One day soon, eyeballing your approximate skin tone and trying to match it with a single bottle of foundation—whether at the drugstore, the beauty counter, or online—is going to be akin to using real kohl liner like the OG cat-eye queen Cleopatra. OK, perhaps it won’t be that extreme, but either way, in the latest fusion of tech and beauty there’s a new Panasonic smart mirror reportedly coming to the market. But it’s not smart in that it just has good lighting. This futuristic device has technology that analyzes your complexion and then prints customized graphs for you to use on the spot.
An editor at Engadget experimented with the prototype in Japan. (It’s not yet being released in the U.S.) The tech site reports that the mirror can actually analyze what your face needs (such as sunspot coverage or complexion brightening) and print custom patches of makeup to perfectly align with your skin tone. You can then press the sheet against your skin, wet it (the way you would a temporary tattoo), and wait for the new Panasonic smart mirror to print perfectly matched makeup to fix any flaws. (Not like you weren’t perfect to start with, TBH.)
When asked for comment, Panasonic declined—perhaps because this pretty amazing technology doesn’t exist in the States yet (or maybe because we’re impatient—as the mirror reportedly takes a few minutes to print your foundation and concealer—and they don’t want to disappoint us).
Of course, this is just the latest iteration of high-tech beauty products. Between 3D-printed lipstick, simulators that can predict skin-treatment results, and Snapchat glasses, the beauty world as we know it is gradually getting a Jetsons-esque upgrade. We are totally here for it.
BY BRIANNA WIEST