What is Lip Blush

Lip Blush

Lip Blush, a popular semi-permanent cosmetic procedure, involves depositing pigment into the lips using a tattooing technique, resulting in a long-lasting tint that enhances the natural color and shape of the lips. This innovative method offers clients a subtle yet defined look, providing soft, natural-looking color that can last for several months to a couple of years. Ideal for those seeking to add volume, correct asymmetry, or simply enhance their lip color without the daily hassle of traditional lipstick or liner,

Lip Blush is performed by skilled technicians who carefully tailor the procedure to each client’s desired outcome, ensuring beautiful and customized results.


Avoid Botox and fillers around the lip area.

Avoid Glycolic acid, chemical peels, and laser treatments on the face

Avoid Retinols and anti-aging creams eg. Retin


Avoid all facials, bleaching treatments, or waxings around the lip area

Avoid extensive sun exposure and sunburn on the face


Avoid Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Naproxen (Tylenol/Acetaminophen is ok to consume)

Avoid fish oils, DHA supplements, cayenne supplements, turmeric, vitamin e, niacin (or anything that can cause blood thinning)

Avoid marijuana and smoking

***If any of the above are taken for medical purposes, please consult with your physician.

Keep your lips well hydrated with a good lip balm

If you have ever had a cold sore, been prone to any type of cold sores (herpes simplex virus) or you may have the herpes simplex virus that lies dormant in your system, this procedure could cause an outbreak. It is best to consult with your doctor and upon your doctor’s recommendation, take doctor-prescribed medication such as Acyclovir, Zovirax, or Valtrex before and after the lip procedure to help prevent or lessen the severity of an outbreak.


Avoid alcohol (especially red wine)

Avoid coffee or tea (1/2 cup is ok, drink decaffeinated) or excessive amounts of caffeine

Gently exfoliate your lips 2 days prior to your procedure, 2x/day (you could use sugar and coconut oil mixture for a natural exfoliate)

Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water (the first sign of dehydration is dry lips)


Avoid intense physical activity (light yoga and walking are ok)

You can wear your normal makeup on the day of your procedure

It’s encouraged to bring your favorite lipsticks and/or lip liners with you to your appointment or photos of lip shapes and colors you prefer


Immediately following the procedure:

1) I will give you a lip moisturizer to use for 7 days. Only use this on your lips and gently apply with a clean q-tip a very light layer as needed for 7 days to help moisturize. Only a very thin layer is needed to allow the lip skin to breathe.

2) I will give you damp gauze to gently dab your lips to remove any lymph fluid every hour for 5 hours after the appointment ONLY for the first day. This is a very important step because if this mostly clear, yellowish fluid is not removed, it can cause scabbing, and more scabbing means less retention of the pigment. Don’t be alarmed if a little pigment comes off onto the gauze. That is from the lymph fluid and completely normal.

3) If you should experience swelling, an ice pack may be applied using a thin protective barrier such as a paper towel. Icing is most effective in the first 24 hours following the procedure.

4) If your lips are really sore or swollen, you can take a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication like Advil or a more natural alternative like arnica pills.

Within 21 days, lips go through 3 phases:

1st phase “looks too dark”: About 3 days with chapping (day 1-3)

2nd phase “looks too light”: Frosty and loss of color (days 4-13)

3rd phase “looks just right”: Blooming (days 14-21)

Just relax and be patient. It’s a process!

Day 1: Swelling, tender, heavy thick lipstick with a reddish brick color

Day 2: Slight swelling, reddish and tender with a slightly metallic flavor

Day 3: Less swelling, thicker texture, sore, hot feeling with an orange color effect

Day 4: Exfoliation/Peeling begins causing very chapped lips

Day 5: Very chapped lips but almost finished with the chapping stage

Day 6: A soft, rich color begins to appear

Day 7-13: Lip color disappears and the “frosty” stage begins as a white-ish, lighter haze on the lips

Day 14: Color slowly and gradually develops from within each day until day 21 or about 3 weeks post-procedure

Day 21: Healing is complete. The true color is revealed as you see it. Your lips will remain a bit dry for 1-2 months. Use a good quality lip balm (with SPF of course)!

Important Rules During Healing and Aftercare:

Avoid touching lips with fingers

Change your face masks frequently

Avoid toothpaste on lips and use gentle dental care during the healing process

Blot with a tissue, don’t rub during healing

Drink through a straw until the peeling is complete

To avoid infection, do not kiss until the scabs have completely come off

No conventional lipstick be worn during the healing process nor any petroleum products

Gently apply with a clean q-tip a very light layer of aftercare gel several times a day during the healing process to help moisturize. A very thin layer is used to allow the lip skin to breathe.

Use a clean, dark pillowcase to prevent possible ink stains, and try to sleep on your back as much as possible

Be careful when putting on or taking off clothes over the head

Use medication if necessary for cold sores

Do not pick or peel your lip skin

Stay out of direct sun exposure. Once healed, use a chapstick with SPF to help prevent loss of color

No smoking until fully healed

No soaps or alpha hydroxy’s until fully healed

Do not evaluate lip results until 21 days after the procedure

The color of the lips you leave the appointment with is not your final color (It can fade up to 40-50%)

The final color will be soft and natural

Perfecting/follow-up touch-up appointments should take place 6-8 weeks following the initial lip procedure (Dark lip neutralization can take 8+ weeks to fully heal)

Long Term Care:

Use a good quality lip balm with sunscreen on your lips daily (sunscreens with zinc or titanium dioxide as the first ingredients)

Please inform your technician and/or care provider of your permanent cosmetics with any future MRI scans, chemical peels, or laser procedures

Use of Retin A/Retinol/Tretinoin, chemical, acid peels, or any rapid skin exfoliation products used on or around the lip area will cause the permanent makeup of the lip area to fade prematurely

Any makeup directly on the lips will make the color appear different

Additional Important Information:

Please be aware that the result of the procedure is depending on the following: medications and health conditions, skin conditions such as oily, unhealthy, dry/flaky, loose and/or lax skin, poor diet and not following the aftercare instructions. All of these things can affect your healed results. Antacids, thyroid, and anxiety medications have been reported as interfering with permanent makeup either by affecting retention or shifting the pigment to an undesirable tone. With that information, an educated client may have better expectations and know that they may need more frequent adjustments than others. The better you take care of your skin and protect it from UV rays, the better the outcome and lifespan of the permanent cosmetic procedures.

**Contact a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: fever, redness at the site, excessive swelling, excessive tenderness at the site, elevated body temperature, red streaks going for the procedure site towards the heart, and/or green/yellow discharge that is foul in odor.