Out of all the celebrity Before & Afters we’ve documented, Kylie Jenner’s has to be one of the most dramatic. Unless you’ve managed to avoid all things Kardashian over the past decade, then you already know which feature changed the most: her lips.
In 2015, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star (who was 17 at the time) famously admitted to getting lip injections. In a clip from the show, she reveals: “I have had temporary lip fillers. It’s just something that I wanted to do.”
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Before that, she was widely criticized for suggesting it was only makeup. “You guys have watched me grow up since I was nine,” she told Cosmopolitan at the time. “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.”
Fillers aren’t surgery, so technically, she wasn’t lying. But now, as Kylie’s look continues to change—she just turned 24—it is becoming apparent that she has done her lips and much more.
Let’s examine her transformation throughout the years... and see just how many facial features she may have tweaked.
From 2008-2009: The Pre-Teen Years
At the 2008 Time For Heroes Celebrity Carnival
Our first shot is from 2008, when she was just 10 years old. Such a cute kid—look at those freckles! Notice her natural brown hair colour, which she would soon dye darker, and her natural skin tone, which she later spray-tanned.
From 2010-2013: Becoming a Teenage Icon
At the 2010 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Easy A’
By the time she turned 13, Kylie was experimenting with age-appropriate makeup. If only my attempts as a teen had looked this good! I love the eyeliner along her lower waterlines, the bold blush and the clear, glossy lips (sans filler). She always had good lashes—no extensions needed!
At the 2011 Teen Choice Awards
Isn’t she the spitting image of her dad here? It’s all in the smile—so that’s where I think she got her naturally thinner lips. But it was around this time that they were becoming an insecurity. “I had really small lips, and I didn’t ever think about it until I had one of my first kisses,” she explained on the KUWTK Reunion. “And a guy said to me, ‘Oh my God, you’re such a good kisser, but you have such small lips,’ or something like that. From then on, I felt unkissable.”
At the 2012 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Mirror Mirror’
As KUWTK soared in popularity, Kylie began adopting the same fashion and beauty aesthetic as her older sisters. She started wearing her hair silky-straight and parted down the middle, with a spray tan and nude-toned makeup. So far, I think her face is still au naturel... for now.
At the 2013 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
It wasn’t long before she got into makeup in a big way, rocking a signature look that was entirely her own. To this day, she still likes to do this very heavy, matte base, with a lighter shade across the mid-face. Of course, the spray tan is even deeper, and we can also see the beginning of her “Instagram brows.” The only thing that’s a bit off-brand is the lip colour. Who could forget the vampy lip trend of the early ’10s?
At the 2013 World Premiere of ‘Justin Bieber’s Believe’
By the end of the year, Kylie apparently discovered lip liner. To me, it looks like she drew outside her lips, especially the bottom one, to create the illusion of fullness. And hey—she was pretty good at it! She’s also sporting longer lashes, and in case you missed it, reddish balayage highlights through the ends of her hair.
From 2014-2016: The Lip Filler Scandal
At the 2014 Imagine Ball
Just a few months later, at age 16, she stepped out with a completely different look. The first thing you notice is the hair. It’s dyed black (just like Kim and Kourtney), and freshly chopped to her collarbone. Often celebs make a big change like this to distract you from cosmetic work—like those newly inflated lips. They’re not overdone, though, so I think if she’d kept things at this level, there wouldn’t have been a backlash.
At the 2014 American Music Awards
Alas, Kylie didn’t stop there—her lips just kept on growing. Here, she’s wearing a similar dark lipstick shade to what we saw in 2013, but the increase in size couldn’t be more obvious. Keep in mind that she was still trying to pass this off as lip liner alone, even getting her makeup artist, Rob Scheppy, in on the act. “I find it funny that so much attention is drawn to my work, but I like it,” he told Daily Mail. “Kylie’s lips are created using expertly applied lip liner and a little lip balm.” Riiiiight.
At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
After finally fessing up to fillers, she no longer had to disguise her lips under dark lipstick and lip liner. Instead, she could rock lighter looks like this one, as a counterpoint to the Cleopatra-inspired hair and eye makeup. I don’t hate it, but you have to admit that the overall effect does resemble a wax figure.
At the 2016 PrettyLittleThing Launch Party
Kylie kept a low profile in 2016, and I think I know why. Underneath the mask of makeup, I’m pretty sure her nose has been altered, with a refined tip and a narrower bridge. (She used to contour there, but now it isn’t necessary.) I also see higher eyebrows, which were perhaps raised with a brow lift. Plus, there’s the filler, which may now be in her chin and cheeks as well as lips.
From 2017-2018: A More “Natural” Look
At the 2017 NBC Universal Golden Globes After-Party
With pretty pink lipstick and her hair piled high in a ballerina bun, she didn’t look so extreme for this appearance in 2017. Maybe it also had to do with her go-to injector. “I still do Juvéderm for my lips,” she told The New York Times. “I go to Dr. Ourian in Beverly Hills. He’s the best, and he’s super natural about it. I was going to somebody before, and it was just looking crazy.”
At the 2018 VMAs
It was in 2018, after she gave birth to her daughter, Stormi, that her fans noticed something different. “She looks like the old Kylie here, IDK why,” one commented on an Instagram post. To everyone’s surprise, Kylie herself replied: “I got rid of all my filler.” Well, maybe not all of it, as you can see in this photo. Also notice the bleached-blonde hair, and how her eyes seem more wide-open than before.
From 2019-2021: Radically Transformed
At the 2019 Grammys
I don’t know about you, but I find this photo to be the most shocking of all. She was 21 here, but somehow looks much older. Not only are the lip fillers back, but they appear to be distorting her upper lip so that it curls up on one side. Her cheeks seem super sculpted, and if you look closely at her eyelids, you can see that the creases sit higher up than they used to when she was a tween.
At the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
That brings us to Kylie’s most recent red carpet appearance, where she almost looks computer-generated. It’s as if every single feature—lips, cheeks, brows, eyelids, chin—was “perfected” according to what is seen as the “ideal.” And yet, all together it looks incredibly artificial and in fact ages her. I suspect she’s also wearing coloured contacts to lighten her eyes, which adds to the vibe.
On Instagram in 2021
Although she hasn’t been on the red carpet in 2021, she regularly posts selfies like this one to keep us up to date on her ever-changing beauty looks. (So keep in mind that this was probably Photoshopped, since we know that Kim employs a retoucher for $100,000 a year!) Speaking of Kim, that’s who I see when I look at these lips, eyes and cheeks. As it turns out, Kim goes to Dr. Ourian, too!
Kylie Jenner Before and After
Kylie in 2008 vs 2019
Kylie may be a beauty mogul now, thanks to the launch of Kylie Cosmetics in 2015 and Kylie Skin in 2019. But there’s no way that makeup alone could be responsible for such a drastic change in her appearance.
Obviously, she’s owned up to the lip fillers, and no doubt helped them to become mainstream. Things have changed so much that artificially plumped-up lips are the norm for Hollywood celebs these days—not the exception.
But what else might be going on here? “Her nose looks thinner and more refined, possibly from a subtle rhinoplasty,” Dr. Anthony Youn told Radar Online. “Her eyebrows are more arched and elevated, a possible consequence of Botox injections into her forehead and around her eyes.”
Dr. Charles S. Lee, who posts on TikTok, believes she went much further. “I think she had her chin shaved, her buccal fat removed, her temples lifted [via brow lift], in addition to narrowing her nose [with rhinoplasty], and injections to her upper lip.”
Dr. Omar Fouda Neel agrees that the work was extensive. “Kylie’s jawline has become noticeably more contoured and narrower, which indicates she has undergone jawline shaving,” he explains. “From November to May 2014, [her] chin became much more prominent and pronounced on her face... it is clear to many plastic surgeons that [she] received a chin implant that has given her a much more angular, defined chin. She may also have undergone an eyebrow lift.... [Her] nose looks slightly slimmer now compared to a few years ago, indicating that she has probably had her nose slimmed down.”
Whatever she’s done, Kylie isn’t talking. “People think I fully went under the knife and completely reconstructed my face, which is completely false,” she told Paper. “I’m terrified! I would never. They don’t understand what good hair and makeup and, like, fillers, can really do.” Do you believe her?!
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