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The Mink. (Source: Mink / Grace Choi) The Mink. (Source: Mink / Grace Choi)
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A self-proclaimed 'serial inventor' has fired a warning shot at the cosmetic industry.

Grace Choi announced that she is developing the Mink, a 3D printer that will give people the power to create their own makeup, in any color imaginable, at home.

Choi, a Harvard graduate, said the device is expected to sell for around $200 and could be out later this year. The printer will be marketed to females ages 13 to 21.

In an interview with techcrunch.com, Choi said the printer will be able to create "any type of makeup, from powders to cream to lipstick."

She said the printer will use the same FDA-approved pigments and raw materials that the cosmetic industry does.

"Big makeup companies take the pigment and the substrates and mix them together and then jack the price. We do the same thing and let you get the makeup right in your own house," Choi told TechCrunch.

Choi did not give an estimate on how much the printer supplies will cost. She did say that she expects the final cost to the consumer to print a lipstick or blush would be about the same as in the retail world.

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