Kim Kardashian’s 20 Most Legendary Makeup Moments Over the Years

Kim Kardashian’s 20 Most Legendary Makeup Moments Over the Years

Kim Kardashian wears a neutral rosy-toned makeup look with matte skin and nude lipstick

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For many years now, Kim Kardashian has been providing us with beauty inspo galore. With tons of collaborations and her own brand under her belt, the star and entrepreneur isn’t afraid to change up her looks and experiment, especially when it comes to makeup. She’s worked with tons of makeup artists we’ve come to know and love, like Mario Dedivanovic, Ash K. Holm, Claudia Betancur, and so many more, who have provided her with some truly iconic makeup moments over the years. From bold smoky eyes to her iconic nude lip, we love looking to Kardashian for ideas to implement in our own beauty routines. Ahead, see 20 of Kim Kardashian’s best makeup looks of all time, spanning from the ’90s to today.

Meet the Expert

  • Claudia Betancur is a L’Oréal Paris League of Experts makeup artist who has worked with Kim Kardashian as well as the likes of Camila Cabello, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Lopez.

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Blushed Out

Kim Kardashian wears a black tank top, slicked back hair with side bangs, and blush-toned makeup look

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If Kardashian could only choose one makeup look to wear for the rest of time, we’d be willing to bet it would look something like this. She loves a nude pink lip, and paired with generous layers of mascara and a bright pop of pink blush, she looks ready for anything. We especially appreciate the bright under-eye moment, which makes her look vibrant and awake.

02 of 20

Brown Smoky Eye

Kim Kardashian wears layered pearl necklaces, high updo, and brown smokey eye and nude lip

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Kim K’s 2023 Met Gala look is one for the history books, and that’s in large part thanks to her stunning makeup. Mario Dedivanovic of Makeup By Mario did her makeup for the event, and the inclusion of brown eyeliner in her waterline was unexpected yet brilliant. “Her skin has a matte finish, with a baby pink blush and gradient lips to add volume,” adds celebrity makeup artist Claudia Betancur. It’s a stunning red carpet look—and one we don’t think we’ll ever stop thinking about.

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Kim Kardashian wearing gray t-shirt, long, wavy hairstyle, lots of mascara, and nude pink lipstick

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Did someone say bombshell? The combination of Kardashian's bouncy waves and supermodel-esque makeup here is a match made in heaven. The star put her long lashes on display with simple bronze-toned eyeshadow, completing the look with fluffy brows and a glossy lip.

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Bronzed Glow

Kim Kardashian with slicked-back platinum hair, bronzed skin, nude pink lipstick, blush, and mascara

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Kardashian stepped foot onto the carpet at the CFDA Awards with the ultimate bronzed makeup look. Paired with her slicked-back blonde ‘do, the makeup had its moment to shine, and we love the creative direction that Dedivanovic took. From the contour to the lengthy lashes and contrasting dark brows, the beauty icon looks incredible.

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Blonde Brows

Kim Kardashian with blonde bouncy blowout, bleached blonde brows, dark eye look, and nude lipstick

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If you’re thinking about bleaching your brows, this may be your sign. Kardashian snapped a photo to Instagram rocking the bleached brow look, and we’re in love. For this look, she added dramatic lashes and a pale nude lip, which we think looks amazing paired with the barely there brows.

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Bold Cut Crease

Kim Kardashian with wavy hairstyle tucked behind ears, gray cut-crease eye makeup, and glossy nude lip

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Kardashian rocked a bold cut crease thanks to the artistry of Nikki Wolff, and we love how she stepped outside of her typical comfort zone to embrace the statement. The negative space has a muted, light gray hue and is carved out with a dark gray crease and graphic black eyeliner. Paired with fluffy brows and bronzed skin, her eyes truly pop.

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Wet Makeup

Kim Kardashian wears a nude dress, wet look wavy hair, and makeup look with orange/bronze eyeshadow, mascara, and glossy nude lip

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2019's Met Gala was full of some iconic makeup moments, but Kardashian's was undeniably one of the night's most memorable. Dedivanovic focused on creating a "wet" moment for the eyes, creating a piercing gaze in peachy tones. "Her skin was left matte, as usual, [which complemented her lips perfectly]," Betancur adds.

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Intense Black Smokey Eye

Kim Kardashian with long, jet-black hair, a black smoky eye, and nude lipstick

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The year was 2018—and Kardashian stepped out with the most intense black smoky eye ever. She went for a soft goth look here, and the smoked-out black liner created a sultry vibe. We love how she kept the focus on her eyes, sticking with a bronzed matte complexion and nude lipstick.

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Kim Kardashian wearing gold dress, half-up half-down hairstyle, and '90s-inspired makeup with thin brows, mascara, and nude lipstick

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Kardashian loves to rock plenty of mascara on both her upper and lower lashes, and we love how intense her eyes looked at the 2018 Met Gala. Taking inspiration from the Versace runways in 1997, Dedivanovic went for a '90s-inspired glam look, focusing on thin brows, layered mascara, and the star's signature nude lip.

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Shimmer Shadow

Kim Kardashian with blunt bob hairstyle with middle part, shimmer eyeshadow, mascara, and nude lip

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Kardashian doesn't play around when it comes to the Met Gala, and her 2018 look—created as usual by Dedivanovic—is no exception. The fashion and beauty entrepreneur rocked shimmer eyeshadow with a bright white inner corner, completing the glam with a subtle glossy lip and matte base. "Her skin had a natural finish with minimal blush and contouring that blended seamlessly with her makeup," Betancur tells us.

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Beachy Glam

Kim Kardashian with a side-parted beach waves hairstyle, bold eyebrows, dewy skin, and nude lipstick

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Even though Kardashian almost always leans matte in her makeup looks, we think she still has a glow about her in this fresh look by Dedivanovic. With filled-in brows and clear lip gloss paired with beach waves, it almost looks like she’s on a warm-weather getaway. Chunky (in a good way) mascara and barely there winged liner create an effortlessly glam moment.

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Bold Under-Eye Liner

Kim Kardashian with slicked-back hairstyle, nude lipstick, and smudged black eyeliner

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Kardashian played around with a lot of smoky eye looks back in 2016, and this moment is one of our favorites from the year. Her under-eyes feature maximum drama with a smudged, smoked-out bold liner. “Her eyes appear lifted, creating a smoky lift effect,” Betancur says. The star kept the rest of her skin matte as usual, resulting in a seamlessly contoured complexion.

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Thick Wing

Kim Kardashian with a platinum long bob hairstyle with side part, thick black winged eyeliner, mascara, bronzed cheeks, and a nude lip

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It's not every day that we see Kim Kardashian wear thick winged eyeliner, but we think she should go for it more often. She let the dramatic liner look shine against neutral eyeshadow and brushed brows, creating an incredibly wearable statement.

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Gold Shimmer

Kim Kardashian with a black wavy long bob hairstyle, gold shimmer eyeshadow, and pale nude lipstick

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All that glitters is most definitely gold when it comes to this shimmery makeup look by Dedivanovic. Instead of focusing the shimmer on just her upper lid, he also applied eyeshadow to her lower lash line, which we think was a brilliant creative decision. A pale nude lip and matte complexion round this look out.

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Red Lip

Kim Kardashian with slicked-back hairstyle, mascara, and bright red lipstick

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Kardashian looks amazing in a bright red lip and a slicked-back hairstyle, and the look is giving off majorly powerful energy. For this look, Dedivanovic focused on layered mascara and understated complexion makeup, leaving the attention on her lips.

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Spider Lashes

Kim Kardashian with long black spider lashes, shimmer eyeshadow, and red lipstick

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Kardashian is known for her longer-than-life lashes, yet for this look she posted on Instagram in 2013, our attention remains focused on her eyes, even with an apple red lip. In true 2013 fashion, she even wore highlighter on her brow bone—further proof that she's always on trend.

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Classic Hollywood

Kim Kardashian with voluminous updo, red lipstick, dramatic mascara, and blush

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By wearing a bright red lip and full lashes, Kardashian channeled a classic Hollywood look in 2010. We love the pop of blush, which creates a glamorous, flushed glow against the star's signature matte skin.

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Popping Inner Corner

Kim Kardashian with long slicked back ponytail hairstyle, bronzed eyes, bright inner corner highlight, and glossy nude lips

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Kardashian was ahead of the times in 2009 with an inner corner eyeshadow moment. She went for a bright, shimmery inner corner that popped against a brown smoky eye—and of course, we can't forget to mention the glossy nude lip.

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Vampy Lip

Kim Kardashian with loose chignon hairstyle, deep red lipstick, and minimal mascara

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"Although it's a very natural and pretty look, it's not as flawless, and there isn't as much focus on her skin or contouring as we see in her current makeup," Betancur tells Byrdie of Kardashian's makeup look for the 2008 Teen Choice Awards. We love to see the icon's natural beauty shine through in this makeup look, and we're especially into the vampy lip she chose. Her natural lashes were on display, which created a youthful appearance perfect for the TCA.

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'90s Classic

Kim Kardashian wears brick red lipstick, minimal eye makeup , and a tailored black and white outfit

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Most of us cringe when looking back on our middle school makeup, but Kardashian foreshadowed her beauty icon status with this understated moment she wore in the '90s. From the brick red lip to the minimal eye makeup and bold brows, the look makes a wearable statement and is incredibly easy to recreate.

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