Lipstick traces

A study by forensic scientists at the University of Kent, England, has established a new way of identifying which brand of lipstick someone was wearing at a crime scene without removing the evidence from its bag using Raman spectroscopy. The technique could reduce the risk of contamination of evidence. Analysis of lipstick traces from crime scenes can be used to establish physical contact between two individuals, such as a victim and a suspect, or to place an individual at a crime scene. The use of Raman spectroscopy avoids the usual destructive forensic techniques required for such an analysis, according to the team led by Michael Went.