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Six things you need to know about permanent lipstick tattoos before your procedure

Permanent lipstick tattoos and lip fillers have become one of the top trending permanent makeup procedures of 2018. Lips have become the focus of many women looking to enhance their appearance, and lip alterations were made immensely popular by celebrities like Kylie Jenner. If you’re tired of reapplying your lipstick all day, or have a desire to change the shape of your lips, permanent lipstick and lipliner tattoos may be the right option for you.

Permanent lip makeup can balance out crooked lips and even minimize wrinkles around the lips. There are pros and cons to every procedure so if you are considering permanent lipstick tattoos make sure you know what you are getting into. Know the facts and speak to a professional before you jump in.

To help you get started, here are 6 things you should know before getting permanent lipstick tattoos:

1. Lip tattoos are designed to enhance lips

Lipstick tattoos will give you the appearance of fuller lips by enhancing the natural color and shape of your lips.

2. Most clinics use pigment instead of traditional tattoo ink, which is why it will fade faster

In the past, permanent makeup was applied with traditional tattoo ink, which often made the tattoo look more unnatural. Tattoo ink has a very watery consistency whereas pigment is thicker, so it gives a more natural powdery finish. Unfortunately the pigment can be exfoliated out of your skin after 12-18 months and since we eat and drink with our lips, the pigment is more likely to fall out faster, making regular touch-ups a necessity.

3. It can be very painful

Our lips are very sensitive which makes the procedure more painful than other areas for permanent makeup. We recommend using Zensa’s topical Numbing Cream before the procedure. Zensa is safe on the lips since it is pH neutral and won’t interfere with the tattooing process. The numbing cream generally lasts anywhere from 2-4 hours and can always be reapplied mid-procedure if more time is needed.

4. The healing time takes about 10 days

If you are a busy working professional with a 9am-5pm schedule, consider getting your lips tattooed on a Thursday in order to give your lips the weekend to heal. Take some time to yourself and relax! Lips tend to get very dry and chapped after the procedure. The colour will fade a bit at first but once the skin starts to heal the colour will come back. You’ll begin to see the truest colour of your lipstick tattoo after about two weeks, so be patient.

5. Lipstick and lip liner tattoos last longer than temporary lip fillers — but cost more.

Fillers can cost anywhere from $700-$1,000 and typically last for 6 to 9 months.

Full lipstick tattoos can start at $900 for the initial procedure, and touch ups can cost anywhere from $200 to $350.

6. Permanent lipstick doesn't work on every skin tone

Darker skin tones are harder to tattoo with permanent lipstick. A condition called hyperpigmentation is more likely to occur on darker skin tones. Hyperpigmentation is when patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin. This occurs when an excess of melanin forms deposits in the skin. In the process of lipstick tattoos, the needle abrades the skin and during the healing process a lot more pigment is produced and the lips can get darker.

Permanent lipstick tattoos are ideal for women looking to shorten their morning makeup routine and improve the appearance of their lips — but it’s not for everyone. It is best to consult a professional will all of your questions before booking an appointment.

If you are a good candidate for the procedure and want to go through with the process, make sure you stock up on our numbing cream to avoid any unwanted pain and help you through the procedure. Also, make sure to follow all of the post-procedure care instructions given to you at your appointment so you heal up quick!

Permanent Makeup
Posted Feb 01, 2019
Approximately 2.6 min. read
By Paige Sierra
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