Makeup tattooing has a less than desirable past. Luckily, the raccoon eyes and harsh lip liner of yesterday have given approach to major beauty game changers like microblading, lash tattoos, faux freckles, and now “lip blushing” – the most recent tattoo technique that may actually be an alternative to lip injections. (We said might.)
Atlanta-based cosmetic tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow – known for masterminding the faux freckle technique – has come up with another way to tattoo lips. “My partner, Erick Holguin, and I wanted to produce a softer-looking lip tattoo for my clients,” Rainbow tells Allure. “Something soft and natural that increases the lips by giving them a much more defined shape and youthful tint. We combined our backgrounds in tattooing to produce this method.”
Dubbed “lip blushing,” the result looks much like the task of semi permanent lip stain – the sort of subtle kiss of color you may dream about naturally flaunting. After blending a custom hue (Rainbow works jointly with 30 pigments that can be blended to fit your favorite shade) the cosmetic tattoo artist can create a subtle shade (or something that is bolder), that can continue for from 3 to 5 years. The entire process takes about two hours and sessions run between $500 and $650, says Rainbow.
While waking up every day with a pigmented pout (sans lipstick) sounds like a dream, be careful when choosing your shade. “The last color depends on the underlying colour of the lips and you could not really obtain the color you expect,” Sejal Shah, a cosmetic dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells Allure. “While lip blushing might not be permanent, it can last years and even still may not fully disappear. Should you aren’t satisfied with the color, you could be saddled with it or have to do laser removal.”
Apart from the new hue, there might also be considered a bonus effect of lip blushing. “We are able to define the lips far more and provide them overall a prettier tone, which provides them a more plump and fuller look,” Rainbow says. The true secret word, though, is look. “Immediately after the tattoo, the lips may be swollen, which results in a false sensation of lip enhancement,” David Shafer, New York-based plastic surgeon and RealSelf contributor, tells Allure. “As the swelling settles, the lips would go back to their baseline size.” Without having actual filler, any boost the thing is from blushing will you should be a subtle illusion, but if fillers aren’t your personal style, it could be a good option.
Before going beneath the needle, make certain you’re working with a credible artist who’s knowledgeable about the procedure. “Like any kind of tattooing, there are risks related to it, like infections, allergies towards the pigment, scarring, and hyperpigmentation – specifically in darker kinds of skin,” says Shah. As 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 when it comes to launching inventive skin treatments with unique ingredients, but this innovation isn’t exclusively limited to skincare. Among the 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 your lips, give it time to dry, then peel it off to disclose a sheer tint of pigment that won’t move for about 12 hours.
This can be no swipe-and-run tint – rich, pigmented, and dense, the primary texture is more like a glue when compared to a lip gloss (I’d recommend applying it with a lip brush to make sure that all areas are sufficiently covered) and sits just like a mask upon the lips. After a number of minutes, it dries to a thick gel consistency, which requires you to maintain your lips fairly still and speechless for the 15-twenty minutes needed for the stain setting in and take effect. When the time has gone by the tint can be peeled off relatively easily and painlessly, revealing a lollipop stick-esque stain which quite miraculously, doesn’t budge, no matter what you throw at it.