Kylie Jenner has accused Emmy-winning cosmetics developer and makeup artist Kevin James Bennett of spreading ‘false information’ after Bennett said Jenner was ‘enlightening’ her followers in photos she had posted for a while. factory in Italy earlier this week.
Bennett, who has worked as a key makeup artist on shows like ‘As The World Turns’ and ‘Another World,’ said the beauty mogul didn’t follow proper protocols in a series of photos she shared on Instagram.
“I’m a cosmetics developer and I work with cosmetics manufacturers (and their labs) as part of my job,” Bennett said on Instagram Wednesday. “I have very short hair and have NEVER been allowed to enter the lab or the manufacturing site without a hair net, shoe covers, face mask…and disposable GLOVES.”
“Kylie tricks her followers into thinking she’s making cosmetics,” Bennett added. “And I would love to know what ignorant manufacturer (in Italy) let her stage this photo shoot in their lab and on the manufacturing floor – without following proper sanitation protocols. I need the name because I want to make sure my clients NEVER work with them.
Jenner responded directly to the makeup artist on her Instagram post, telling Bennett the photos were “not taken in a manufacturing facility.”
“I would never circumvent health protocols and neither would any other celebrity or beauty brand owner,” she said, adding, “It’s totally unacceptable, I agree.”
“This is a small personal space creating my own fun samples and taking photos for content away from mass production,” the 24-year-old added. “No one is putting customers at risk! shame on you kevin for spreading false information!!!!”
Bennett responded, again accusing Jenner of “serious gaslighting”, as she “searched for an expensive blending kettle that had processed at least 50 liters of a foundation product (the product still covering the mixing palettes ) without PPE or hair tied back, wearing a lab coat @weareregi?”
“But isn’t it a cosmetics factory?” Is it a personal space? he asked. “Wow, there’s some serious gas abuse here.”
Jenner responded by simply saying, “Oh were you there Kevin? ugh now I have to change my dog’s name. (Jenner does indeed have a dog named Kevin.)
Bennett didn’t back down from his accusations and ended up calling out Selena Gomez on a separate Instagram for a series of photos she posted that looked like Jenner’s in an Italian lab in July. Gomez also has a makeup line, Rare Beauty.
“Celebrities shouldn’t be allowed to bypass sanitation protocols for a photoshoot just because they’re rich or famous,” Bennett said, calling out the makers and calling on both Jenner and Gomez to apologize.
“Kylie and Selena are ALL WRONG and should publicly apologize for asking labs to break sanitation protocols for self-promotion,” he wrote.
HuffPost has reached out to representatives from Gomez and Regi Laboratories for comment.