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:

  • Girls star Lena Dunham

    "An @officialautumndewilde #regram of lovely @lenadunham and us getting her ready for #EMMYS! Hair @rheannewhite, Nails @deborahlippmann, & me curling those #lashes before applying @benefitcosmetics #TheyreREAL mascara! #RealFineLiner #Emmys2014 #Nominee #GIRLS"


  • Singer Kelly Rowland

    "It's almost time for the #VMAs! #AmpYourFab tonight by joining @caressskin and me on Twitter!"

  • Will & Grace star Debra Messing

    "And this is called a BEAUTY mask?????? #emmyprep #HannibelLeckteriscuter"


  • The Normal Heart actress Julia Roberts

    "Emmys2014! #juliaroberts❤️@sergenormant @engelman&co @genevieveherr"


  • Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere

    "Sneak peek at my girl #haydenpanettiere ready for the big night! #emmys2014 makeup by @amyoresman hair by @clydehairgod"


  • Model Heidi Klum

    "Last minute touch up with @lindahaymakeup @cwoodhair @tombachik @zac_posen"


  • Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    "This is how it began yesterday at the kitchen sink. #Emmys2014 #glamour"


  • Comedy star Mindy Kaling

    "Headed to present at the Emmys in @kenzo gown, @jimmychooltd shoes, @official_swarovski ear cuff and @fionakotur clutch! Lesser exciting is the background which is my messy office, please ignore"


  • Model Jourdan Dunn

    "S/O to @rendaattia for the cut and @larryjarahsims and @mylahmorales for hair/makeup ? #vma"


  • Actress Katherine Heigl

    "Getting ready earlier! We picked a glamorous location ;) #Emmys"


  • Modern Family star Sofia Vergara

    "What is so funny Marilyn?? Legacy massage at @drlancerrx"


  • Modern Family star Sarah Hyland

    "High tea and diamonds with @lorraineschwartz in prep for the #emmys feelin like a princess. Now where are the scones??? Mama needs carbs."


  • Singer Katy Perry

    "About to roll thro... Look for us in da lambo #THISISHOWWEDOVMAS"


  • Singer-songwriter Kesha

    "just doesn't feel right NOT posting a partially nude pre vma look. ??? #rainbownakedboob"


  • Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery

    "Sneak Peek @anakhouri #gold jewelry I'm wearing today!@lovegoldlive #LoveGold #Emmys2014"


  • Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi

    "Here we go again! Gettin' pretty with @dickycollins and @kathyjeung #Emmys"


  • Orange is The New Black actress Laura Prepon

    "Final touch ups before I put my dress on! #emmys #oitnb"


  • Scandal star Kerry Washington

    "About to head out the door... Thank you @ashlie_johnson #Emmys special #ManiMonday Gorgeous rosy nude. Rose confidentiel @chanel #NailObsessed #NoFilter"


  • Dancing With The Stars judge Julianne Hough

    "Thanks glam squad!!! Haha you really are the best in the biz! Love you guys @anitapatrickson @emmarube @spencerbarnesla @riawnacapri @morganbeau @kristysowin it takes a village yo!"


  • Singer Rita Ora

    "VMA's see you tomorrow"


  • Once Upon A Time actress Jamie Chung

    "Getting my makeup done by the fabulous @HungVanngo at the @CalvinKlein #ckonecolor lounge!! Now I'm off! VMAs here I come"


  • House of Cards star Robin Wright

    "A peek at #RobinWright's Ralph Lauren custom jumpsuit for the #emmys. Already a winner for best dramatic outfit"


  • TV host Giuliana Rancic

    "It's #Emmys day!! So fun getting ready with @catalinalinasu and @fraankie!! E!'s LIVE Countdown starts at 1:30pm PT...see u then! #eredcarpet"


  • Actress Mayim Bialik

    "Getting Emmy ready with @robertramosprod"


  • Actress Alexandra Daddario

    "Emmy hair prep with @michaellonghair and @lotstar"


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