Lip blushing is semi-permanent, tattooed makeup that tints your lips using a cosmetic tattoo gun (on a low setting) and water-based inks. The result is kind of similar to lip fillers—in that your lips will look a little fuller simply by being defined and enhanced with pigment—but lip blushing won’t actually change the shape or feeling of your lips. Instead, it’ll just leave you with a soft, shaded-in color that can enhance your lip symmetry, cover uneven pigmentation or scars, and give you the illusion of bigger, fuller lips.
Similar to other semipermanent makeup services like brow microblading and tattooed eyeliner, lip blushing allows you wake up with picture-perfect, beautifully flushed lips without applying a stitch of lipstick, balm, or gloss.
Lip blushing is a type of cosmetic tattooing that semipermanently enhances lip color by depositing colored ink into the lips with a mechanical needle. The resulting lip tattoo is subtle, not saturated, thanks to recent advances in semipermanent makeup.
The resulting tattoo, which typically lasts for two to three years, imbues lips with a flattering tint, like a stain or balm. After getting lip blush, you can still wear lipsticks and lip colors to switch up your look, if you like—but many lip blush clients are happy to go without lip makeup.
What is Lip Blushing?
Permanent Makeup Lip
Who isn’t a good candidate for a permanent lipstick treatment?
Getting PMU lips is not safe for you if you:
- Are under 18
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Are undergoing chemotherapy
- Have hemophilia
- Have major heart problems or a pacemaker
- Have had an organ transplant
- Have uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Have diabetes (consult your doctor, it may be possible)
- Have psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, or another skin condition in the area
- Have an auto-immune disease (consult your doctor, it may be possible)
- Have anemia (pigment may not be retained properly)
- Have a history of keloid scarring or hypertrophic scarring
- Have a history of cold sores
- Take blood-thinning medication
- Take Accutane or steroids
Who is a good candidate for a lip blushing?
Anyone who likes wearing lipstick but doesn’t like the hassle of applying it several times a day. Also, women who want to add some volume to their lips. The lip tattoo won’t do as much as lip fillers, but it will definitely make your lips look fuller.
A special technique called lip neutralization was designed to warm up the color of melanin-rich lips and even out their tone.
Permanent lipstick is also great for uneven lips. It will hide any shape imperfections and make the lips more symmetrical.
The healing process for lip blush tattoos takes about five to 10 days. Within 24 hours of your lip blush tattoo, you can reduce swelling and tenderness by applying ice packs wrapped in clean paper towels.
Keeping the area clean and applying a healing balm as needed will make the healing process easy to manage. Keep your tattoo clean with fragrance-free cleansing wipes or water, then apply the ointment vitamin A&D.
As you heal, take a pause on workouts and touching your lips to anything that can potentially irritate or infect them. Avoid sweating, swimming, kissing, eating spicy foods, and applying any cosmetics to the area until they are fully healed.
Saunas and sunbathing are also no-no’s.
Expect your healing lips to peel but resist the urge to pick or scrub at flaky spots, which can alter your final results. That can cause premature pigment loss and patchiness.
Also, if your lip tattoo seems to practically disappear immediately after the healing process, don’t fret. This is perfectly normal and part of the healing process. The color will appear within a few weeks.
Does lip blushing procedure hurt?
Even though, yes, it’s a tattoo on your mouth. Your tattoo artist should use a topical numbing cream that’ll significantly dull your pain. Everyone’s pain threshold is different, but in general, the pain of lip blushing is often described as small pinches or light scratches—nothing unbearable or scary.
How long lip blushing last?
Typically, lip blushing lasts between two to three years and will gradually lighten and fade over time, until your lips slowly return to their natural hue. So your lips will look far lighter after two years than they will after six months, which is why many tattoo artists recommend yearly refresh sessions to prolong the lip shade you want.
Benefits of lip blushing
Lip blushing is very similar to many advances in brow artistry, where the goal in most cases is not to appear ‘made up' but to enhance one’s features.
It’s also effective for a variety of skin tones. Lip tattooing can work well on all different skin types when done by an experienced professional.
Lip blushing gives lips a gorgeous, barely-there flush without the lifetime commitment of a traditional tattoo. The perks of lip blushing include:
- Long-lasting lip color
- Increased pigmentation for pale and aging lips
- The ability to customize your lip shade
- Fuller-looking lips without need for injectables or surgery
- Enhanced lip symmetry
- Color correction for scars and uneven pigmentation
What to expect
First, your artist will create a one-of-a-kind shade for your lips based on your desired look. Each shade is customized to match your lip color and what you want.
From start to finish, the procedure takes about an hour and a half. Right after your appointment, your lips will appear much darker than they'll look in their healed state. The healed color will appear about 30 to 50 percent lighter than the initial results.
Most lip blush artists recommend getting a touch-up after your first go-round, about eight weeks post-procedure. Multiple sessions may be required if the client requests to neutralize, lighten or even out the overall tone of their lips.