Have you noticed? Kourtney Kardashian has a new look!
Actually, make that several new looks. You see, every time I've glimpsed a photo of her lately, I've had to check that is indeed her.
But sometimes, I don't recognize Kourtney AT ALL, and I'll show you what I mean in a second.
Not that anyone should find the possibility of cosmetic interventions surprising. We are talking about the Kardashian-Jenners here. As we learned with Kendall, even the "natural" ones do get their tweaking. Why would Kourtney, now 39, be any exception?
Let's examine her beauty evolution over the years and see what's up!
Kourtney in 1995
We'll start out with this one from the mid-'90s, when Kourtney was 16 years old. We can safely assume she was au naturel here, with a gorgeous big smile, full cheeks and a what appears to be a wider nose bridge. She has a few highlights sprinkled in her dark brunette hair.
Kourtney in 2002
Seven years later, Kourtney was 23 and had lost some of her baby fat. She's got the over-plucked eyebrows going on, plus too-dark lip liner and a "K" necklace... how very early 2000s! Again, we can see the wider nose, and I also want to point out her heavy-lidded eyes.
Kourtney in 2007
In this shot, Kourtney is much paler than we're used to seeing her, probably indicating that she now does regular spray tanning. She was really into the black eyeliner back then! Fortunately, the brows are growing out nicely.
This picture was taken right after Keeping Up with the Kardashians made its debut, so you can see the sudden difference in styling: a spray tan, heavier makeup and wavy jet-black hair. (How dated does her little bouffant thing look now?) If you look at Kourt's nose, you'll notice the bridge is slightly crooked.
You can see Kourtney's original nose again here. Another thing I want to point out are her teeth, because I think she may have had a little smile makeover soon after (not that she needed to!).
Kourtney in 2008
What a difference one year makes! With the success of the show, Kourtney and her sisters likely started working with better hairstylists, makeup artists and stylists—hence the newfound polished glam. I just love this low, loose side bun, and the peach tones are very flattering. I think her nose was still untouched, but it looks like her front teeth were either reshaped and professionally whitened or fitted with veneers.
Kourtney in 2009
Kourtney was pregnant with her first child when this was taken, and opted for a simpler beauty look. She finally ditched the dark eyeliner for the signature Kardashian lashes, wearing them with stick-straight hair and her favourite visible lip liner (she always does that!). I'm not sure if she had tweaked her nose prior to this point, but it does look like there was a change by the next photo.
Kourtney in 2010
See what I mean? Kourtney's nose is definitely straighter here, although I don't think this is the final nose shape either! By this time, she was 31, and still looking very natural and glowy (even if the blush is heavy-handed).
Kourtney in 2011
This one has to be my favourite photo of Kourtney—she looks so pretty with half-up hair and the sheer oranges and golds in her makeup. It's nice to see a naturally fuller lower lip (this was before everyone started pumping up the top one!). Possibly, she was getting Botox injections to smooth her forehead.
Kourtney in 2012
I seriously thought this was Eva Longoria for a second! Nope, still Kourtney—but she was pregnant again in 2012, which explains the puffier-looking face. (The light, pink-toned makeup under her eyes is not helping!)
Kourtney in 2013
There was a big change in Kourt's look between 2012 and 2013, and I don't think it's just from having the baby. I'm seeing a refinement of her nose again; it's more petite and button-like, with a narrower bridge. The other procedure I suspect is an eyelid tuck, because her eyes are no longer as hooded. She looks gorgeous; it was good work! I also love the soft makeup and tone-on-tone highlights.
Kourtney in 2014
Kourtney was 35 here, and pregnant again (this time with her third child). Okay, she's probably wearing too much tanner, and the makeup could be better, but she looks so glowy and natural!
Kourtney in 2015
This one's a real surprise, yes. But Kourtney was going through a big breakup in 2015 (on top of parenting three kids!) and that kind of thing always shows up on your face. Stress is a bitch!
Kourtney in 2016
Things are a little better here, although I don't think this is the most flattering makeup or hairstyle. I think Kourtney is definitely dabbling in injections by now, in her forehead and lips at minimum. Her face seems a little firmer, so she may have had Thermage treatments to help lift the areas that were starting to sag.
Kourtney in 2017
And now here's Kourtney in happier times, at age 37. She's wearing a lot of foundation (and perhaps not the best colour), but her skin seems smoother now, and has a real glow. She just doesn't look like herself, and I can't put my finger on why.
Then there's this shot... I had NO idea who this was! One major change is the lip filler, and a lot of it. I believe it's in Kourtney's cheeks, too, along with Botox in her forehead. Or could it be something more permanent creating those cheekbones? (Is that why she doesn't look like herself?!)
By the end of 2017, Kourtney was the spitting image of Kim. Is this not CRAZY? A lot of it has to do with the makeup—we have the Kim-style brows, contour and lashes. But we also have Kim-style cheekbones, Botox to smooth out forehead lines and crow's feet, and probably a procedure for the jawline. She had some early sagging there before, but now it's unbelievably tight! I'm guessing it was fat removal with liposuction.
Kourtney in 2018
Here's another one where Kourtney looks very Kim-like. (Or at least, one of Kim's old faces!) She seems to have lost quite a bit of weight, and her face looks really frozen from injections. The lashes are so terrible, however, I'm kind of into the purple eyeshadow!
Thankfully, Kourtney's face looks a lot more relaxed here—I think it can take a few months for Botox to "settle." Again, she's doing Kim-inspired styling with the wet hair, deep tan, and contouring and highlighting. In terms of her features, I just noticed that she has far less hollowness under her eyes now... indicating fillers!
And here's Kourtney's latest appearance, sans spray tan. Her skin actually looks amazing, and there's no sign of the previous texture issues or sagging. Yet she doesn't seem "worked on," either. Just not a fan of that grey-nude lipstick!
In Kourtney's case, the changes may not be too apparent until you see the side-by-side comparison, above. Then it becomes clear that she (like the rest of the fam) has had a few nips and tucks over the years. My money's on a rhinoplasty, Botox and fillers, for starters.
What do the pros think?
Definitely a nose job. "Kourtney Kardashian likely had a rhinoplasty since her nose appears more refined and straight [in 2017 versus 2002]," Dr. Vartan Mardirossian told Life & Style. Dr. Susan Evans agrees; she told Radar Online: "It appears that Kourtney has had rhinoplasty to straighten her nose."
But apparently that's not all. "It also looks like she's had her cheekbones done and fillers under her eyes versus eye surgery," says Dr. Evans. "It also appears she's had a chin implant to address her previous double chin."
I don't know, I don't see a chin implant! I'm more inclined to agree with Dr. Robert Tornambe, who told Popdust that Kourtney has possibly had "liposuction of the jaw region."
Everyone agrees she's had injections. "Her face looks wrinkle-free, possibly due to a combination of injections of Botox to her forehead and fillers like Juvederm into her wrinkles," Dr. Tony Youn told Radar Online. "I also believe that her lips have been subtly plumped up with a filler like Restylane."
All in all, the work is fairly conservative... for a Kardashian. But I was worried for a while there that she was going to end up with a completely different face! Let me know what you think is going on here:
How do you feel about Kourtney's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?