Styling search fields

I ran into a small niggling issue whilst building a new site for a friend. Turns out Safari (and webkit based browsers like Chrome) prevent you from styling input boxes with type set to search.
Semantically this is the correct attribute to apply as it matches the function, however, and for whatever reason, they've decided against being able to style the element sans a few properties.
An article on CSS Tricks shows the limited styles that can be applied.