What is Lip Blush
Lip Blush is a semi-permanent makeup procedure that involves inserting pigments beneath the surface layer of the skin of your lips to enhance the natural beauty of your lips. The pigment is deposited onto the surface layer of your lips using a shading technique. Lip Blush gives your lips a natural-colored tint that defines the shape of your lips, gives lips better definition, improves symmetry, and can give the illusion of fuller lips.
It can be done in several styles, from opaque permanent lipstick, and shape-perfecting permanent lip liner, to the sheer pop of color through lip blushing or aquarelle lips.
It can also lighten dark lips and give them a warmer color, and even camouflage scars.
Since permanent makeup isn’t done with tattoo ink anymore but rather pigments, ** the lip tattoo does not last forever.** The semi-permanent lip color gradually fades and it requires occasional touch-ups to stay fresh.
Lip Blush results can last 1-3 years, depending on your skin type, lifestyle, and aftercare.
Do I Need a Lip Tattoo Touch-Up?
Permanent lip color is applied in 2 sessions to achieve a satisfactory pigment build-up. That’s why the 1st touch-up is mandatory 6-8 weeks after the initial procedure.
Who Isn’t a Good Candidate for Permanent or Semi-Permanent makeup?
Most people can get lip tatoo without any contraindications.
However, some pre-existing health conditions can make semi-permanent or permanent makeup treatments impossible, like poorely-controlled diabetes, active cancer, pregnancy, a history of keloids, or hypertrophic scarring.
Lip Blush Aftercare
Your lips after the treatment will go through several stages including swelling (you can relieve it with an ice pack) and peeling, and they’ll fade into a shade 50% lighter than right after the treatment. The severity of the symptoms depends on how saturated in pigment the lips are.
You will need to follow an aftercare routine prescribed by your artist for about 10 days.
There are 2 general types of aftercare – dry and wet healing – the second one being more popular.
Whichever you’re prescribed, avoid the following for 10 days:
- Extreme exercise, swimming in pools or the ocean, saunas and steam baths – anything that causes excessive sweating and getting the treated area soaking wet
- Tanning in the sun or a sunbed
- Makeup in the area
- Touching the area
- Spicy food
You have to keep your lips dry – no getting them wet, no products of any kind. Basically, you just let them heal on their own.
This may sound easy since you don’t need to do anything at all, but without any moisturization, your lips scab more and thus lose more pigment, plus they can feel tight and itchy. That’s why dry healing isn’t very popular anymore.
This is the basic aftercare routine that can be adapted slightly to suit the needs of your lips.
Wet healing implies blotting away the lymph from the treated area as frequently as your artist prescribes for 3-5 days after the procedure, and keeping the lips moisturized with a special aftercare ointment that aids healing until the peeling ends.
Sticking to the schedule may be a bit annoying, but it’ll give more even results and better retention.
Can I Wear Makeup After the Lip Color Tattoo Treatment?
You mustn’t wear lip makeup until the scabbing or peeling stage is over – you risk getting an infection.
Once all the scabs have fallen off, you can wear lip makeup as usual, although you won’t need to enhance the color anymore.
It’s a good idea to get fresh products, as the ones you used before may be contaminated with bacteria your freshly treated lips may not be able to handle.
Lip Tattoo Healing Process
The healing period lasts around 7-10 days.
Your lips will be swollen for a couple of days and some scabbing will appear after that. Also, the color will look too intense, but 50% of it will fade during the first week. It takes a little bit longer for the color to settle.
During this period, you should follow the tips your artist gave you in order to avoid any discomfort during healing and get maximum pigment retention.