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 most recent tattoo technique that might 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 another method to tattoo lips. “My partner, Erick Holguin, and I wanted to make a softer-looking lip tattoo for my clients,” Rainbow tells Allure. “Something soft and natural that enhances the lips by giving them a more defined shape and youthful tint. We combined our backgrounds in tattooing to generate this method.”
Dubbed “lip blushing,” the result looks similar to the work of pictures of lipstick tattoos – the type of subtle kiss of color you may dream of naturally flaunting. After blending a custom hue (Rainbow works with 30 pigments that can be blended to fit your favorite shade) the cosmetic tattoo artist can produce a subtle shade (or something bolder), that can continue for from 3 to 5 years. The complete process takes about a couple of hours and sessions run between $500 and $650, says Rainbow.
While getting out of bed every day having a pigmented pout (sans lipstick) sounds like a fantasy, be careful when selecting your shade. “The last color depends on the underlying color of the lips and you could not really get the color you expect,” Sejal Shah, a cosmetic dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells Allure. “While lip blushing may not be permanent, it can last years as well as still may well not fully disappear. Should you aren’t pleased with colour, you could be tied to it or need to do laser removal.”
Aside from the new hue, there may also become a bonus effect of lip blushing. “We could define the lips much more and give them overall a prettier tone, that gives them a much more plump and fuller look,” Rainbow says. The true secret word, though, is look. “Right after the tattoo, the lips could be swollen, which results in a false feeling of lip enhancement,” David Shafer, New York City-based cosmetic surgeon and RealSelf contributor, tells Allure. “Because the swelling settles, the lips would come back to their baseline size.” With no actual filler, any boost the truth is from blushing will simply be a subtle illusion, but when fillers aren’t your thing, it may be a great choice.
Before heading under the needle, make sure you’re employing a credible artist who’s familiar with the procedure. “Like any sort of tattooing, there are risks related to it, such as infections, allergic reactions for the pigment, scarring, and hyperpigmentation – particularly in darker skin types,” says Shah. As you weigh the merits of lip-blushing, airxoe out these lip tints for some shade inspiration.
We’re utilized to Korean brands being ahead of the curve when it comes to launching inventive skin treatments with unique ingredients, but this innovation isn’t exclusively confined to skincare. Among 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 comparatively simple, you dab a gloopy gel on your lips, give it time 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 just like a glue when compared to a lip gloss (I’d recommend applying it having a lip brush to ensure that 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 the 15-20 minutes necessary for the stain setting in and take effect. When the time has passed the tint may be peeled off relatively easily and painlessly, revealing a lollipop stick-esque stain which quite miraculously, doesn’t budge, whatever you throw at it.