Lip blushing is a type of semi-permanent makeup.  A cosmetic tattooing procedure, it gives the lips the illusion of fullness. By improving the natural lip color and the shape of the lips, the process gives the lips the definition every woman wants to achieve every time they put on their lipstick.

How does it work?

Gorgeous, plump, and sultry lips can be achieved by cosmetic tattooing. It means that pigments will be deposited on your lips using tiny needles. The first thing you need to do is set an appointment with a permanent makeup practitioner. You can discuss your desired shape, color, and tone with them for your dream lips. They will draw it and have you evaluate it before finalizing it.

Before the procedure starts, pout prep is done. The permanent makeup technician will numb your lips using a topical anesthetic. They can do this several times during the course as necessary. It would help you avoid feeling pain and discomfort during the process.

They will insert a natural-looking pigment into your lips using tiny needles in multiple layers. It is during this time that the actual tattooing takes place. The entire process takes around one to three hours.

Is lip blushing for you?

You might have seen the rave on social media about lip blush. Before deciding to go for it, find out if it’s right for you. The procedure is not recommended if you:

  • Are pregnant or nursing.
  • Have been taking isotretinoin, steroids, or blood-thinning medication.
  • Suffer from cold sores.
  • Are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation/hypopigmentation.
  • Have anemia.
  • You are a smoker.
  • Have auto-immune diseases such as psoriasis, etc.
  • Suffer from thyroid or Graves’ disease.
  • Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring.
  • Are currently undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Have Diabetes type 1 or 2.

If you find yourself free from any conditions above, ensure that your lips are generally healthy and hydrated before your appointment.  It would be best to wait it out if you’re prone to seasonal flakiness.

If you’re still uncertain, set a consultation with your doctor and your provider. Many cosmetic tattoo experts offer free consultations and a patch test.

Are there any risks?

In lip blushing, permanent makeup artists poke tiny holes and insert pigment only into the epidermis or the top layer of the skin.  Since the injection of color into the lips is more superficial, the outcome is less permanent than a tattoo.  Nevertheless, lip blushing possesses the same side effects and risks related to traditional tattooing, including swelling, redness, and pain.

It would be best if you also learned how to take care of your lips after the procedure. If healing is slow or incomplete, there might be a risk of infection. Watch out for excessive swelling, worsening pain, pus, fever, and chills. Notify your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Other possible side effects include itchiness, rash, scars, skin bumps, uneven coloring, and blood-borne diseases from sharing needles or equipment.

How do you care for your lips before and after the blush?

Several weeks ahead of the procedure, prep your mouth with daily lip scrub and balm applications. Proper pigment saturation and a stress-free healing process result from healthy, smooth, soft, and well-hydrated skin. 

Avoid taking medications and supplements such as naproxen, ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil, garlic, ginkgo, and vitamin E before the procedure. Any of these can increase bleeding and bruising. Also, avoid alcoholic beverages and cocktails 24 hours before your lip blushing service.

Since it is practically a tattoo, your lips will undergo a healing process similar to a tattoo. There will be swelling and redness, which you can treat with ice or cold compress. 

The skin of your lips will scab for a week or so. Fight the urge to put on bandages, as it is best to air-dry them for complete and faster healing. It will also be tempting to pick on these scabs, but you should not, as it may result in scarring and uneven tone. You can always apply petroleum jelly for relief and protection.

While your lips are healing, avoid intense exercises and too much sun exposure.

Your lips may appear darker than you have expected but there is no need to worry. Within a month after it has completely healed, you will see your results. You can meet with your provider for a follow-up appointment to assess the outcome. A touch-up session may be scheduled after a few months to get the color you like.

Since lip blush is a semi-permanent form of makeup, you must repeat the process every few years.  Factors like lip exfoliation, sun exposure, and smoking may contribute to a quicker pigment fading.

What are the benefits of lip blushing?

Lip blushing is an easy and quick cosmetic procedure that allows you to wake up every day with picture-perfect, young-looking, and beautiful rosy lips without applying any lipstick, tint, balm, or gloss.  Aside from this convenience, it paves the way for: 

  • Correction of scars and uneven pigmentation
  • Long-lasting lip color in the shade of your choice
  • Increased pigmentation for pale and aging lips
  • Fuller-looking lips without the need for injectable or surgery
  • Enhanced lip shape and symmetry

How do you choose your provider?

Lip blushing is typically performed by an aesthetician or cosmetic tattoo technician instead of a traditional tattoo artist. Permanent makeup experts are more adept with the procedure and help you achieve anti-aging results than lip tint alone.

Keep in mind that this procedure should be performed at a skincare facility or medical office only. Look for a provider who is an expertly trained, licensed, and experienced aesthetician or cosmetic tattooist. They should be able to show you a portfolio of their work to gain your trust and for you to grasp a sense of their skills.

Do you want to help people achieve that gorgeous and young-looking lips? Beauty Techniques Institute of Permanent Cosmetics offers high-quality, cutting-edge, and private training programs for students who wish to gain skills to practice in this industry.  We invite you to train as a permanent makeup technician. You will get a training kit that includes the tools you will use for your training and practice as you start your permanent makeup business after you get the certification.

We have classes seven days a week. For more information about our training courses, click here. You can contact us by calling 832-654-4595 or 832 997 6068, or you can send an email at  We are located at 2990 Richmond Avenue Suite 370, Houston, Texas 77098.