Lip Blushing 101: How long Does it Last, Costs, Pros & Cons

Lip Blushing 101: Cost, What to Expect, Pros & Cons
Lip Blushing 101: Cost, What to Expect, Pros & Cons

Lip blushing is quickly becoming one of the more popular trends in the beauty industry. Many people are rushing to get it done and you may have seen countless reviews on people’s experiences with the procedure.

So in this article, we are going to help you decide if lip blushing is right for you, by answering some of the most commonly asked questions. Such as:

  • What is Lip Blushing really
  • Is it the same as permanent makeup or lip tattooing?
  • Where can you go for the procedure & How much does it cost?
  • What to expect the procedure to be like
  • How long would the lip blushing effect last?
  • Benefits and Side effects of Lip Blushing?

What is Lip Blushing?

Lip blushing is a sort of cosmetic tattooing that uses a mechanical needle to deposit colored ink into the lips to improve its color semi-permanently.

Thanks to recent developments in semipermanent makeup, the final lip tattoo is subtle rather than saturated. 

Lip blushing is generally thought of as more of a lip enhancement rather than a traditional tattoo. Unlike traditional tattoos, lip bushing uses more natural-looking pigments, with smaller needles that do not penetrate as deeply into the skin of the lips. 

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What is the Cost of Lip Blushing

Permanent and semi-permanent makeup procedures often cost between $400 and $800 per session. Lip blushing may cost more because of the layering technique that is required.

Your overall cost, however, may vary depending on your provider and where you reside. You may also inquire about financing and payment arrangements with your provider to assist offset your upfront expenditures.

In order to save money, never hire someone who is unlicensed or unskilled. You might wind up with subpar outcomes – or even deadly side effects – that require expert intervention.

Now because lip blushing is a cosmetic operation, medical insurance does not cover it.

Is Lip Blushing Worth It?

Even though it’s pricey and once you are not deathly afraid of needles, lip blushing, once done right, is a great idea. 

Lip blushing is easy to maintain and can boost your confidence (if you even need it). Just make sure that you do your homework, take care of your lips, ask all the right questions from the right people, and follow your aftercare instructions. 

Please remember that expert advice is always a good idea when considering having any semi-permanent or permanent makeup procedure done. 

Before & After Lip Blushing

Before and After Lip Blushing
Before and After Lip Blushing

The results will vary for everyone after lip blushing depending on the color that your choose and the contour that you want.

Does Lip Blushing Hurt?

Before the procedure, your technician will administer a numbing agent to your lips to assist reduce pain and discomfort.

You may experience more discomfort if your pain tolerance is poor. Some people, however, may not experience any discomfort at all.

To reduce your chances of experiencing discomfort before your appointment, you may want to take acetaminophen, but be sure to ask your specialist first and be sure to consider any allergies or reactions you might have to the medication. 

How Long Does Lip Blushing Last?

Lip blushing will usually last anywhere from 2 years to 3 years. However, how long it lasts and how well it holds will depend on:

  • How well you prepared for the procedure
  • How well the procedure was done,
  • Your body’s reaction to the procedure, and
  • How well you take care of your lips immediately after the procedure and in the long term.

All of these factors will vary from person to person.

Generally, if all goes well (and it usually does) your lip blush is expected to look great and last for a while. Since it is only semi-permanent, you will have to repeat the procedure after a few years to maintain the look of your lips if you want to. 

How can I find a Good Lip Blushing Technician?

While lip blushing is basically accomplished by tattooing, it is usually done by an aesthetician or cosmetic tattoo technician rather than a regular tattoo artist.

This is because, rather than merely lip color, aestheticians are trained to assist you in achieving anti-aging outcomes.

Tips on How to Select a Good Lip Blushing Technician

  1. Make sure the provider is a licensed and skilled aesthetician or cosmetic tattooist
  2. To get a feel of their abilities, you should be able to examine a portfolio of their work.
  3. Check their social media and business pages, look at reviews,
  4. Send messages or contact previous clients to ask about their past experiences and their honest opinion,
  5. Check out their credentials! 

Lip blushing should only be done at a skincare center or a clinic.

How do you Prepare for Lip Blushing?

You may need to prepare for your lip blush tattoo many weeks ahead of time – and maybe consult with your doctor before getting the procedure done.

You will need to make sure your lips are generally healthy and moisturized before your appointment, especially if you’re prone to seasonal dryness and flakiness.

Apply lip cleanser and balm every day for a few days before your tattoo to prepare your lips. Before the process, the skin should be smooth, supple, and moisturized to ensure uniform pigment saturation and appropriate healing.

Avoid using any alcohol for at least 24 hours before your lip blushing procedure. 

Finally, if you are unsure whether lip blushing is right for you, book a consultation with your technician beforehand to discuss the procedure. You should also consider doing a patch test to see how it will work out before you go all in. 

Naproxen, ibuprofen, and aspirin, as well as supplements like fish oil, garlic, gingko, and vitamin E, should be avoided before the procedure since they might cause excessive bleeding and bruising.

If you are taking any of these medications, it is wise to ask your technician about them beforehand so that you can stop taking them in time for your procedure.

Lip Blushing Procedure

Lip blushing is usually performed by a licensed tattoo artist or an esthetician.

  • To begin, your specialist will numb your lips to reduce pain and discomfort.
  • Your specialist will then discuss your preferred lip shape and tone, as well as any drawings that require your permission, as you wait for the numbing medication to take full effect.
  • They’ll next use little needles to inject a natural-looking pigment into your lips. To assist achieve an equal tone, this is done in numerous layers.

The entire procedure might take anything from one to three hours.

Lip blushing is comparable to traditional tattooing techniques such as whip-shading or pepper-shading.

As the needle passes in and out of the machine, entering the skin, the technician is able to make a sequence of dots rather than a solid line using a single needle and a rapid, continuous hand motion.

Related Article – A Guide How to Choose the Right Color For Lip Blushing.

Video Showing Lip Blushing Procedure

What To Expect After Lip Blushing Procedure

Immediately after the procedure, you may experience some redness, swelling, pain, and bruising. You may use an ice/cold compress to help with those.

If you smoke regularly or at all, or if you have a history of developing cold sores, make sure that you disclose that to your technician beforehand as that can slow healing or cause complications.

How Long Will Your Lips Take To Heal After Lip Blushing

After the lip blushing procedure your lips will take about 21 days to fully heal. But this will vary depending on how well you care for them.

To read more about what to expect after the lip blushing procedure and how to care for your lips to make them heal faster you can click here.

Benefits of Lip Blushing

Lip blushing creates a beautiful, barely-there glow on the lips without the commitment of a typical tattoo. Lip blushing has several advantages:

  • Lip color that lasts
  • Pigmentation boost for pale and aging lips
  • The freedom to choose your own lip color
  • Lips that seem fuller without the use of injectables or surgery
  • Lip symmetry is improved.
  • Scar and uneven pigmentation color repair

Potential Side Effects of Lip Blushing

Like all procedures, especially those that are invasive (even minimally) and require needles, you should expect some side effects. Many of them are your body’s natural response to promote healing. 

Lip blushing has a lot of minor side effects: 

  • Following the procedure, there will be some swelling. Some people’s lips will swell more than others. Most people will look like they have just had lip fillers injected. 
  • Redness is also common, albeit less so, and some bruising and crusting can happen.
  • As with any inking procedure, there will be some peeling and oozing of lymph fluid (a slightly yellowish fluid) as the tattoo heals. This is normal and it is a natural part of the skin’s healing process.

And of course, any type of permanent or semi-permanent makeup carries the possible risk of infection, allergic reactions, and uneven application due to poor technique. This is why it is important to choose a certified technician that uses sterile techniques and has a lot of experience.

Who is NOT a Candidate for Lip Blushing?

Lip blushing is not suitable for you if you are:

  • Under the age of 18 years
  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Diabetic on the needle (will require doctor’s clearance)
  • Have an autoimmune disease (will require doctor’s clearance)
  • On blood thinners
  • Have epilepsy
  • Have infections (localized to the area or systemic)
  • Have major heart problems
  • Had an organ transplant
  • Have skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis) or irritations (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.) on or near the procedure area
  • Prone to keloid scars or hypertrophic scarring
  • Used Accutane in the past year
  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation (consult with your doctor)
  • Have sensitivities to dyes/pigments or local anesthetics (patch testing can be done)


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