Yara Shahidi’s beauty moment for this year’s virtual Emmy Awards didn’t need a red carpet walk — in this case, a simple snap was enough to capture the look in all of its stylized glory. A first glance found focus falling on the actress’ hair: A quintet of cornrows appeared to give way to clouds of onyx feathers, an optical illusion offered by the detailing of Yara’s Prada gown.

The braids, which came courtesy of sculpturally-minded hairstylist Fesa Nu, were defined by sleek execution and creative detailing. Rather than gelled, Yara’s face-framing baby hairs were actually diminutive twists, each snaking from a tautly pulled plait. 

And while the ends of each braid may have initially appeared to culminate in a burst of plumage, the real finishers were simple knots, replacing hair bands with an additional ounce of texture. A kittenish flick of liquid liner — deftly applied by makeup…

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