by BR Amelia
There were certain things I knew to expect about the ageing process. My girls would cease to defy gravity. My hair would lose pigmentation. My skin would be less elastic band and more soft and saggy. One thing that has taken me by surprise is seeing my lips lose their definition and pigmentation, and while I am more than happy to line and fill my lips to recreate the illusion of youth, it has got me wondering if there was a more permanent, time-saving, natural-looking option...
You see, in the past I'd read about cosmetic tattooing as a way to recolour and line the lips, but it always looked a little too fake for my liking. But times have changed, as has lip tattooing, and now we ladies who'd like to give our lips more definition and more pigmentation can now try lip blushing...
So... What is lip blushing?
Quite simply, lip blushing is a semi-permanent lip tattoo technique, which works to create a natural, just bitten look using pigment (rather than old school tattoo ink) upon the lips.
What does lip blushing involve?
First of all, working with your technician, you'll choose a lip colour that works for you. In order to keep things looking natural, it is generally recommended that you go one to two shades darker than your existing lip colour. From there your technicial will map out where they'll be tattooing, then apply a numbing cream, before depositing pigment beneath the surface of your lips using fine needles.
The procedure takes about two hours, and immediately following the procedure you may experience tenderness and swelling, which will subside. The colour will also be darker than expected for the first few days, but will tone down as the skin heals.
What happens after the procedure?
Aftercare is super important if you're wanting to get the best results while avoiding infection. Healing can take a couple of weeks (with the finished result becoming obvious around the one month mark), and during this period it's important that you follow the directions given to you, which can include applying hydrating creams, not picking or scratching at the skin, not getting lips wet, not exercising in a meaningful way (aka no getting super sweaty), avoiding direct sunlight, not having facials, keeping products, other than the recommended cream, away from your lips. Yes, it's a lot to be aware of, but ignoring the advice can result in look that doesn't last or appear as good as it could.
After six to eight weeks you will be asked to come back for a touch up session.
Is lip blushing safe?
On the whole, yes. However, if you are pregnant, taking isotretinoin, suffer allergies, and/or are prone to cold sores, it might be best to steer clear of the procedure. Also, for those who enjoy a tipple, you need to avoid alcohol for 24 hours before having lip blushing donw. As always, find a reputable technician, ask questions, be open about any potential medical issues, and listen to the advice given to you before making a firm decision.
Does it last?
Being semi-permanent, this isn't a procedure that'll last forever, and results will depend from person to person, but it can last anywhere from 18 months to five or so years before you need to have it redone.
Is lip blushing performed in New Zealand?
There are indeed cosmetic tattoo technicians who perform the procedure, with prices ranging from anywhere between $700 - $1200 mark for two sessions.
All in all, I must say I'm intrigued... I love the idea of a freshened up pair of lips, especially if it means doing away with lip liner and lipstick and just being able to swipe on a bit of gloss before heading out the door.
So... Does lip blushing sound like a bit of you? Would you get it done? Or is it a hard pass? Chat below!