“Mink” Produces Makeup via 3D Printer

July 7, 2014

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. makeup /ˈmeɪkˌʌp/ (n.) – 
products that enhance facial features
Example: Many women use makeup to look better.

2. instantly /ˈɪnstəntli/ (adv.) – in an immediate manner
Example: She instantly removed her lipstick when she arrived home.

3. do the job /dʊ ðə dʒɒb/ (idiom) – to get the expected results with minimal requirement
Example: The manufacturer said that even an old computer can still do the job.

4. expand /ɪkˈspænd/ (v.) – to become larger and more developed
Example: The inventor expanded her products’ features.

5. target /ˈtɑrgɪt/ (v.) – to aim something at someone
Example: The new smartphone targets the young adults.


Read the text below.
A new 3D makeup printer called Mink lets women create makeup with the colors they want with just a few clicks.

Grace Choi, a graduate of Harvard Business School, invented Mink. She presented the device during the 2014 TechCrunch [tek-kruhnch] Disrupt Conference in New York.

Sometimes, women have difficulties in finding particular makeup colors. Looking for a certain color in beauty stores can be time-consuming. But with Mink, a girl can instantly print makeup in any color she likes. Users can even create a makeup they just recently saw while browsing the web.

The Mink 3D printer requires only the code of a specific color to do the job. The color may either come from an online image, a photo from the user’s gadget, or a color from Microsoft Paint or Adobe Photoshop. After printing, the finished product will come out shaped just like a typical makeup in three-dimensional form placed over a piece of paper.

According to Choi, the printer uses ingredients similar to what manufacturers use in producing makeup. She also says that the ingredients or inks used for the printer are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

As of now, the printer is limited to producing powder-based makeup, but Choi plans to expand Mink’s capability. With the help of printing companies and other developers, Mink may also be able to create products like lip gloss and facial creams.

Choi plans to release Mink in the market later this year for the price of $200. The printer will target girls aged 13 to 21.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         How do you think Mink will affect the sales of makeup brands in the future?
·         Will you recommend using the makeup produced by Mink? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         In what occasions does a person usually need makeup? Kindly discuss.
·         What can be the risks of frequently using makeup?

July 7, 2014