Lip Blush: Everything you need to Know
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Lip Blush: Everything You Need to Know

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but lately, the feature focused on most—if social media is any indication—appears to be the lips. Between 2000 and 2017, lip injections have increased by 312 percent, and that number has undoubtedly continued to skyrocket. While some may have an aversion to the idea of injectables, a new trend that’s emerging is lip blushing. In fact, the hashtag #lipblush has nearly half a million posts on Instagram. While you may have seen some impressive before-and-after photos, some readers may still be wondering what a lip blush is, how it works, and how long it lasts. This article will explore everything you need to know about lip blush. 

What is a lip blush?

Like cosmetic fillers and injections, a lip blush is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure with semi-permanent results. The procedure adds pigment to your lips, allowing you to skip lipstick or gloss for a natural look. Lip blush not only adds color to your lips but also makes them appear fuller and larger. It can also even out asymmetry. The result is subtle—like a lip balm or stain—rather than a fully-pigmented lipstick. There are countless colors to choose from, and typically the professional performing the service will create a custom color blend that will look natural. 

How does lip blush work?

Lip blush is a form of semi-permanent makeup that is achieved through a technique similar to tattooing. Tiny needles deposit pigment into the lips in a process that takes between one and three hours. 

Permanent makeup achieved through tattooing has been around for decades, but the results used to be much less natural-looking. Today, however, technology has improved. 

Christina Son, who owns LA’s Sugarin Studio, says, “Nowadays, the industry has developed great new techniques, like gentler machines and advanced semi-permanent makeup pigments.” She explains her process, saying, “I use high-quality vegan line pigments. In the past, traditional carbon-based tattoo ink produced harsh results that would age to an unappealing color.”

Lip Blush: Everything you need to Know

How long does lip blush last?

Unlike lip fillers, which need to be replenished every six months to a year, lip blush lasts for years at a time, though the exact results vary from user to user. On top of that, lifestyle choices can impact its longevity. Smoking, sun exposure, and over-exfoliation can cause lip blush to fade faster. 

In terms of price, expect each session to cost between $500 and $1500, depending on where you live. While that may seem pricey, it’s easier to justify when considering how infrequently the procedure needs to be repeated. 

Lip blush dangers

Generally speaking, a lip blush is a safe procedure with minimal side effects. Some of the most common are swelling, redness, and pain in the area. It is possible, however, for your lips to become infected. Contact a doctor if you notice excessive swelling, pus, or increasing pain in the days following the appointment. 

It’s advised to avoid taking ibuprofen, fish oil, or vitamin E up to 24 hours before the appointment in order to prevent excessive bleeding and bruising. Painkillers shouldn’t be necessary during the procedure since a topical anesthetic is typically applied and reduces sensation in the area. Those with a low pain tolerance could consider taking acetaminophen an hour or two before their appointment. 

Make sure to invest in a high-quality lip balm or petroleum jelly-based product to use after the procedure because dryness, flaking, and peeling are common side effects that could last several days. Expect your lips to be healed after approximately five days. 

Lip Blush: Everything you need to Know

How to prepare for a lip blush

The first step in getting a lip blush is finding an accredited professional to perform the procedure. While it’s ideal to get a personal recommendation from someone you know, it’s also possible to find an esthetician by looking at social media and online review sites. Luckily, many professionals share photos on social media, so you’ll be able to see real examples of their work. 

After making an appointment, start amassing photos of lip blush results to provide inspiration. One of the most important steps in the process is choosing a color. While the esthetician will blend the final color for you using specially-formulated inks, it’s also prudent to bring in some of your favorite lipstick shades to give an idea of the shade and undertone you’re looking to achieve. 

Lip Blush: Everything you need to Know

Expect the color to darken in the days immediately following the procedure. The final color should be achieved after three to five days of healing. Most professionals offer free touch-ups if the color is uneven several weeks after the lip blush has healed. 

Want to learn more about how to get fuller-looking lips? Check out our article on the popularity of cosmetic procedures for the lips, which covers filler, lip flips, and implants. 

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