The beauty industry offers us oh-so-many brilliant technologies that we would be lost without: collagen-boosting dermarollers, makeup brush–cleaning washboards, water-powered flossers, and beyond. But the more genius products and tools we get our hands on, the more we crave. What can we say? There are too many beauty conundrums to solve.
For example, a few weeks ago, while blow-drying my hair, it occurred to me how nice it would be if there existed an invention to quiet the thunderous sound of a powerful hair dryer. Which got me thinking: What beauty products and devices would my fellow Byrdie editors invent if they could?
To find out, we had a big brainstorming sesh, got an illustrator on board, and came up with the following potential beauty inventions. If any of your favorite brands comes out with one of these products, remember, you saw it here first.
Keep scrolling to see the brilliant beauty products we'd invent if we could!
Zit Zapper 3000
"My invention would have to be something pimple-related for those times when you desperately need to get rid of it. I know they make at-home lasers for pimples, but my invention would be something that literally zaps it right out of your skin so that it's completely gone. Like an actual zit-zapper gun." — Lindsey Metrus, managing editor
"I'd love if there was a small travel-size machine that applied lipstick for you so it was perfect every time. Perhaps it had camera-sensing technology so it would draw on the perfect, precise lip every single time. I can't even tell you how many times I've spent minutes upon minutes applying lipstick only to mess it up at the last second." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
The Silent Blowout
"I desperately wish there were some kind of nozzle you could attach to the front of a blow-dryer to silence the noise. Seriously, it's 2016—why are blow-dryers still so loud?! Like leaf-blower, jackhammer loud. (Most blow-dryers, that is—rumor has it that Dyson's new $400 Supersonic Hair Dryer is almost noiseless.)
Anyway, I always feel so guilty blow-drying my hair in the morning, knowing I'm probably waking up everyone in the neighborhood. A convenient little silencer would fix that." — Amanda Montell, associate features editor
Instant Nail Polish Nixer
"The beauty product I wish existed would be a device you can stick your hands into that will remove your nail polish in one go—no rubbing, or scrubbing required." — Faith Xue, beauty director
"It would be cool to have an ingredient scanner: You put a drop of whatever product you're using in the scan plate, and it tells you exactly the percentage of different toxins, synthetics, and not-so-ideal chemicals, with a profile on the environmental and physical impact of each. On the flip side, it scans the good ingredients too, telling you the beautifying benefits of each." — Victoria Hoff, news editor
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