The year is 2021, and the world of permanent makeup had advanced a long way from its early days when it was plagued by cosmetic crimes (when my aunt’s navy-blue tattooed eyeliner had been despised for two decades).
We are talking about genuine-looking brow microblading and microshading, soft and modern eyeliner tattoos, and now the most popular of trendy tatts, lip blushing—that is, a semi-permanent tattoo that softly defines and fills in your lips to give them a consistent wash of color like a fantastic tinted lip balm.
That’s at least in theory. Because, like with all cosmetic treatments—particularly those that use needles and are permanent—there are risks and possible consequences, including the potential for lip blushing to go wrong if you’re not cautious.
What Is Lip Blushing?
Lip blushing is a form of makeup tattooing that permanently improves lip color by inserting colored ink into the lips with a mechanical needle. The result is subtle, not saturated, as a consequence of recent improvements in semipermanent makeup.
The resulting tattoo 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.
Benefits of Lip Blushing
Lip blushing is a unique, barely-there flush for your lips that comes without the lifelong commitment of a conventional tattoo. The advantages of lip blushing include:
- Elegant, long-lasting lipstick
- For pale and aging lips, there is a need for increased pigmentation.
- You can personalize your lip color by selecting the right shading for you.
- Without injections or surgery, fuller-looking lips are possible.
- Lip symmetry is enhanced.
- Scars and uneven pigmentation can be fixed by color correction.
Lip blush tattooing is more popular than ever, thanks to these immediate benefits—not to mention the increasing popularity of other semipermanent makeup procedures, such as brow microblading and microshading.
How bad does lip blushing hurt?
Yes, it’s a tattoo on your mouth (ouch!), but your tattoo artist should apply a topical anesthetic that will considerably dull the pain. Everyone’s pain threshold is different, but lip blushing usually causes little pinches or light scratches—nothing terrible or frightening.