Lip blushing or tinting is a cosmetic tattoo technique that places color over the whole pout! This can help with minor asymmetry of the lips, pale or washed out looking lips, and scars. The color appears bold at first, but heals to a softer, “just bitten” type of look. Results can last up to 3 years.
+ What to expect
- We will decide on shape and color together during your appointment.
- You will be numbed before and during the procedure. Most clients report only mild discomfort, if any. If you are prone to swelling, you might feel more tender.
- Lip Blush is done with a rotary tattoo machine.
- Some unevenness of color is to be expected between initial sessions, which is why we offer a follow-up.
- Soft, natural, blushy, and smudge-proof lips!
- Day of procedure: Wipe with aftercare pad, then moisturize with thick coating of Aquaphor. Repeat once every hour for 4 hours. Save the last aftercare pad for before bed.
- Day after procedure: Wipe with aftercare pad, then moisturize with thick coating of Aquaphor. Repeat once every 2 hours.
- 2-3 days after procedure: Avoid spicy foods and direct contact with food/drink. Use a straw to drink and a fork to eat, and try to avoid contact with lips.
+ Healing schedule
- Days 1-3: Your lips may be swollen, hot, and tender for 24-48 hours. The color may appear vivid or dramatic at first, but will soften 50% as it heals. The true color will develop a little each day, and can be seen after a month.
- Days 4-5: Lips will peel, but do not pick. Color underneath may appear light in color.
- Days 6-7: Lips may feel dry and chapped after peeling is complete. Continue to use Aquaphor daily. Color may seem frosty in appearance, but will become more matte as it continues to heal.
- Days 7-28: Color continues to bloom day by day. Keep moisturized.
+ Before you book
- You must take Valtrex for a few days prior to and a week after the lip procedure if you have EVER had a cold sore. For directions and details about this, please contact us.
- If you have dry or chapped lips, moisturize daily with Aquaphor for a week prior. If your lips are chapped or dry at the appointment, it may be painful for you.
- It is fine to have fillers, as long as they are healed at least 4 weeks prior.
- Please avoid blood thinners such as pain relievers, alcohol, fish oil and caffeine (yes, coffee!) 18-24 hours prior to your appointment. This will help your color retention!
- This procedure is intended to give the appearance of more lively, yet natural lips. It is not intended to replace a heavy or concentrated lipstick.
- You shouldn't book if:
- You are pregnant or nursing
- You are diabetic and/or slow to heal wounds
- You are taking Accutane or blood thinners