What Is Lip Blushing?

Lip blush is a form of semi-permanent makeup applied by an aesthetician or permanent makeup artist. Lip blushing is a subtle lip tattoo that uses natural shades of organic pigment to enhance the beauty of your lips.1 The purpose of lip blushing is to:


  • Boost your natural lip color

  • Improve or correct the shape of your lips

  • Add definition to lip borders

  • Create the illusion of fullness2

While lip fillers actually add volume to your lips, a lip blush tattoo gives the illusion of volume by adding pigment. Lip blushing delivers a natural-looking finish that may elevate your look in a more subtle way than a lip injection.

Who Can Get Lip Blushing?


It’s always helpful to consult your doctor before you get semi permanent makeup work done. You’ll want to make sure that your lips are in the best possible condition before the procedure. If you’ve recently had any of the following treatments, you’ll need to wait at least four weeks.


  • Any lip injection, like lip fillers

  • Chemical peels

  • Other lip treatments4

To prevent excess bleeding or bruising, you’ll also want to avoid the following on the day of the treatment:


  • Alcohol

  • Caffeine

  • Exercise

  • Ibuprofen

  • Fish oil

  • Vitamin E5

What To Expect From Your Treatment

If you’re ready to try a lip blushing treatment, here’s what you can expect.


  1. The technician will apply a topical anesthetic to your lips. It will take about 20 minutes to start working.

  2. While you’re waiting for the numbing cream to do its thing, your technician will go over your desired lip color and shape. If you brought in reference photos, you would share them at this stage.

  3. The technician will then wipe off the cream and start the cosmetic tattoo process. They will likely start by tattooing the outline of your lips, similar to a lip liner. Then they will fill them in.

  4. Your lips will be pigmented by a mechanical needle that deposits color in layers.

  5. The process can take anywhere between 1-3 hours.7,8

How Long Does Lip Blushing Last?

Lip blushing can last 3-5 years, depending on the desired look. For comparison’s sake, lip fillers require a touch up every 3-12 months.10

What Can I Expect After A Lip Blushing Treatment?

After your treatment, you may see some of the following changes to your lips:


  • Swelling

  • Flaking

  • Peeling

  • Dryness

  • Strong pigmentation (a stronger color than you were expecting)11,12

These changes will vary from person to person and will likely go away as your lips heal. If you have any concerns, contact your lip technician or doctor.


You will be sent home with aftercare instructions to help with the healing process. These instructions will typically contain advice such as:


  • Keep lips moisturized with lip balm

  • Avoid heavy exercise where you sweat

  • Avoid other activities that may make you sweat, like intense sun exposure

  • Avoid drinking dark liquids

  • Avoid using whitening toothpaste13

Plan For A Touch-Up

Once your lips have healed, your technician will likely invite you back to the office to make sure you are satisfied.


If you love the color of your new lips, you can plan to go in once a year to maintain your color. Regular, frequent touch-ups are not necessary, which is one of the reasons why people love this procedure.