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The rise in 3D printing technology makes it easier for manufacturers in the cosmetic design complex shapes without the need of having moulds. Cosmetic companies, including Mink, L’Oréal, and Chanel, are already printing 3D human skin to test their beauty products and reduce the costs associated with cosmetic testing processes. At the University of Madrid, scientists have developed a bioprinter that prints real, human flesh. While this may sound like a freaky prequel to silence the lamb, it is a game-changer in the beauty and cosmetic world. The bio-printer uses the cellular components of the skin such as human plasma, fibroblasts, and keratinocytes to 3D print the skin. Although the printer works the same way as ink and cartridge to imprint designs on paper, the technology when used with humans, is mixed with the human cellular components to create a human skin.

3D Printed Human Skin

Artificially produced skin is the founding block for many cosmetic companies in their testing process since they no longer have to rely on animal and human interventions. Experiments and pilot projects are applying 3D printing technology to change the cosmetic industry since companies do not have to risk skin infections and allergic reactions with human specimens. One cosmetic company in Shanghai has already taken advantage of 3D printing technology to create printed skin complete with dermis, epidermis, and the basement membrane.

In addition, 3D technology is being adopted to create new hair using stem cells and is then printed using a 3D printer. This is acting as a solution to people who experience hair loss, thus boosting their confidence, as they no longer have to depend on transplants to solve their hair loss problems.

3D Printed Makeup

This technology us being adopted in applying foundation makeup directly on the skin, helping women who have a problem with applying makeup without spending too much time. Usually, the machine works as a scanner and a printer as it first scans the face using a lens and then reads the contours and skin tone. The printer then works by applying the three layers of makeup starting from the primer, foundation, then the colour makeup: a process that takes only 30 seconds of your time. 3D printing is helping fashion junkies fulfil their dream of trying different shades of makeup based on the occasion.

An Advanced Skin Care Routine

Face masks that promote healthy skin are popular with 3D technology as each mask is crafted to fit on the wearers face with ingredients suited to meet specific skin concerns like dryness and acne. MaskiD is a great invention that uses a Skin360 device and a smartphone to help you to scan the size of your skin pores and moisture levels before making a recommendation for the right product. If you do not have the device, you can fill out the questionnaire and take a selfie, which will be used to create a mask to fit your unique needs.


As 3D technology continues to gain traction in the commercial sphere, it uses is providing satisfactory services and creating a new and awe-inspiring experience for users.