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Kate Hudson’s Baby Girl Has Arrived, and the Inspiration for Her Name Is So Sweet

Congrats are in order for Kate Hudson! The actress announced the birth of her daughter on her Instagram on Thursday afternoon, October 3, with the caption: “She’s here.” In the post she writes, “Everyone is doing well and happy as can be. Our family thanks you for all the love and blessings that have been sent our way and we send ours right back.”

The little girl, born on October 2, is the first child for Hudson and her boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa. She’s also mom to two sons—Ryder and Bing—from previous relationships. And it seems that the actress and Fujikawa had family in mind when deciding on their daughter’s name: Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa.

“We have decided to name our daughter Rani (pronounced Ronnie) after her grandfather, Ron Fujikawsa,” Hudson writes. “Ron was the most special man who we all miss dearly. To name her after him is an honor.”

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Hudson first announced her third pregnancy and that she was having a girl on social media via a video with many pink balloons. She also confessed in the post that she’d been suffering from morning sickness.

“SURPRISE!!!,” she wrote. “If you’ve wondered why I’ve been so absent on my social channels it’s because I have never been more sick! It was the most sick first trimester of all my children…We have been trying to keep this pregnancy under the radar for as long as possible but I’m a poppin now! And it’s too darn challenging to hide, and frankly hiding is more exhausting then just coming out with it! My kids, Danny, myself and the entire family are crazy excited! A little girl on the way 💕”

And since the announcement, she’s been taking followers along on her pregnancy journey—from family vacations and baby showers to workouts and trips to The Ellen Degeneres Show with her mom, Goldie Hawn, to promote their Fabletics collaboration.

Congrats to the family on the birth of baby Rani Rose!

Why Your Squash Tastes Better Than It Used To

MATT Weingarten is the lucky kind of chef who gets to spend time outside the kitchen, on the farms that supply his produce. One day this summer, Mr. Weingarten, chief culinary officer for the Northeastern fast-casual chain Dig Inn, lingered over a harvest of beautiful baby lettuces, some with ruffled leaves, others speckled with crimson and plum. One was sweet, almost succulent; another had a citrusy edge. On the spot, he dreamed up a wedge salad with at least three different varieties, the heads halved or quartered “so that they looked like little jewels” and topped with a buttermilk-herb dressing. “It’s a dish that…

Everything We Know About Outlander Season 4 So Far

“As you know, we have a term called ‘Droughtlander’—I think two days [after season three ended] people started agonizing when the new season was coming,” executive producer Matthew B. Roberts told me and a group of journalists during a visit to the Outlander set earlier this year. “People want it, which is great, and the more they want it, the more we want to deliver bigger and, I guess, better episodes.”

In other words, Droughtlander is a necessary evil if fans want the high quality (and highly entertaining) show they’re accustomed to. And after visiting the studios in Glasgow, Scotland, I can tell you this: It’ll be worth the wait once the series returns on Sunday, November 4.

Season four ups the ante as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) forge a new life in colonial North Carolina. Naturally, this adventure comes with a lineup of new characters, stunning scenery, and, yes, sexy times. Here’s a spoiler-free breakdown of everything I know—so far—about the new season of Outlander.

There will be a lot more of Brianna and Roger.

Last season Claire went back through the stones to reunite with Jamie, but her decision came with a sacrifice: She left their daughter, Brianna, behind in 1960s Boston. Season four will show Brianna dealing with her mother’s absence—and turning to family friend Roger for help.

“She’s essentially become an orphan,” Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna, explains. “She went from having two parents, to one, to three, and now she’s left with nothing. She doesn’t know where Claire is, if she’s OK, if she found Jamie, if she even went to the right time period. Roger is the one person who can understand that, so it brings them a lot closer.”

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Richard Rankin, who plays Roger, says this will reveal a side of the good-natured Scot we haven’t seen yet. “He’s still the historian he was, but different events unfold for him,” he explains. “A lot of them orientated around Brianna, a lot of them not. Which is nice because you haven’t really seen Roger without Brianna, or at least thinking about her, or pining after her, or just generally being madly in love with her. Season four is a completely different beast for Roger, for all of the characters. The scope of the story really opens up. It becomes a much grander, much bigger adventure. I think the stakes are high.”

You’ll also see Jamie finding new ways to connect to Brianna.

Of course Claire misses her daughter, but this season will also go deeper into Jamie’s feelings about Brianna. “When we started the season, I really wanted it to be a love letter to Brianna,” Heughan says.

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“The only way he can get close to her is by almost forging this country into a sort of safe place for her, that when she grows up, it’s a good place to be. He’s sort of planting the seeds of America. He’s one of the first forefathers of America, and he’s doing it for her. And that’s nice, that he has that connection.”

A new character, Jocasta, enters the picture.

After Jamie and Claire land in colonial America, they travel to North Carolina, where Jamie’s aunt, Jocasta, has settled. “[Meeting Jocasta is] a really important moment [for Jamie],” Heughan says. “Jamie’s mother and father have always been a very strong presence in his mind, and in his life, so for him to meet his last relative—and that she looks and sounds so much like his mother—is really big for him.”

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Their reunion doesn’t come without some complications, though. Maria Doyle Kennedy, who plays Jocasta, describes her as “a woman who is clearly nobody’s fool, she doesn’t suffer fools gladly, although she sees them everywhere.” She’s a formidable person, somebody who is used to running the show. So, in other words, a true match for independent Claire. Though they don’t always share the same views of the world, “she can’t help but be attracted to this incredibly opinionated and empowered woman. She doesn’t meet women like that.”

Another new addition: Introducing Stephen Bonnet.

I won’t say too much about Bonnet, because spoilers, so just know that Ed Speleers will be playing the Irishman. “He’s a tricky man,” the actor says.

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“There’s a lot of levels to him, a lot of layers. I think he has a very particular view on the world. Whether that’s due to circumstance, whether that’s due to nature, nurture, all of this—what actually he’s really about, who he really is, will all be unraveled all in good time.”

You’ll be surprised how well Scotland fills in for North Carolina.

Rather than move the cast and crew for season four, the Outlander team decided to continue filming at its Glasgow studio. Roberts says he flew to North Carolina and drove across the countryside to see the Blue Ridge mountains for himself, to ensure accuracy. Turns out the two landscapes were more similar than many would think.

“I’ve taken a few pictures in North Carolina and I’ve taken pictures [in Scotland], and I play a little game on Instagram where I’ll say, ‘Where am I?'” Roberts tells me. “Many of our North Carolina fans will say, ‘You are absolutely in North Carolina, and I’ll be somewhere in the Trossachs.'”

Heughan says he also traveled to North Carolina on Diana Gabaldon’s advice: “It was just remarkable how similar it was [to Scotland]. You just realize that’s why the Scots, when they immigrated to America, settled there. Because it really does feel the same.”

Experts were brought in to help develop the Native American characters.

“When I was in North Carolina, I met with the Cherokee, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee,” Roberts says. “We [later] signed them on to be consultants. As much as humanly possible, we’re trying to be accurate to that culture. And [we plan to] do the same with the Mohawk. We will tell the story as best we can: historically accurate.”

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That effort also included casting First Nation and Native American actors and bringing them to Scotland to film. “Hollywood has not always portrayed the American Indian in the most sensitive fashion,” Roberts explains. “We will tell as much of the truth as we can and be sensitive to it.”

Oh, and there’s another new character…

Those who’ve read the Outlander books will be excited to know that Rollo, Ian’s wolf-hybrid pet, will be in the mix this season. “I love him so much,” John Bell, who plays Young Ian, says of his new companion.

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“He’s the coolest companion to have because everybody loves him, you know? [Rollo and Ian] come as a pair.”

A recurring theme this season: home.

“This season is really about establishing a home and family,” Heughan says. “For Jamie, it’s all about that. He’s arrived in America and finally has all of the people around him that he loves. It’s a great opportunity for him.”

Roberts echoes this, saying: “This season we’re focusing on home—what home means to people, what family means to people. Jamie and Claire, over the course of their 200-year relationship, haven’t really had a home. They’ve always been trying to find that place to stay.” Even Jamie’s family home, Lollybroch, was never really his and Claire’s. So this will be their first chance to find and build a home of their own.

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The fact that it’s in America is even more important to Jamie and Claire. “Obviously Claire has a very emotional connection with America,” Balfe says. “That’s where she raised her daughter, it’s where her daughter was born. And that’s something that really makes her want to stay there.”

Outlander returns to Starz on Sunday, November 4.

Photos courtesy of Starz. Quotes have been edited and condensed for clarity.

Connie Chung Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted in a Letter to Christine Blasey Ford

In a powerful op-ed in The Washington Post framed as a letter to Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford, journalist Connie Chung reveals that she is a victim of sexual assault.

“I, too, was sexually assaulted—not 36 years ago but about 50 years ago,” Chung writes. “I have kept my dirty little secret to myself. Silence for five decades.”

She says the abuser was her family’s trusted doctor, the man who had delivered her as a baby in 1946. Much like Ford’s recollection before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the exact time and date may not be clear in her memory, but Chung writes with certainty about who assaulted her.

“It was the 1960s. I was in college. The sexual revolution was in full swing. The exact date and year are fuzzy. But details of the event are vivid—forever seared in my memory. Am I sure who did it? Oh yes, 100 percent.”

Similarly, Ford told the committee of her certainty about Kavanaugh when asked by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.) how she was sure it was him. “The same way that I’m sure that I’m talking to you right now,” Ford said.

The details Chung describes in the piece are painful to read (and may be triggering to some). She visited her doctor to secure birth control and found herself on his examination table awaiting her first gynecological exam.

“While I stared at the ceiling, his right index finger massaged my clitoris. With his right middle finger inserted in my vagina, he moved both fingers rhythmically. He coached me verbally in a soft voice, ‘Just breathe. Ah-ah,’ mimicking the sound of soft breathing. ‘You’re doing fine,’ he assured me. Suddenly, to my shock, I had an orgasm for the first time in my life. My body jerked several times. Then he leaned over, kissed me, a peck on my lips, and slipped behind the curtain to his office area. I don’t remember saying anything to him. I could not even look at him. I quickly dressed and drove home.”

Chung thinks she may have told one of her sisters, but did not tell her parents or report the doctor to authorities. “It never crossed my mind to protect other women. Please understand, I was actually embarrassed about my sexual naïveté,” she writes. “I was in my twenties and knew nothing about sex. All I wanted to do was bury the incident in my mind and protect my family.”

In another heartbreaking detail (and an added layer to why some women don’t report assault), she says that her mother could neither read nor write in English—and she could not drive. (Her parents emigrated from China the year before she was born.) So that she did not have to return to the doctor’s office, Chung told her mother he lived too far away. She eventually told her husband, but doesn’t recall exactly when.

Like Ford, she says she is “terrified” about making this public revelation. “I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. Can you?” she asks. “If you can’t, I understand. I am frightened, I am scared, I can’t even cry.”

“I wish I could forget this truthful event, but I cannot because it is the truth. I am writing to you because I know that exact dates, exact years are insignificant. We remember exactly what happened to us and who did it to us. We remember the truth forever. Bravo, Christine, for telling the truth.”

Bravo, to you both.

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‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ First Full Trailer Is Here, and It’s So Good

After a promising teaser, Netflix has cast a spell on us mortal viewers by releasing the full-length trailer for its upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. And while the teaser relied more on spooky jump-scares that paralleled Carrie or, uh, the complete antithesis of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch sitcom of the early aughts, Netflix leaned in to campier fun this time around—Sabrina’s a pretty goofy teen, after all!

As we discover, Sabrina (the perfectly cast Kiernan Shipka) is doing what suburban teen girls usually do at that age: go on fun dates, flirt a little, complain about school, and fight with her family about trivial matters. But underneath her facade of normalcy is a looming choice of astronomical and permanent importance, which we’ll allow our gal to explain in her voiceover: “In the town of Greendale, where it always feels like Halloween, there lived a girl who was half witch and half mortal, who on their sixteenth birthday had to choose between two worlds. The witch world of her family, and the human world of her friends. And that girl is me.”

It’s not not like she’s unwilling to forsake the path of light and follow the path of the night, she just needs a little more time to be convinced that worshiping Satan for the rest of her life is the right path for her. So, off she goes into juggling her mortal high school life with her witch training life, and those paths inevitably diverge at inconvenient times. (A séance during first period is totally inconvenient.) Her aunts, Salem the cat, and boyfriend Harvey all help along the way. What could possibly go wrong?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will debut on October 26.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were So Touchy-Feely at Today’s Royal Engagement

Very important news, fam: Meghan Markle was spotted giving Prince Harry a back rub during an official royal engagement on Wednesday (October 3).

The couple is currently touring Sussex (the land of which they are duke and duchess) and attended a meet-and-greet with a group of children. While Prince Harry was busy high-fiving and fist-bumping the little ones, Markle gave him a loving back massage. Royal reporter Rebecca English caught the entire adorable moment on camera (which lasted for nearly a minute), and as with all things related to Markle and Prince Harry’s PDA, we’re swooning.

Fans took to Twitter to praise Markle’s tactile moment. “I love that they hold hands. Nice to see in this mad world. It is refreshing to see that they are comfortable showing their respect and love for each other. Tiny displays of affection but very sweet,” wrote one user. “I actually think it important to show affection by holding hands in front of school children. It would be good if children saw this example at home. Unsaid words = affection. Simple,” agreed another.

Perhaps Markle was simply returning the favor for her royal hubby, who has been known to rub her back during official visits. At the WellChild Awards last month, the prince was spotted caressing his wife’s back in a similar manner. The couple has become well-known for their PDA, which has ranged from hand-holding at events to a very, very memorable smooch at a polo match over the summer.

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Markle’s impromptu massage session wasn’t the only adorable moment to come out of Wednesday’s visit to Sussex. Prince Harry’s high-fiving was nothing short of aww-worthy, and the prince also buddied up with a friendly golden retriever. Frankly, our hearts can barely handle it.

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An Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley—100% Cliche-Free

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Gargiulo Vineyards Photo: Allie Foraker for The Wall Street Journal

THOSE WHO’VE never been to Napa Valley—or haven’t been in a while—assume this California wine region is a series of clichés: hills draped in grapevines, Cabernet connoisseurs holding court in fancy tasting rooms, fine dining at every turn. The reality can be a little different, however: bumper-to-bumper traffic and throngs of tourists wedged shoulder-to-shoulder on winery tours. Those fine meals ring true, but they usually come with a grisly bill. To sidestep the stampede and the searing price tags, you’ll need the guidance of shrewd locals. We’ve asked four insiders to divulge their favorite places, from old-school hideaways to worthy newcomers. Unsurprisingly, many of the new spots they recommend are in the town of Napa, at the entrance to the valley. Once a drab county seat, it’s now a cliche-free destination in itself.

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Dave Graham

CEO of Latitude 38 Entertainment, producer of BottleRock Napa Valley music festival

PLUCK AND POUR / Oenotri This husband-and-wife-owned place serves southern Italian cuisine made with ingredients from their garden. The sommelier can guide you to great affordable wine. 1425 1st St., Napa,

IN A JAM / Blue Note Napa You can see world-class jazz musicians in this intimate, small-town venue. 1030 Main St., Napa,

Erin Martin Design Showroom in St. Helena.
Erin Martin Design Showroom in St. Helena. Photo: Allie Foraker for The Wall Street Journal

FUN HOUSE / Erin Martin Design Showroom You never know what you’re going to see in the eccentric showroom of this cutting-edge interior designer. Right now it’s a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. 1350 Main St., St. Helena,

GAINING PERSPECTIVE / Gargiulo Vineyards This boutique winery abuts the legendary Screaming Eagle vineyards, but their wines are much less expensive and the views are stunning. 575 Oakville Crossroad., Napa,

An Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley—100% Cliche-Free


Deneen Brown

Co-owner and president of Brown Estate Vineyards and Brown Downtown Tasting Room

GO GREEN / Hudson Greens & Goods This produce purveyor at Napa’s Oxbow marketplace has the most dazzling market-fresh produce I’ve seen anywhere in the Bay Area. 610 1st St., Napa,

NOTES OF OAK / Whetstone Wine Cellar Outside of downtown Napa, the tasting room is in a French-style château set amid giant oak trees. It has a laid-back vibe; you feel like you’re visiting a fancy friend’s home. 1075 Atlas Peak Rd.,

CALL TO CHARM / Pennyweight It’s an artfully curated gallery of gifts like corkscrews, wine keys, candles and charms.1337 Main St., St Helena,

OLD-WORLD LARDER / Napa Valley Olive Oil Company A true time capsule, this must-see market has been around since the 1930s and is exactly how I remember it as a kid. It’s perfumed by cheeses and salamis. 835 Charter Oak, St. Helena,

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Colleen Kretchmer

Co-owner of Cadet Beer & Wine Bar

LATE BLOOMER / Miminashi This Japanese izakaya has a really cool design and an awesome cocktail program. It’s open until 11 p.m. on weekends, which would have been unheard of just a few years ago. 821 Coombs St., Napa,

BEER ME / Mad Fritz Brewing The owner sources his hops and wheat from a lot of small farms nearby and makes wonderful wild ales and farmhouse-style ales. 393 La Fata St., St. Helena,

GET SCHOOLED / The Culinary Institute of America at Copia At this campus next to the Napa River you can take classes on wine, baking or pasta-making, or just grab a sandwich at the deli. 500 1st St., Napa,

The bar at Miminashi.
The bar at Miminashi. Photo: Allie Foraker for The Wall Street Journal

TALL ORDER / Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar This bar at the Archer Hotel has a great view of the valley—a rarity since there aren’t many tall buildings in Napa. Go at sunset. 1230 1st St., Napa,

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Christopher Kostow

Executive chef of the Restaurant at Meadowood, chef-owner of the Charter Oak

SERIAL MILLER / Bale Grist Mill Historic State Park On weekends, you can watch flour-milling demonstrations. It’s fascinating to see the craftsmanship that goes into the process. 3369 St. Helena Hwy,

SCREEN TIME / Cameo Cinema Originally built in 1913, the theater has love-seats and sells wine and beer. Sometimes I take over the concession stand and do the food. 1340 Main St., St. Helena,

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HERBAL SUPPLEMENT / Bothe State Park The trails run alongside creeks and remnants of an old apple orchard. You’ll see wild plums, bay leaves, lemon balm and mint. 3801 St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga,

PLAY DOUGH / Redd Wood The menu is always changing, but I really like the chorizo and pineapple pizza. It’s also pretty kid-friendly—the staff will give children a ball of dough to occupy themselves. 6755 Washington St., Yountville,

Fried Chicken to go at Addendum.
Fried Chicken to go at Addendum. Photo: Allie Foraker for The Wall Street Journal
Plus, Don’t Miss…

Meadowood Napa Valley On 250 acres, the hotel offers a three-star Michelin restaurant, hiking trails, golf, tennis and a spa. For assured privacy, reserve one of the secluded Estate rooms or suites. From $750 a night, Tucked behind Thomas Keller’S Ad Hoc restaurant is a fried-chicken shack that also serves ribs and pulled pork sandwiches. Take a boxed lunch to go or dig in at one of the outdoor tables. 6476 Washington St., Yountville, / Napa Valley Bike Tours Rent wheels at one of the two shops, in Napa or in Yountville, and spin car-free along the paved 12.5 mile path between the two towns. The Charter Oak Brunch family-style at this new spot in a historic building, where the open-hearth cooking is modern and hyper-seasonal. 1050 Charter Oak Ave, St Helena,

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Sarah Jessica Parker Says She Can’t Imagine ‘Sex and the City 3’ Without Kim Cattrall

Unfortunately for those still holding out hope for another Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda reunion, Sarah Jessica Parker may have just shut down plans for a third Sex and the City movie once and for all. Months after she and Kim Cattrall each traded (indirect) remarks about the possibility of a second sequel—to recap: Parker is a yes, but Cattrall is a hard no—SJP admitted that she’s not willing to move forward with SATC 3 if all four women aren’t involved.

Early Wednesday morning, an apparently avid fan took to the comments section of a photo, completely unrelated to SATC, that Parker posted on Instagram on Tuesday, Us Weekly reports. “You are still my hero. please replace or write her out kim/samantha if she is not interested and bring back sex and the city movie #3. the fans need this,” the commenter wrote. Parker responded soon after, seemingly ending speculation about the film’s prospects. “Not sure if I can imagine doing another movie without her. X,” she wrote, adding a purple heart emoji to soften the blow.

Parker first crushed all hopes of a third Sex and the City movie in late 2017, when she told Extra, “We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.” The next day, after anonymous reports surfaced claiming Cattrall’s on-set “demands” were the reason production had come to a standstill, she fired back, admitting that she’d never wanted to reprise the role of Samantha Jones at all.

Shortly after, Cattrall spoke out again, reiterating her “respectful, firm no” to SATC 3, and calling out Parker for seemingly painting Cattrall as the enemy of SATC fans everywhere. “This is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City and, specifically, Sarah Jessica Parker, in that I think she could have been nicer,” she said. “I really think she could have been nicer…. I don’t know what her issue is, I never have.”

Since then, despite Cattrall publicly calling out Parker for being “cruel” and “exploiting” the tragedy of Cattrall’s brother’s death, SJP has maintained that there’s not actually a “feud” between the former costars, no matter how much the misogynistic media loves to pit women against one another. That said, she did admit to Andy Cohen that she’s “heartbroken” by Cattrall’s comments. “I found it very upsetting, because that’s not the way I recall our experience. It’s sad, but I always think that what ties us together is this singular experience. It was a professional experience, but it became personal, because it was years and years of our lives, so I hope that that sort of eclipses anything that’s been recently spoken,” Parker said earlier this year.

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Purple Eyeshadow Will Be Huge This Fall, According to Pinterest

On the surface, colorful eyeshadow seems intimidating. It’s one thing to see an Instagram makeup artist blend eight shades across her lid and call it a Tuesday afternoon, and another to pick up a bright color yourself and go at it with confidence. But with more stars by the day making bold eyeshadow look approachable and fun, the trend at long last feels not only aspirational—but doable.

Which is why it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that searches for purple eyeshadow are up on Pinterest this season by 52 percent. Add to the fact that brands like Glossier, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Flesh are throwing their weight behind purple-centric launches, and it’s no wonder that women are looking for ideas of how to play with the shade.

The good news is that purple has been on the back burner for so long that any way you wear it feels fresh. Celebrity makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown recommends beginners start with a sheer wash of purple, either in a creamy formula or with a shimmery color that bounces off some light (Glossier Lidstar in Lily and Fenty Match Stix in Unicorn were basically built for this). Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes coined the hashtag #biglilacenergy for her purple-loving looks, the most instantly recognizable being a wash of glossy, pastel purple shadow across her lids (below). It’s stunning, but an investment, so she suggests another approach to get started: a winged-out liner using eyeshadow to see how you like the color on yourself.

Hughes says that pretty much any pastel or medium-tone purple eyeshadow will work; her trademark look came from the now discontinued Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette. Lighter skin tones can stay in the range of soft colors, while people with medium and deep skin tones can pick from light to deep shades (though too-light pastels do run the risk of looking ashy on medium skin tones, she warns). Makeup artist Maddie North says she’s a fan of the Hourglass Graphik Eyeshadow Palette in Expose, thanks to its spectrum of beautiful, unintimidating purples.

A gentle wash of warm lavender looks both sophisticated and lighthearted, while increasing the intensity and choosing a cool-tone pastel shade creates a mod sixties vibe. For the glossy Instagram finish above, Hughes topped her look with a clear lip gloss like Shisiedo Crystal Gel Gloss, while North says Kevyn Aucoin Diamond Eye Gloss doesn’t leave her side.

For a more smoky, jewel-tone purple look, Brown suggests using a cream shadow like Maybelline’s Vintage Plum on your lids first, packing it on with a tightly bristled eyeshadow brush. Give it a minute to set, and then dab a tiny squeeze of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream above your iris to bring light to your lids. Sweep on a peach blush if you want something else on your face, Hughes says. And as long as your skin looks fresh and moisturized, she says to go wild and put on lipstick too, if you want. You’re wearing purple eyeshadow. There’s nothing you can’t do.

Scroll on to see more of our favorite takes on the trend.

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Rihanna Wore a Snakeskin Dress and Matching Bucket Hat

It’s become increasingly apparent that snakeskin prints are a predominant trend for fall 2018. Though in street style and on the runway snakeskin has been presented as an accent piece—a statement item that stands out against more neutral, everyday pieces—Rihanna‘s making the case for a more-is-more approach. Because Bad Gal’s not one to half-ass a look.

Rihanna is currently celebrating one year of Fenty Beauty with a worldwide tour, which has included stops in Dubai and Singapore. In Sydney, she stepped out with a maximalist take on the snakeskin trend. (Ironically enough, this isn’t a trend for those who prefer to blend in.)

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Her mock-python dress and matching bucket hat were custom Atelier Versace. Her shoes were also specially made for her by Christian Louboutin.

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The only non-snakeskin credits on her outfit were her sparkly diamond hoops and bracelet, which came courtesy of Chopard. Her makeup was all Fenty, naturally.

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In case you don’t have Donatella on speed dial, you can shop the Rih-inspired snakeskin pieces below. Whether you go full look or simply pepper in one item into an outfit is up to you.

City Hunter Bd1750 Snake Skin Bucket Hat, $12.99, Amazon

Wild Fable Women’s Plus-Size Strappy Snake Print Dress, $20.89, Target

AFRM Wren Ruffle Minidress, $128, Nordstrom


h:ours x Yovanna Ventura Mona Snake Skin Print Tube Dress, $118, Revolve

Seychelles Rehearse II Pump, $109.95, Nordstrom

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