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Understanding: Manufacturing Makeup
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Understanding: Manufacturing Makeup

With 3,500 new U.S. products created each year, makeup is a billion-dollar industry — with sophisticated chemical research needed to keep up with the competition.

Find out what's in makeup, how it's produced, and what it would be like to be a cosmetic chemist. Then mix up your own lotions and potions.

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Profile: Saba Ali Hussein

Profile: Saba Ali Hussein

Meet a product developer at L'Oreal who uses her chemical engineering degree to help create makeup and other beauty products. Find out her favorite part about this job that combines art and science. More...

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Girls in Science
Beating the Heat with Camouflage Makeup

Beating the Heat with Camouflage Makeup

Can wearing makeup keep you cool? Well, if you're in the military, the answer may soon be yes. Chemists are working on a camouflage makeup that reflects heat...even from a bomb blast! More...

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Chemistry World
It’s Your Business: Run It!

It’s Your Business: Run It!

Meet Eunice Nuekie Cofie, who founded her own cosmetics company so she could pursue her passion for science and realize her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. More...

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Girls Scouts
Makeup Science

Makeup Science

Everything from hair gel to eyeliner is a chemical concoction. Take a look at the history of makeup — it's been around for more than 4,000 years! Then explore the latest advances. More...

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Science News for Students
Heavy Metals, Insects, and Other Weird Things Found in Lipstick Through Time

Heavy Metals, Insects, and Other Weird Things Found in Lipstick Through Time

Lipstick isn't a modern invention. Since before written history, people have been coloring their lips, sometimes with some pretty surprising ingredients. More...

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Smithsonian
Potions and Lotions:  Lessons in Cosmetic Chemistry

Potions and Lotions:  Lessons in Cosmetic Chemistry

Here's a chemistry experiment designed to smell — and taste — good. Create three different flavors of lip gloss and test them with your friends and family. More...

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Science Buddies
The Chemistry of Mascara

The Chemistry of Mascara

How does waterproof mascara work? Watch as a model-turned-biology teacher tests the water soluble properties of 3 types of mascara. More...

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NPR/Science Friday
Experimenting with Makeup: What Puts the ‘Ick’ in Lipstick?

Experimenting with Makeup: What Puts the ‘Ick’ in Lipstick?

Do they really use whale puke in perfume? Are there beetles in lipstick? These students decided to find out. Warning: Their answers might disgust you! More...

Article
New York Times
How to Become a Cosmetic Chemist

How to Become a Cosmetic Chemist

Interested in a career in cosmetic chemistry? Learn more about the types of jobs available and the educational path to get there. More...

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chemistscorner.com
Matter and Motion: Makeup

Matter and Motion: Makeup

What makes cosmetics look, smell, and feel good? Watch Jazi and Danielle put chemistry to work, trying to mix up better lip gloss and lotion formulas. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS

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