The Pros And Cons Of 3D Printed Make-Up As It Becomes An At-Home Reality

Yay or nay?

Mink 3D Makeup Printer
Jonathan Storey

2019's big beauty question: would you print your make-up?

Sounds ridiculous right? Not necessarily. In fact, the world's first at-home 3D make-up printer, , just made it a reality.

First debuted back in 2014 by CEO and co-founder Grace Choi at the conference, the fledgling company have since refined the concept to create a fully workable 3D make-up printer, or Mink, for short.

'Glory content continues to move to digital and away from traditional TV and print,' Choi explained in a Mink press release. 'Users are turning to these images for inspiration, creating an opportunity to leverage image colour data and transform them into physical make-up — I am thrilled to finally be sharing the Mink experience with everyone.'

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Is this the beginning of a Black Mirror episode in which our Instagram-based beauty obsession goes horribly wrong? Again, not necessarily. Although 3D printing your make-up might seem like one tech addition too many, the entire process is actually extremely simple.

As per any tech development in 2019, you start by downloading the Mink app. Next, import any image you like - a screenshot from Instagram, a Google image, even a selfie from your own camera roll - then choose between printing the whole image or a specific colour from it.

Lastly, insert a Mink make-up sheet like you would a piece of paper in a regular printer and click 'Send to print'.

Wait a mere 15 seconds and your image of choice will be printed, this time in make-up rather than ink. Think of it like your favourite eyeshadow palette but on a paper thin sheet, rather than a swanky plastic case. You can then wipe off and apply wherever necessary.

Confused? Watch the video below:

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With the ability to print a whopping 16.7 million different colours, 3D printing your foundation colour match or that specific green eyeshadow Winnie Harlow just wore might have become easier than ever.

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So should we be chucking out our Muji make-up stack ASAP? Maybe not. At $395 ($295 if you pre-order now) Mink doesn't exactly fall into the 'affordable' category, and we're sensing there might be a few other downsides we're optimistically ignoring.

Bring on the pros and cons list!

The Pros And Cons Of 3D Printing Your Make-Up

Pro:

‘The idea of replicating your much-loved, long-lost and discontinued shade of make-up, or creating a bespoke shade to match your colouring or match a shadow, blush or lipstick that you’ve just fallen in love with on Instagram fills me with beauty joy.' Katy Young, Group Glory Director

Con:

'With endless dupes and knock offs of beauty products available, will 3D printing become yet another way to perpetuate fakery?' George Driver, Digital Glory Editor

Pro:

'I'm forever trying to find a foundation shade that perfectly matches my skin tone. If being able to colour match a photo of myself means I never have to trek to a make-up counter again then I'm all for it.' Daisy Murray, Digital Writer

Con:

‘I’m a sucker for good textures and easy application and the jury is still out as to how well these will transfer on skin.’ Katy Young, Group Glory Director

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Pro:

'Sustainability wise, printing your make-up instead of buying plastic packaging-heavy eyeshadow palettes delivered in mountains of bubble wrap makes a lot of sense.' George Driver, Digital Glory Editor

Con:

'Although this sounds novel, I would worry about quality control. And ingredients, how is everything kept stable when it is essentially an ink cartridge? As fun as it sounds, it strikes me as gimmicky.' Jennifer George, Glory Editor

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