Kim Kardashian is a beauty maven through and through. And she’s a brave one at that. She’s gone platinum blonde on a whim because she was in the mood for a “drastic change,” and she’s even attended Paris Fashion Week makeup-free. In our book, the mom of four’s a legend.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star rose to fame in the early 2000s, alongside her longtime friend, Paris Hilton. In the years since, Kardashian’s not so quietly created a billion-dollar beauty and fashion empire as the CEO of Skims and the founder of KKW Beauty.

With fame comes red carpets, premieres, and glamorous events — and Kardashian’s had no shortage of those. To keep fans on their toes, the reality star-turned-entrepreneur’s blessed us with so many iconic hair and makeup moments through the years. It feels impossible to try to narrow them down to a handful, but we’re going to give it a try.


Perhaps the most iconic is the star’s 2019 Met Gala look. A large majority of fans were concerned that she sacrificed a rib to squeeze into the Thierry Mugler corset, but we couldn’t stop looking at her glam. Her beauty team consisted of her go-to hairstylist, Chris Appleton, and Mario Dedivanovic.

“This is about eight months in the making …” she told Vogue on the red carpet. “He envisioned me this California girl stepping out of the ocean, wet, dripping.” Appleton and Dedivanovic followed Mugler’s lead by styling her hair in wet-looking waves and making her skin look as radiant as ever.

Keep scrolling to check out some of Kardashian’s best hair and makeup moments through the years, including the first (and second) time she went platinum blonde and more.

Kim Kardashian 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
At the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.

For the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Kardashian embraced a center part wet hair look by celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton and a dark and dramatic eye makeup look by Ash K Holm.

Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Met Gala in NYC.
Kim Kardashian West attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

This iconic look will go down in history. The dress is undoubtedly the focal point, but her glam is equally as breathtaking. Hairstylist Chris Appleton made the star’s hair look wetter and more scrunched than ever and gave her an off-center part. Makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic channeled the “wet” look in her makeup, too, giving her a luminous base and a glossy highlight.

KKWxMario Dinner at Jean Georges in the Waldorf Beverly Hills - Arrivals
At the KKWxMario Dinner at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills in March 2018.

In honor of the KKW founder’s collab with makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, Kardashian wore one of their eyeshadow shades to the line’s launch party. Here, she’s photographed wearing the bold, electric blue shade named “Libra” from the KKW x Mario 10 Pan Eyeshadow Palette.

Kim Kardashian Met Gala 2018
At the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2018 in New York City.

The half-up ponytail! The gown! The French tips! Makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic and hairstylist Chris Appleton were going for 90s-inspired glam. Obviously, they crushed it.

Kim Kardashian at the Tom Ford NYFW Show
At the Tom Ford fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 6, 2017, in NYC.

You’re looking at the second time the Skims founder went blonde. This time, it was the work of Chris Appleton. “It was a great transition from the super-long, Cher-like look Kim has been wearing since last year in Paris,” said the celeb stylist. “We wanted a drastic change, so we went platinum blonde.”

Kim Kardashian Paris Fashion Week 2016

At the Balenciaga show as part of Paris Fashion Week in 2016. In an unexpected turn of events, the reality star attended the Balenciaga Spring-Summer 2017 show wearing no makeup. Or, at least, the Kardashian version of no makeup. Either way, we’re obsessed with this natural beauty moment.

Kim Kardashian 2013 Met Gala
At the Costume Institute Gala for the “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013 in NYC.

We’ll never forget this berry lip look, debuted at the 2013 Met Gala. Kardashian considers this one of her favorite looks of all time now, but that wasn’t the case at first. “I didn’t know anyone & I’m sure no one wanted me there lol,” she tweeted, reflecting on the look in 2019. “I did my own lipstick & the color is so off. I went home & cried after of insecurity but this is one of my fave looks now.”

Kim Kardashian Balmain Paris Fashion Week 2015
At the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016 in 2015.

Behold, the first time Kardashian went platinum blonde. The Internet initially freaked out over the look, which was brought to life by hairstylist Gregory Russell.