BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The invention relates to an applicator for liquid, viscous or creamy substances for decoration, cure or lip-care purposes or the like of comparatively soft plastic material for being mounted on a stem or a stem connection attachment.
2. Background Art
Conventionally, lip cosmetics are predominantly applied by means of a so-called lipstick, the cosmetic being of comparatively solid, dimensionally stable consistency and the molded part formed by the cosmetic being screwed out of a protective sleeve for use and screwed down again for storing.
For application of lip cosmetics of soft and even liquid consistency, it has been known to keep the cosmetics in a container of the type of a bottle, similarly to nail varnish, and to provide a soft plastic applicator with a stem on the inside of a screw cap that closes the container.
Finally, it has also been known to pick up lip cosmetics manually by dipping a finger into a comparatively wide opening and then applying them to the lips. This will give a user a direct sensation of application, but is accompanied with the drawback that, in the process, the user cannot observe the application to her lips because her finger will largely obstruct the user's view in a mirror; and that the user's finger will become stained, with more-over hygienic problems occurring when germs are on the finger.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
It is an object of the invention to embody an applicator for a decoration or lip-care cream or comparable cosmetic that will ensure defined and efficient application accompanied with accurate contouring.
According to the invention, this object is attained by a plurality of grooves and ribs being provided on the surface of the applicator. They ensure defined pick-up of sufficient quantities of cosmetics from a container, and transfer as well as defined and controlled delivery to the lips.
In a preferred embodiment, the applicator is provided to have an approximately almond-shaped basic form.
The ribs and grooves can be substantially parallel to one another, in particular linear.
The applicator can be joined to the stem or a stem attachment, respectively, by way of a surface that inclines towards the longitudinal axis, creating applicator surfaces of varying extension.
In keeping with another embodiment, the applicator is provided to have a concave application surface.
In this case, the ribs and grooves can form substantially closed lines that are in particular approximately oval and congruent of each other.
In this embodiment, the application surface preferably extends at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the applicator, optimally fitting the contour of lips when the stem of the applicator is held without constraint.
Instead of a stem, the applicator can comprise a stem attachment which can be connected to an applicator handle by means of locking engagement.
The width of the ribs and grooves, respectively, is in the range of 0.1 to 5 mm, preferably approximately 1.5 mm. The depth can amount to for example 0.1 to 1.0 mm.
Details of the invention will become apparent from the ensuing description of two preferred embodiments, taken in conjunction with the drawing.