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 now “lip blushing” – the latest tattoo technique which may actually be a substitute for lip injections. (We said might.)
Atlanta-based cosmetic tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow – recognized for masterminding the faux freckle technique – has come up with 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 enhances the lips by providing them a far more defined shape and youthful tint. We combined our backgrounds in tattooing to create this method.”
Dubbed “lip blushing,” the outcome looks similar to the job of lip blush tattoo before and after – the type of subtle kiss of color you may dream about naturally flaunting. After blending a custom hue (Rainbow works together with 30 pigments which can be blended to match your favorite shade) the cosmetic tattoo artist can produce a subtle shade (or anything bolder), which will go on for between 3 to 5 years. The whole process takes about a couple of hours and sessions run between $500 and $650, says Rainbow.
While getting up every day using a pigmented pout (sans lipstick) sounds like a fantasy, be careful in choosing your shade. “The last color depends on the underlying colour of the lips and you may not always get the color you expect,” Sejal Shah, a cosmetic dermatologist and founding father of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells Allure. “While lip blushing will not be permanent, it could last years and even still may not fully disappear. In the event you aren’t satisfied with the colour, you could be tied to it or have to do laser removal.”
Aside from the new hue, there may also be considered a bonus effect of lip blushing. “We could define the lips a lot more and give them overall a prettier tone, that gives them a much more plump and fuller look,” Rainbow says. The key word, though, is look. “Immediately after the tattoo, the lips could be swollen, which results in a false sensation of lip enhancement,” David Shafer, The Big Apple-based plastic 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 just be a subtle illusion, but if fillers aren’t your thing, it could be a good option.
Prior to going beneath the needle, ensure you’re working with a credible artist who’s knowledgeable about the process. “Like any type of tattooing, you can find risks connected with it, such as infections, allergy symptoms for the pigment, scarring, and hyperpigmentation – especially in darker kinds of skin,” says Shah. When you weigh the merits of lip-blushing, airxoe out these lip tints for a few shade inspiration.
We’re used to Korean brands being in front of the curve when it comes to launching inventive skin treatments with unique ingredients, but this innovation isn’t exclusively limited 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 it off to disclose a sheer tint of pigment that won’t move for around 12 hours.
This can be no swipe-and-run tint – rich, pigmented, and dense, the initial texture is much more like a glue compared to a lip gloss (I’d recommend applying it with a lip brush to make sure that all areas are sufficiently covered) and sits just like a mask upon the lips. After a number of minutes, it dries to a thick gel consistency, which requires you to help keep your lips fairly still and speechless for that 15-20 minutes required for the stain setting in and take effect. After 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, whatever you throw at it.