Lip Blush

Lip Blush Technique

A Lip blush tattoo helps define and enhances the color of your lips. It is not a replacement of lipstick entirely because a healed lip blush will appear soft and natural in color. Unless of course you prefer a more concentrated lip color which we can build over time. As we age, the color of our lips tend to lose the youthful appearance of the natural pink tone. Lip blushing can help with adding color back in. This technique is also suitable for low grade hyperpigmentation or darkness around the lip line.


The Process

Step 1


Contraindications: Determine if you’re a good candidate for Lip Blush by reading the candidacy list. Make sure you read the before and after care.

Step 2

Text or Email us a Picture

Please text (781-808-1650) or email us at [email protected] a picture of your lips without any make up.

Step 3

Response From Us

Once approved by our artist, you can book an appointment by clicking here. Please ensure your healing time does not interfere with your social events.

Step 4

Getting Ready

Prep for your appointment 10 days prior. Contact your doctor if you need a prescription of antivirals for a previous outbreak of cold sores, even if it’s just one outbreak.


Candidacy / Contraindications

Not everyone is a good candidate for a lip blush tattoo. If any of the following applies to you, then this procedure is not the best for you.

  • Those under 18 years of age
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Lip cancer
  • Smoker, leads to less than optimal retention.
  • Herpes Zoster in the face
  • Herpes Simplex with a regular break out (approx. 3 times a year)
  • Currently have an outbreak or have had an outbreak approximately 3 times a
  • Outbreaks compromise color retention leading to more touch ups. It could
    also cause the body to be stressed causing more outbreaks.
  • Pregnancy & Nursing
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Lupus
  • Active Skin Disorders on the treated area: Cold Sores, Shingles, Impetigo,
    Psoriasis, Pink Eye, Sunburn, Severe Acne
  • Active Vitiligo
  • Severe Rosacea
  • Blood Disorders: Sickle Cell, Hemophilia
  • Keloid Formation
  • Accutane (must be off for 6 months)
  • Steroids (must be off for 6 months)


Before Care

Now that you’re the ideal client, following the before care is crucial. Because we need healthy, healed, and calm skin.

Before Care is crucial for a safe and effective procedure.

Step 1

One Month Before

If you have had any breakouts of cold sores please contact your doctor for a prescription of Valtrex for a 5 day course/10 pills. For best results (please also consult with your doctor) take 2 per day for 5 days morning and night. It should be taken 2 days before, day of procedure and two days after procedure to avoid breakouts. An breakout in cold sores could be severe with clusters. This also leads to very poor retention.

Step 2

One Week Before

  • Exfoliate the lips one week prior using a sugar lip scrub mixed with coconut oil or whichever is your favorite.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and your lips moisturized.

Step 3

48 Hours Before

  • Please avoid consuming alcohol 48 hours prior and no caffeine on the day of. This causes unnecessary bleeding and poor retention as well as more pain.
  • Avoid thermogenic and stimulants that elevate blood pressure and blood flow.
  • Exfoliate your lips to ensure your lips are not dry or cracked.


Lip Blush Experience

Step 1


This is when we meet and greet. We’ll chat about what it is you’re looking for and discuss any concerns you may have. We also talk about our plan of action if you require more than 2 sessions.

Step 2


Before photos are taken of your lips which helps us in making our color selection whether it’s to neutralize any dark pigmentation or simply to yield a natural subtle tint of color.

Step 3

Map & Shape borders

We map out the lips and obtain as much symmetry as possible. This is where we can truly define the lips. Typically this part of art can take the longest.

Step 4


Lightly secure the outlining of the lips and complete a first pass.

Step 5

Ease Discomfort

Numb the lips to ease discomfort.

Step 6

The Reveal

Once your lips are complete, you see the big reveal and we take your after pictures.

Step 7

Plan For The Future

Book a touch up as needed to get your desired color. Lip blush is a gradual process beginning from neutralizing -> natural color-> desired intensity of color.


After Care

Step 1

After Care Process

  • Blot treated area with a tissue.
  • Apply thin layer of healing ointment with a clean cotton swab 3 times per day for 3 days.
  • Gently wash the area with a non-scented soap or cleanser morning and night for 7 days.
  • Do not pick, scratch or irritate the tattoo.
  • Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms, pools, long hot showers, sweaty exercise.
  • Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for 2 weeks.
  • Avoid putting makeup on the area for the first week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still wear lipstick?

After your lips are healed you can wear lipstick however most people prefer to use chapstick or lip gloss.

How long does it last?

The retention varies from person to person, if properly cared for, lip blush tattoo should last 2-3 years. Additional touch ups may be necessary for desired results.

Does it hurt?

Some discomfort is felt during the outline and initial overall first pass. The area gets numbed with topical anesthetic after creating the outline as well as the first pass (layer of tattooing) so that little discomfort is felt. Pain tolerance varies with each person, medications, caffeine, and the body itself will have an effect on how much pain is felt.

How long does it take?

The procedure takes approximately 3 hours. This varies depending on the complexity of the lip shape, pain tolerance, and saturation of color desired. My goal is to keep your lips natural and blushed, not intense enough to replace lipstick. If you are desiring a saturated bold color, we can discuss this further.

How many sessions are required?

This varies from client to client. Typically, 2 to 3 sessions are required depending on the initial color of your lips and if we need to do some color correction around hyper pigmented (dark spots) lips. My intentions for your lip color is to keep it naturally soft and blushed, not to give you a lipstick look.

Does it replace lipstick?

It doesn’t replace lipstick because lip blushing is tinting the lips. You can always use lipstick to add color.

What are the risks involved?

Cold sores, risk of inflation, an allergy reaction to the tattoo ink, eating food with high acid content like tomatoes, vinegar and citrus fruits can cause irritation after the procedure before the lips are fully healed.

I’ve had this procedure done before, can you do it over again?

It is mandatory to send in a photo of your lips and attach information about what type of lip procedure was completed as well as your artist. Include the color of your current lips and how long ago the procedure was completed. Photos and information can be sent to [email protected] or text 781-808-1650.

What’s the process for this type of procedure?

We will have a consultation discussing your concerns, after care, and color selection. Then we will buff your lips out and numb the area. After 20 minutes of numbing, I will begin to map out your lips, then once we are both satisfied, I will initiate the tattooing process. Some ink may get in your mouth, this doesn’t taste great but it is safe if swallowed. We will continue to add numbing cream if needed after each pass (layer completed).


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