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These Are the Weirdest Places to Contour, but They Work

Contouring is admittedly the reigning queen of beauty techniques. Thanks to the Kardashian-Jenner clan for putting the trend on the map, contouring— and the even brighter, bolder strobing makeup trend — isn’t going anywhere. And now, get this: Contouring is showing up on places you never thought of, like shoulders, decolletage, the back of the neck and even hands. Why the move south? “Contouring is essentially manipulating light. When you add a darker tone to a feature it recedes, while a lighter tone will put it in the spotlight. So with body parts, it’s a great concept, because you can highlight areas that go along with what you’re wearing,” says Joanna Schlip, a Physican’s Formula celebrity makeup artist who uses this technique on the red carpet for clients like Ellen Pompeo.


1. Neck: Thanks to the return of the bob, like this glam ‘do on Naomi Watts from this year’s Academy Awards, the neck is coming out from hiding. To play up this often-overlooked feature, start with a cream bronzer (the formula stays put better than a powder, says Schlip) right underneath the chin. Swipe it out toward one ear, then follow the neck muscle down and stop to the top of the shoulder. Repeat on the other side. Using a lighter, champagne-colored cream, apply it under your chin and down the middle, until you reach the hollow at the base of your neck. Blend with a sponge to blur the lines and create a natural-looking glow. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)


2. Shoulders: To put the focus on bare shoulders (a must for strapless styles like the dress Reese Witherspoon wore to the 2016 Oscars), use a highlighting powder for a soft, luminous look. Start at the hollow at the base of your neck. Brush the color in a wide stroke to one side, across the tops of the shoulder to the tip where your arm starts. Repeat on the other side. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)

Zuri Hall

3. Decolletage: If you want to fill out a plunging neckline, like the cut on Zuri Hall’s Oscars dress, brush on a matte bronzer a few shades darker than your normal one to give the illusion of fullness. With a kabuki brush, start a third down the center of the breastbone, and dot the color along the fullest part of each breast, heading upward (it should look like an outline). Blend the color so that it forms a natural-looking line. To finish, sweep a highlighting powder across the top of each breast. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)


4. Arms and Hands: Going sleeveless like Brie Larson at the Academy Awards? A not-too sparkly highlighter on your arms and hands (a big request from brides showing off their rings, says Schlip) will make arms look more toned. Begin at your shoulder and lightly sweep the color in a continuous motion down the front of your arm, stopping at your wrist. Then, softly go over the back of your hand and tops of your fingers, stopping at the cuticles. Blend to give off a natural glow, Schlip advises. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Jennifer Garner attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

5. Back of the Neck: Um, really? Yep, this is a thing if you’re sporting a pixie or updo like Jennifer Garner at the 2016 Oscars and want to create a narrower look at the nape of your neck. Of course, it’s going to be tricky to apply, so use a double mirror or enlist help from a pal to make the application foolproof. Start by dipping a fluffy brush in your powder, then fill in from the base of each ear to the bottom of the neck (each stripe should be about two inches from the center). At the base, brush a highlighting powder up the center to the hairline. Then blend it all together so there are no obvious lines. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)