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August 2015 cover-home

Switch Up Your Look This Summer!

SBH Cover Star Tyra Banks gabrielle-home

The Beauty Mogul Makes The Cut!

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This Look Is Haute!

Hair Color Now color-home

Stand Out With Bright Hues.

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Own This Gorgeous Natural Style.

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August 2, 2015

knock-out nene

She may have said “buh-bye” to The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but we can’t help but continue to be mesmerized by reality TV show diva NeNe Leake’s fabulous mane moves! Here, it looks like NeNe is shaking up her coif creativity by opting for a new look: a sleek, side-parted bob that frames her face perfectly. And though she may be experimenting with a new style, the star is keeping her signature gold color. And thank goodness…wouldn’t want to have too many changes happening all at once!

Photo: /neneleakes

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August 1, 2015

short cuts

Fact: A cropped cut is a summer style staple. Snipped short to expose a graceful neck and sexy shoulders, there’s nothing like a short cut to spotlight a beautiful face! A sexy cut, like the one featured here, makes our case for this statement. Want more proof? Then check out the perfect pixie worn by cover star Tyra Banks on the cover of the Aug. ’15 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair. But much like summer, the issue will soon make way for a new edition. So, be sure to grab your copy while you can—and feast your eyes on all the short style ideas within! Looking for a place to pick up the latest issue of SBH? To find the nearest location carrying our best-selling magazine click here:

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July 31, 2015

crowning star

It wasn’t so long ago when the music scene first laid eyes on a braided beauty with amazing piano skills and a mesmerizing voice. Alicia Keys has since gone on to top the music charts and the style scene with her trendsetting moves in music and fashion. But it was the combination of beautiful braids and a retro-cool 70s hat that will be forever associated with the star whenever her classic hit single “Fallin’” is heard. Today the star continues to add to that style and music legacy with the release of her latest single, “28 Thousand Days”—the new, exclusive single from her upcoming Levi’s fashion campaign. And with the release of a new tune, we get a look at Alicia’s latest crowning accessory: a low-brim chapeau that will, no doubt, rise to style icon status…much like her previous chic chapeau moves.

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July 30, 2015

jordins new music

With the announcement that Grammy-nominated Sony Music recording artist Jordin Sparks will release her brand new studio album, Right Here Right Now, on August 21st, you’ll be hearing new songs from the star every Friday—leading up to the CD’s release! The roll out of Right Here Right Now will also include a series of pop up appearances and fan engagement both online and in the malls. Jordin’s new CD will offer a broad spectrum of music ranging from power ballads, pop tempos, club infused mixes and a narrow focus around the essence of 90’s R&B. The 13-track standard album includes features from major recording artists B.o.B, J-Doe, 2 Chainz, Shaggy, Elijah Blake and more!

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July 29, 2015

its national lipstick day

Whether you prefer your lipcolor bold (think a swipe of scarlet!) or subtle (a nude hue anyone?), today’s the day to celebrate the one makeup item women turn to whenever we need to face the world with confidence. So, in honor of “National Lipstick Day 2015” we asked some of our favorite celebrity makeup pros to share their must-have, go-to, don’t-fail-me-now lipcolor faves:

Saisha Beecham: “Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons—the pigment is so rich and it goes on semi-matte, but your lips never feel dry.”

DeeDee Kelly:Ruby Woo Retro Matte MAC Lipstick can turn your day look straight into a night look.”

Denise Tunnell:Blue Rose by Illusions Cosmetics—it’s that perfect pink/fuchsia color that everybody can wear!”

Porsche Cooper: “I love glamour and Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact is high-glamour lipstick! It’s full coverage, creamy, luxurious and looks unlike almost any other lipstick when it’s on your lips.”

Photo: Beverli Alford/Beverli Alford Photography; Hair: Lynetta Carson; Makeup: Bth Artistry.

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July 28, 2015

fall mani

You read that right…It’s still July but Autumn beauty trends are arriving and one of the first trend sightings is this sparkly mani at the Badgley Mischka Autumn/Winter 2015 presentation during NY Fashion Week. “Heavy baroque embellishments, a nod to the traditional Spanish matador, lay the foundation for Badgley Mischka’s Fall/Winter collection,” reveals the show’s Lead Manicurist Deborah Lippmann (also the Founder and Creative Director of her namesake nail polish line). “Utilizing Swarovski crystals atop and on the underside of the nails, I created my most bejeweled look of the season.” Here, she outlines the steps to get this runway-ready mani:

Step 1: Deborah buffed natural nails.

Step 2: To prep the nail plate, she exfoliated the cuticle using her signature Cuticle Remover and then cleansed the nails with her 2-Second Nail Primer prior to base coat application.

Step 3: Prior to lacquer application, Deborah fashioned long, almond shaped nails atop each natural nail. For the base, Deborah applied a coat of the new All About That Base CC base coat to create a smooth, matte surface.

Step 4: Deborah then applied two coats of her new Can’t Be Tamed nail lacquer, a honey gold glitter with a mahogany base, waiting two minutes between coats. One coat of Fade to Black was used on the underside of each nail, along with Swarovski crystals underneath and on top of the nail, from the free edge to the tip.

Step 5: After waiting two minutes to dry, one coat of Gel Lab Top Coat was applied to seal the nails and prevent chipping. The new The Wait Is Over quick dry drops were added as a finishing touch to ensure faster drying time and a flawless finish.

Photo: Mark Schafer for Deborah Lippmann.

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