Lip Blushing is a the Trend that Makes Your Lipstick (Semi) Permanent

It also involves needles 💉💋

Back in the D, tattooing was frowned upon. Then it became a mainstream way of decorating your body. But it has only been in recent years that people have been going ‘under the needle’ to address their beauty issues. While there might still be some grannies lurking about sporting some harsh tattooed-on lip and eyeliner, things have become much more natural lately (thank GOODness!) Microblading – or having your eyebrows filled using feather-light strokes which are tattooed onto the skin – has become a super popular procedure. The latest one focusses further down on the mouth area: lip blushing – it’s going to be huge.

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So what exactly is lip blushing? This procedure, which is performed by permanent-makeup professionals and not your local tattoo artist, is essentially colouring the entire lip so that you don’t have to keep applying lipstick. Because even the best liquid long-wear variety doesn’t last for a few months at a time. Talk about kiss-proof!

In the past, synthetic pigments were applied deep into the skin for permanent and semi-permanent makeup. These days they take a more organic approach, using natural pigments and high-tech tools. The result? Results that look *so* natural people will think you got it from yo’ mama.

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First there was microblading and now there is lip blushing – which is actually the newest trend in medical aesthetics (as per last weeks Derm Hot Topics sit down chat with @drpauljarrodfrank) Coined the “Lip Blush” technique, this procedure is designed to offer a nontraditional take on lip tattooing, with an end result that gives the illusion of full-lip enhancement, rather then a lip liner or full-lipstick look -that also brings color and youth to the lips. This procedure is the semi permanent and new alternative that would replace the traditional lip tattoos we are used to seeing. The process depends on a couple of factors, but specialists essentially use a pigment and tattoo the full lip. This can define the lips a lot more and give them overall a prettier tone, which gives them a more plump and fuller look. Lip Blushing aims for more of a natural lip-tint look, something that emphasizes without being overdone. I kinda dig it- I can’t lie! What do you guys think?? 👌🏼💋 patient above done by Dominique Bossavy- NYC. #beautybroker #plasticsurgery #beautyconsultant #beautyexpert #plasticsurgeryconsultant #aestheticexpert #aestheticadvisor #aestheticcoach #plasticsurgeryexpert #lipblushing #semipermanenttattoo #aestheticconsultant #cosmeticconsultant #cosmeticexpert #beforeandafter

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While there are brighter shades options available, most people opt for a colour just slightly darker and pinker than their actual lips. This is because deepening them slightly can make them appear fuller and healthier without having to resort to fillers. As for the cost, this treatment will set you back anywhere between R1 800 and R4 000, but remember that cheap isn’t always cheerful (you get what you pay for, after all). But there is good news: The tint lasts between seven and 10 years, with touch-ups every three. Think of it as a colourful investment.

Unfortunately, needles and pain are not completely out of the picture. While your lips are numbed using a numbing cream before the tattooing starts, there will be sensitivity, scabbing and peeling for a few weeks after that. In other words, don’t make any plans. But after that? You can enjoy a pout so perfect it would make Kylie Jenner green, and you can stash your lipsticks away for a while. Or not.

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