How the Mink 3D printer will let you design your own makeup


by CBR Staff Writer| 09 May 2014

Chose any colour from the web or real life and turn it into cosmetics.

A new 3D printer will allow you to print blush, eye shadow or lip gloss from your home.

The Mink, designed by Grace Choi, will let you select any colour from the web or the real world and turn it into makeup.

"It can take any image and instantly transform it into a wearable color cosmetic, turning any camera, phone or laptop into an endless beauty aisle," the Mink website said.

Choi demonstrated the printer at the TechCrunch NY Disrupt Conference, claiming that it can print other cosmetic products including lipstick, foundation, powder and blush.

She said in an interview that big makeup companies take the pigment and the substrates, mix them together and then inflate the price.

"We do the same thing and let you get the makeup right in your own house," she added.

The printer will allow users to pick any hex code of any colour from internet, be it Pinterest, YouTube makeup tutorials and your photos from smartphone.

"We're going to live in a world where you can take a picture of your friend's lipstick and print it out," Choi told Time.

Mink printers are planned to be launched later this year at a price of less than $200 and will be targeting those between the ages of 13-21 years.

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