DIY makeup could be 3D printing’s killer app

Chris Davies - May 9, 2014
DIY makeup could be 3D printing’s killer app

3D printing could have found its killer feature, with home makeup printer Mink promising to turn any smartphone photo into a new shade for your face. Said to use the same underlying substrates as even the most expensive off-the-shelf brands, the printer can create lip gloss, blush, eye shadow, or other types of makeup, just as easily as printing a document.

According to company founder Grace Dent, the output from Mink is effectively identical to what you’d buy in a drugstore or from a department store makeup counter.

The benefit for consumers is convenience and selection. Mink uses the same core technology as an inkjet printer, mixing colors on-demand with the substrate and then spitting it out in a sample-sized container.

What makes it interesting is the way in which the colors can be selected. Mink is apparently compatible with any program that can print, so by snapping a photo and then using a color picker to grab the color’s hex code, it can be produced direct from Photoshop or similar.

Our guess is that Mink would spawn some sort of more user-friendly app that would go from photo to printed makeup more readily, similar to how Philips hue bulbs can create new tones based on a photo taken from your smartphone.

Dent claims the printer will be available later this year, priced under $200, though hasn’t said how much the individual ingredients actually necessary to print will be. The company founder is scathing of makeup mark-ups, though the printing industry hasn’t exactly been innocent of over-charging for ink.

It’s been an interesting few months for 3D printing technology. Earlier this week, home 3D printer project M3D ended its Kickstarter campaign with a whopping $3.4m, 68x its original goal.

VIA TechCrunch

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