What's going to be big in beauty

NATASHA HUGHES
Last updated 09:49 07/01/2013
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Call it the 2012 effect but change is in the air.

Here's just some of what you can expect in beauty in 2013, the year of metamorphosis:

1. CUSTOMISED HAIR: A snip here, a twist there, half a fringe lopped off there. Young girls are still having the good cuts but they're making them their own when they get home. They're changing their hair by the week or, in some cases, by the day, with scissors, dye or razors. Pop star Beyonce is a fan of cutting her own hair. ''I recently cut two inches myself,'' she said. ''I just parted it in the middle and chh-chh-chh!''

2.  NO MORE BLOCK COLOUR: In 2011 and in 2012 we loved bold, contrasting nails and lips - red and orange, pink and red, orange and pink. It looked funky and fresh. Now it's back to matching lips, toenails and fingernails - the lips'n'tips glamorised by Revlon and the movie stars in the 50s. The look was showcased during London Fashion Week in September for spring 2013 and quickly embraced by editors and women seeking a sense of refinement.

3. LOVELY LASHES: Our love of false lashes shows no sign of abating. The trend started in London in 2009 when 'everyone' on the style and fashion circuit (Victoria Beckham, magazine editors) started sporting them as a temporary option to eyelash extensions. Falsies were then seen at the BAFTAs, at the Elle Style Awards, in the social pages and then they filtered to the street.

4. EATING FOR BEAUTY: Products such as chia seeds and spirulina powder are being promoted as ''supermodel superfoods'' and, in convenient sachet form, are easy to consume.

5. ESSENTIAL HAIR TREATMENTS: Hair treatments becoming an essential rather than an after-thought or a hairdressers' add-on extra after a cut and colour. ''Regular salon treatments can completely change the texture and health of your hair,'' says stylist Neil Cleminson, ''particularly hair tortured and fried by straightening and lightening.''

6. COSMETIC ENHANCEMENT: More people choosing the 'laser end' of the non-surgical cosmetic enhancement treatment menu. Botox and fillers may have gone mainstream but more people are realising good skin is the cornerstone of ageing beautifully. Fraxel laser uses fractional photothermalysis, providing many of the benefits of invasive skin resurfacing of traditional lasers with fewer sides effects and less down time.

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7. FLASHY TEETH: Yep, that's right. Flashing diamonds on front teeth will put some real sparkle in your smile. They're stuck on with the same type of glue used for braces. Rapper Kayne West started the trend back in 2010 - now everyone wants a diamond twinkle when they smile. Or ruby or emerald. But diamonds are best for that haven't-got-food stuck-in-my-teeth look. Which is so not 2013.

- Sydney Morning Herald

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