No doubt the 3D printers have brought a revolution to the production industry, and if utilized to the optimum, the days of conventional means of production will be a thing of the past.
So it really shouldn’t be a surprise when a Harvard girl shows us how to print our own makeup. But even knowing it, it’s still such a shocker. Makeup? Something we put on our skin? Can we really do that? Will it be the real thing?
Grace Choi showed at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2014 conference that yes we can.
”The inkjet handles the pigment, and the same raw material substrates can create any type of makeup, from powders to cream to lipstick. Implementing this ability on the Mink is not hard to do; it’s actually more of a business decision.
What we’re doing is taking out the bull****. Big makeup companies take the pigment and the substrates and mix them together and then jack the price. We do the same thing and let you get the makeup right in your own house,” she says.
She calls her 3D printer The Mink, which is designed to print a range of foundations, eye shadows, lipsticks and powders. She uses the same basic materials that high-end labels like Chanel and the drug store variety uses and all of those materials are all FDA approved.
All one has to do is to select a color from a digital photograph and print it in makeup. Seems too simple? It is.
Here’s how you go about it:
Select a color you want from a photograph and use the color picker to copy the hex code of the color you've chosen:
With Photoshop or Microsoft Paint paste the hex code into a new document. You'll see the color you want to print appear on screen:
Print the color just like you print any document:
And out pops your new eye shadow nicely fitted in your Mink provided container:
All ready to use:
This near-miraculous gadget will be launched in the market later this year and estimated costs tell us it will be less than $200.
Can you believe it?