Makeup tattooing has a less than fascinating 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 today “lip blushing” – the newest tattoo technique that might actually be a substitute for lip injections. (We said might.)
Atlanta-based cosmetic tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow – noted for masterminding the faux freckle technique – has developed a whole new approach to tattoo lips. “My partner, Erick Holguin, and I wanted to make a softer-looking lip tattoo for my clients,” Rainbow tells Allure. “Something soft and natural that increases the lips by offering them a far more defined shape and youthful tint. We combined our backgrounds in tattooing to generate this technique.”
Dubbed “lip blushing,” the result looks much like the job of permanent lip tint – the sort of subtle kiss of color you might imagine naturally flaunting. After blending a custom hue (Rainbow works together with 30 pigments that can be blended to fit your favorite shade) the cosmetic tattoo artist can create a subtle shade (or something bolder), that can go on for anywhere from 3 to 5 years. The whole process takes about a couple of hours and sessions run between $500 and $650, says Rainbow.
While getting out of bed each day having a pigmented pout (sans lipstick) sounds like a dream, be mindful when choosing your shade. “The final color depends on the underlying colour of the lips and you could not really get the color you anticipate,” Sejal Shah, a cosmetic dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells Allure. “While lip blushing may not be permanent, it may last years as well as still may not fully disappear. In the event you aren’t happy with the colour, you could be tied to it or should do laser removal.”
Aside from the new hue, there could also become a bonus effect of lip blushing. “We can define the lips much more and present them overall a prettier tone, that gives them a much more plump and fuller look,” Rainbow says. The key word, though, is look. “Right after the tattoo, the lips may be swollen, which leads to a false sensation of lip enhancement,” David Shafer, New York City-based cosmetic 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 simply be a subtle illusion, however, if fillers aren’t your personal style, it can be an excellent choice.
Before going underneath the needle, make sure you’re employing a credible artist who’s knowledgeable about the method. “Like any kind of tattooing, you will find risks related to it, such as infections, allergies for the pigment, scarring, and hyperpigmentation – specifically in darker skin types,” says Shah. When you weigh the merits of lip-blushing, airxoe out these lip tints for some shade inspiration.
We’re utilized to Korean brands being in front of the curve with regards to launching inventive skin treatments with unique ingredients, but this innovation isn’t exclusively limited to skincare. One of many 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 relatively simple, you dab a gloopy gel on to your lips, give it time to dry, and after that peel them back to reveal a sheer tint of pigment that won’t move for at least 12 hours.
This really is no swipe-and-run tint – rich, pigmented, and dense, the initial texture is more just like a glue when compared to a lip gloss (I’d recommend applying it with a lip brush to ensure that all areas are sufficiently covered) and sits like a mask upon the lips. After a couple of minutes, it dries to some thick gel consistency, which requires you to maintain your lips fairly still and speechless for that 15-20 minutes required for the stain to create in and take effect. When the time has passed the tint may be peeled off relatively easily and painlessly, revealing a lollipop stick-esque stain which quite miraculously, doesn’t budge, whatever you throw at it.