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For our 40th Anniversary issue it was unanimous between Sophisticate’s and our reader’s that social media’s favorite beauty icon, Kim Kardashian West, would be our cover girl!

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You guys voted for your favorite “Style Icons” and the results are in! See who made the cut in the issue.

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Take a peak at the “40 Best looks” that we’ve feature in this year’s issues of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide!

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Get inspired by our compilation of “40 Great Star Looks” just for you!

Free Swag Free Swag!

For our 40th Anniversary we’re giving away over $7,000 worth of fabulous hair and beauty products in our “Big Beauty Giveaway”. Enter and get a chance to win some of the most coveted beauty merch in our November 2018 issue.

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Sophisticate’s is always on the pulse on what’s hot in beauty right now. We’ve curated some of this month’s must-have products just for you!

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‘90s Supermodel, style icon and the queen of the short cut, Linda Evangelista influenced an entire generation before the Gigi & Bella Hadid’s of today. Get the issue to see some of Linda’s best mane transformations over the years!


Sophisticate's Daily Dose Of Style
September 25, 2018

We know what we’re doing tonight…season premiere of This Is Us! Mandy Moore in retro hairstyles! So many tears, so much laughter. So happy to start another season…

Welcome To Fall!
September 24, 2018

While we’ll miss the heat a little bit, we’re totally excited for all the new beauty fall brings. Like this gorgeous makeup look on Kristen Stewart. Long lashes and matte, pale-pink lips combine beautifully with a white sweater. (Not to mention that glimpse of blonde and brunette working together in a short crop…).

If this is what cooler breezes mean, we say Bring. It. On.

Photo: (the makeup artist)

September 23, 2018

The iconic pixie shape was originally made famous by London fashion model Twiggy in the late 60s, and since then, some version has been on trend. So, what’s the current evolution of this famous cropped haircut? With the comeback of the shag, crowns are getting shorter and perimeters have softer lengths, as shown by this look by the Sam Villa Hair Team. We love!

Photo by Katie Parker, wardrobe by Brittany Hart and makeup by Nicole Schimel.

September 22, 2018

We just hit the newsstands with our big 40th anniversary issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide—collector’s edition—and hope you pick us up this weekend! This issue is jam-packed with the very best hairstyles (and lots of them!), haircolor ideas, celebrity interviews/features, how-to info, free beauty giveaways and tons more! So pick us up this weekend and drop us a note on Facebook or Instagram…we’d love to see you with our magazine 🙂

Color Pop
September 21, 2018

This coif color combination is right on trend! Walnut strands are snipped into a voluminous bob that’s subtly asymmetrical. Locks are spun into flirty curls that show off the hints of deep teal and light blush pink throughout. Hair by Tianna Wyant of JCPenney Salon in Clarion, PA.

Pop! Goes The Color
September 20, 2018

Looking for a way to add color to your mane, but not sure you’re ready to do the whole thing? Model and beauty entrepreneur Miranda Kerr shows you a pretty alternative! A thin slice of hair on each side of a precise center part is colored a honey-blonde hue, in bold contrast to dark-brunette lengths. It’s just the right pop of color to satisfy those shade cravings!


One Great Look—Dark & Decadent
September 19, 2018

Hair by Morgan Mislitski
Wilkes Barre, PA

Go for a deep and dark hue this season! Ebony tresses fall slight past the shoulders in loose curls. The opaque shade is absolutely stunning and will make you full glam and sassy.

Photo courtesy Morgan Mislitski via Facebook.

Emmy Duos!
September 18, 2018

Last night’s Emmy Awards brought the stars out in full force on the red carpet, and we loved every minute of it. We especially loved it when they joined forces to show off their fab style. Here are our favorite duos from last night…

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

Milo Ventimiglia and Lonnie Chavis

Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson

Emilia Clarke and Millie Bobby Brown


Emmy Awards Tonight!
September 17, 2018

Remember back in 2000 when baby Rory was one of our new favorite heroines on TV? The Gilmore Girls brought us fast-talking, heart-searing moments and the fabulous manes of Alexis Bledel as Rory and Lauren Graham as Lorelai. And tonight? Alexis Bledel is up for an Emmy for Supporting Actress for her work in The Handmaid’s Tale. We’ll be tuning in to see all the red-carpet beauty and the fabulous actresses who are kicking butt on TV. Congrats to all!

September 16, 2018

Sometimes we receive such beautiful haircut imagery here at Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide we have to share, share, share! Such is this one from Contreras Academy that has a smooth, sleek crown cut above the ear for high-fashion appeal. The blonde highlights bring about the accent over richer-hued lowlights.

File under got-to-have!

September 15, 2018

This is the last weekend our issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, featuring Jennifer Lopez on the cover, is for sale. Tuesday our brand new issue goes on sale! So if you’ve missed out—what are you waiting for? The issue features hundreds of fabulous looks, celebrity reads, the latest products and 2019 must-wear hair trends! So hurry…before we’re gone!  Thank you so much for your purchase—we really appreciate!

Blushing Beautifully
September 14, 2018

Perfectly pretty! Master Stylist Maxine Glynn, of The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney in Freehold, NJ, created this gorgeous pink confection. Shared the hair pro on Instagram, “So I finally got to use @matrix SOCOLOR CULT and Im OBSESSED! I used the semi Sparkling Rose.”


Curls, Curls, Curls
September 13, 2018

Natural curly girls know that sometimes, a few of those wayward spirals need a little taming. Rose Bertram gets glam in the stylists chair with her pretty ringlets–and a curling iron to make everything picture perfect. It only takes a few twists and you’re there…


One Great Look: Blue Note
September 12, 2018

Hair by Margarita Ford
Fayetteville, AR
Moorpark, CA

Tones of blue and gray slice through a raven-dark base for an explosion of color worthy of any midnight rendezvous. The bob snip is cut into tons of layers that tousle all those shades together in a beautiful finish.

Photo: Instagram/misahara5

Emma Deconstructed
September 11, 2018

For a red-carpet appearance, Emma Stone went sparkly with her makeup and un-constructed with her hair. Shared hairstylist Mara Roszak of the look, “Sparkle lady in Venice. I pinned her hair up and under, creating a deconstructed ‘bob’ feeling, very 30’s boudoir.” Gorgeous!


Cute Kut
September 10, 2018

While her daughters are always setting trends in the mane world, you have to give it to Mama Kris Jenner for always looking fab in her trademark short cut. The star’s layered locks are styled up by mane pro Lea Journo, and involve lots of piecey sections tousled and textured to perfection. It’s a short cut worth kopying for sure…


September 9, 2018

Admit it! We all want to look a little special during those ‘important’ nights. Right? And what better way than to sweep it all up and allow some face-framing tendrils to cascade down for movement? Jessi wears this intertwined curly look in an upstyle that works perfectly.

Rosa Pickett created the design and used…working spray, a 1.25 curling iron, hair pins, root-lifter spray, round brush, pomade, shine spray and finishing spray.

All done for Fantastic Sams in Apple Valley, CA. Photos by Taggart Winterhalter for Purely Visual.



September 8, 2018

Our new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide features our special annual feature section, HAIR TRENDS! Two industry rockstars—Dilek Onur-Taylor (right) and Michelle O’Connor (far right)—who happen to be Creative Directors for The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney, provided us with gorgeous work and info on what will be hot in the new year. “We will see a lot of individualism in 2019, and having the option to wear your hair in several different ways,” the pros explained. Here are three individual looks designed by the artists.

1.   Long waves emerge from off-center part. Stunning blonde color brings it all home perfectly!

2.  Rich red and chocolate brown combine into a scrumtuous melange of hues. Lots of volume at sides and crown bun…bring out your inner artist.

3.  Light coral/prink hues blend into a soft blonde. Hair pulled into a top twist for pure drama!

Have a favorite? We can’t decide! For more trend info; please pickup our new issue…we know you’ll love!

Weight In Gold
September 7, 2018

Dark licorice roots transform into a vivid copper shade that’s dipped in yellow-gold. The top half is lifted and split into two messy “fun” buns behind the crown. The lower half is spun into effortless curls. Styled by Hollace Noel Clayton, from JCPenney Salon in St. Louis, MO.

Power Bob
September 6, 2018

We know it’s hard to tear your eyes away from those BOOTS, but if you do, we think you’ll be please with what you see at the top of Olivia Culpo’s style game: one fantastic bob. A center part leads to light volume and blunt-cut edges with a hint of an angle going toward the front. It’s a smooth party, but by no means flat. It says chic. It says cool. It says power.


One Great Look—Peach Perfect
September 5, 2018

Hair by Michelle Golden
Ames, IA

Let’s talk about this feminine and fun mane! Swirls of toasted peach and yummy honey custard are flawlessly blended together. Stands are styled into flirty curls that tumble in loose ribbons just past the shoulders.

Photo: Courtesy Michelle Golden via Facebook.

Pony Up
September 4, 2018

Loving this look on Vanessa Hudgens for So You Think You Can Dance. The star wears long locks pulled to the top in a tight ponytail that waterfalls downward in gorgeous waves. Long or short, Vanessa always comes through with the looks we want.
September 3, 2018

Everyone at Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide salutes taking the time this Monday to celebrate Labor Day. And to those who have to work—we salute you tenfold! Have a great day…

3 Must-Have Haircolor Looks! 
September 2, 2018

We just can’t stop checking out some of the looks coming out of Pulp Riot…we’re talking some serious fab color like these three from hair pros that used Pulp Riot to create the vibes!

1.  Pink Blush
Straight from the garden by @thejesjewel

2.  Red For Fall!
The leaves and your mane will be turning color this season…By @hairbykaseyoh

3.  Purple Reign
Hello Ms. Queen! @katelynn_annettee created this beautiful look we just love!

September 1, 2018

Wow—where did the summer go? Here in Chicago (our home base!) we’re thinking about autumn and beautiful haircolor moves we may want to make. In our issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, on sale now, we feature not only hundreds of hairstyles to choose from—but gorgeous haircolor looks like this palette, from Eufora. And, in addition to showcasing the latest looks, we also have the latest celebrity styles, beauty product news and much, much more!

Pick up your copy of our magazine this long weekend…and find your new autumn look!

Thank you soooo much!

Cherry Dipped ‘Do
August 31, 2018

Let’s play with color for your next coif change! Here, dimensional blonde locks with blended low-lights free-fall past the shoulders with loose waves styled concentrated on the ends. An ombré effect using crimson is created on the lower half for a pop of color. Styled by Valerie Clark, from The Salon by InStyle in Ann Arbor, MI.


Mario Make Me A Model
August 30, 2018

Mario, Make Me a Model, from Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, is celebrating its 10th year. The celebrated program has launched more than 40 professional modeling careers and supports Chicago’s fashion industry. 

After more than 300 model hopefuls came out to three open model calls, 26 were selected to move onto the Semi-Final judging which took place on Tuesday, August 28 at the new St. Jane Hotel in Chicago. Seven semi-finalists were chosen, and will receive a professional makeover by the Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa creative team and start runway and fitness training before the field is further narrowed to just five on Friday, September 21.

The competition will culminate with a finale fashion show featuring the collections of five Chicago designers on Wednesday, October 24 to be held at The Northerly Island Tent, 1521 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago.

According to Mario Tricoci, “With this being our 10th Mario, Make Me a Model contest, we think this might be the most exciting competition yet. The finalists are incredible and there is more excitement to come.” Take a look at the past 10 years…

One Great Look—Chocolate Bonbon Curls
August 29, 2018

Hair by Brooke Seals
Brooke Seals Studio, Lexington, KY

Bourbon and dark-caramel highlights give this deep, dark mane life. Tresses tumble past the shoulders in thick, voluminous curls that show off the look’s luxurious and effortless layers.

Courtesy Brooke Seals via Facebook.

OOOOO. So Pretty!
August 28, 2018

Disco eyes is what makeup artist Allan Avendano is calling this look he did for Vanessa Hudgens. Perfect for a night at the club, or if you’re already scoping holiday moves, this is the face for that hot party. Here’s the breakdown, courtesy of the makeup artist himself, via Instagram…

Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis 005 in Silver
Lorac Cosmetics Pro Matte Palette, Pro Front of the Line Waterproof Liner in Dark Brown, Pro Precision Brow Pencil in Warm Medium Brown
Dior Pump & Volume Mascara in Black

Lorac POREfection Foundation
Becca Cosmetics Full Coverage Concealer, Highlighting Powder in Rose Gold, Tantalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder in Golden Girl

Lorac Alter Ego Lip Liner in CEO and Alter Ego Lip Gloss in Duchess


Monday Cuteness
August 27, 2018

Sometimes we want simple AND cute, and here it is. Emily Blunt wears her casually styled mane with a chic braid that curves across the crown from the front to the side. Created by stylist Sarah Potempa, the look is easy to do, but has big style results. Just what we want on a Monday!


August 26, 2018

BioSilk Hairstyling Ambassador, Ivan Rodriguez, really captures bridal beauty in this stunning collection. From the gown to the veil, this special day is a full-out expression of the bride’s style, and her hair compliments the textures and shapes of satin, silk and lace.

“My collection embraces variations of the classic up-do and silky-smooth curls. BioSilk Haircare provides the perfect foundation for achieving soft, shiny, beautiful hair so her walk down the aisle unveils the perfect silhouette,” Rodriguez so exquisitely explains.

Photo by Nacho Guerrero

Photo by Javier Ramos

Photo by Joel Issac

Photo by Joel Issac

Photo by Martin Simental

Makeup by El Salon Makeup Team; Wardrobe Styling by Melissa Webb—all for BioSilk.

Autumn Hairstyle Ideas!  
August 25, 2018

Yes we’re still in Summer, but taking the time to think about our new autumn haircolor and hairstyle look! What about you? If you need inspiration, stop at your local newsstand this weekend and pick up our new issue that’s loaded with fab ideas for the season ahead. There are hundreds of haircolor looks, hairstyle ideas and haircuts for you. The beauty of having Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is you don’t have to go scrambling around a bunch of apps in search of your new look! Thank you so much for your support…we really appreciate!

Love the cinnamon shown here? There are more like it in our issue…this look was created by the John Paul Mitchell Systems Artistic Team under the supervision of Creative Director Lucie Doughty. Photo by Robert Cromeans.

Playing The Blues
August 24, 2018

Hair by Alyssa Morrison
The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney, Clarion, PA

This dimensional, perfectly blended mane is stunning. Taupe-blonde locks are tinted shades of blue and slate underneath for a fierce pop of color. Strands are spun into loose waves throughout that brush just past the shoulders.

Courtesy Alyssa Morrison via Facebook

Getting Fishy With It…
August 23, 2018

One more summer ‘do idea, while summer is still hanging around… Pretty fishtail braids combine in the back for a quick little bun tuck. The look is super-sweet on super-sweet actress Reese Witherspoon. Hair by celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa.


One Great Look—Pink Play
August 22, 2018

Hair by Brooklyn Simms
Posh Salon & Spa, Lexington, KY

A neutral-toned brunette is the perfect base for fun pops of pink and purple. Color is gently applied all over and hair is styled into medium-sized curls to really show off the coif’s cool color combinations.

Photo Courtesy Brooklyn Simms via Facebook

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