Lip blushing is becoming more and more popular these days, and it’s easy to see why. This natural-looking procedure can help give you the rosy pout you love without the maintenance of lip fillers.
Lip blush is a form of semi-permanent makeup applied by a permanent makeup artist. Lip blushing is a subtle lip tattoo that uses natural shades of organic pigment to enhance the beauty of your lips.
The purpose of lip blushing is to:
While lip fillers actually add volume to your lips, a lip blush tattoo gives the illusion of volume by adding pigment. Lip blushing delivers a natural-looking finish that may elevate your look in a more subtle way than a lip injection.
To apply lip blush, a permanent tattoo artist deposits small dots of pigment in the lips using a mechanical needle. This is typically done in layers with different configurations, so the result looks natural and even.
It’s always helpful to consult your permanent tattoo artist before you get semi permanent makeup work done. You’ll want to make sure that your lips are in the best possible condition before the procedure. If you’ve recently had any of the following treatments, you’ll need to wait at least four weeks.
To prevent excess bleeding or bruising, you’ll also want to avoid the following on the day of the treatment:
If you go in for a lip blushing treatment, your permanent tattoo artist will work with you to decide on the right lip tint shade and shape. Since this is a semi-permanent procedure, you may want to avoid seasonal trends and instead focus on what looks best on your skin tone.
Our Studio suggests you try on a range of neutral lipstick colors beforehand. You can bring in a color you love and ask the artist to match it. You can also bring reference photos to share your desired color and shape.
If you’re ready to try a lip blushing treatment, here’s what you can expect.
Because your lips will be numbed with a topical cream, you likely won’t feel more than a slight stinging sensation. Some compare it to the feeling of using a strong lip scrub. If you’re concerned, talk to the technician beforehand for reassurance.
Lip blushing can last 1-2 years, depending on the desired look. For comparison’s sake, lip fillers require a touch up every 3-12 months.
After your treatment, you may see some of the following changes to your lips:
- Swelling Flaking
- Peeling Dryness
- Strong pigmentation (a stronger color than you were expecting)
These changes will vary from person to person and will likely go away as your lips heal.
If you have any concerns, contact your lip technician or doctor.
You will be sent home with aftercare instructions to help with the healing process.
These instructions will typically contain advice such as:
Once your lips have healed, your technician will likely invite you back to the office to make sure you are satisfied.
If you love the color of your new lips, you can plan to go in once a year to maintain your color. Regular, frequent touch-ups are not necessary, which is one of the reasons why people love this procedure.
IYou know yourself best. Some people will see that this treatment lasts 1-2 years and think of it as a dream come true. Others may see that time frame and decide to move right along. When weighing your decision, consider the cost, permanence, amount of time or money this would save you, and your own pain tolerance.
IIf you decide to go for it, shop around for a clean, well-regarded salon and a highly-skilled professional. And don’t forget to snap some before and after pictures.