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Lip Blush Tattoo - Everything you need and want to know!

Want a natural no-makeup look, but even better? Lip Blush is the new trend in Permanent Makeup Lip Tattoos. Lip Blushing helps cut down makeup time and gives you evenly pigmented lips. It looks like your standard lip color but better. You can have the best version of your lips with gentle soft lip contour without harsh lip lines with lip blush. 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.

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Cosmetic Tattoos, including Lips Tattoos, have come a long way over the past few years. The cosmetic tattooing industry is going towards more natural and realistic outcomes, which means we no longer have harsh lines and bold colors (unless that's what you want)! Instead, we can now get permanent and semi-permanent makeup that looks beautiful and natural.

Cosmetic tattoo artists enhance your natural beauty; they can also help to camouflage and color correct any skin discoloration and pigmentation issues you may have

What is Lip Blushing

Lip blushing, also known as a lip blush tattoo, gives your lips a nice subtle pop of color that enhances and even corrects your lips. For the most part, it's a very natural-looking cosmetic tattoo; however, you can choose to do a little bolder color but still keep it natural-looking.

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Why Should you get a Lip Blush tattoo?

Many people choose lip blushing for aesthetic reasons. For example, they want to have their lips enhanced! for others; Lip Blushing becomes a procedure that can help correct things that may make them feel self-conscious, such as a scar, hyperpigmentation, or unevenness.

Some of those issues might be that they feel their lips are too cool or dark, or you might have lips that have areas that lack pigmentation.

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.

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. on average, about 2 years

  • Even though lip blush tattoos can last a few years, the color can start to fade. Sun exposure, smoking, and using exfoliating products on your lips can cause fading to happen faster. To keep the color and lines fresh, Kondratyev suggests yearly refresh appointments to add to the overall look and longevity.

Do lip tattoos hurt

As with most tattoo procedures, there is some pain involved during a lip blush tattoo, mainly because the lips are a sensitive area on the body.

That’s why most technicians use numbing cream to make the pain more tolerable.

Numbing before and during the process allows for a more comfortable experience.

In terms of pain, most would rate lip blush between 2-4 on a scale of 1-10.

Tattoo machines designed to do cosmetic tattooing procedures like lip blush only work on the skin's surface, making the process less painful than traditional tattooing methods.

So you think you might be ready for the next step?!

Suppose you are ready to take the next step. Then you would want to set up a consultation. Most places even do same-day consultation and procedure!. The consultation makes sure you don't have any health issues that can keep you from having this treatment done. As long as you are good to go, the procedure can start right away. Appointments usually are always required.

Lip Blush Colors

  • We will show you options, and you ultimately choose the color you feel fits you best. Your Permanent Makeup Artist can mix colors to your needs, depending on if your lips need to be warmed up or lightened; we can find your shade!

  • Some clients need melanin correction to lift the darkness in their lips. This process is called lip neutralization.

  • Lips will fade after healing so that the initial color will seem vibrant and darker, it will change during the 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.

You are saying YES!!! Give me that Blush.

Every lip skin is different and absorbs pigment in different ways. On Average, a Lip Blushing tattooing procedure usually takes about 2-3 hours from start to finish. Numbing cream is applied at the beginning of the appointment and stays on for around 20 - 30 minutes before the tattooing begins.

After the numbing, we then draw the shape using a lip liner. Once the outline is drawn, we begin the tattooing process.

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Before the procedure, the artist outlines the lips to show how the whole look will be like. It is essential to stay inside the natural lip border and define edges. Although natural lip shape is a guide, precise pre-drawing following the vermillion border is necessary before lip blushing. Once the client is happy about the lips' shape, the artist is ready to go.

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Next - Outlining with the needle helps to lock in color, but we decide not to outline for some clients. 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.

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.

The tattoo artist will pass over the lips two or three times using a light shading technique. Some artists will reapply numbing during treatment to provide more comfort and relief to clients. Once the procedure is done, the lips are cleaned thoroughly and covered with a moisturizing or healing ointment. You will also be sent home with aftercare.

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

Lip Blush can be done only in the natural lip contour; the lips tissue and skin around lips are 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; 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.

Healing Process

Healing a lip blush tattoo takes approximately four to seven days. Following the procedure, clients are typically given an aftercare kit and healing instructions from their artist.

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 a touch-up. Lips look healed after 7-14 days, but complete healing is after about 4 weeks. Healing time is individual; also age is a significant factor. It is important to avoid makeup on the lips and around the lip area during the healing period. Lips go through a couple of phases of peeling, regeneration, and rebuilding themselves. After the initial session, they might need more work on color and border.

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. Finally, 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 more profound, you might have lighter spots.

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

To see day by day pictures of the healing process

Lip blush on different skin tones

Clients who don’t have 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.

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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 slight 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.


While the healing process for lip blush tattoos is relatively straightforward, one of the most important things is to keep the area moisturized using an ointment or moisturizer provided by your artist.

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. Suppose you have any history of cold sores, fever blisters caused by the virus herpes simplex. In that case, 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. Then, please consult with your doctor taking antiviral medications for a more extended period of time.

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 prevent bacterial, viral infection, or scarring.

Lip Blush Tattoo Costs
  • The cost of a lip blush tattoo will vary depending on your location and the studio or artist you choose to do your procedure. Prices can range between $400 and $1,500.

  • Many tattoo artists that specialize in lip blush tattoos will require a deposit to book an appointment.

  • If it is your first time getting a lip blush tattoo, you may need two sessions to achieve your desired look. The first session establishes the blush on the lips, and the second session touches up anything that may have healed unevenly,

  • Touch-up sessions cost between $200-$500 after 6-8 weeks. You might find artists that include the touch-up session in their original cost.

  • 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.

READ - Lip Blushing aftercare

READ Preparing for you Lip Blush Procedure


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