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The evolution of Kim Kardashian’s makeup and hair from the early 2000s to today


Kim Kardashian’s contributions to the cultural zeitgeist are seemingly endless, ranging from popularizing contour and bodycon dresses to completely rewriting the influencer and reality star’s tale. But the star is the most influential in terms of beauty – and, in honor of her birthday, Bustle looks back on the evolution of Kardashian makeup and hair.

Beauty is something the reality TV star turned media mogul is familiar with: She has launched not one but two cosmetic lines – KKW Beauty and KKW Fragrance – in addition to collaborations with her sister. Kylie Jenner’s Beauty Mark. Aside from being an industry insider, Kardashian happens to be a chameleon when it comes to her own look.

The star and beauty entrepreneur is known for releasing brand new but distinctive looks at least once a year (sometimes more often than that), perpetually pushing boundaries and redefining trends. From silver to pink to blonde, there are a few hair colors that Kardashian hasn’t tried out, and the same goes for hairstyles and lengths. You will also find so many variations with her makeup styles.

Below, check out 15 years of Kim Kardashian’s makeup and hair evolution, from the mid-2000s to today.

2006: Side-swept bangs

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Kardashian first appeared in the limelight around 2006, when she was primarily known as Paris Hilton’s BFF. At the time, the 22-year-old was kissing thick eyeshadow – both on her lids and under her eyes – paired with rosy cheeks and glossy lips. The look was worn with side swept bangs.

2007: Voluminous waves

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2008: Front Bangs

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2009: Early contour

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The year 2009 seemed like the start of Kardashian’s renowned relationship with contouring, given the sculpting face enhancement on her nose and cheekbones.

2010: Classic Hollywood Glam

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During a Miami Fashion Week show in 2010, Kardashian tried on a new look: old Hollywood glamor. She paired her loose curls, which she parted to the side, with her signature glossy lips.

2012: Smoky eyes

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In 2012, Kardashian experimented with the slicked back hairstyle with her locks and a bold smoky eye.

2013: braided bun

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2014: long locks

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The following year, Kardashian began sporting a neutral lip (one that was noticeably less shiny than at the start of the decade), groomed brows, and full lashes. Her hair was long and straight, which is similar to her current signature style.

2015: Blond Bob

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Kardashian turned heads at Paris Fashion Week in 2015 with her new icy blonde, after cutting her brunette locks into a long blonde bob. She complimented the bold look with a glam liquid cat eye liner.

2016: bare face

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Kardashian returned to Paris Fashion Week the following year, but did a full 180 beauty. She returned to her naturally dark hair color, which she wore down and straight, but paired it with something radically different: no makeup.

2017: strands of silver

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Kardashian’s aesthetic seemed to change the most in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, she dyed her hair silver blonde and stepped up the bold color with a smoky smoky eye. A matte lip completed the look.

2018: pastel pink hair

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Kardashian kept her silver locks for several months, then surprised fans with cotton candy pink hair in 2018 – her first rainbow-hued dye job.

2019: brunette bob

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In 2019, Kardashian kept her general makeup, but cut her extra long hair into a chic bob.

2020: loose waves and soft glam

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Kardashian rekindled her long, loose waves for the Skims launch in February 2020, complemented by smoky eyes and contouring (likely using all KKW Beauty makeup products). It’s basically its modern look.

2021: Always evolving

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Today, Kardashian sports hair that’s longer than ever, which she wears slicked back and straight. Her beauty look is usually a gentle blend of sun-kissed outline, perfectly groomed eyebrows, a lip liner, and a matte pout. As for the rest? Only time will tell.


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