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Our top tips on how to start the new year in style

I am going to make sure I always take my make-up off properly at night and be more daring with fashion. Pixie Lott, singer. (SUPPLIED)

By Lisa Haynes

New Year's resolutions: We make them, we break them, we make them again.

It's no surprise that "Get Fit" tops many of the same lists year after year.

If you're serious about really shaping up this time, start by trading in your impossible dreams for some attainable goals, advise fitness experts: "People will say, 'I'm going to lose 30 pounds,' when 10 pounds would be more doable. They'll say: 'I'm going to exercise every day,' when three times a week may be more likely," says Shawn Talbott, a spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Carol Espel, the director of group fitness for the Equinox chain of health clubs in New York says every January, resolution clients enter health clubs with high hopes and no plan.

"They might have the best intentions but not the right tools," she says.

Forget the faddy starvation diets, gruelling gym programmes and can't-keep-for-a-day resolutions, this new year, we got some help from a range of experts to show you how to go about kicking the year off with some serious intentions.

So if you're guilty of becoming enemies with your wardrobe or neglecting beauty routines, there's no better time to turn things around at the start of a brand new decade.

Take inspiration from our trend-setting celebrities and industry experts who reveal their resolutions and top tips for 2010.

My top style tip for 2010 is to mix and match – invest in one key item each season and mix and match with affordable high street clothing. And also have killer heels... they hide a multitude of sins.

Nick Ede, style guru for GMTV

Be daring and re-vamp your make-up bag for 2010. Invest in some new eyeshadow that is a different colour from your usual shade and do the same with your lippy.

Sue Moxley, make-up artist and beauty journalist

Try and cut down on the amount of synthetic chemicals in your beauty and grooming products wherever possible. Natural is going to be a growing trend in 2010, so consumer choice should be on the increase.

Simon Duffy, co-founder of grooming brand Bulldog

Drinking a glass of room temperature water before anything else every morning. It balances your skin and keeps blemishes.

Amy Sachon, celebrity make-up artist

I am about to do a mass clothes clearout. I think we have just gone through one of the most exciting autumn/winter collections, so I have gone a little bit bonkers. My resolution is going to be 'wardrobe Feng Shui', clearing out the old to bring in the new.

Gok Wan, stylist and TV presenter

I'll be getting back in shape following the birth of my first child. I will also be updating my style with my new eyewear range. I have a different pair to go with every outfit I own

Nicky Hambleton-Jones, stylist and TV presenter

I am fanatical about make-up. My resolution is to bin all my old make-up and replace it with 100 per cent pure mineral cosmetics called Youngblood, which allows the skin to breath.

Ola Jordan, dancer and star of TV show Strictly Come Dancing

Lead a more natural and organic way of life by starting with your beauty regime. Buy one essential or multi-tasking product, then continue to replace with organic versions as they run out.

Susan Curtis, expert at organic cosmetics brand Neal's Yard Remedies

Edit your make-up bag and toss out anything that seems off or you haven't used in ages and add just a couple of seasonal products and shades. This way you will never be stuck in a time warp.

Ariane Poole, celebrity make-up artist

My beauty resolutions are to drink more water and stay away from too much sugar. My style resolution is to embrace my feminine side and girl it up.

Kimberly Wyatt, member of girl band Pussycat Dolls and judge at new British TV show Got To Dance.

Spend as much as you can afford on a few beautifully designed, signature pieces that you can mix, match and accessorise with for every occasion.

Bruce Oldfield, fashion designer

My style resolution for the New Year is to try to own less that I like more. So instead of buying five cheap sweaters, I will buy one sweater that I know I am going to have, and wear, forever.

Bobbi Brown, international make-up artist

I get very bored with my clothes and I am always trying to change what I wear. I wear a lot of leggings so I am going to mix it up with different bottoms in 2010.

Frankie Sandford, singer and member of girl group The Saturdays

If you have worn your hair the same way for far too many seasons, make a resolution to change your look either with the cut, or if you are scissor shy, a new colour.

Andrew Barton, hairdresser and stylist on British makeover show 10 Years Younger


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