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3D printing and the world of beauty: Part 1

3D printing and the world of beauty: Part 1

For skincare and makeup junkies, the growing partnership of 3D printing and beauty products will inspire and delight in equal measure. The latest advancements include using 3D printing to potentially create cruelty-free beauty and makeup products, as well as making makeup products highly customisable. In this series of blog posts, we’ll be exploring the exciting developments in this arena.

Offering people endless customisation options

Many women spend their time trying to find the perfect shade of pillar-box red, or the ideal foundation shade that seamlessly matches their own skin tone. Options are understandably limited by what is currently on the market. Many have a certain hue in mind that they just can’t seem to find in the shops, and others make struggle to find a foundation shade that perfectly matches their skin colour. How might 3D printing change all that for the better?

Fashion Magazine highlights the strengths that 3D printers boast in terms of makeup customisation:

“Though none of these are available to purchase yet and 3-D printing is still in its infancy, having the ability to cook up a smoky eyeshadow right from your own home might not be that far off...printing cosmetics leverages 3D printing’s greatest strength: customization.”

Offering women new ways to customise their makeup

Grace Choi, a Harvard Business School graduate, has developed the first 3D printer that can offer unique makeup customization to women. Using the 3D printer Mink, women can take a photograph of a hue that appeals to them (say, from a flower) and then use the printer to print an eyeshadow or lipstick in that very same shade.

Currently, Mink can print unique, custom-made lip gloss, lipstick, brow powder, eye shadow, blusher, eyeliner and nail polish. Grace also hopes to expand to print customised foundation and finishing powder. Mink will allow women to print their own customised makeup products within 30 seconds, using cosmetic grade ink.

In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Grace said that the Mink printer will help to change the beauty industry. It puts the power in the consumer’s hands. Women will be able to dictate what to wear and which shades they want, rather than the industry itself. Grace hopes that enabling women to print the makeup products they want will help them to be more creative, independent, and confident.

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