Finding the right foundation makeup can be a real chore – or at least, so we're told. Users have to select a shade that looks like a close-enough match to their natural skin tone, perhaps just to find out later that it isn't. Additionally, even if it is a match when they buy it, factors such as tanning of the skin can change that fact over time. That's why Adorn was invented. It's a portable "3D makeup printer" that creates foundation makeup, custom-toned to the user.

Users start by using Adorn's built-in optical sensor to scan their face, allowing the device to "read" the skin tone. It then mixes a variety of hues of foundation (contained in a replaceable cartridge), in order to reproduce that color. Finally, the blended foundation is dispensed directly onto the user's fingertips (or cosmetics sponge), minimizing waste.


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Because the scanning process can be repeated as often as desired, the color of the makeup can change as users' skin tone does throughout the year.

The pen-format device itself is waterproof, can run for "weeks" on one charge of its built-in battery, and reportedly works with all skin colors. It's available now for preorder, priced at US$139. The planned retail price is $279, with refill cartridges going for $20 a pop.

For examples of similar systems, check out Mink and Moda – both of which also appear to still be in preproduction.

Source: Adorn

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