Fans Blame Kim Kardashian’s Heavy Makeup Look for Her Unrecognizable Appearance in a Photo

Kim Kardashian is one of the biggest reality stars in the world and owns multiple successful businesses. Although many blame her fame on her infamous sex tape with her ex-boyfriend Ray J, there’s little doubt that Kardashian has been able to leverage her talents to achieve the kind of fame that many could only dream of. Kardashian has many fans, but receives a lot of criticism as well — and far and away the biggest complaint that people have about her is the extent to which she alters her appearance in photos on social media. 

Has Kim Kardashian had plastic surgery?

Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, and Kylie Jenner
Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, and Kylie Jenner | Jeff Vespa/WireImage

It can’t be denied that Kardashian looked very different when Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered. Some changes can be attributed to age and greater access to professional makeup applications, but many critics believe that she has undergone extensive plastic surgery.

A few of the more outrageous plastic surgery rumors maintain that Kardashian got butt implants in order to achieve her famously large rear. Another persistent rumor holds that Kardashian definitely got a nose job since her nose used to feature a more prominent “bump” than it seems to these days.

In spite of all the rumors, Kardashian has always claimed that she never got any plastic surgery. She attributes the changing shape of her face to contouring and the fact that her face has changed since having children.

Some fans believe her, and find it reasonable to assume that a woman’s face could undergo a drastic transformation over a period of twelve-plus years. Still, for many, the changes are too extreme to ignore. 

Kim Kardashian’s Photoshop controversies

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It might be easier for the plastic surgery rumors to die out completely if Kardashian hadn’t been involved in so many Photoshop controversies during the course of her career. There’s little doubt that the entire Kardashian-Jenner family is very fond of enhancing and altering their photos on social media, and Kardashian has frequently been caught in the ruse. From slimming her legs to changing up her eye color and even her pose in photos, Kardashian has become adept at photographic manipulation

In spite of her fondness for Photoshop, Kardashian has been praised by fans for her natural beauty, and many believe that she actually looks a lot better without the filters and editing. All in all, Kardashian has definitely used every trick in the book to change up her looks over the years. 

Fans think that Kim Kardashian used drastically different makeup

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Recently, Kardashian posed for an ad campaign that left fans scratching their heads. In the photo, Kardashian barely looks like herself, and fans quickly took to Reddit to discuss the image. One poster claimed that the photo “looks like someone who is trying to look like Kim,” while another pointed out the “insane Photoshop” on her legs.

One interesting point made by a fan on Reddit noted that it could just be that Kardashian was wearing different makeup in the photo than what she has been spotted in recently. Kardashian is a huge fan of natural eye looks, and in the photo in question, she is wearing heavy eyeliner — making her closely resemble the music icon Cher.

One poster stated that she probably only looks different because of the “heavy eye makeup and the super light undereye area.” Certainly, if it is just the makeup making her look so different to fans, it lends credence to the Kardashian-Jenner family’s argument that they haven’t had the amount of plastic surgery that they are always accused of, and rather, rely on expertly-applied makeup to change up the way that they look.