You’ve probably heard of permanent makeup. But, when you think about it, you probably envision intense dark tattoed brows. That may have been a thing for a while, but not anymore.

Permanent makeup has become natural-looking. It improves someone’s natural beauty and enhances one’s confidence.

Lip blushing, for instance, is not a tattoo. Tattoos use ink, while lip blushing uses pigment. The process is somewhat similar, but the result is wildly different.
As the popularity of lip filler has died down, lip blushing is exploding, but many people still don’t really understand it.

Lip blushing is semi-permanent makeup. A licensed technician will work with you to pick the shade you want. This technique enhances your lip color, refines the shape, and evens out tone while giving you the appearance of fuller lips. This can be pricey and can run you up to 1k per appointment. But, it usually only takes one appointment and touch-up to get your ideal look.

The process is similar to that of a tattoo. A small needle deposits pigment in the lips. The end result, once healed, should last from one to three years, depending on the person and their follow-up care. Things like too much sun, smoking, oily skin, or exfoliating can cause fading.

Now, the actual process can be painful. Your lips are one of the most sensitive areas of your body. Most technicians will numb the area topically before beginning. During this, they will outline the lips and create the shape.

Once the numbing kicks in, some people don’t feel anything while others feel what they describe as tiny scratches. It is essential not to take a pain reliever beforehand as they can cause blood thinning, but afterwards, Tylenol is okay.

The procedure itself can take up to an hour, and when you look at yourself in the mirror, you will likely be shocked. Your lips will be swollen, and the color will be about 60% darker and brighter than what you asked for. Try not to freak out, though.

The swelling should go down with icing in about two days. During the next week or so, your lips will heal. During that process, they will be flaky, dry, and itchy. You mustn’t pick at the scabs. This will cause the healing to be uneven. Apply a generous amount of A+D ointment or Aquaphor.

During the week of flaking, you will see the color fade. You might think all the color is gone by week two, but that is part of the healing. The initial shocking color will flake off, and the skin will recover with the pigment you chose.

It will take about four weeks for you to see the end result, and then six weeks from the initial appointment you will have a touch-up to make sure everything is even.

If this is something that interests you be sure you are booking your session with a trained and licensed technician. Check out their before and after photos and reviews and ask them questions.

This may be makeup but seeing as it can last years, you want to ensure that you are working with someone you trust before committing.

Lip blushing may be a newer beauty method, but it has become viral, and for good reason. Most people love their results and highly recommend the procedure.

It is also good to remember that you can still wear makeup over your new lip color once healed. You can rock a deep burgundy or bright red when the occasion calls for it.