3D Printing Technology in the Cosmetics Industry

Personalized Beauty Products at Your Fingertips

Most cosmetic products come in plastic containers made with mold releases. 3D printing has made it easier to design complex shapes without the need for a mold. Many manufacturers, though, are combining 3D printing and injection molding. Experts agree that 3D printing can have a major impact on the cosmetic industry.

Customized 3D Makeup

The first portable 3D makeup printer, named Mink, was introduced in 2014. It used a combination of makeup and ink. Instead of a plastic case, consumers can select makeup printed on a thin sheet of paper. Using the Mink app, consumers choose a photo, then print either the whole image or a specific color. In 15 seconds, an entire palette of printed makeup becomes available. There’s eye shadow, blush, brow powder, etc, up to 16.7 million hues. Soon lipstick, lip gloss and nail polish will be available.

3D Printed Mascara Brush

Chanel used 3D printing in their mascara brush. They had printed micro cavities directly into the brush’s bristles, allowing smooth and even application without clumping. The new bristle design also avoids the need to redip the brush. The product is being sold worldwide. The new mascara, called Le Volume Revolution, will undoubtedly have an impact on the market.

Advanced Skincare Routine

Neutrogena, one of the forefronts in skin health, unveiled their new 3D printed product, MaskiD a face mask, just recently this year. Each mask fits the wearer’s face, with ingredients suited to meet specific skin concerns, such as acne or dryness. This works with a smartphone and the MaskiD app. Attach the Skin360 device, which scans the size of your pores and skin moisture levels, then offers recommendations. If you don’t have the Skin360, you’ll be asked to fill out a questionnaire and take a selfie. Afterward, a mask is 3D printed to fit your unique needs.

Many brands are now into 3D printing to create innovative designs and offer extreme customization.


3D Printing Ideas

Many projects we work on at 3D Composites are personal and individual ideas that start as imaginations. Our customers just bring them over – and we turn them into reality.