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America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift is gracing our February 2018 cover! We have all of the pop star’s best mane moves and beauty secrets right in this issue.

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Check out these glamourous before and after hair makeovers!

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Sophisticate’s got to chat with Fox-TV Star’s Brittany O’Grady!

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Bring in the holidays with hair inspirations from your favorite celebs!

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Win some free products from our Holiday Glamapalooza Big Beauty Giveaway! Give the gift of beauty swag this year.

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We have some of the top products you need to bring with you into the new year! Check them out!

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Take a look at this season’s hottest nail colors with CND’s Night Spell collection!


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4 Great Hairstyles From Italy!

It’s Sunday…we need something to spice things up. Right? How about four fab looks from the James Hair Fashion Club in Italy? We love these and hpe you do too. Fabulous hair makes any outfit ten times better and these style changeups work their magic. Pick your favorite—we can’t decide!






Have you picked up our new issue on newsstands everywhere? If not, you’re missing out! This very special edition of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide not only features all the very hottest looks you’ll want to wear this season, beauty products you can win, celebrity interviews and, as a bonus, we also have some fun look backs.  So what are you waiting for!

Please join us in our big 39th year celebration! Thank you sooo much!

Jewel Toned

We have one word to describe this sea-siren style by Andrea of JCPenny Salon in Riverside, CA—sultry! Raven hair is snipped into a volume-packed bob with plush layers. Hair is tinted a deep emerald and denim shade and styled into big, bouncy curls. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle #jcpenneysalon

One Great Look – Vivid Balayage

Hair by Kelly Smith
Vivid Trendz Studio Salon, Knoxville, TN

Stay sultry this season with a sassy balayaged look! Dark espresso hair transforms into a stunning peachy blonde shade as it falls. Strands are styled into big, bouncy curls that cascade past the shoulders.

Dynasty Is Here!!!

We. Are. So. Excited!!!!! The re-boot of Dynasty starts tonight on The CW, and we’ve seen the pilot. Ooooooo. It’s so good! Pretty people, pretty clothes, lots of evil looks, sideways glances and torrid affairs–everything we love in a good primetime soap. Once you’re hooked, be on the lookout for an exclusive backstage interview with the hairstylist of the show, coming up very soon in our next issue. Bring on the drama!

Have You Tried Neem Oil?

If you’re looking for a potent treatment for damaged hair, look no further. According to Viviscal, Neem oil comes from a fruit-bearing tree called the Indian Lilac, its seeds are pressed to produce Neem Oil. Like other essential oils, Neem oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it helps keep your scalp clean and can reduce the symptoms of scalp conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

NYFW Badgley Mischka Makeup

NYFW was filled with stunning beauty moves that we have a feeling we’re going to see everywhere! Pro MUA Gucci Westman was the lead makeup artist for INGLOT at the Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2018 show. “The inspiration for this look comes from a girl on a coastal holiday in Capri, Italy [and] represents the chic and carefree Italian beauty,” explains Westman. Here, the pro shares how they achieved the look…

Cheeks: On the cheeks bones I applied INGLOT Freedom System Blush in “#124” to add a subtle color and highlight to the face.

Eyes: To create a rusty transparent eye, I used the INGLOT AMC Liquid Illuminator in “#70” as a primer and base for the INGLOT Freedom System Eye Shadows. I mixed shades “#449,” “#607,” “#609” and “#614.” Then eyebrows were filled in with INGLOT’s Eyebrow Pencil. To complete the eyes, I used INGLOT Lash Enhancing Mascara to the top lashes only.

Lips: To finish the look, I mixed three different shades of INGLOT Matte Lipstick in “#229,” “#408 (shown),” and “#438” to create a matte metallic red lip.

Blonde Vs. Brunette

Who wins? Everyone does, when the bobs are this cute. Blondie Emma Roberts and brunette babe Nina Dobrev both show off one of Nine Zero One Salon owner Riawna Capri’s signature cuts–the choppy layered bob. Styled with oh-so beachy waves, it’s a mane victory worth sharing.


Totally On Trend

Hey! That could be you! Yes, you can be totally on trend with all things hair and beauty–you just have to pick up a copy of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, on sale now at your favorite newsstand. Carrie Underwood is on the cover, it’s our special anniversary issue, we have tons of great cuts, colors, styles and plenty of giveaways–not to mention this super-cute look by stylist Sherri Jessee, along with all of her mane predictions for your most beautiful 2018.

Go. Now. Grab a copy. We’ll be right here when you get back…

Vanilla Dipped

You better work! Nothing says glam like a yummy milk-chocolate mane dripped in a decadent vanilla shade. Stylist Crystal of The Salon by InStyle in Salinas, CA, finished the hairstyle by creating lux loose curls throughout. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle #jcpenneysalon

Halston’s Topknot How-To

The Orville’s Halston Sage stunned on the red carpet with youthful skin, bold eyeliner and a classic low-knot. Copy the actress’ effortless and elegant look, created by celebrity stylist Gregory Russell with the help of Biolage R.A.W products. Here’s the how-to…

1.  On damp hair, apply a dime-sized amount of Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk to keep the hair smooth and controlled.

2.  Add Biolage R.A.W. Bodifying Styling Jelly for lasting body.

3.  Blow out the hair with a boar bristle round brush. Once dry, flat-iron the hair smoothly.

4.  Create a center part and direct hair back into a low ponytail. Secure with an elastic.

5.  Divide the ponytail into two sections. Take two sections of the ponytail and tie them into a knot and then wind them around the base to create a chignon. Secure with bobby and hairpins.

6.  Spray Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray to avoid frizz.

One Great Look – Decadence

Hair by Lauren Hiles
Salon On Pointe, Suffolk, VA

Yummy! We’re obsessed with this scrumptious chocolate-coated look. Dark roots and lighter ends look chic and stylish spun in bouncy curls. A dash of color variation really helps your mane stand out.

Ready To Grow Out Your Pixie?

Want to grow your short cut and get a little length in your mane? The hair growth pros at Viviscal have three must-know things to make the transition a stylish and effortless process…

ONE: Keep your hair as healthy as possible

TWO: Embrace your in-between length

THREE: Don’t skip your trims!

Nicole’s Beauty Secrets

Aquaman actress and Neutrogena Brand Ambassador Nicole Kidman is a star whose beauty secrets we’d love to know! Thankfully, makeup artist Angela Levin, who gave Nicole her gorgeous Emmy look shown above, gave us the inside scoop on some of the products Nicole uses to keep her flawless appearance…

  • Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream
  • Neutrogena Nourishing Wear Eye Shadow + Built-In Primer
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Treatment

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Fantastic Sams’ beauty pros are doing such beautiful work… And, when it comes to makeovers, the West Coast salons really are rocking. Check out these three fab makeovers photographed by Taggart Winterhalter/Purely Visual.

Amber’s beautiful makeover is the perfect combination of copper and pink; this short pixie is styled forward with piecey fringes that delight. Hair by Wassan Sano of Fantastic Sams/Brea, CA.

This pretty-in-pink blending of colors through long, wavy layers makes for a dramatic image transformation. Hair by Gabby Sanchez of Fantastic Sams/Paso Robles, CA.

Long and lustrous layers are accented with a side part and soft curl on the ends—total femininity in another image update! Hair by Tania Rios of Fantastic Sams/El Segundo, CA.


Have you picked up your copy of our big anniversary issue yet? Yes? Well thank you! No? Hurry, hurry, hurry! This edition of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide features hundreds of beautiful hairstyle/haircut and haircolor choices, thousands of dollars worth of free beauty products you can win, celebrity beauty news and a fun look back of our 39 years! So what are you waiting for? Pick up our Collector’s Edition today and be part of our celebration! Thank you soooo much 🙂

Midnight Hues

We are obsessed at how subtle, trendy and gorgeous the pop of color on this mane is. Created by Mariah Morales of JCPenny Salon in Boardman, OH, onyx tresses are tinted a beautiful deep mauve shade throughout, becoming really saturated in the back. Love! #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle #jcpenneysalon

We’ve Waited 11 Years…

But it was worth it! Will, Grace, Karen and Jack are all back and picking up 11 years after they left off, with the New Yorkers are retuning to NBC for a brand new season of Will & Grace. Hopefully you cleared your schedule because the season premiere is tonight! P.S. Debra’s hair is still red, still full-volume, and still amazing!

Primetime Pretty

The wait is over! Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen and the rest of ABC’s hit series Modern Family are back tonight for the show’s ninth season. We’re sure this season will be packed with the same relatable drama and family comedy that’s made the series a fan favorite! Not to mention all that gorgeous hair!

Back Off The Backcombing!

Backcombing, or teasing, is a popular trick to add volume to otherwise lifeless and/or thin strands. While this is a quick and effective technique, the process can also be very damaging to your precious mane! That’s why the hair experts at Viviscal came up with three equally effective alternatives to backcombing that you’ve got to try!

  1. Try Out A Thickening Serum: Daily use of a thickening serum can help you achieve fuller hair naturally so teasing will no longer be needed!
  2. Use Hair Nutrients: Vitamins can help dramatically change to health of your hair. For example: Vitamin C improves elasticity, Vitamin B7 strengthens and Niacin helps repair.
  3. Try Hair Fibers: Less hassle that weaves, adding volumizing fibers to wear you need it with instantly give the appearance of a fuller coif.

The Voice Is Back!

Get ready for more chair-turning performances because NBC’s Emmy award-winning competition series, The Voice, is back for its anticipated 13th season! Show veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will be battling against retuning coach Miley Cyrus and first-timer Jennifer Hudson. We cannot wait to see what hair moves this dream team comes up with!

3 Fab Tousled Tress Looks

Go ahead. Give your head a little shake. Doesn’t that feel better? It looks fantastic! Here are three fabulously tousled tress styles that look better with a hair flip, a finger tousle and a defiant head shake…




Melting Into Cool

Fall is officially here, and with it, all sorts of possibilities. And maybe new hair? If you’re feeling a little bold, perhaps a color melt is in your future. This gorgeous look features a raven base with bold highlights in red, purple and teal that melt into below-the-shoulder layered tresses. You’ll find this hot silhouette in the current issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, on sale now. What else is in there? So. Much. More. Pick up an issue to find out! Your next haircut, haircolor and nail look is just pages away…


Ashley Lujan, master stylist at JCPenney Salon in Roseville, CA, created this amazing mane makeover! Warm, grown-out “bronde” tresses were transformed into a stunning beige-blonde shade with shadowed roots. Lush curls were styled on the ends for a sexy texture.


Debra’s Makeup How-To

Recreate Will & Grace star Debra Messing’s bronze goddess look! Celebrity makeup artist Jeannia Robinette broke down Debra’s entire beauty look explaining, “I wanted to create a bronze, golden goddess look for Debra. We went for a modern, classy beauty look with all the focus on the eyes. I really wanted the eyes to pop and keep everything else a bit more natural.” Copy Debra’s look in these 10 easy steps…

  1. To give Debra the bronzed glow we were after, I applied Star Bronzer “#2 “to her cheeks. Next I added a tiny bit of Lancôme Dual Finish Highlighter in “2-Luminous Gold” to the top of the cheekbone to enhance her glow.
  2. I finished off the cheeks with the Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette in “New Nude.”
  3. I applied the copper shadow from the Lancôme Color Design 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in “Kissed by Gold 102” all over the eyelid to start. Next I added the eggplant shade from the Lancôme Color Design 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in “603 Olive Soleil” to the crease of the eyelid.
  4. Under the eye, I used the Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil in “Chantilly” and blended it out with my finger for a really soft, light gold look.
  5. I wanted the lashes to be super bold and black so we layered on Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
  6. For the brows, I used Lancôme Sourcils Styler in “Brun.”
  7. First I lightly scrubbed her lips to exfoliate and then I prepped then with Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Cells Lip Balm. Debra and I wanted to create a really nude lip, to go with the copper eye so we used Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in “Timide #237.” I also lined her lips with Lancôme Le Lipstique in “Bronzelle.”

Photo: Courtesy Lancôme.

CoverGirl Ayesha Curry!

Today, CoverGirl announced Ayesha Curry, star of “Ayesha’s Home Kitchen” on the Food Network and author of national best-seller “The Seasoned Life,” as the brand’s newest CoverGirl.

“My philosophy is all about seeking joy and creating balance in life. I’ve shared a lot about how I do this with food, family and faith, and now – through my partnership with CoverGirl – I want to share how makeup helps create those moments of happiness, confidence and self-expression,” says Ayesha.

Curry’s first role as a new CoverGirl will be starring in a campaign supporting the soon-to-be-launched Peacock Flare Mascara, available in November.

Get Your Tresses Fall Ready!

It doesn’t matter if you’re mourning over the end of summer or ecstatic to snuggle up all Fall, it’s time to get your hair ready for the season change. With fall and winter’s drier and colder climate, your tresses are going to need a little extra TLC. Here are six easy things to make sure you’re adding to your hair care routine to keep your locks looking amazing all season long, according to the tress pros at Viviscal!

  1. Moisturize…We’re talking deep conditioners, hair masques and even a good ole’ DIY treatment. Get the girls together and love on your locks!
  2. Skip The Heat…Give your heated styling tools a break or make sure to take extra precautions to protect your strands.
  3. Cool Down Your Color…Trade in your sun-kissed look for a deeper hue that’ll be season appropriate and easier to maintain.
  4. Volumize!… Heat causes frizz, but cold can leave strands limp and flat. This is the time to whip our volumizing products.
  5. Beware Of Breakage… Be careful with the accessories you use to keep excess tugging and pulling to a minimum.
  6. Do A Detox… Pull out all the salt, chlorine and sunscreen that’s latched on to your tresses all summer with a good detox.

Emmy’s Romantic Glam

One of our favorite mane looks on the red carpet last night was Jessica Biel, who wore her long tresses in a half upsweep with volume. Long, loose curls flowing over her shoulder and the pompadour-inspired crown height combined to create a glamourous look that was not only romantic in nature, but downright pretty. Well done! (And here’s hoping this vibe continues with awards season in early 2018–we love us some pretty red carpet!)

39 Great Star Looks!

In celebration of our big 39th anniversary issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide on sale now at newsstand everywhere…we’re featuring 39 Great Star Looks! Here is our little teaser of just a few. To see all, you’ll have to pick up our new issue 🙂

1.  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Long, lush and shine, shine, shine!

2. Ashley Benson
Pretty Little Liars rocked the choppy mid-length big time!

3. Julianne Hough
Yes, we still love that short cut!

4. Hilary Duff
Blue? Why yes, of course.


We’re celebrating our 39th anniversary with the new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide on sale now at newsstands everywhere. We’ve packed this issue with hundreds of the very best hairstyles/haircuts and haircolor ideas, celebrity interviews, free beauty products, the latest in at-home hair care and much, much more. So hurry to the newsstand—our anniversary issue always sells out fast! Thank you so much for your support over the years…we love you!

Dark Cherry

This deep, sultry shade is exactly what you need to fall into the new season. Merlot and obsidian hues blend together perfectly to create an eye-catching, fun color. Strands are styled into a slightly asymmetrical bob that’s twisted into loose curls. Styled by Amanda Jayko of The Style by InStyle at JCPenney in Algonquin, IL.


One Great Look: Hot Cocoa

Hair by Kelsi Matylewicz
Daniel’s Salon, Scranton, PA

A deep brunette base is warmed up with softer, lighter tones of milk and dark chocolate, melting together for a delicious finish. Yum!

Kelly Gets Raw!

Kelly Bensimon got naturally styled by Biolage Celebrity Stylist George Papanikolas with the Biolage R.A.W. Styling Collection before participating in some of the activities at The Wanderlust 108 Festival in Brooklyn, NY.

“Kelly and I wanted to choose a look that reflected her love for yoga and her free-spirited personality,” shares Papanikolas. “We embodied this with textured, sculpted waves and loose braids to frame her face – all the while, keeping the look soft and beautiful.”

Here’s the step by step on how you can copy Kelly’s mane look…

1.  To prep air-dried hair, apply Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk to ease the grip of blow dry and to nourish tresses.

2.  Create a center part and comb around the hairline creating waves and giving the hair direction

3.  Loosely braid a 2-inch section on each side of your part back to the middle of your head and secure them both with small rubber hair ties

4.  Once secured, gently tug at the plaits to loosen the braids to give them a softer look

5.  Spray with Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Styling Spray to give definition then brush the natural air-dried waves through to keep them soft, then finish with Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Styling Spray to set and add extra texture.

Photos: Michael Simon/courtesy Biolage.

Shag Bob

Loving Rachel McAdams’ hot hair cut — a cross between a shag and a bob. It’s the shattered edges that give us all sorts of ideas, like calling the salon for an appointment…

2 Glam Ways To Wear A Bob

A bob cut can be so much more than just a bob. With a little bit of styling know-how, you can turn this classic snip into a glamourous look that cannot be ignored. Your inspiration: Selena Gomez. A stylized tuck behind the ear paired with rich makeup hues is one way to go; the other is a retro-vibe half upsweep a-la Brigitte Bardot. Both are equally beautiful, sultry and perfect for a bob silhouette.

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