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From backstage beauty prep to late-night partying: join the stars behind the scenes at the 2016 Met Gala

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The A-List descended on New York last night for the Met Gala, where bold and daring fashion was the name of the game

Come take a peek behind the scenes as the stars get ready - cue: hair rollers, bling and champers - and let their hair down post-ceremony. 

From Beyonce hanging out with Madge to Mindy Kaling kicking back her heels and Karlie Kloss getting cut out of her dress (yes, really), it sure looked like one riotous evening...

  • Zoe Saldana keeps it real

    The night before #metball2016

    @zoesaldana

  • Olivia Wilde preps for a long night

    All set for the met ball.

    @oliviawilde

  • Adriana Lima works a superhero vibe

    SUPERHERO LIMA getting ready for the #MetGala! #MANUSXMACHINA

    @adrianalima

  • Ciara gets set

    Pre #metgala #SilverMetalHair

    @ciara

  • Karolina Kurkova warms up in style

    In the very good hands of @ctilburymakeup and @lacyredway. Starting early with curlers and a clay mask to prep the skin & hair

    @karolinakurkova

  • Lara Stone feels the pain

    No pain no gain @jamespecis #metgala

    @lara_stone

  • Doutzen Kroes preps her curls

  • Olivia Culpo gets inked

    It's not what it looks like!!! #orisit #sorrymomAndDad #metball 

    @oliviaculpo

  • Zoe Kravitz gets the party started

  • Emma Roberts embraces DIY make-up

    #metball

    @emmaroberts

  • Naomie Harris gets prepped

    Just a few hours to go until the #MetGala2016... with the glam squad!! 

    @naomieharris

  • Chloe Grace Moretz adds the finishing touches

    #MetGala #Coach @coach @stuartvevers

    @chloegmoretz

  • Brie Larson gets glam with Emma Stone

    I am the luckiest person because I got ready with this GODDESS OF HUMOR AND BEAUTY. #metbal (sic)

    @brielarson

  • Jourdan Dunn gets her hair fix

    feelin it #MetGala #ManusxMachina #BalmainArmy

    @officialjdunn

  • ... and takes in the New York skyline before heading out

  • Emma Watson has a gown appreciation moment

    The beautiful back...#metgala2016 #details #30wears @calvinklein @ecoage

    @sarahslutsky

  • Cindy Crawford is a beauty pro

    Let the glam begin...#MetGala

    @cindycrawford

  • Lena Dunham is all about the bling

    diamonds are a girl's best fuckbuddy

    @lenadunham

  • Kate Bosworth works the Grecian goddess look

    Real life Grecian snap filter for #metgala2016

    @katebosworth

  • Lady Gaga piles on the jewels

  • Alexa Chung gets into the groove

    Here we go! #metgala2016

    @chungalexa

  • Allison Williams is advised by her Instagram followers

    I took your advice, Instagram world! Red lip it is. About to hit the carpet! #MetGala #ManusXMachina @lalignenyc

    @aw

  • ... and lets her hair down at the end of the night

    And that's a wrap on the 2016 Met Gala. What a night! Big day tomorrow...we start shooting Girls Season 6, and there's something else exciting that I'll tell you about in the morning ️ Goodnight!! 

    @aw

  • Mindy Kaling, Emma Roberts and Freida Pinto toast with Tory Burch

    Cheers! On our way to the #MetGala. @mindykaling @emmaroberts @freidapinto

    @toryburch

  • Jourdan Dunn and Doutzen Kroes share a ride

    On our way.... #balmainarmy #metgala @officialjdunn

    @doutzen

  • Kerry Washington is all about the nails

    #MetGala bound. 
    #@OPI_products #OPIWashingtonDC #WeTheFemale

    @kerrywashington

  • Blake Lively finds a friend on the red carpet

    Seeing one of my best friends off on the red carpet of the #MetBall had me feeling all sorts of proud mama. You are a true gem my sweet friend @blakelively. Your big and gorgeous smile doesn't compare to how big and kind your heart is. You sure are something special. #allthemush

    @kelseyrohr

  • Solange Knowles shouts out to her team

     That was fun! Now I'm in a bomb ass sweatsuit. 
    I know I drove you crazy @shionat with all of my fifty eleven screenshots. You are seriously amazing, even when you hate my shoe choices.
    Thank you @nikkinelms for giving me that shareefa bang that one time so I could know how much of an artist you are.
    Thank you @mmiiggss for bringing Christmas Tree Tinsel and trusting my face lol 
    And thank you @pipbuzzz for giving me the goods.
    #Prom2016

    @saintrecords

  • Pop royalty party together

    3 Queens! . Met Ball 2016!

    @madonna

  • Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner perfect their pouts

  • Madonna finds some style twins

    Hey lets all wear black! Met Ball 2016!

    @madonna

  • Katy Perry flashes her pearly whites

    HOW MUCH FUN WAS 1999? @katyperry @chastainiac #metgala

    @derekblasberg

  • Beyonce and Solange Knowles strike a pose with Eva Tolkin

    Ain't easy being photographed next to these beauties

    @evahthaevah

  • Mindy Kaling and Freida Pinto take a moment together

    My girl. @freidapinto mindykaling#metball @toryburch @voguemagazine @leightonjewels

    @mindykaling

  • Willow Smith pokes fun at the bathroom selfie

    A rare photograph of three female homosapiens in the bathroom at the <MET BALL 2016>

    @willowsmith

  • Rita Ora hangs out with Vera Wang

    Thank you for being a angel and the best date @verawanggang

    @ritaora

  • Madonna admires the talent

    An embarrassment of talent. Amy Schumer and The Weeknd️ Met ball 2016

    @madonna

  • Clare Danes lights up the night in an LED gown

    #abouttonight #metgala a modern #Cinderella #claredanes and a gown with LED lights  #magic

    @livia_firth

  • Jennifer Hudson has a cinderella moment

    Cinderella said forget this show! Met ball gown

    @iamjhud

  • The Balmain army turn out in force

    Videographer Gordon Von Steiner (@gvsgvs) captured intimate portraits of tonight’s guests at the#MetGala. Here the night’s @balmaingang including @joansmalls, @cindycraawford and @officialjdunn @alessandraambrosio and @doutzenpose for the camera. #ManusxMachina

    @metmuseum

  • Mindy Kaling declares her love for Amy Schumer

    I like blondes, always have

    @mindykaling

  • ... before her sky-high heels defeat her

    Daaaaaaamn Met Ball... Back at it again with the 6 inch jimmy Choos!!

    @mindykaling

  • SJP shares details of her look

    A wonderful night. A fantastic date. A wonderful design team @monse, hair @sergenormant , makeup @leslielopezmakeupartist, the eye of @erinwalshnyc and my trusted partner @alyssa and many memories. Wash face, brush teeth and try to fall asleep while images of trains and sequins dominate. 
    The Met Ball 2016 out. 
    X, sj
    #manusxmachina

    @sarahjessicaparker
     

  • Karlie Kloss skips the outfit change

    Soooo...instead of changing into a #MetGala Afterparty dress, @BrandonMaxwell cut my gown into mini

    @karliekloss

  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Kris Jenner hit the Balmain afterparty

    Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, and Kris Jenner at the Met Gala afterparty hosted by Balmain at the Gilded Lily last night in NY. Photo:@rebeccasmeyne for the New York Times.

    @nytimesfashion

  • Beyonce enjoys a glass of bubbly

    Beyoncé and Olivier Rousteing at the Met Gala afterparty hosted by Balmain at the Gilded Lily, last night in New York. Photo:@rebeccasmeyne for the New York Times.

    @nytimesfashion

  • Lady Gaga stands out in the crowd

    Lady Gaga at a Met Gala afterparty at Up&Down in New York last night. Photo: @rebeccasmeyne for the New York Times.

    @nytimesfashion

  • Naomi Campbell makes an entrance

    Naomi Campbell and Zachary Quinto arrive at a Met Gala afterparty at Up&Down last night in New York. Photo: @rebeccasmeyne for the New York Times.

    @nytimesfashion

  • Beyonce and Solange show off their sister style

    Sister, sister!  #Beyoncé rocked croc-embossed Loewe pants and #SolangeKnowles wore a tufted sweatsuit and clear heels at a #MetGalaafter-party. | : Kevin Mazur/Getty

    @people

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