Makeup tattooing has a less than desirable past. Luckily, the raccoon eyes and harsh lip liner of yesterday have given way to major beauty game changers like microblading, lash tattoos, faux freckles, and now “lip blushing” – the latest tattoo technique that may actually be a substitute for lip injections. (We said might.)
Atlanta-based cosmetic tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow – known for masterminding the faux freckle technique – has created another approach to tattoo lips. “My partner, Erick Holguin, and that i wanted to make a softer-looking lip tattoo for my clients,” Rainbow tells Allure. “Something soft and natural that increases the lips by giving them a far more defined shape and youthful tint. We combined our backgrounds in tattooing to generate this procedure.”
Dubbed “lip blushing,” the result looks much like the work of learn permanent makeup – the kind of subtle kiss of color you could dream of naturally flaunting. After blending a custom hue (Rainbow works together with 30 pigments that may be blended to match your favorite shade) the cosmetic tattoo artist can produce a subtle shade (or something bolder), that can last for between three to five years. The entire process takes about a couple of hours and sessions run between $500 and $650, says Rainbow.
While getting out of bed every single day having a pigmented pout (sans lipstick) seems like a fantasy, be careful when choosing your shade. “The last color depends on the underlying shade of the lips and you may not necessarily obtain the color you anticipate,” Sejal Shah, a cosmetic dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells Allure. “While lip blushing may not be permanent, it could last years as well as still might not fully disappear. Should you aren’t pleased with colour, you could be stuck with it or should do laser removal.”
Aside from the new hue, there could also be considered a bonus effect of lip blushing. “We are able to define the lips far more and provide them overall a prettier tone, which gives them a more plump and fuller look,” Rainbow says. The key word, though, is look. “Soon after the tattoo, the lips could be swollen, which results in a false sensation of lip enhancement,” David Shafer, New York City-based plastic surgeon and RealSelf contributor, tells Allure. “Because the swelling settles, the lips would return to their baseline size.” With no actual filler, any boost the truth is from blushing will just be a subtle illusion, but when fillers aren’t your thing, it can be a good option.
Before heading beneath the needle, make sure you’re using a credible artist who’s knowledgeable about the procedure. “Like any kind of tattooing, you will find risks connected with it, like infections, allergic reactions for the pigment, scarring, and hyperpigmentation – specifically in darker skin types,” says Shah. While you weigh the merits of lip-blushing, airxoe out these lip tints for many shade inspiration.
We’re used to Korean brands being in front of the curve in terms of launching inventive skin treatments with unique ingredients, but this innovation isn’t exclusively limited to skincare. One of many latest beauty trends to emerge from Korea are temporary peel-off lip stains. Promising smudge-proof, long-lasting colour – think temporary tattoo – the premise is fairly simple, you dab a gloopy gel on to your lips, give it time to dry, and after that peel them back to reveal a sheer tint of pigment that won’t move for around 12 hours.
This can be no swipe-and-run tint – rich, pigmented, and dense, the primary texture is much more just like a glue compared to a lip gloss (I’d recommend applying it using a lip brush to ensure that all areas are sufficiently covered) and sits such as a mask upon the lips. After a number of minutes, it dries to your thick gel consistency, which requires you to maintain your lips fairly still and speechless for the 15-twenty or so minutes necessary for the stain setting in and take effect. When the time has gone by the tint may be peeled off relatively easily and painlessly, revealing a lollipop stick-esque stain which quite miraculously, doesn’t budge, regardless of what you throw at it.