Lipstick Kiss-Tester Spoils a Nice Job (Mar, 1940)

Lipstick Kiss-Tester Spoils a Nice Job
So that lipstick won’t come off, even when treated as above, a Hollywood Calif., make-up expert has resorted to the novel “kiss-test” machine in the foreground of the picture. Run by electricity, the oscillating os-culator repeatedly presses together artificial lips of plastic—after one set has been coated with the lipstick preparation to be tested—upon a sheet of white paper. At the first sign of a visible imprint on the paper, a counter shows how many contacts the lipstick has survived. Previous experiments with live subjects showed so much variation in kissing technique and ardor that the machine was substituted.

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