In the first of our series on the world of beauty and 3D printing, we covered the Mink printer. Designed by Harvard Business School graduate Grace Choi, it can print custom-designed makeup products in minutes. The allure of using 3D printers for producing makeup and beauty products is the customisation that it allows for. The MODA printer goes one step beyond the Mink printer, allowing for desired ‘beauty looks’ to be created in seconds. Read up on this impressive invention below.
The new kid on the block
MODA by Foreo, a Swedish lifestyle company, is a 3D printer similar to Grace Choi’s Mink in allowing for more extensive beauty customization. The printer allows people to replicate beauty looks from other places. For example, if someone finds a photo of a model and they want to replicate her beauty look, they can scan the photo into a computer and then have it printed onto their own face. The cosmetics are sprayed through a nozzle attached to the MODA printer.
The printer reads the person’s face using a scanner to determine factors like shape and skin tone. The printer applies primer, foundation and shades of blush, bronzer and eyeshadow to replicate the photograph.
The cosmetics are applied to the face in a light mist and takes around 30 seconds to apply; allowing for a fast and comfortable application of makeup products. Nowadays recreating a look from a photo might require a number of beauty products and advanced skill at applying makeup. The MODA offers a practical solution to this time-consuming endeavour. This is especially pertinent when the average woman can spend around half an hour each day applying makeup.
Similar to the MINK printer, the team behind the MODA printer hope to make the printers accessible to consumers at home, where they can print their own makeup looks. Speaking to the beauty blog Into the Gloss, the team explain the pros of using the printer:
“Currently gauging consumer interest after this spring’s announcement, Foreo fully plans for the MODA to be an at-home technology and is preparing for eventual consumer release. “The idea behind the MODA is to allow [people] to spend less time trying to figure out ‘how to’ and more time living,” Wang says. “Making it available to them in their homes is a priority for us.” While some might rightly question the removal of creativity and “happy accidents” from analog makeup application (i.e. one face, two hands), there is some undeniable appeal in the idea of scan-and-go prepping.”
The latest in beauty innovation
Beauty can be time-consuming and many women can struggle to perfect more complex beauty looks, from complicated eye makeup styles to contouring and highlighting. The MODA will take the time and effort required to apply certain beauty styles out of the equation. We wonder how long it’ll be until the printer is ready for home use!