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What really goes into a red carpet appearance? Pre-awards pics reveal beauty suites and stylists galore

Behind every star on the red carpet lies an army of stylists, beauty routines, pre-show massages and a veritable treasure trove of awards season bling.

As the Emmys and VMAs went down with a well-heeled bang in Hollywood this weekend, we take a look at the flurry of activity that took place behind the scenes in the build-up to both events.

From Girls actress Lena Denham getting her eyelashes curled to Debra Messing donning a Hannibal Lecter-style facemask and Rita Ora flaunting her nails, come check out our favourite pre-award beauty snaps - courtesy of the delights of Instagram:

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