Also known as lip blushing, lip tint tattooing involves applying lipstick-like pigment through small needles. It’s particularly popular for clients with a naturally dull or flat lip color.

First, we apply numbing cream to the lips. Most clients report feeling only minor discomfort.

However, some healthcare providers recommend taking acetaminophen beforehand if you tend to have a low pain threshold. In addition, they usually advise you to steer clear of aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, fish oil supplements, garlic supplements, Vitamin E, and gingko because they increase the risk of bleeding. If you take any of them by prescription, please consult with your doctor or a pharmacist before discontinuing them for any reason.

One advantage to lip tint tattooing is that it is one of the longest-lasting procedures in permanent makeup. Typically, it lasts for up to five years without needing a touch-up.
Most of our clients report fuller and more youthful-looking lips after the procedure. You shouldn’t have to apply and reapply lipstick afterward. It also won’t be affected by your eating or get on any glasses, cups, or bottles.

For your health and safety, you should not get lip tint tattooing if you have any of the following:

  • you have any skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis
  • you are currently pregnant
  • you are currently undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation
  • you have heart disease or any heart issues
  • you have an autoimmune disease
  • you took Accutane for acne within the past year
  • you have thyroid disease or issues
  • you’re currently under 18

The difference with the full matte lipstick is that the full matte gives off a more saturated look. Depending on the client’s skin sensitivity, this procedure is done with a single needle, three-round liner needle, or nine magnum needles. Like lip tint tattooing, it typically lasts for up to five years without needing a touch-up.

Before Care

  • NO Alcohol consumption prior to procedure – It will cause more sensitivity and possible pinpoint bleeding.
  • NO ASPIRIN or Vitamin E – No “blood Thinners” …for 3 days prior
  • You may want to take an oral antihistamine (i.e. Benadryl) one hour prior to treatment
  • Delicate skin or sensitive areas may redden or swell slightly, therefore, it is advised to not make social plans for the same day.

OUTER HEALING TIME completes in about 7-10 days for the lips.

INNER HEALING TIME completes in about 6-8 weeks for the lips.

  • How easily a person bruises and swells may be affected by age, food and meds consumed, and
    hormonal cycles.
  • If unwanted hair is normally removed in the area to be treated, any waxing should be done at least 24 hours prior to your procedure; electrolysis no less than five days. Do not resume any method of hair removal for a week after a procedure.
  • If you are having a lipliner procedure and have EVER had a cold sore/fever blister, chicken pox or shingles, the procedure will almost always activate the virus responsible for the eruption.
  • You may wish to ask your physician for a prescription for 400 mgs. of ZOVIRAX or ACYCLOVIR. This should be taken 2 times a day for 2 days before and 4 days after the procedure; a total of six days (6) days. (Or as prescribed by your physician). This protocol may prevent or minimize an outbreak.
  • For those wanting an alternative approach, the amino acid L-Lysine is available at health food stores and the dosage should be increased to double the recommended and taken 4 days prior and 4 days after the procedure.
  • Permanent makeup will appear extremely intense and thick immediately following the procedure.
  • The excess pigment is shed off over the next couple of days. Colors will continue to soften over the next couple of months.
  • Colors for lips and brows may look strange for the first few days. Lips will peel for a week and it may seem like there is not much color or even no color left in your lips.
  • It will start to show more after 3 weeks as the internal healing completes. This is normal!

NOTE: Permanent cosmetic procedures are affected by the canvas (your skin) that they are performed on. If your skin is sun-damaged (even from tanning beds), thick and uneven in texture, or excessively dry or oily, the result cannot be expected to be perfect after the initial procedure. Scars on the lips from fever blisters cause pigment removal. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery, and age of skin all contribute to fading. Touch-ups are needed 30 days after your initial procedure to ensure the best result and to keep your permanent cosmetics looking the best. Your procedure maintenance, as outlined in your pre and post procedure directions, is very important.

After Care

  • Be careful as you pull on shirts or other garments over you face that you don’t brush the new tattoo accidentally.
  • Also, don’t put any makeup on, particularly just after treatment. You might cause an infection or otherwise damage the tattoo.
  • In case of food, it may be challenging for a while to eat with tattooed lips, but it can be done.
  • Avoid biting or licking your lips as much as possible, and make sure no food or drink stays on there.
  • Avoid contact with clothing, makeup, food and sunlight.
  • Take care not to expose your face to the sun for about two weeks after you get your tattoo. The sun will fade the pigment, which is still settling into your skin.
  • Even after the tattoos have healed, be consistent with applying sunscreen to those areas of your face, to avoid fading.
  • Lips can take 1-3 treatments for desired depth of color.
  • Keeping lips moist daily will lengthen the time the pigment will last, but everyone heals differently.

Day 1 – Swelling, tender, heavy, thick lipstick look with a reddish brick color effect.

Day 2 – Slight, swelling, reddish and tender

Day 3 – Less swelling, thicker texture, sore, hot feeling before exfoliation with an orange color.

Day 4 – Exfoliation begins, very chapped lips

Day 5 – Very chapped but almost finished with first chapping stage

Day 6 – A soft, rich color begins to appear

Day 7-13 – Lip color disappears and the “frosty” (2nd chapping) stage begins as a whitish/grayish haze on the lips~ The week after your procedure it may look like a lot of the color is gone. This will slowly return as the inner healing shows through the newly exfoliated skin. Don’t panic.

Day 14 – Color “blooms” from within more and more each day until day 21 (3 weeks post procedure)

~ Day 31 – Healing complete. The color you see is the color you have. However, lips remain a bit dry for a month or two. Use a good lip balm and they will return to normal but with color!