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Lip Tattoos: In Depth Guide

What is a lip tattoo?

A lip tattoo is a professional procedure that involves inserting pigment and/or tattoo ink into your skin with small sterile tattooing needles.


What is lip blushing?

A semi-permanent lip tattoo technique that enhances your lips by giving a subtle hint or 'blush' of natural color. It varies from a bold or solid 'lipstick' look in that the color is more sheer and less intense. Lip blushing covers the whole surface area of the lip, compared to a lip liner, which provides merely an outline of the lips.



What are the benefits of lip tattoos?

  • Have more defined lips while still looking natural.

  • Look good 24/7 – wake up with makeup.

  • WATERPROOF and SWEATPROOF (beneficial for those with active lifestyles or oily skin that cause makeup to smudge and wear off quickly).

  • Convenience – improve daily lifestyle and save time.

  • Removes difficulties of makeup application (if you have bad vision or unsteady hands).

  • A possible option if you have allergies to cosmetics​.

  • Evens out lip discoloration caused by vitiligo, cancer treatments, illness, injury or naturally.

  • Create fullness and symmetry to thin or asymmetrical lips.


Who is lip tattooing suited to?

Anyone who wishes to improve their appearance or self confidence, while reducing time, inconvenience, cost or the difficulties of doing makeup. It's a great longer term solution that can reduce the hassle.


Do lip tattoos/lip blushing hurt?

Most cosmetic tattoo artists will apply a numbing product to your lips before and during the procedure to ensure maximum comfort. You may be able to take some Acetaminophen (Tylenol) before your appointment, so long as it isn't an NSAID drug (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, etc.), which increases bleeding time. If you are on your menstrual cycle you may be more sensitive to pain. Sleep, stress and caffeine can also play a role in pain sensitivity.


How much does a lip blush tattoo cost?

The cost of lip tattooing varies based on a number of factors - shop location, technique, experience of the artist, amongst others. In general, the cost of permanent makeup lip tattoo ink ranges between $400 and $800 CAD.


How long does a lip blush tattoo last? 

Permanent makeup cosmetic tattoos will gradually fade with time. Typically, it's 2-5 years before a touchup is needed to refresh the color and shape. Fading is dependent on factors such as pigment color, sun exposure, skin type, general health and immediate and long term aftercare. Frequent smokers or those with iron deficiency anemia may have results fade sooner. Results will vary with each client.


What are the risks or side effects of getting a lip tattoo?

Despite the popularity of tattoos , there are still risks and side effects to consider. Discomfort, bleeding and swelling are common during and right after the procedure, as can be dry skin. Allergic reactions, infection, scarring, color shifting, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation of the skin, are other possible outcomes. These risks can be minimized by choosing an experienced tattoo artist, ensuring