What is a Lip Tattoo?

Before and after lip tint

Are you having trouble finding the perfect long-lasting lip color? Do you want to give your mouth a more defined shape? Consider getting a lip tattoo!

No, we’re not talking about the kind you get after a few too many Mai Tais during spring break with your friends.

This type of semi-permanent makeup is simply a more enhanced version of your natural lips. Keep reading to learn more about what lip tattoos are, how they work, and how long they last.

What are the Details?

Lip “blushing” or tattooing is a type of semi-permanent makeup application. It’s essentially a cosmetic lip tattoo that boosts the appearance of the natural lip color by enhancing the structure of the lips, adding definition, and creating the illusion of fullness.

Once healed, this treatment produces very natural results. Lip filler is great for adding volume, but the blush tattoo should be more natural and create the impression of fuller lips.

Is It Safe?

Yes, lip tattoos are safe as long as you choose the right artist. Make sure to do lots of research before choosing an artist for this procedure. The artist should also have a portfolio of their work available so you can decide if you like their techniques and artistry. Don’t forget to look at their photos of healed clients. These will most likely be on their websites or social media.

An allergic reaction is extremely unlikely because the pigment used in this procedure is mostly natural. There is always the possibility of infection or an allergic reaction with any cosmetic procedure.

How Long Does a Lip Tattoo Last?

In general, a lip tattoo is meant to last several years, though your lifestyle is the biggest influence on how long it lasts. Sun exposure and smoking, oily skin, having an iron deficiency, or using a lot of exfoliating products in your skincare routine are all ways to accelerate the aging process, and the pigment may fade more quickly as well.

Keep in mind that lip tattooing is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure. You’ll need to repeat the process every few years to maintain your results.


Lip blushing is a type of tattooing that can help you achieve deeper toned and perfectly shaped lips if desired. This procedure provides almost no-maintenance beauty service, saving valuable time getting ready each day.

However, before you jump in, do your research. Blush tattoos typically heal in five to ten days, after which you will be able to enjoy your beautiful smile.

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