5 Beauty Trends to Watch Out For in 2017

Every new year opens the door to a new world of beauty possibilities and closes it to those of the past. As arbiter's of the best in beauty, we spot emerging trends before they hit the mainstream. Read on to discover the hot beauty buzzwords you'll soon be hearing much more of.

#1. Flawless Skin
The infamous Kardashian contour will take a backseat this year. Inspired by the ongoing obsession with the laidback 90s look, understated beauty looks are gathering momentum. Think: Kate Moss in her CK heyday, dewy, lit-from-within skin, glossy lids and just a whisper of mascara to achieve that effortless ‘I just woke up like this’ visage. It's not quite the vampy look of our dreams, but it is something new and interesting – plus, it suits everyone. The Skin Radar's beauty editor Amelie advises that, "Skin care will be expected to work hard for its shelf space, while skin-perfecting make up will be lightweight, colour-correcting, blurring, illuminating and protective." The line between skin care and make up will become increasingly blurred because it’s all about finding that perfect base.

To ace your base this year, try Smart X. We can always trust Kim Kardashian to test out on beauty industry’s newest, coolest and best. “A major trick of the trade is to get laser treatments,” divulges the reality star. “Laser treatments are super cutting edge and I love them as preventative measures to deal with aging before it happens, like dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.” Smart X is a skin renewal laser that employs light energy to supercharge cellular turnover in pinpoint “micro-zones” evenly distributed throughout the skin, while prompting damage repair and collagen regeneration in the deeper layers to unveil softer, smoother, and spotlessly glowing skin. 

#2. Instagram-Ready Beauty
‘Filter’ is becoming a new beauty buzzword, with a plethora of product launches promising to lend skin that immediate ‘soft focus’ look. With super-subtle light-reflective particles to create a believable, ‘backlit’ effect, this year will herald an influx of primers and finishing powders which promise to ensure you’re constantly selfie-ready. 

BECCA’s beautiful Backlight Priming Filter (USD $38) is one prime example of this burgeoning beauty trend. Backlighting acts as an instant filter, creating a diffused, soft-focused radiance that allows your complexion to catch light for a glowing look. Infused with a proprietary blend of crushed pearls, this primer achieves a lit-from-within, healthy-looking effect.

Pro Tip: Dispel dullness this is sapping light from your entire face with Revitalift (SGD $963), a versatile injectable natural skin booster. By replenishing the hyaluronic acid stores in your dermis, Revitalift enables you to turn on your radiance switch on ashy grey, tired tones with the power of water, for a dewy complexion that emanates a luminous glow from within.

#3. Lip Gloss
Liquid matte lips have seen a resurgence of late but if this season’s runways were anything to go by they might just be on their way out. It's clear that we're entering a lip gloss revival. "Lip gloss is making a comeback and it is a refreshing change giving dimension, shine, and youth", says Beauty Writer Noelle. Beauty brands like ColourPop and Kylie Cosmetics, the reigning queens of lip color that made their way to the top via killer matte selections, are now hawking lines of this sticky stuff that we used to wear in high school. And granted, their formulas are better, lighter, less...well, wet. We suggest  layering them over super-pigmented colors rather than just globbing pale shine onto their mouths. So if you're willing to obey the trend reports and jump aboard the gloss wagon, here are a some of our favorite glosses

"I thought I had been using some pretty high-quality lip glosses ... until I came across this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills (USD$16). This stuff is on a whole other level. Every time I go to apply it, I'm taken aback by how stunning it is -- the color is so pigmented and rich and the formula is so glossy, that it puts every other gloss I own to shame.  It's a quick and easy way to get that lip gloss-layered-over-lipstick look all in one step and it makes lips look super luscious. The thicker formula takes a little getting used to, but it makes up for it in staying power. Plus, it feels smooth and moisturizing -- it's not sticky, just show-stopping! My favorite color is socialite." - Kaylene, Senior Writer

#4. Rapunzel Locks
We first started noticing the Kardashians' ultra-long, pin-straight lengths during Paris Fashion week then more Rapunzel looks showed up at Proenza Schouler’s and Prada’s spring shows. It made us want to go long this spring! Here’s our plan. A growth booster like the award-winning Hair Maximiser Program halt hair recession and boost growth for a robust mane, year after year.

#5. Chrome Nails
The popularity of chrome nails has already trickled into 2016, but we’re going to bet on it becoming a huge trend in 2017. According to Pinterest, futuristic chrome nails are all set to takeover. Why not? It looks SO GORGEOUS. 


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The Skin Radar is an online avenue which documents my tumbling thoughts, ideas and musings from my daily life, mainly based on skincare and beauty. It is designed to take the clutter out of beauty journalism to provide trustworthy and objective insights, new finds and sneak peaks- all in a beautiful and clean platform.

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