earlier this year for a new movie role, we’re heading back to this particular look where she ruled the ponytail universe with this partial upsweep. Long locks are gathered at the top of the crown, the base of the tail is teased a bit and tresses waterfall down. It’s a look for any season, and any occasion–as long as you have the attitude and the hair flip down.


Black Rainbows
November 5, 2018

That’s what Orlando/Los Angeles stylist Neal Malek dubbed this stunning haircolor vibe. The pro colorist added purple, red, green, yellow, blue, orange and pink to naturally black hair, which is expertly shown off with multi-level braids.


November 4, 2018

The clocks have changed and we’re officially in deep fall mode. The thought of fall conjures up comfy layered clothing and finally letting hair down from being tied up in summer ponytails, braids and buns. This season, natural texture and curly locks have swept back on to the scene. “The major bonus in the current trend of curls is there is no right or wrong way to rock the look! Curls can be lazy and loose, tight and voluminous, or even better…a mix of textures for a more dimensional finish,” says Andrew Carruthers, Education Director for Sam Villa, who offers these two gorgeous looks for the season. “Curls are multi-faceted,” Carruthers continues. “As are the people who wear them—so don’t be afraid to explore new techniques and combinations of textures to celebrate the fact that fall is for curls!” So right!

Hair: Sam Villa ArTeam; Photos: Katie Parker.

November 3, 2018

Our big 40th anniversary issue will be off sale after this weekend. Did you pick up your copy of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide? If not, you won’t want to miss this very special collectors’ edition featuring more styles, more haircolor ideas, more cuts, more stars, more of everything! So hurry, hurry—before we’re gone! Thank you so much for your continued support—we wouldn’t be here without you!

Brightened Blonde
November 2, 2018

One-dimensional just isn’t enough if you want to make a striking entrance. This blonde balayage is paired with an asymmetrical lob and giving us all the feels. Hair by Tianna Wyant of JCPenney Salon in Clarion, PA.


Face Forward: Smoked Glitter
November 1, 2018

It’s almost the weekend! Do you have your makeup look figured out yet? Here’s your weekly inspiration…

“Lids like the universe all dark and sparkly,” shares makeup pro Jo Baker about this gorgeous look for actress Lucy. “Smoked Glitter…dark and sooty with tiny golden sparkles!!” perfectly describes the eye look, which is paired with a berry lip and strong brows.


One Great Look: Spooky Accessories
October 31, 2018

Hair by Tianna Wyant
JCPenney Salon, Clarion, PA

Even those of us who don’t have time to hand craft a costume for Halloween can still find ways for sneaking in some spooky accessories to help us celebrate. This wavy, half-up do is given dash of the Halloween spirit with a skeleton barrette and a hidden blue that becomes obvious with the pull of the accessory.


Upsweep Envy
October 30, 2018

Dakota Fanning is giving us the urge to go somewhere very special so we can duplicate this gorgeous upsweep by pro stylist Jenda Alcorn. Locks are swept smoothly to the nape, where hair is gathered and twisted upward, with ends tucked in. To finish the look, a beautiful, vintage-looking hair clip is nestled into the top.


Makeover Magic
October 29, 2018

And just like that, hair is transformed…after some brilliant work by Wild Hare Salon in Marengo, IL, that is. Red Hot with a drop of Noir, Orange Alert, Retro Blue and Royal Purple from Matrix SoColorCult Demi, the color change is gorgeous. And those smooth curls are so very pretty.


October 28, 2018

Tom O’Brien, Director of Baroque Hair, has launched his latest collection called Femme Fatale, and Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is so pleased to showcase it right here…right now!

Full on texture creates a powerful presence when blown out for volume.

Beauty waves are pinned in place with random abandon.

The shag, 2019 version, allows full end waves to caress the profile.

October 27, 2018

How do you get big hair volume? Only Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide has the answer! Check out our new issue featuring the 10 Big Volume Boosters you need to check out to get this season’s best new look. Of course, we have much more…like 100s of best new hairstyle choices, the haircolor right for you, celebrity interviews and giveaways. Yes, our anniversary issue is on sale now at newsstands everywhere. Pick up your copy this weekend and stay on top of the trends before we go away!

Peeks of Purple
October 26, 2018

Jen Black, a master stylist at JCPenney Salon in Auburn, NY, is givin us all a lesson in making vibrant colors look natural. These pops of purple, delicately brushed at the base of the hair in a sweeping motion, look positively regal.


Mario Make Me A Model
October 25, 2018

Last night, Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide was on hand to watch the final round in the 2018 Mario Make Me A Model competition, the special 10th anniversary edition. Here’s what we saw…

Layers upon layers of fashion, complete with cool ponytails twisted and turned for a fabulously fun finish…

Gorgeous evening gowns worn with hair gathered in back at the nape and teased out into full-volume, textured chignons…

Bobby pins used to barely contain extra-voluminous manes…

Very hot men groomed in every proper way, from facial hair to manes to clothing…

Full-on texture in both the clothes and the hair…

And, of course, Mario Tricoci himself…

And then the official winner, Anna!

What a fun and festive night filled with fashion and fabulousness!

Face Forward: Girl Next Door
October 25, 2018

It’s almost the weekend! Do you have your makeup look figured out yet? Here’s your weekly inspiration…

For that daytime wedding, brunch with the girls or an afternoon date, this is the perfect look. Dubbed “clean, fresh and glowing” by makeup artist Jenna Kristina, Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist is picture-perfect with rosy lips, pale pink blush and eyeshadow, and a coat of mascara.


One Great Look: Catch Of The Day
October 24, 2018

Hair by Eric Matthew
Salon By InStyle inside JCPenney, Dallas Fort Worth area

There’s something magical about a braid. Elegant and classic, long braids can be casual or ultra formal. This fishtail, paired beautifully with a silvery blonde hue, is giving off all kinds of romantic feels.


Brunette Vs. Blonde…
October 23, 2018

…And both sides win! Actress Jamie Chung shows off a dark brunette base that in infiltrated with tones of antique gold woven in thin ribbons and large swatches, marrying the two shades in a beautiful union. Bonus: The grow out will be so very gentle…


Golden Vanilla Platinum
October 22, 2018

Too many good blonde shades are woven into this gorgeous look by Matrix Artistic Educator and Utah Haircolor Specialist Melhairworks to settle on just one, so we used a bunch… Bringing the whole gorgeous look together are curls that start halfway down and twirl about the shoulders.

P.S. For those pro colorists taking notes, here’s the deets from Melhairworks: “My faves in action here @matrix #lightmaster and #colorsync all day plus some #BONDULTIM8 for safety! We washed with @biolage RAW #nourishshampoo and conditioner.”


Kelsea’s Bun
October 21, 2018

Singer Kelsea Ballerini wore a gorgeous upsweep for the 2018 CMT Artist of the Year Awards this past week. The look was created by celebrity hairstylist Tarryn Feldman, who chose the look to complement the star’s stunning, white dress. Here’s the how-to…

● Feldman prepped the hair with a blow-out smoothing spray before blow-drying hair.

●  To add extra volume and give a little texture, the stylist twirled Kelsea’s hair with the Sultra Bombshell Curl, Wave & Straighten Iron​​.

●  Feldman then created a heavy side part, and pulled locks into an effortless bun at the nape. She added a gold hair clip at the base of the bun for extra style power.

Photos: Courtesy Sultra.

Autumn’s Best Hairstyles!
October 20, 2018

We can’t believe we’re in the middle of that beautiful time of the year when our thoughts turn to cooler temperatures and new hairstyles! In our new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, on newsstands now, we have hundreds of the very best styles for your inspiration! A few gorgeous looks are shown here from Tchip Coiffure and Camille Albane of France—for more, you’ll have to check out our new issue. What do you say?

1. Short & Sassy
2. Bob-Licious
3. Curls On Fire

Thank you soooo much!

Metalic Mermaid
October 19, 2018

Calling all wannabe-mermaids, we’ve found the perfect hair for an enchanting swim or to bewitch all the sailors. Francine Makshanoff of JCPenney Salon in Moreno Valley, CA, has created the perfect silver ombré that smoothly transitions to rainbow ribbons for a fun and stunning look!


Face Forward: Cherry Delight
October 18, 2018

It’s almost the weekend! Do you have your makeup look figured out yet? Here’s your weekly inspiration…

Makeup artist Michael Anthony used Rita’s cherry-red dress as lip inspiration, then accompanied her bold kiss with strong brows, mile-long lashes and glitter eyeshadow. Not for the timid, this makeup vibe definitely does not follow the “choose one feature to play up” guideline.


One Great Look: Beach Balayage
October 17, 2018

Hair by Courtney Casale
Adrienne Dara Hair Salon, Philadelphia, PA

Blondes really do have more fun! This expert balayage carefully balances natural tones to create a dynamic and ultra-stylish look. Perfect for heading to the beach or a night on the town, you can never go wrong with blonde waves.


The. Best. Top. Knot.
October 16, 2018

Who else would show up with a top knot that’s perfection than the fabulous Jennifer Lopez. Hair Artist Chris Appleton created the look and dubbed her “Snatched Barbie” on Instagram. Sleek sides, a taller-than-tall knot and gorgeous makeup to finish the look. Don’t forget the bobby pins!


Save The Date
October 15, 2018

On November 4, Hailee Steinfeld will be hosting the 2018 MTV European Music Awards. “I am SO excited,” the singer/actress shared on Instagram. “I might just have to perform a new song while I’m there.” New music and a variety of Hailee hairstyles and outfits? We are there!


4 Fab Hairstyles! 
October 14, 2018

These hair looks are from hair pro Sam Carpenter’s latest collection called The Beacon. “Beacon is a fun and futuristic take on feminine beauty. The images don’t show beauty as submissive or sexual, but owned and controlled by the woman herself,” he explains. “I hope it’s a representation today’s contemporary female can relate to.” Bright colors, incredible cuts and fun designs…what more could you want?

1  Seriously In Control!
Love this short style with long, wispy nape and baby bangs. The hues are a melange of rich oranges and lavenders.

2  Sleek Perfection
The straight-edge bob takes a sleek turn with an off-center part and ear tuck. Purple-hued haircolor blends into deed red tones for a contemporary vibe.

3  Do You Dare? 
Shorty fringe blends into flippy lengths, while rich burgundy accents say 2019!

4  Hair Dressing
Ripples of hair at crown are gathered into an old-fashioned ribbon-candy look, while lengths (or extensions) echo the feel. Rose-gold and brunette hues provide contrast.

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