Patent Number: 7,762,269

Title: Cosmetic applicator

Abstract: An apparatus for applying a cosmetic, such as mascara to eyelashes, includes a handle, a stem, and an applicator head coupled to the stem and supported for rotation relative to the handle. An actuator moves the applicator head in a rotational oscillating motion, in which the applicator head automatically rotates in both a first rotational direction and a second rotational direction in response to operation of the actuator. Additionally or alternatively, the actuator may also radially translate the applicator head, move the applicator head through an angle of rotation less than 360 degrees, and vary the rotational speed of the applicator head. The applicator head may include protrusions that are spaced to define gaps during rotation, thereby to promote coverage and separation of eyelashes.

Inventors: Wyatt; Peter Jonathan (Forest Hill, MD), Wilson; David Edward (Reisterstown, MD), Rainey; Donald Frank (Owings Mills, MD), Weinkam; Mark Robert (Catonsville, MD), Fabula; Angela Michele (Baldwin, MD), Rabe; Thomas Elliot (Baltimore, MD), Mishkin; Martin Alfred (Loveland, OH)

Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company

International Classification: A45D 40/26 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018