Design to revolutionise lipstick retailing

Student Rebecca Garner was so repulsed seeing shoppers try lipsticks in an unhygienic way she wanted to start a revolution in makeup retailing.

Student Rebecca Garner was so repulsed seeing shoppers try lipsticks in an unhygienic way she wanted to start a revolution in makeup retailing.

So, as part of her BA Product Design degree at Nottingham Trent University, the 21-year-old created Perfect Pout, a casing for lipstick testers which minimises the potential spread of germs.

The product works by shaving off a slice of the lipstick to prevent the rest of the product coming into direct contact with other people.

Shoppers simply put the shaving on their fingertip and apply it to their lips – giving a truer representation of how the colour would appear against their complexion.

"There's an unspoken rule between women that you don't use a tester directly on your lips," said Rebecca, originally from Rugby, who studies at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

"But some women still go into shops regardless and top up their makeup, even though they're not meant to, and it can make other shoppers feel uncomfortable.

"The worry is, of course, that it can lead to the spread of germs. So I've designed a simple solution to combat those concerns in a cost-effective way."

Perfect Pout will go on public display alongside a host of other student design works during the 2015 NTU Degree Show at the University's City site from 29 May to 6 June.

The annual shows repeatedly feature graduating students who go on to claim prizes at some of the most prestigious design competitions in the UK from subject areas as diverse as including fine art and photography, furniture design and fashion, architecture and decorative arts.

James Dale, principal lecturer in Product Design, said: "Rebecca has designed an original product which promises to overcome the apparent concerns of many women who want to try on lipsticks in a more hygienic way. It's a great example of how young, talented minds can rethink existing products and create better experiences for today's consumers."

Design to revolutionise lipstick retailing

Published on 9 June 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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