US 2442503 A
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June 1, 1948. z. MELNlKoFF 2,442,503
LIP ROUGE APPLICATOR Filed Feb. 27, 1946 vllfllllllllllllllll/l I llllllllllli/llllnx INVENTOR ATTORNEY Patented June 1, 1948 UNITED STATES PATENT oFFlc-E Ln nouislrcaron u 5 Zachary Melniko, Los Angeles, Calif.
3 Claims. 1
This invention relates .to applicators, and particularly to a device for applying lip rouge.
Although lip rouge may be applied to the lips directly with a lipstick, with a bristle or strand brush, or with the fingertips, it has been found that it is difficult, in this manner, to obtain a trim, symmetrical outline of the lips, to reach the corners of the lips easily, and to apply the rouge evenly without smearing it. This is because the end of a pencil lipstick soon becomes round and blunt, while bristle brushes spread with the slightest pressure. The present invention is directed to an applicator of the brush type, but one which retains its form at all times and is so shaped and designed that it conforms to the general contour of the average lips. The face surface of the applicator is slightly corrugated to permit the lip rouge to be easily transferred from a lipstick or container of rouge to the applicator and to permit the uniform spread of the rouge on the lips. The concaved surface conforms to the natural shape of the lips and provides a reservoir for the rouge during application. 'I'he applicator has sufcient rigidity to permit the rouge to be applied firmly.
Another important feature is the forming of the applicator with a thin outer edgewhich allows the rouge to be accurately applied to form a sharp outline of the lips and to obtain a fine hairline when the applicator is slightly turned. It is also so pointed that it facilitates reaching the corners of the lips without contacting unwanted portions.
The applicator may be used in a brush-like manner, the rouge being transferred from a lipstick or container of rouge to the applicator by rubbing the corrugated, concaved face surface thereof over the rouge. In another modification, the applicator may be mounted in the end of a tube containing the rouge, the tube having a plunger therein which forces the rouge through a plurality of apertures in the concave surface of the applicator. In this manner, an even distribution of the rouge is applied to the applicator.
The principal object of the invention, therefore, is to facilitate the application of lip rouge.
Another object of the invention is to provide an improved lip rouge applicator.
A further object of the invention is to provide a lip rouge applicator which may effectively retain lip rouge and apply it uniformly and eiectively to the lips.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a lip rouge applicator which is self-feeding.
Although the novel features which are believed 13a-ssn) to be characteristic of this invention will be pointed out with particularity in the appended claims, the manner of its organization and the mode of its operation will be better understood by referring to the following description read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, forming a part hereof, in which:
Fig. 1 is a plan view, partially in cross-section, showing an applicator embodying the invention.
Fig. 2 is a plan. view of the face surface of the applicator.
Fig. 3 is a cross-sectional view of the tip portion of the applicator.
Fig. 4 is a plan view of the back surface of the applicator.
Fig. 5 is a cross-sectional view taken along the line 5-5 of Fig. 3.
Fig. 6 is a plan view of an applicator with anY automatic feed.
Fig. 7 is a crosssectional view of the applicator of Fig. 6 taken along the line 1-1 of Fig. 6, and Fig. 8 is a cross-sectional view of the applicator of Fig. 6 taken along the line 8-8 of Fig. 7.
Referring now to the drawings, in which the same numerals identify like elements, a cylindrical casing 5 of any suitable material, such as metal or plastic, has inserted in one end thereof a resilient applicator element 6 which may be made of any suitable resilient material, such as rubber. A cylindrical cap 'l having an end of the same shape as the casing 5 is adapted to be frictionally held on either end of the casing 5. As shown in Fig. 1, it is illustrated on the applicator end of the casing 5 when the applicator is not in use, but may be also attached to the opposite end of the applicator when the latter is being used. Referring now to Figs. 2, 3, 4, and 5, showing enlarged views of the rubber applicator element 6, it will be noted that the casing 5 has its edge slightly turned inwardly to provide a iirm fastening for the element 6 in the casing 5. The element 6 has a cylindrical rear portion l0, a pointed tip portion II, a concaved, corrugated face portion I2, and a lip edge portion I3. The concaved surface I2 with its corrugations permits the transfer of rouge to the concaved surface of the element '6 when it is drawn over a lipstick or over cream rouge in a container. The corrugations tend to retain the rouge and let it flow evenly from the surface. This concaved surface not only serves as a reservoir for the rouge, but it conforms to the contour of the average lips so that a natural, symmetrical outline can be formed without smearing the edges of the lips. During this operation, the unspreadable edge section I3.
which has a narrow, smooth contact surface, as
shown in Fig. 2, will define a sharp line of v demarcation at the desired make-up lip line. The slight flexibility of lip edge I3 permits it to follow the lip curvature as the element is drawn along the lips, the rouge flowing from thel surface I2 outwardly toward the point I I.
'I'he tapering of the element 6, as shown in the drawings, has been found to permit the .tip II of the applicator to reach the corners of the lips easily without the other portions of the element l touching other portions of the lips already made up. If it is desired to draw a fine line, for instruction and configuration of the elements 6 and 20 permit a better self make-up of the lips as well as a better make-up by a make-up artist.
1. A lip rouge applicator comprisinga holder portion and a, solid vsubstantially triangularly stance, to form the outline to which the rouge is to be applied, it is only necessary to slightly turn the tip 6 so that the ilne edge of the rim I3 applies the rouge. The element has been so tapered from its largest portion to tip II as to give the rigidity necessary 'for easy manipulation oi.' the applicator and a drm-application of the rouge. The element does not spread when pressure is applied, as in the case of bristle brushes, although the rim I3 is suiiiciently flexible to permit it -to follow the lip contour.
It has been found that the relative dimensions of the applicator element are somewhat critical, and a. preferred size is one in which the surface or face portion I2 is approximately one-half inch in length and one-quarter inch in width anclv concaved to approximately one-thirty-second of an inch with the rim I3 around the surface portion extending approximately one-thirty-second of an inch from the body portion.
Referring now to Figs. 6, 7, and 8, an automatic feed applicator is shown which comprises a cylindrical casing I5 having opposing longitudinal detents I6 and I1, a cap I8, adapted to be threadedly attached to the casing l5, as shown in Fig. 7, and a rubber applicator portion 20. The portion 20 has the same external form and configuration as the element 6, but has a tubular insert 2i, the end of which communicates with a plurality of ducts 23 and 24 which may extend to or divide into a plurality of openings 26 (see Fig. 6). Inside the casing I5, is a piston 21 made up of a rigid element 28 and a rubber plunger washer 29, the element 28 being threadedly mounted on a rod 3I which extends through the cap I8 to a hand knob 33. The threaded rod 3| is prevented from moving toward the left by a nut 34 abutting the end 35 of the cap I8. Between the piston 29 and the tip 20, is a. supply of lip rouge cream 36. Thus, if the rod 3| is turned in one direction by the hand knob 33, the piston 29 will move to the right and extrude the rouge through the plurality of openings 26.
' The concaved surface of the element 20, which may be a smooth surface in this modiiction. 1S
shaped element attached to said holder portion, said element having a b ase portion substantially circular in cross-section and 'a flattened tip portion, the face surface of said tip portion conforming to the lips of the user and being roughened to serve as a rouge reservoir and surrounded by an extended and flexible lip having a smooth contact surface.
2. A lip rouge applicator in accordance with claim 1, in which said face surface is approximately one-half inch in length and one-quarter inch in width and concaved to approximately one-thirty-second of an inch, said lip extending approximately one-thirty-second of an inch from said body portion.
3. An applicator for lip rouge comprising a holder and a semi-rigid substantially triangularly shaped solid element attached to said holder, the base portion of said element being substantially circular in cross-section and the tip portion of said element being pointed in one cross-sectional dimension and rounded in a cross-sectional dimension at right angles thereto, the face of thesurface of said tip portion being roughened to serve as a rouge reservoir, said tip portion being surrounded with a thin flexible lip having a smooth face portion to form a contact surface. ZACHARY MELNIKOFF.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the le of this patent:
France May 1, 1928