Kylie Jenner’s Shocking Face Evolution


Kylie Jenner’s look has changed considerably since she first rose to fame on her family’s hit reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. When she was younger, she opted for quite a natural look and would wear light, barely-there makeup. As she grew into her teenage years, her appearance really started to change, especially because she began to experiment with makeup. It’s been interesting to see Kylie grow and evolve over the years, so follow along as we retrace Kylie’s face evolution from her early reality TV days to now:

Premiere of Easy A – September 2010

Kylie Jenner attended the premiere of Easy A when she was around 13 years old in 2010. Her makeup was quite natural in comparison to her later years and she wore a little eyeliner, mascara, a coral blush and light gloss on her lips. While her look was by no means over the top, it is quite bold for someone so young and she looks much older than 13 years old!


Teen Choice Awards — August 2011

In 2011, Kylie continued to make appearances at high-profile celebrity events like the Teen Choice awards. This summer evening she stepped out with light face makeup and a heavier bronzed smokey eye. While we love the golden shadow, her bottom eyeliner seemed a bit heavy, but this was simply the trend at the time. She rocked a natural lip without even exaggerating with liner, which was something that would change considerably in the future. Overall, her look was youthful, fun and appropriate for her age.

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Hollywood Style Awards – November 2011

In November 2011, Kylie continued to attend events and pose for the red carpet looking dolled up to the nines.  This evening, Kylie and her older sister Kendall took home the Stylish Sisters awards. It was clear by this point she was getting more into makeup and experimenting with what shades and styles worked for her. While we love how the black eyeliner contrasts with her chocolate eyes, we’re not sure this shade of foundation worked for her! It seemed to wash out her complexion and be a tone or two too light.

Premiere of The Hunger Games – March 2012

In 2012, Kylie attended the premiere of The Hunger Games with her sister Kendall. She dressed to the nines for the event, wearing a short white mini dress, some sky-high nude pumps and a little more dramatic makeup.  Kylie was well on her way to becoming an adult at this point and becoming fully launched into the spotlight. She and her sister Kendall had stopped attending high school to focus on their careers and had enrolled in a homeschooling program. Her look, for this event, was significantly more dramatic. It’s clear she learned how to properly match her foundation to her skin and used some bronzer to get a glowy, sun-kissed look.

Jingle Ball — December 2012

Later that year in December, Kylie stepped out for an appearance at KIIS FM’s 2012 Jingle Ball in LA. On this close up of her face, you can see that Kylie is still experimenting with her makeup and wasn’t quite mastered the art of taming an oily T-zone! We love, however, that her natural skin is still prevalent and how well her black liner contrasts with her chocolate eyes.

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Kid’s Choice Awards — March 2013

Kylie Jenner stepped out in early 2013 wearing quite sophisticated, polished makeup. Her skin was matte and flawless, while her lips were perfectly lined with a pop of red. Her eye makeup was quite natural, simply opting for a little eyelikner and mascara. We quite enjoy this version of Kylie! Her makeup is still dramatic enough for a red carpet, but doesn’t appear cakey or over the top by any means.

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Premiere of Ender’s Game – October 2013

The 16-year-old reality TV star started to look a little different when she showed up at the premiere of Ender’s Game in 2013. Kylie Jenner was pretty busy professionally at this point. She was doing three to four hours of homeschool a day and then would spend the rest of the day working. She was dabbling in beauty products, music and science fiction. In terms of her look for the event, Kylie’s lips looked a bit fuller, but this could be because of the fact that she’s clearly learned how to strategically apply makeup now. She’s contoured her cheeks, exaggerated her eyebrows and brightened her under eyes, which are all makeup techniques typically used by professionals. We think she looks stunning!

Billboard Music Awards — May 2014

By the time early May rolled around in 2014, it was clear that Kylie had matured significantly! At 17-years old, she stepped out at the Billboard Music Awards with an edgy new look that consisted of a blue-tinted bob and chunky silver choker. She was trailblazing a path for trends with everything from her makeup to her hair to her style. We can’t help but notice, however, how significant of a change her look made in a few short months. Her lips were fuller, her hair more tamed and her makeup was the perfect balance of glam but still natural.

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American Music Awards – November 2014

In late 2014, Kylie Jenner debuted an even more mature and clearly enhanced look for the American Music Awards. Her lips are super plump, which lead many of us to assume that she had lip injections but it took her a while to admit to them. “You guys have watched me grow up since I was 9. My face is going to get different. Now, I know how to do my makeup, contour, and everything. I’m not against surgery. I’d never say no, but I don’t desire it right now,” she said at the time. Aside from her questionable lip enhancement, her face has naturally matured and become more sculpted and adult-like. She’s also become even more skilled with her makeup application by rocking a natural glam smokey eye, perfectly arched brows and a deep plum lip that played strategically off the colors of her dress.

Nip + Fab Photocall in London – March 2015

When Kylie stepped out at the Nip + Fab Photocall in March 2015, the 17-year-old reality TV star had clearly changed even more. While we love Kylie’s golden eyes and red lip, her matte face makeup photographed a little cakey here, but luckily as she grows, she learns how to make her skin look significantly more natural and dewy. This month also signified the time where she finally confessed that she did have her lips done and admitted she had previously lied. She justified her decision by explaining, “I didn’t want people to think you had to get your lips done to feel good about yourself. But they thought it was crazier that I was lying about it because it was so obvious.”


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Photo by Jonathan Hordle/REX

Instagram — March 2016

In March 2016, one full year later, Kylie posted to her Instagram with lips that looked fuller than ever, and in our opinion, a little too fake looking! By this time, she admitted to her lip injections and it was no longer a secret. In her later years, Kylie reflected on this time and admitted that she was always insecure about her lips, which ended up being the inspiration behind her successful lip kit line. “I have really small lips, and it was like one of my first kisses and a guy was like, ‘I didn’t think you would be a good kisser because you have such small lips.’ But I took that really hard,” she explained.

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Pretty Little Thing Launch — July 2016

In mid-summer 2016, Kylie Jenner stepped out for the Pretty Little Thing Launch with even more defined makeup. She wore dramatic false lashes and clearly grew out her eyebrows to a thicker, more arched shape. She wore a pop of pink blush on her cheeks and her lips were looking more full than ever, especially because on top of the enhancements, she also overlined her lips for more definition.

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Met Gala — May 2017

A year later, in 2017, Kylie Jenner shocked us all by stepping out with a head of platinum blonde hair! The Kardashians are known for shocking with their makeup and hair, so this wasn’t entirely out of the ordinary for Jenner. While brunette will always be our favorite on Kylie, this pop of icy blonde was a nice change for an experimental event like the Met Gala. As for her face, Kylie rocked a natural nude look by skipping the eyeliner and opting for soft champagne colors on her lids with long lashes. Her lips were still quite full, but more understated with a nude tint on them.

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Instagram — July 2018

Most recently, Kylie shocked the world again when she made the drastic decision to dissolve all her lip injections. 2018 was also the year that Jenner went MIA while she was pregnant with her daughter, Stormi. Her new baby was a huge reason behind deciding to dissolve her fillers as well. “During Kylie’s pregnancy, she wasn’t getting her usual fillers or putting on much makeup,” a source explained. “Kylie really fell in love with the natural look, and wanted more of that, so she decided to stop putting filler in her lips.” We love seeing in 2018 how Kylie has come full circle! She’s experimented with her look, grew her love of makeup with a successful lip kit brand, but at the end of the day, she’s proved she’s found a way to be confident in her own skin.

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