Makeup tattooing has a less than fascinating past. Fortunately, 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 might actually be an alternative choice to lip injections. (We said might.)
Atlanta-based cosmetic tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow – recognized for masterminding the faux freckle technique – has developed a new approach to tattoo lips. “My partner, Erick Holguin, and that i wanted to make a softer-looking lip tattoo for my clients,” Rainbow tells Allure. “Something soft and natural that increases the lips by providing them a far more defined shape and youthful tint. We combined our backgrounds in tattooing to produce this technique.”
Dubbed “lip blushing,” the result looks much like the work of tattoo of lips – the sort of subtle kiss of color you might dream of naturally flaunting. After blending a custom hue (Rainbow works with 30 pigments that can be blended to match your favorite shade) the cosmetic tattoo artist can produce a subtle shade (or something that is bolder), that can continue for between three to five years. The entire process takes about 2 hours and sessions run between $500 and $650, says Rainbow.
While getting out of bed every single day with a pigmented pout (sans lipstick) sounds like a fantasy, be cautious in choosing your shade. “The final color depends on the underlying colour of the lips and you could not really have the color you expect,” Sejal Shah, a cosmetic dermatologist and founding father of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells Allure. “While lip blushing will not be permanent, it can last years and also still may well not fully disappear. In the event you aren’t happy with colour, you could be saddled with it or need to do laser removal.”
Apart from the new hue, there might also become a bonus effect of lip blushing. “We could define the lips much more and give them overall a prettier tone, which gives them a more plump and fuller look,” Rainbow says. The real 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 plastic surgeon and RealSelf contributor, tells Allure. “As the swelling settles, the lips would come back to their baseline size.” Without an actual filler, any boost you see from blushing will just be a subtle illusion, but if fillers aren’t your thing, it may be a good option.
Before heading under the needle, ensure you’re employing a credible artist who’s acquainted with the method. “Like any type of tattooing, there are risks connected with it, like infections, allergic reactions to the pigment, scarring, and hyperpigmentation – particularly in darker skin types,” says Shah. While you weigh the merits of lip-blushing, airxoe out these lip tints for a few shade inspiration.
We’re employed 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 restricted 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 to your lips, give it time to dry, and after that peel it off to disclose a sheer tint of pigment that won’t move for around 12 hours.
This is no swipe-and-run tint – rich, pigmented, and dense, the first texture is a lot 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 such as a mask upon the lips. After a number of minutes, it dries to some thick gel consistency, which requires you to maintain your lips fairly still and speechless for your 15-twenty minutes needed for the stain setting in and take effect. After the time has passed the tint could be peeled off relatively easily and painlessly, revealing a lollipop stick-esque stain which quite miraculously, doesn’t budge, regardless of what you throw at it.