PROMO $100 OFF - Powder Brows/Ombre Brows initial session

Lip Blush New Trend in Permanent Makeup Lip Tattooing

Lip blush tattoo on lips
Lip blush tattoo on lips

Why Lip Blush

Lip blushing procedure helps cut down makeup time and gives evenly pigmented lips with luxurious color. The cosmetic tattooing industry is going towards more natural and realistic outcomes. If you are looking for a way to avoid reapplying your favorite lip product you should consider lip blush. It is a very popular treatment because it gives you a no-makeup look. It looks like your normal lip color but better. With lip blush, you can have the best version of your lips with gentle soft lip contour without harsh lip lines. This technique helps to enhance what you already have and provides a natural outcome. As we age we tend to lose pigment in our lips, so lip tattoos give a healthy, girly, young, and plumped look. Since this treatment looks natural once healed it is not only reserved for women. Men can benefit from lip blushing as well.

Is Lip Blush a Tattoo

Lip Blush is a form of semi-permanent tattooing method designed to add a light tint of color to lips. It gives the illusion of fuller lips. For lip blush, a tattooing specialist uses a digital pen designed for permanent makeup that hits delicate lip skin softer and pigments. Healed results resemble a very subtle, matte lipstick look.

Does Lip Blush Make Lips Bigger

Lip blushing
Lip blushing

Immediately after the lip blush tattoo procedure lips look bigger, swelling goes down with every hour and lips go back to normal size. Some clients mistakenly equate "lip blushing" with "lip fillers". Some of the benefits of lip blush include lips look that is more defined without fillers, this plump effect is rather an illusion than actual volume. It is a great addition to lip fillers since they stretch the skin tissue and lips lose definition in borders.

How Long Does Lip Blush Take To Do

Lips shape drawing before lip contour tattoo
Lips shape drawing before lip contour tattoo

Lip Blushing tattooing procedure usually takes about 2-3 hours. Every lip skin is different and absorbs pigment in different ways. Clients have various needs and expectations, every case requires special care. If the shape of the lips and texture of lip tissue is good it is easier to work. Lip tattooing is a very precise procedure and starts from drawing the shape. The whole preparation for actual tattooing can take about 1 hour. Because lips are very sensitive we have certain time frames that we need to keep in order to not overwork the skin.

Lip Blush Colors

The colors used for lip blushing are based on existing skin tones and undertones of the client's natural lips and then on the target color that the client is looking for. Permanent Makeup Artist mixes colors to your needs, depending on if your lips need to be warmed up or lightened. Many clients need melanin correction to lift the darkness in their lips. This process is called lip neutralization. It is good to inform the client that the lips will fade after healing, so the initial color will seem vibrant and darker, it will change during healing time but the fully healed result will look softer and beautiful. Trust the process, your permanent makeup artist will help you find the perfect tone.

Lip Blush Follow Up and Color Maintenance

About 6-8 weeks from the initial session, it is possible to adjust the color. With most clients, the color looks dramatically lighter after the first week, many clients prefer natural results, but some expect a bolder look. It is always good to start with lighter colors since it gives room for modifying the color in the future. The same color will look and heal differently on every client, so sometimes it will need a small color correction, to warm it up or simply more pigment layers. Some clients who are looking for supernatural results won't need any touch-up, but most people require a second session. Any lip tattooing is a process and won't happen overnight. If your lips do not heal perfectly after the first appointment, do not worry, we can add more density at the next visit.

How Long Lip Blush Last

Everyone's skin is different, so the staying time will vary from client to client. Color retention depends on clients' health, lifestyle, and proper aftercare. The darker the color the longer it will be visible. Lip blush can be refreshed annually.

Before Lip Blush

Skin peeling before lip blush
Skin peeling before lip blush

To make the procedure easier it is recommended to prepare lips for about 7 days before the tattooing. Moisturizing and gently exfoliating the lips with coconut oil and sugar is the key to smooth pigment implantation, it not only helps the color to absorb in but also removes dryness and flakiness.

Can Lip Blush Cause Cold Sores

Lip Blush procedure won’t give you a cold sore, but trauma from the needle can trigger the already existing herpes virus in your body. If you have any history of cold sores, fever blisters, caused by the virus herpes simplex, you could contact a dermatologist to obtain and take the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks. You can still have lip tattooing done. You will need to take the cold sore medication for your touch-up just as you did for your initial procedure. If you have an active cold sore you need to reschedule your appointment and wait until it fully heals. Please consult with your doctor taking antiviral medications for a longer period of time.

How To Do Lip Blush Tattoo Correctly

Red lip blush tattoo
Red lip blush tattoo

Before the procedure, the artist outlines the lips to show how the whole look is going to be like. It is important to stay inside the natural lip border and define edges. Natural lip shape is a guide, precise pre-drawing following the vermillion border is a must before lip blushing. Once the client is happy about the lips shape, the permanent makeup artist is ready to go.

Outlining with the needle helps to lock in color but for some clients, we decide not to outline. It depends on the natural shape and how dark the lips are. The shading process is slow to build the pigment saturation by pixelating movements. Wiping the lips helps to check the color.

Is It Possible To Over-line The Lips To Create Fullness

Lip anatomy
Lip anatomy

Lip Blush can be done only in the natural lip contour, the lips tissue and skin around lips is different and has a different texture. Lip tissue is smooth and shiny, while the skin around lips has pores and hair. That is why it is forbidden to work outside of the vermillion border. In special cases like small asymmetries or cleft lips, some corrective work could be done, but the client needs to be aware that major corrections can be done only by an aesthetic medicine doctor. Doctors perform lip injections with hyaluronic acid. With permanent makeup for lips, we can enhance the natural vermillion border and cupid's bow. In the lip blush technique, we can create a thin lip contour that won't be visible after healing but will reveal a nicer shape.

Lip Blush Procedure


The pigment is applied to lips with a sterilized needle, you might feel the vibration and some tingling and scratching sensation. If you are scared of needles, don't be, you won't see the needle. The artist is using only the tip of the needle for precise work on the lips surface. The results last for a long time, so go for it.

If you are still nervous about having a needle around your lips please know that we can use numbing cream. The numbing gel helps with pain tolerance. Usually, clients experience mild pain. The gel is applied after the first pass because it works only on open skin. Lip blush artists can use a special stretching technique to minimize the pain.

Does Lip Blush Hurt

Everyone has a different pain threshold, even with topical anestethic gel some group of clients experiences slight pain, while others do not need any relaxing creams. Lips are very sensitive so most people feel some discomfort. We ask clients to avoid taking painkillers before the procedure since these can increase bleeding and bruising.

How Long Does Lip Blush Take To Heal

Before and after healed lip blush
Before and after healed lip blush


It takes about two weeks to see the final color, usually, it gets lighter after healing. The second treatment should be done after 6-8 weeks from the first session. Lips peel for about a week but they are not fully ready for touch up. Lips look healed after 7-14 days, but full healing is after about 4 weeks. Healing time is individual, also age is a big factor. During the healing period, it is important to avoid makeup on lips and around the lip area. Lips go through a couple of phases of peeling, regeneration, and rebuilding itself. After the initial session, they might need more work on color and border.

What To Do After Lip Blush

Pink lip blush with contour
Pink lip blush with contour

Immediately after lip blush lips will be swollen and very tender. Swelling goes down with every hour. Swelling is a normal reaction of the body after tattooing. The client needs to gently blot the lips with a clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid until oozing is complete.

Lip Blushing on Dark Lips

Lip blush on different skin tones
Lip blush on different skin tones

Clients who don’t have really dark lips are candidates for lip blushing, if you have darker lips you are more prone to hypo or hyperpigmentation, because of the trauma from tattooing. For clients with dark lips, it is advised to use the lipstick effect technique for color correction. Melanin-rich lips need more pigment saturation to lift the darkness. In some cases, it is a multi-session process. Often clients with light skin tone have darkness in their lips that needs to be canceled.

Can You Smoke After Lip Blush

It is recommended to avoid smoking after a lip blushing procedure. You might lose pigment. If you have lips discoloration due to smoking it is advised to wait 2-3 months before tattooing.

Can I Kiss After Lip Blush

Since the lips come into contact with saliva, food, and drinks, this can also increase your risk for infections. No kissing, rubbing, or friction on your newly tattooed lips. It is important to avoid kissing after lip tattooing to avoid bacterial, viral infection, or scarring.

Lip Blush Healing Stages

On the first day of healing the color is very bright, sometimes dark, depending on the color used. The pigment oxidizes in the skin and looks very bold. This process can be a little scary, but every day the color should look more natural. The body naturally pushes the pigment out through the dermis layers, this influences color perception. As the pigment is getting pushed out thru each layer and skin peels, the color changes. Peeling usually starts on days 3-4 and reveals soft color underneath. After the lip blush procedure is fully healed you don't need any lip liners or lipsticks, you can use transparent lip gloss if you like shiny lips look. Treatment should be done once a year because the color will fade.

Lip Blush Healing Day By Day

Day 1 - immediately after the procedure lips are tender and swollen, clients with sensitive skin could experience some bruising. The color looks very bright and bold. Few hours after the procedure lips start to feel less tight and swollen. Usually, the most swelling is in the upper lip.

Day 2 - swelling goes down, lips are less smooth with tiny ridges, you might feel dryness and lips could be chapped. The color changes and becomes dark.

Day 3 - lips feel very tight and dry, especially on the edges, scabs start to form, itching is normal do not pick

Day 4-6 scabs become thicker and fuller they start to lift, the new lighter color starts to revel, lips feel dry

Day 7 - major flaking is gone, color changes and looks more natural to the point that you might feel it's too light

Day 20 - thin peeling continues, lips start to bloom, color comes back and looks deeper, you might have lighter spots

Day 30 - lips are healed, beautiful color is fully bloomed

Lip Blushing Cost

Lip blush tattoos are expensive, the prices vary from $600-$1600 in the NYC area for Initial Session. Fans of this procedure rave about natural results and time-saving. Follow-up treatment normally does not cost as much as the actual session. Touch-up sessions cost between $200-$500 after 6-8 weeks. Some clients need only one touch-up session, while for others it could be multiple sessions process. Clients with scars, spotty or dark lips need to be prepared for additional touch-ups. For sure every artist wants to see healed results of their work to ensure that everything is on track.

Lip Blush Aftercare

The color will change a lot during the healing process. Remember you are not allowed to pick your scabs. Avoid touching lips and salty, spicy foods. Lips will heal quicker if you follow the aftercare protocol. It is important to plan the treatment ahead since lips should be dry at all times. A thin layer of ointment should be applied only on clean and dry lips.

Post-Care after Lip Blush

- Keep lips dry and clean at all times, do not pick

- Use a tissue to remove excess lymph

- Avoid water, swimming, sauna for 7-10 days, protect lips while showering, wash your face and lips with gentle soap

- Do not expose lips to sunlight or tanning beds for at least 4 weeks

- Apply a small amount of ointment provided by a specialist, if you feel dryness reapply a thin layer of ointment. Please use it only on clean and dry lips

- Complete antiviral medication to prevent a herpes outbreak

- Use a straw for drinking, do not smoke, avoid salty and spicy foods, this might irritate lisp and pull the pigment out

- Avoid sweating and intensive exercises

- Do not touch, rub, stretch lips, itching is normal

- Avoid harsh products and makeup on your lips

Summary

Lip blushing is a hot trend in lip permanent makeup, it restores the color and eliminates the daily use of pencils and lipstick. Especially nowadays, when we have to use masks clients appreciate this treatment. Clients should keep in mind that lip blushing like any tattooing is teamwork, following the aftercare and trusting the process is the key to flawless results. If you develop any signs of allergy or infection post-treatment, be sure to inform an artist as well as contact a doctor.