People Are Furious At A Beauty Blogger Who Bashed A Highlighter Made For Dark Skin

Diply 20 Feb 2018

Sigh. Another day, another beauty blogger who doesn't quite understand the ramifications of their actions. Of course, by "actions," I mean tweets. This is 2018, after all.

Thankfully, the internet is always there to, erm, educate people by showing them different perspectives. It isn't the nicest teacher, but it sure is an effective one.

Meet beauty blogger and YouTuber Kristen Leanne.

Instagram | @kristenxleanne

Kristen has been creating beauty tutorials for four years. She has a huge following on YouTube, Instagram, and her personal beauty blog, Kristen Leanne Style.

Her unique neck tattoo has helped her to stand out in the blogosphere.

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Kristen often reviews makeup from major brands.

Kristen Leanne Style | Kristen Leanne Style

Like most beauty bloggers, Kristen receives free makeup from brands to review on her pages.

In addition, Kristen has collaborated with Urban Decay which, as any makeup lover knows, is a pretty big deal.

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Recently, Kristen took a look at one of Huda Beauty's 3D Highlighter Palettes. 

Instagram | @mimdiivaa

The palette comes in three versions — Gold Sand, Pink Sand, and Bronze Sands — each created for varying skin tones.

Kristen decided to discuss the Bronze Sands edition, which is the darkest version of the palette.

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And her review was anything but glowing.

YouTube | Kristen Leanne

It's not as if Kristen has anything against Huda Beauty. In fact, she recently praised the brand's Desert Dusk eyeshadow palette.

But Kristen had a bone to pick with the skin tones used in Huda Beauty's 3D Highlighter ad.

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Kristen thought it was ridiculous that the brand had paired lighter skin tones with their darkest palette.

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In a now-deleted tweet, Kristen seems to have thought it was unfair that a product was being shown on the arm of someone whose skin tone was too fair to use these shades as a highlight.

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Here's a closer look at the ad Kristen was referring to.

Instagram | @mimdiivaa

Of course, Kristen's observation isn't wrong in and of itself. Clearly, this particular highlighter palette wasn't made for very fair skin.

But Kristen's comment implies that she's oblivious to the bigger picture here.

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Kristen continued to argue that at least one of the four colors in the 3D highlighter should cater to fair skin tones.

Twitter | @YingjueChen

This is a bit of an odd thing to fuss about when the Pink Sand version consists of four colors SPECIFICALLY for those with lighter skin.

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Prepare yourself, the internet is coming.

YouTube | Kristen Leanne

As expected, Kristen received a wave of backlash surrounding her tweets about the Bronze Sands palette.

Suffice to say, people were not at all impressed with Kristen.

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Kristen failed to recognize that her makeup needs are far more catered to in the industry than those of folks with darker skin.

Twitter | @priscillastamos

A product designed with dark-skinned beauty in mind is a step in the right direction, not something to complain about.

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Some people called out Kristen's hypocrisy because the shade range in HER OWN highlighter palette was minimal at best.  

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Remember how I said she did a product collab with Urban Decay?

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Here's what Kristen's palette with Urban Decay looks like:

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As you can see, there isn't much variation going on here. The shades here basically range from fair to lightly tanned.

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As more and more replies flooded Kristen's Twitter, she decided to tweet one more comment on the matter.

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But let's just say it didn't go over too well, either.

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Kristen claimed she had be misunderstood on the issue.

Twitter | @KristenxLeanne

However, I think is more likely a case of speaking before thinking rather than one of a misunderstood YouTuber.

Others felt the same.

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No one really bought the whole "I was misunderstood" claim.

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It might have been better for Kristen to simply apologize for failing to consider the bigger picture in the matter. After all, everybody speaks before they think sometimes, myself included.

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And let's not forget that the Bronze Sands 3D Highlighter is MEANT for people with richer skin tones. 

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And that it's OK for a product to cater to a specific skin tone, especially when that tone is underrepresented in the industry and EVEN MORE SO when there are OTHER versions in the same line for other skin tones!

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This isn't the first time a beauty blogger used a product that wasn't made for her.

Instagram | @hannahforcier

YouTuber Hannah Forcier decided to use a drugstore relaxer on her bleach blonde hair. U

Unfortunately, she wound up with a much different result than expected.

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Hannah applied the drugstore relaxer and left it on for the recommended amount of time.

YouTube | Hannah Forcier

But then she noticed that clumps of her hair began falling out!

Hannah admitted that she hadn't read the instructions properly, which explicitly said that the product was not to be used on bleached hair.

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But not everybody was convinced that Hannah's mishap was an innocent mistake.

Instagram | @hannahforcier

Instead, commenters pointed out that relaxers are often found in the ethnic hair section of the drugstore.

To them, it seemed far-fetched that Hannah had actually believed this product could be used on her hair type.

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After all, Hannah is a beauty blogger.

Instagram | @hannahforcier

You would expect someone who is a part of that industry to be aware of which products are made for what purpose, and which hair type.

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Regardless, Hannah is now embracing her new hair.

Instagram | @hannahforcier

Not only has her hair grown back a bit since the incident, but she's also decided to stay with her natural brunette color.

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And I gotta say, she's rocking it.

Instagram | @hannahforcier

At the end of the day, Hannah made the best she could out of an unfortunate situation.

As they say: It's just hair, it always grows back!

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Hopefully Hannah learned something from the incident.

Instagram | @hannahforcier

1) Always read the instructions before using a hair product, and 2) Understand that there are varying hair types, and not all products are formulated for yours.

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Hopefully Kristen learned something from her experience too.

Instagram | @kristenxleanne

In Kristen's case, it's important that she consider her privilege when speaking to others, especially when it's the whole world via Twitter.

The more you practice putting yourself in others' shoes, the better sense of empathy you'll have.

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Ultimately, people make mistakes.

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The important part is that they're willing to grow from them, and hopefully not make them again.Tell us what you think about Kristen Leanne's tweets in the COMMENTS.

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