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Everything you need to know about Lip Blushing

Updated: Feb 9, 2023

One of the most common questions asked is "What is Lip Blushing? Lip blushing is a semi permanent makeup service for your lips and is done in a cosmetic beauty studio and should always be performed by a licensed technician.

The procedure is done by implementing semi permanent ink color into the lips and along the lip line using a tattoo machine. By doing this your color and natural shape are enhanced to give you a more beautiful color and symmetrical shape to your current natural shape. Lip Blush can also give the illusion of fuller lips by creating a more pronounced lip area and lip line.

What are the benefits of a lip blushing treatment?

Lip blushing gives lips a gorgeous, barely-there flush without the lifetime commitment of a traditional tattoo. The perks of lip blush include:

  • Long-lasting lip color

  • Increased pigmentation for pale and aging lips

  • The ability to customize your lip shade

  • Fuller-looking lips without need for injectables or surgery

  • Enhanced lip symmetry

  • Color correction for scars and uneven pigmentation

Thanks to these instant benefits lip blush tattooing is more in a higher demand than ever.

It's also effective for a variety of skin tones. Lip blushing can be used to even the color on individuals who have multiple color pigmented lips and uneven colors.

How to prepare for a lip blushing appointment

You should prep for your lip blush tattoo several weeks in advance of your appointment—and potentially talk to your doctor before going under the needle.

You must avoid having lip blushing performed if:

  • are pregnant or nursing

  • take Accutane (isotretinoin), steroids, or blood-thinning medication

  • are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation/hypopigmentation

If none of the above conditions apply to you, make sure your lips are generally healthy and hydrated before your service, especially if you're prone to seasonal flakiness.

Make sure to prep lips a few days before your tattoo with daily applications of lip scrub and balm. Skin should be smooth, soft, and hydrated before the procedure to allow for even pigment saturation and proper healing overall.

Also, if you experience cold sores, lip blushing can instigate an episode, so get a prescription beforehand for an antiviral medication like Valtrex or Acyclovir to help mitigate the occurrence of an outbreak after the lip blushing procedure and as the lips heal.

Bring a photo of your favorite lipstick or lip liner and the product itself to get as close of a match as possible to the exact shade you want your lips to be, which should complement your skin tone.

How is lip blushing performed and what is the procedure like?

The lip blush procedure should always be performed by a licensed technician or esthetician in a licensed beauty studio. The technician will first have you fill out medical and consent forms prior to the procedure and can sometimes be done prior to the arrival of your appointment online.

The technician will then seat you in the procedure chair and clean and disinfect the treatment area. A numbing cream will then be applied to the area and will sit from 15-20 min to numb the area and make the treatment more comfortable. The numbing cream will be applied between each treatment pass to keep the area numb and the client comfortable.

Once the numbing is completed the area is cleaned and the treatment begins using the chosen color to be applied and a tattoo machine. The lips are passed 2-3 times to ensure an even coat is applied to the entire lip areas.

After the desired color is achieved the technician will again clean the area and apply an ice pack to the lips for 10 minutes to reduce the swelling of the lip area.

Photos are then taken in order to document the before and after looks of the lip blushing service.

How long does the lip blush treatment last?

Everyone’s skin is different, so the results vary, but you can expect your newly colored lips to last one to three years. Of course, the darker the lip blushing color, the longer it lasts.Your lip blush treatment will begin to fade over time but this does depend on your lifestyle and skin care aftercare. If you drink alcohol, smoke or spend a lot of time in the sun or on sun beds then your Lip Blush will fade quicker. You should also avoid skin care exfoliants that can fade your lip blush areas. However you can slow down the fading process by avoiding the sun and wearing sunblock on your lips to prolong your lip blush treatment. However it is recommended to revive your lip blushing every year or two after your initial procedure to keep your lips looking young and fresh.

“Color retention depends on your health, lifestyle, and proper aftercare, which entails exfoliating, moisturizing, and protecting the lips from the sun,” says Bossavy. Lip balm with sunscreen provides ample protection without drying out the lips.

How long does it take to heal my lip blush treatment?

The healing process depends upon how accurately you follow your technicians after care instructions. Following these instructions will greatly impact the time is takes to heal as well as the overall look of your procedure after it has been healed.

The proper Lip Blush after care:

Day 1

Immediately following the procedure, lips will feel dry, chapped, tight and tender to the touch. They may appear swollen and bright in color.

For 4 hours after treatment, apply light pressure on lips with a clean paper towel, to remove any lymph. After 4 hours, start applying ointment (Aquaphor) as needed to keep lips constantly moist

No kissing, rubbing or friction on treatment area

Day 1-3

Apply ointment on lips several times a day. Keep lips moist at all times. Avoid oily, spicy and heavily seasoned food and drink with a straw. After every meal gently rinse and clean lips with water and pat dry, then re-apply ointment.

DAY 4-7

Between these days, lips will begin and end the process of peeling, and color will lighten by 30%-50%. Do not pick or rub your lips and let the peeling happen naturally. Continue keeping your lips moist!


Lips are done peeling, color is light. You may return to normal routines. Lips will continue to heal, up to 6 weeks. Every week more color will surface, it is important to continue keeping lips moist to get the best color at the end of the healing phase.

WEEK 6-8

Your lips are healed and you're feeling unstoppable!!! Just add some lip gloss and go! In most cases it requires two treatments to complete the lip transformation.

The following must be avoided during all 14 days post treatment:

  • Increased sweating

  • Practicing sports

  • Swimming

  • Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi

  • Sun tanning or salon tanning

  • Exposure to UV/UVA Rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading

  • Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the treatment area

  • Touching of the treatment area except for when applying the post-care ointment with a cotton swab

  • Picking, peeling, or scratching of the treatment area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment

  • Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds

  • Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles

  • Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds

Book your lip blush treatment here at Duece Ink


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