Beauty marks

Beauty marks

Local style experts give tips for beauty trends to try and avoid in 2013

By Sara Cardine 01/30/2013

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True beauty is timeless. But the ways to achieve it are as varied and changing as the seasons. And keeping on top of the latest trends can be a considerable chore, unless you have trusted beauty and style experts to guide you.  
To identify the hottest and most asked-for beauty products and services so far this year, the Weekly talked to three local experts whose business it is to stay ahead of the curve in hair, makeup and medspa trends. Here’s a look at their personal recommendations of things to try AND avoid in 2013. 
Sandra Labbe, owner/stylist at Carnelian Salon (350 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 116, Pasadena, 626/795-5555) has logged 20 years in the beauty industry. Most clients come in for color/highlights, haircuts or a blow dry, but a new trend is the American Wave, created by New York artist Nick Arrojo, which “creates texture and support without the tight, old-fashioned perm look,” Labbe says. Different wrapping techniques use bendable tube-like rods to create a soft, natural looking wave that is healthy and fresh. 
Another popular request is glazing, in which semi-permanent dye is briefly applied to the hair. A line by Redken enhances natural shine and provides a color boost between regular appointments, while glazes by Aveda provide the perfect perk-me-up to blondes of the dishwater and mousy varieties, Labbe says. 
What’s on the way out in 2013? The Ombre coloring technique, used by notable celebrities, features a two-toned look with darker roots and lighter tips. But it can be pretty harsh for fragile hair, Labbe confesses. “It is damaging to the already fragile ends of the hair and makes the hair look like grown out color. The trend is natural, softer healthier hair with movement.” 
Clients are also ditching long, straight cuts in favor of short hairstyles that accommodate natural textures. The recent buzz over Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss, who sheared her long locks for a chin-length chop with bangs, has grown so quickly, some are calling it the hairstyle of 2013. And it’s not even February! 
Michael Gallego, make-over specialist and owner of Cheveux Hair & Makeup Salon (2516 Huntington Dr., San Marino, 626/285-2600, helps clients achieve contemporary, low-maintenance, natural makeup styles on a daily basis. But he also works on red-carpet looks, professional, high-fashion photo shoots and dramatic looks for special occasions.
This year, he says, the natural look is all the rage, as clients request individual eyelash enhancements, as opposed to the single bristle, as well as cream-to-powder foundations that are easier to apply and give a healthy glow. To set off a fresh-faced look, Gallegos suggests highly pigmented eye shadow that brightens the eyes and makes them pop. 
If keeping up with this year’s makeup trends sounds like it could be tough on the pocketbook, Gallegos assures he will point you to products and styles that give the most bang for the buck. “I teach my clients how and where to purchase quality hair and makeup products the smart way — knowing the basic essentials, buying within your budget and buying the right specialty items,” he says. 
The most important thing Gallegos recommends in 2013 is a natural looking face. This means working with the lines and tones you’ve got, instead of plastering over them with unsightly layers. “To me, beauty is natural,” he says. “Take a look at most magazine covers; the look is natural beauty.  This “natural look” is my signature makeup technique.”
Lisa Song, vice president of Oh!UBeauty Medical Spa (130 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818/551-1682, says the top three services requested by clients this year are injectable fillers, chemical peels and laser treatments to reduce unwanted hair, pigmentation and rosacea. But the newest trend to hit the market is CoolScultping. 
“CoolSculpting uses a freezing strategy, which actually kills fat cells,” Song says. “Heat does a great job of breaking down fat cells, but doesn’t actually kill them, so they repair themselves and get back into business.”
The results are a little less dramatic than traditional liposuction, but CoolScultping is so non-invasive, clients can do treatments on their lunch break or before a date and be ready to go in minutes. Note: this process is best used for love handles and the dreaded hip “muffin top,” compared to the more versatile lipo.
Some procedures that top Song’s “Not” list in 2013 are fad treatments, whose results are not really well documented by scientific studies. Also, naturally, procedures whose pain-to-payoff ratio is imbalanced are quickly eschewed. “In the end, actual results will determine how successful a technology or technique is,” Song says.
For medspas, a chief aim is making it look like a client hasn’t had any work done and just appears fresh and well-rested. To enhance the look of any procedure, let your inner beauty shine through, whatever you do, Song advises.
“We all like to look good for our friends, family, spouse, etc., but without a nice, sincere smile and a warm heart, it's like icing looking for a cake.” 


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