Today, Kim Kardashian is one of America's top beauty influencers. In fact, some could argue she's the most influential figure in the beauty industry. To wit: If tomorrow she decided to wear eyeshadow on her knees — and we're not saying she hasn't already, anything is possible in 2016 — it would make national news.
The truth is, Kim K. has had quite the beauty journey. There were flat-ironed extensions and matchy-matchy makeup. Highly manicured brows and colorful eyeshadows. And of course, the contoured, strobed, and artfully painted-on looks that have influenced an entire Insta-nation.
Ahead, witness her awe-inspiring transformation from a trend-conscious Hollywood hopeful to a refined social media magnate. Did you really expect anything less from a woman who singlehandedly turned "glam" into a verb? We didn't think so.
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When making a club appearance in Las Vegas in 2006, Kim was seen with her natural hairline (which she later lasered, and later regretted) and a contour-free face. But even in her partying-with-Paris days, the reality star called on two classics: a smoky eye and nude lips.
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Spotted: seriously sculpted cheeks and falsies for days. In December 2009, Kim seems to have landed on her signature look. She would later pass the contouring crown — not to mention the Sugar Factory contract — to younger sister Kylie.
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Kim may have gotten a lot of attention for her floral Givenchy Met Gala gown in 2013, but we have our eyes on her clean beauty look, which includes rarely worn, but totally gorgeous, berry lips.
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Bronzer on the nose, cheeks, jawline, and forehead (and cleavage, and neck, and legs...) officially cements Kim as the queen of contour.
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Ah, the famous platinum moment. During 2015 fall/winter Paris Fashion Week, Kim made headlines (and memes) with a shock of blond locks.
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Since going platinum in 2015, Kim has given us a few did-she-or-didn’t-she hair-color moments. But forget about the color for a minute and take note of the pigtail braids — they’re the latest page in the family's ever-evolving beauty book. (And one that's being passed on to the next generation as well.)
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Recently, Kim (fake) chopped her brown strands into an asymmetrical lob. It's a sleek, sexy look that pairs perfectly with flushed cheeks and glossy lips.
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At the Balenciaga fashion show during Paris Fashion Week 2016, Kim K. made the decision to skip makeup entirely. Naturally, Kardashian is just as flawless. Granted, that kind of perfection doesn't come cheap — her morning routine is estimated to cost about $1,230.
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Kim debuted another fling with platinum last month, then she took to her app to explain exactly how her new 'do has changed her beauty routine.
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