TOWIE star Lauren Goodger, make-up free, hides from photographers at salon launch

What's this A camera-shy TOWIE star! Make-up free Lauren Goodger hides from photographers at salon launch

'Reality' television used to be a warts-and-all look inside people's lives, with even actual celebrities such as Jessica Simpson and the Osbournes revealing what they look like under all the professional make-up, lighting and camera trickery.

Not so these days, with the cast of The Only Way Is Essex never appearing on camera without slathering themselves in fake tan and applying their false eyelashes and hair extensions.

So it was unsurprising that Lauren Goodger was horrified to arrive at her salon launch in Buckhurst Hill today to find photographers assembled before she had been primped and preened for the cameras.

Don't look at me! Lauren Goodger hides her face from photographers as she arrives at her salon launch today in Essex with wet hair and no make-up

Don't look at me! Lauren Goodger hides her face from photographers as she arrives at her salon launch today in Essex with wet hair and no make-up

The 24-year-old, who had wet hair and was make-up free, covered her face and dashed past the crowd of waiting fans into the store.

Despite some eager fans waiting for over three hours for a glimpse of Lauren, the reality star insisted on having her hair and make-up perfect before venturing out again.

She tweeted from inside: 'In my salon sorry for everyone queing (sic) outside won't be long guys and we can all do pictures and signings x x x'

Don't want us to see the reality Lauren dashed passed fans to have her hair and make-up done inside Lauren's Way

Don't want us to see the reality Lauren dashed passed fans to have her hair and make-up done inside Lauren's Way

Once ready, Lauren emerged again and happily posed up a storm for photographers.

She looked great despite revealing on Twitter that she has been suffering with the flu all week, and feared that she wouldn't be able to make it to the salon opening.

Perhaps feeling under the weather was her reason for not wanting to be photographed au naturel, although venturing out in the winter cold with wet hair probably wasn't her wisest move.

Ready for my close-up! The TOWIE star emerged later and happily posed for photographers

Ready for my close-up! The TOWIE star emerged later and happily posed for photographers

Co-star support: Chloe Sims and Frankie Essex came down to the salon to see Lauren

Co-star support: Chloe Sims and Frankie Essex came down to the salon to see Lauren

She was joined by her co-stars Frankie Essex and Chloe Sims and her daughter Madison, who came down to show their support.

Unlike Lauren, Chloe and Frankie were fine with photographers capturing them looking far more natural than usual.

Like mother like daughter: Chloe and her daughter Madison wore matching outfits for their visit to the salon

Like mother like daughter: Chloe and her daughter Madison wore matching outfits for their visit to the salon

Accessorising: Chloe and Madison wore trainers with leopard-print laces

Accessorising: Chloe and Madison wore trainers with leopard-print laces

Chloe and her daughter turned up in
matching pink outfits.

Chloe wore a tracksuit from Katie Price's Day 22
range, and the pair sported matching pink trainers with leopard-print
laces.

Frankie wore skinny jeans, ankle boots
and a black fur vest, while Lauren wore a bright blue dress with a
leather jacket and white scarf.

Miss Goodger's new salon was opened to the public today after appearing on the ITV2 show last week.

Named Lauren's Way after her line of tanning products, the salon offers spray tans, blow dry and hair extensions, teeth whitening and HD brows.