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.”
Before that, she was widely criticized for suggesting that her fuller look was only makeup. “You guys have watched me grow up since I was nine,” she said 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 as Kylie kits her mid-20s—and her look continues to change—it’s becoming apparent that she has done her lips and probably much more.
Let’s examine her transformation throughout the years... and see 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.