What Is Lip Blushing and How Does It Work?



Lip blushing is a semi-permanent tattooing process that can improve your lips’ size, shape, and colour while giving them a fuller appearance. Colour ink is deposited into your lips and along your lip line to improve the overall appearance. To get results that look natural, they subdue the hue.

Lip blushing is a routine cosmetic surgery for people who desire to make their lips appear bigger and more flushed. A lip blush tattoo can improve natural lip colour and shape, while lip fillers and cosmetics create a false boost only temporarily.

Is Lip Blushing Right for You ?

All ages, lip hues, thicknesses, and shapes – particularly asymmetrical ones – can benefit from lip blushing. For lips that have lost their natural colour, the procedure works wonders! There are some exceptions to the rule and a few things to consider, but this is true of all cosmetic procedures. Before going head-first into it, it’s good to know the rare adversities to expect, just in case.

You might be forced to stick with lipstick and gloss due to certain medical conditions, such as precancerous lesions or spots. Lip blushing can also trigger an episode if you have cold sores or oral herpes, so get a prescription in advance for an antiviral drug like Valtrex to help reduce the likelihood of an outbreak as the lips heal.

The Lip Blushing Process

Lip blushing employs a tiny blade to make tiny cuts on your skin, unlike a traditional tattoo that uses a needle to apply the ink. Each cut receives an injection of ink. You can have layers of colours added until you reach the desired effect. Usually, it takes several sessions to achieve the desired outcomes.

An esthetician or licensed tattoo artist typically performs lip blushing. A modest level of pain has been reported. An anaesthetic normally uses around 20 minutes to numb your lips. The technician will then sketch the outline of your desired lip shape.

You can make your lips appear more symmetrical or make your cupid’s bow more prominent. As lips age, ink is frequently applied to the sides, which tend to lose their original colour. 

Before they start, your technician will guide you through what they want to perform so that you can make any necessary modifications.

You might have swelling, redness, and potential bruising following the operation, which should take around an hour. To help reduce swelling, use ice or a cold compress. Avoid smoking, and tell your technician in advance if you’ve ever had cold sores.

How Long Does It Last ?

In most situations, a single appointment will produce the ideal hue, but you can schedule a second appointment six to ten weeks later if more colour correction is required. The lips will be puffy, dry, and tight after the procedure, and the colour will be bright. 

Keeping the lips moisturised with Vaseline for the next two weeks is critical. The lips will start to scab towards the end of the first week after the treatment, and the scabs will eventually come off. The freshly painted lips will then show.

It will take about a month to see the final results and for the lips to completely heal, just like microblading. The outcomes vary depending on the individual’s skin type. However, you may anticipate your newly coloured lips to last one to three years. 

Of course, the duration of lip flushing depends on how dark the colour is. Your health, way of life, and proper aftercare, including exfoliating, hydrating, and shielding the lips from the sun, will impact how long your colour will last. Sunscreen-infused lip balm offers sufficient protection without drying out the lips.

While the colour may remain implanted for up to three years, the pigments will eventually lighten due to natural fading.

The Risks Involved

There are certain potential health risks whenever you get a tattoo. The tattoo’s ink may cause an allergic reaction to you, especially since it’s normally some shade of red. Additionally, there is a chance of developing scar tissue because tiny wounds are used to deposit colour.

An infection has a small likelihood of occurring. Thus, keep your lips clean, and avoid picking any sore spots. Follow any aftercare instructions you may receive. The full results might not be visible for up to four weeks.

Healing and Aftercare

Lip blushing has a similar healing process as tattoos. You will probably notice swelling and redness. Using ice or cold compresses to relieve this situation works. Although the contrary could be tempting, you should let your lips air dry for the greatest effects.

Your lips’ skin may scab for roughly a week as they begin to take shape. Avoid picking at these scabs, otherwise your lip tattoo will scar and develop an uneven tone while healing.

Apply petroleum jelly to your lips for comfort and defence. While your lips recover, you should also hold off on strenuous exercise for a few weeks. Also, during this period, stay out of the direct sun. If your lips appear darker than you expected, don’t panic; this common side effect will disappear as your lips heal.

You should notice the full effects of lip blushing in about a month. Then, your doctor would normally suggest you visit for a follow-up appointment to evaluate your outcomes.

After a few months, you might need a touch-up appointment to get the exact colour you want.

How Much Does It Cost ?

Lip blushing costs vary depending on your city and the artist’s skill level. The costs also vary according to the service provider, but you should budget between $500 and $1,500 on the high end. Lip blushing can be expensive, but many women who have undergone the process speak highly of the results and claim that their flawlessly coloured and shaped lips make it all worthwhile.


In the end, it’s best to treat lip blushing as just getting a tattoo because that’s what it precisely is. Focus on doing your part, and let the process unfold as it should. This procedure is as close to a maintenance-free beauty service as you can find. 

Lip blushing can help you every day by saving you valuable time while getting dressed. But before you make that leap, take your time and do your research.

At Impact Cosmetics, we ensure that you look as good as you feel. Each client merits the time and effort necessary to fully comprehend their concerns and ultimately provide a solution that makes them feel beautiful inside out.

When you enter our building, we always want you to feel that your needs and wants are being heard, understood, and completely met. To know more about our various services, such as lip blushing, visit our website and get in touch with us!

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