When you think about enhancing your lips, I am sure your mind jumps to lip injections, as did mine. I mean, everyone and their dog has had lip injections or at least thought about getting them. What if you could enhance not only the volume of your lips, but also add in a little long-lasting color too?
When I was growing up my mom told me about one of her friends who had permanent eyeliner drawn onto her eyelids and I remember thinking to myself “what the absolute hell, I could never.” The thought of a permanent makeup (aka a tattoo on your face) sounded out of this world. Let’s just say a lot can happen between the age of 10 and 24, including 5+ tattoos, injections, and cosmetic permanent makeup.
Let me just start by saying I am not a cosmetic artist or doctor, so the following information is from my personal experience, which I had done at Beautyful You in Dallas, Texas, as well as cited information.
So, what the hell is lip blushing?
Lip blushing is a way to not only add color to your lips, but also enhance the shape and size as well. It is a type of semipermanent cosmetic tattooing procedure achieved by depositing pigments in your lips using small needles. So.. it is a tattoo on your lips, right? Well, yes, but no, but kind of yes. Lip blushing could be called lip tattooing, but think of it more as a cosmetic enhancement rather than traditional tattoo art.
I feel like the idea of lip blushing is still a relatively new concept – microblading or eyebrow tinting has been around for a while and you often hear about people getting those enhancements done, but you hear less about lip blushing.
Lip blushing vs. lip fillers?
You are asking the right gal – I have tried them both, and honestly, they are both different. Lip filler delivered an immense amount of volume to my lips, while lip blushing added color but also created an illusion of fuller lips. In my opinion, lip blushing is like the best of both worlds as far as color and volume. I had zero bruising when I got my lips blushed but experienced a little bruising when I got lip fillers.
Okay, so if it is a tattoo, then it is permanent, right?
According to Elle Beauty: “Generally, lip blushing can last several years, although your lifestyle contributes to how well it maintains; smoking and sun exposure can speed up the fading process, and if you’re oil-prone, have an iron deficiency or use a lot of exfoliating products in your skin regimen, the pigment could fade more quickly, too.”
My technician told me that it could last up to 2 years. That being said, of course everyone is different and, as explained above, there are a handful of factors that will play a role in how long it will last.
There was not much that I had to do to prepare for the appointment, I just showed up with clean lips. There was a period before the treatment began where my esthetician and I talked about color ideas, asked questions, and got all the other details before we got started.
I was given the option to have a topical numbing cream, but I was also informed that if I could tolerate it without the numbing cream, then that would be best because it leaves even less room for inconsistencies. I chose to have it done without the numbing cream because I wanted the process to be a seamless as possible. That being said, I also like to believe that I have a pretty high pain tolerance, so it did not feel necessary.
My esthetician began by outlining and shading my lips with a pen, so that I was able to see the shape of my “new” lips and give any feedback or changes that I felt were needed. Once I was satisfied with the outline, then the real process began!
The actual application of the pigment took probably 1.5ish hours as there are multiple layers that are applied to ensure accuracy and even coating of the color. During the application of the pigment I just had my eyes closed and tried not to think about the fact that I was getting a literal tattoo on my lips.
Right after the application of the color is done, I experience a little bit of swelling, but nothing major. I am not even going to lie in saying that I was blown away by the results, my lips looked amazing, even immediately after.
Be mindful that right after you’re done, your lips will be more vibrant and brighter than they will after everything heals. The color will fade slightly and blend in with your natural lip color
This was right before the treatment and right after.
The healing process
I was told that my lips would be fairly well healed in about a week, and to be honest, I did not exactly believe that at first, but man was it right! The aftercare was straight forward. For the first 24 hours I was to just blot my lips with a clean towel and water to ensure that there was not going to be any fluid buildup. I was to apply Aquaphor and avoid spicy foods for the next few days. Slight scabbing was normal and would fall naturally, but I honestly did not experience any noticeable scabbing.
I also did not experience any post swelling or bruising, which I had experienced before with lip injections.
It is suggested that you go back for a touch-up 6-8 weeks after, if there are any touchups you may want to make or if you have any areas of your lips that did not hold the color as well.
How did I chose where to go?
Research, research, research. I spent a lot of time researching different technicians. I would take to social media and look up different work they have done and try to find a lot of before/after pictures to get an idea of the tech’s work. I am big on reading (and leaving) reviews, especially on services.
I chose to go to Beautyful You because the work was precious and consistent. Picture after picture and review after review were exactly what I was looking for. I had nothing but a positive experience and could not recommend them enough.