Makeup tattooing has a less than fascinating past. Fortunately, 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 newest tattoo technique that may actually be an alternative choice to lip injections. (We said might.)
Atlanta-based cosmetic tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow – known for masterminding the faux freckle technique – has created a new way to tattoo lips. “My partner, Erick Holguin, and I wanted to create a softer-looking lip tattoo for my clients,” Rainbow tells Allure. “Something soft and natural that improves the lips by giving them a much more defined shape and youthful tint. We combined our backgrounds in tattooing to produce this method.”
Dubbed “lip blushing,” the result looks similar to the job of semi permanent lipsticks – the sort of subtle kiss of color you may imagine naturally flaunting. After blending a custom hue (Rainbow works together with 30 pigments that can be blended to match your favorite shade) the cosmetic tattoo artist can create a subtle shade (or something that is bolder), which will continue for from three to five years. The whole process takes about a couple of hours and sessions run between $500 and $650, says Rainbow.
While getting up every single day having a pigmented pout (sans lipstick) looks like a fantasy, be mindful in choosing your shade. “The last color depends on the underlying color of the lips and you may not necessarily get the color you anticipate,” Sejal Shah, a cosmetic dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells Allure. “While lip blushing will not be permanent, it can last years as well as still may well not fully disappear. Should you aren’t satisfied with the colour, you could be saddled with it or should do laser removal.”
Besides the new hue, there might also be considered a bonus effect of lip blushing. “We are able to define the lips a lot more and present them overall a prettier tone, which gives them a more plump and fuller look,” Rainbow says. The true secret word, though, is look. “Soon after the tattoo, the lips may be swollen, which results in a false sensation of lip enhancement,” David Shafer, The Big Apple-based plastic surgeon and RealSelf contributor, tells Allure. “Since the swelling settles, the lips would return to their baseline size.” Without an actual filler, any boost the truth is from blushing will just be a subtle illusion, but if fillers aren’t your personal style, it may be an excellent choice.
Before heading under the needle, make sure you’re working with a credible artist who’s familiar with the method. “Like any type of tattooing, you can find risks connected with it, including infections, allergic reactions to the pigment, scarring, and hyperpigmentation – particularly 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 in terms of 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 comparatively simple, you dab a gloopy gel on to your lips, give it time to dry, and after that peel it away to show a sheer tint of pigment that won’t move for about 12 hours.
This can be no swipe-and-run tint – rich, pigmented, and dense, the primary texture is much more just like a glue than a lip gloss (I’d recommend applying it using a lip brush to ensure all areas are sufficiently covered) and sits such as a mask upon the lips. After a number of minutes, it dries to your thick gel consistency, which requires you to maintain your lips fairly still and speechless for that 15-20 minutes needed for the stain to create in and take effect. When 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.