Meanwhile, her older sister Kendall—the face of Estée Lauder and the leading figure in the new generation of supermodels—has long been admired as the “natural” one.
But is Kendall really all that natural?
I see a different nose, fuller lips, and maybe even somethin’-somethin’ in the brow/eyelid region. Let’s get started…
Kendall in 2009
The first pic I have is actually even older than the “Before”; a shot of Kendall at one of her first red carpet events, age 13. (Posing like a pro already, I see.) I probably wouldn’t have recognized her thanks to the bare face and unstyled hair—but also the nose. It sure doesn’t match the one she has today.
Kendall in 2010
In 2010, Kendall started wearing makeup and styling her hair, and already looks far more grown-up than her 14 years. What jumps out at me most is her smile—the fact that her upper lip is noticeably thin. And here we thought Kylie was the only one who had it! Nope, it appears to be a family trait.
Kendall in 2011
I did a double take upon glimpsing this photo of Kendall from 2011. It IS her, but it really doesn’t look like her. Much of that is because of her original, wider nose—although I suspect she may have started lip injections by this time, because her upper lip is looking suddenly fuller.
I’m not sure if Kendall had rhinoplasty; I think it’s possible that her nose looks slimmer here just because she is smiling. The main reason I wanted to share this image is to show you that celebs DO struggle with significant acne breakouts. They’re not just born with clear skin! At age 15, this could have been normal teenage acne that went away as she matured—or (more likely) Kendall may have gone on the pill or spironolactone to stay clear. Her modelling career would depend on it.
Kendall in 2012
A year later, and Kendall has flawless, peaches and cream skin. Topicals are not going get you results like this; I am almost certain she would have gone on medication. (Plus, she probably got laser treatments for the post-acne pigmentation marks.) Regardless, she is glowing! This photo is before she got deep into the Kardashian-style heavy makeup, so it’s my favourite of the bunch.
Also see: Mila Kunis
Also see: Lady Gaga
Kendall in 2013
Happily, Kendall was still rocking the natural makeup in 2013, when she was 17 years old. Her skin looks great, and I think by now, her nose was whittled down. Compared to our 2012 shot, her upper lip isn’t as full, but keep in mind that injectable filler is not permanent and will start to deflate within a few months.
Kendall in 2014
I think 2014 was Kendall’s breakout year. Suddenly, she was everywhere—and fully Kardashian-ified. You can easily see Kim’s influence with the lip injections, contouring, lashes and hair.
Kendall in 2015
It’s hard to believe Kendall was only 19 here. I mean, I kind of love the makeup (peachy lipstick and shimmering gold shadow). But her plumped-up lips definitely make her look older than her years. It’s also evident from this photo that her nose is much narrower from bridge to tip.
Kendall in 2016
Our last pic is from just two months ago, and Kendall is 20. I know this is very “on trend” for 2016 and many Millennials’ idea of the type of beauty that looks good now—but I just can’t. She has officially gone too far with the lip injections; to me, they appear very obviously fake. The other thing I can’t figure out is whether something changed in her eye area, because her brows seem much higher up when you look side-by-side versus 2010. Finally, I’m not feeling the heavy foundation and the overly precise brows. It all looks a bit too carefully considered…
So is Kendall the natural beauty of the family? I do think she is beautiful, but there’s enough evidence here to prove that beauty got a little help along the way.
As you know, nose jobs are “NBD” (no big deal) for just about every celebrity, so I’m not at all surprised that Kendall had one. Plastic surgeon Miles Barry told the Daily Mail: “The bridge of her nose… could certainly have been smoothed surgically. The tip could well be smaller and rather more refined, again pointing to possible surgery. An alternative could be that she has had the much less invasive procedure of filler injected and this has smoothed out the bridge.”
As for the lip injections, Kendall definitely needs to thank Kylie for letting her fly under the radar; hers are much subtler in comparison, but still very much present if you’re looking. Sadly, “getting your lips done” has lost any stigma it once had in Hollywood, even though we’re talking about teenagers here! Good thing they’re not permanent; I, for one, am patiently waiting for that trend to die. Tell me…