Lip blush is a tattoo that enhances the beauty of your natural lip color, improving the shape and giving definition to the lips. Lip blush delivers a more natural look giving the illusion of fuller lips. Generally, lip blush can last anywhere from 2-5 years, depending on your lifestyle. Smoking and sun exposure can speed up the fading process, oily skin, or use of exfoliating products can cause the pigment to fade quicker. Additional touch ups may be required depending on the desired look.
Pre Procedure Care
Your lips cannot be dry for your service. If they are dry we will need to reschedule and you will forfeit your deposit. I recommend exfoliating a minimum of 5 days before your appointment to remove any dry skin. You can purchase a lip scrub or create your own at home using a little coconut oil and brown sugar. You must moisturize your lips as much as possible the week leading up to your appointment to ensure they are in good condition and not dry.
*IMPORTANT* While the risks of permanent makeup are very low, cold sores are a high risk of lip blush tattooing. If you have ever had a cold sore, I strongly recommend you to go a doctor for an anti-viral medication prior to any lip procedure to help avoid an outbreak.
If you’ve never had a cold sore but are concerned about getting one, you can take L-lysine an over the counter vitamin two weeks before and after your appointment to reduce the risk.
Post Procedure Care
Redness, swelling, tenderness, and dryness are all common post treatment side effects and will dissipate in a short period of time. During the healing process, you lips may become flaky. This is normal and is expected. DO NOT pick or scratch them. This could significantly reduce the amount pigment absorbed. Please make sure you read and follow the instructions below for a full two weeks to ensure the best healing results and color retention for your lips. Please note results will vary for all individuals and as such are not guaranteed.
Wash hands with antibacterial soap before you wash your lips
Gently wash your lips twice a day for 7 -10 days with a gentle, fragrance free cleanser such as Cetaphil or Dove until the flaking has stopped
DO NOT RUB THE AREA IN ANY WAY
Gently pat dry your lips dry with a clean lint free tissue or soft towel ensuing the area is completely dry and no moisture is left behind
Apply a very thin layer of the aftercare balm I have provided you with in your after care take home package throughout the day - do not allow lips to become dry as this could impact your healed results. Your aftercare treatment should be used for at least 14 days post treatment. Just tap on your lips do not rub in. Always use the tube or a clean Q-tip, not fingers to apply ointment, which reduces the risk of infection
If lips are swollen apply ice (not directly to lips) for up to 15 minutes at a time
Sleep slightly elevated for the first few nights to reduce swelling
Avoid the sun and tanning beds pre and post procedure
Do not use any Glycolic, Hydroxy or fruit acid products on lips
Avoid direct water pressure, pools and other bodies of water, until healed
Avoid wearing lipstick/lip gloss etc. until lips are healed
Avoid oily, salty, acidic foods and alcohol while healing
Avoid any type of friction to the lips during the healing process
After initial healing (7-10 days) use lip gloss with sun block over the tattooed area to preserve color then continue to use at least SPF 30 sunblock with UVA and UVB protection will help to prevent fading
Lips are unpredictable which means some clients will yield very strong healed lip color while others will only heal with slight color uptake. This will vary on an individual basis. Clients with sun damage, scar tissue or implants may not have strong results. Hyperpigmentation can happen on any lip client without warning. Lip retouch must be scheduled 30 to 45 days apart from initial season to help with color retention.
A touch-up appointment should be scheduled between 4 and 8 weeks after the initial procedure. The touch-up procedure ensures good color saturation and provides an opportunity to fine tune the final shape and color.
Lip Blush FAQ
What is lip blush?
Lip blush is a tattoo that enhances the colour of your lips while defining the shape. Your lips will look like lipstick on the first day, and soften as they heal to become a subtle, natural looking lip tint. Lips heal in three stages: Too dark, too light and just right. Initially, the color will be very vibrant similar to a lip stain. Once healed the color fades approximately 30 - 50% percent and also blends in with the natural lip color.
What should I expect after my service?
There may be moderate swelling, redness and bruising for the first 5 days
During the initial healing period, there should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin, if there is some scabbing or flaking, DO NOT PICK, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own
Color may appear sketchy at different stages of healing, be patient, this is a process that does not yield immediate results
PMU ink is not the same as body art ink, and by design it does not last as long as body art ink. PMU does fade and is expected to last 2 to 5 years before requiring a touch-up
Maintenance touch ups are suggested for best results