Lip blushing is a way to add semi-permanent color pigment to the lips. It doesn’t alter or change the tissue of the lips; it just adds a pop of color. During the pandemic, the procedure has seen a boom sparked by social media. Lipstick and gloss have basically been rendered obsolete by mask requirements. But makeup wearers still want to give their lips a colorful boost.
Watch along as cosmetic tattooer Ariana Schweiger of Studio Sashiko in Los Angeles gives In The Know the rundown on lip blushing.
“Lip blushing is a tattoo procedure,” Schweiger tells In The Know. “We take a nanoneedle, which is the smallest needle that they make for the market. What we’re doing is we’re shading a light blush color into the lip, so it looks very natural. You’re not leaving with hard lines or anything like that.”
Schweiger says those with hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation of the lips aren’t great candidates for the procedure. The best way to determine if lip blushing is right for you is to consult your doctor. And the procedure isn’t just for vanity, as it fills a need for people with certain medical conditions.
“I’m a cancer survivor,” Schweiger reveals. “And I had a lot of surgeries on my face. Because of those surgeries, you can lose pigment in your lips and in your face. So when I found lip blushing and I got it done myself, I was like, ‘I need to offer this to everybody.'”
Always conduct research to ensure your cosmetic tattooer is the right fit. You can expect to be paying around $500 to $800 for the procedure. And if you’re worried about pain, lip blushing shouldn’t hurt because the tattooer should numb the area beforehand. The only side effects are swelling and redness, according to Schweiger.
“Lip-blushing healing, it’s a process. You really want to make sure that you’re waiting the full six to eight weeks before seeing those real results,” Schweiger says.
Lip-blushing pigment can last between two to four years if well maintained.
“Make sure you’re being patient with this,” Schweiger explains. “This is a process. It’s not just like I’m rubbing lipstick on you and you go out into the world.”
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