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Netflix's "Sex Education" is back for a fourth and final season, and as if the show didn't already push the boundaries of gender and identity, it somehow upped the ante. The final eight episodes are just as moving as they are entertaining, and the larger-than-life makeup and hair certainly help move the storyline along.
Though the students of Moordale High have always played with colour and dabbled in the latest trends, season four sees everyone's favourite characters in the next phase of their lives at Cavendish College. Here, everything is better — there are better clubs, better fashion, better opportunities for self-expression, and even a better sex therapist (depending on who you ask).
Beloved characters Otis (Asa Butterfield), Maeve (Emma Mackey), Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), Adam (Connor Swindells), Dr. Jean F. Milburn (Gillian Anderson), Ruby (Mimi Keene), and Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) are joined by a host of new personalities — like Abbi (Anthony Lexa), Roman (Felix Mufti), and Aisha (Alexandra James) — sparking drama! Love! Comedy! And more save-worthy beauty looks than you can count.
"Three new main characters are responsible for bringing in the bigger, brighter, bolder, more extravagant looks," Emily Bilverstone, the show's hair and makeup department head, tells POPSUGAR. Before this, Eric was the only character really experimenting with beauty, but he's met his match with Roman, Abbi, and Aisha. "This is the first time that [Eric] has met three school friends who have raised his game in terms of his look and made him feel like he can push the boundaries even further."
These characters opened the doors for more play with hair and makeup, and the rest of the school followed suit. Ahead, Bilverstone shares a behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating some of the most eye-catching moments in season four.