3D printer lets you print make-up in any colour

So many pretty colours... So many possibilities...

3D printer lets you print make-up in any colour

If you’ve ever spent a silly amount of money on a makeup palette because you liked just one of the colours, this idea is for you.

This nifty 3D personal printer will let you print any piece of make-up in any colour you want, cheaply, quickly, and at home.

It’s a deceptively simple idea. You see a colour you like on the web, in a photo or video, or even in the real world. Using simple software that already exists, you can send that colour to the printer and it will print you out a blush, eyeshadow, lipstick or any other type of makeup. Easy!

So what comes out of the printer? In the case of eyeshadow, it comes out in a tab similiar to what you find in any eyeshadow compact.

It took Choi less than 40 seconds to print the pink eyeshadow in a demo at a technology event in New York during the week.

It's the brainchild of one-woman company and Harvard Business School graduate, Grace Choi. She beleives her product will revolutionise the makeup industry:

“We’re going to live in a world where you can take a picture of your friend’s lipstick and print it out," she says.

While it hasn’t gone into production yet, the product has got people talking.

The Mink uses the same raw materials and dyes that the makeup companies use. As well as allowing waaay more freedom with the type of colours you can choose, it has also has the potential to be much cheaper than buying branded cosmetics in a shop.

The mini printer will cost around $200, with plans to reduce the cost. Choi hopes to launch later this year.

We’ll be keeping eye on her progress.

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