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Billy Porter's Oscars Look is One Big Ode to The Roaring 20s

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Pose star Billy Porter spares no expense when it comes to his thrilling red- carpet style. And his look at the 2020 Oscars, complete with gilded feathers just like his 2019 Met Gala bodysuit, falls right in line with the actor's eccentric tastes. While his Giles Deacon gown conjures up images of Phoenixes and other fairytale creatures, his hair and makeup are both a down-to-Earth ode to the roaring '20s.

You've never seen Porter's hair quite like this, by the way. Though he usually sticks to his signature style with cropped sides and coils concentrated on top, hairstylist Anna Bernabe opted for something different by parting his hair deeply to the side and slicking his hair toward the back using Suave Professionals for Natural Hair products.

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"We decided to slick back his hair to reveal his beautiful facial structure," Bernabe tells ishonest. "It was important to highlight his flawless skin and embrace the opulence that is Billy Porter."

To do that, Bernabe had the actor wash his hair with Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Moisturizing Curl Conditioner before prepping it for styling with Natural Hair Cream Detangler Spray and Nourish & Strengthen Leave-In Conditioner. Then, with a rat-tail comb, she parted the hair in sections and applied hair gel to each one. This, she says, was the most important step.

"Making sure all of the hair is saturated is super important; adding Natural Hair Define & Shine Gel Serum in sections and combing through really helps the hair stay flat," Bernabe explains.

To set everything in place for a long night of wear and activity, she then put Porter's hair in a wig cap and had him sit underneath a hooded hairdryer.

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Bernabe is also responsible for Porter's gorgeous makeup for the night. She gave him a subtle glow to draw attention to his gown, all done with products by E.L.F. Cosmetics.

"After seeing Billy's incredible gown, I was inspired to highlight his complexion and embrace the opulence that is Billy Porter,” Bernabe says. "To keep with the royalty theme, we wanted his beautiful facial structure to shine through so we used radiating products that complimented and accentuated his natural complexion.”

Those products, if you're curious (and we know you are), are Matte Putty Primer and Hydrating Camo Concealer.

A look like this begs one important question above all: How will Porter top it? Guess we'll all have to wait until May's Met Gala to find out.

Now, watch Porter surprise a superfan:

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