Makeup tattooing has a less than desirable past. Thankfully, the raccoon eyes and harsh lip liner of yesterday have given approach to major beauty game changers like microblading, lash tattoos, faux freckles, and today “lip blushing” – the newest tattoo technique that may actually be an alternative choice to lip injections. (We said might.)
Atlanta-based cosmetic tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow – noted for masterminding the faux freckle technique – has developed a new approach to tattoo lips. “My partner, Erick Holguin, and I wanted to produce 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 produce this method.”
Dubbed “lip blushing,” the end result looks similar to the work of pictures of lipstick tattoos – the sort of subtle kiss of color you might dream of naturally flaunting. After blending a custom hue (Rainbow works with 30 pigments that may be blended to fit your favorite shade) the cosmetic tattoo artist can produce a subtle shade (or anything bolder), which will last for between three to five years. The complete process takes about two hours and sessions run between $500 and $650, says Rainbow.
While getting up each day using a pigmented pout (sans lipstick) seems like a goal, be careful when selecting your shade. “The final color depends on the underlying shade of the lips and you may not always get the color you anticipate,” Sejal Shah, a cosmetic dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells Allure. “While lip blushing might not be permanent, it can last years as well as still may not fully disappear. If you aren’t satisfied with the colour, you may be saddled with it or have to do laser removal.”
Apart from the new hue, there could also become a bonus effect of lip blushing. “We can define the lips far more and give them overall a prettier tone, which provides them a far more plump and fuller look,” Rainbow says. The true secret word, though, is look. “Right after the tattoo, the lips may be swollen, which leads to a false feeling of lip enhancement,” David Shafer, New York-based plastic surgeon and RealSelf contributor, tells Allure. “As the swelling settles, the lips would come back to their baseline size.” With no actual filler, any boost the thing is from blushing will you should be a subtle illusion, but when fillers aren’t your thing, it can be a good option.
Prior to going beneath the needle, make certain you’re using a credible artist who’s familiar with the procedure. “Like any type of tattooing, you will find risks connected with it, like infections, allergy symptoms 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 some shade inspiration.
We’re used to Korean brands being ahead of the curve with regards to launching inventive skin treatments with unique ingredients, but this innovation isn’t exclusively confined to skincare. One of the 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 onto your lips, allow it to dry, and then peel them back to disclose a sheer tint of pigment that won’t move for about 12 hours.
This really is no swipe-and-run tint – rich, pigmented, and dense, the first texture is more such as a glue when compared to a lip gloss (I’d recommend applying it with a lip brush to ensure every area are sufficiently covered) and sits just like a mask upon the lips. After a few minutes, it dries to a thick gel consistency, which requires you to keep your lips fairly still and speechless for your 15-20 minutes needed for the stain to set in and take effect. Once the time has passed the tint could 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.