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What Is Lip Blushing?

Lip blushing is a type of cosmetic tattooing that semipermanently enhances lip color by depositing colored ink into the lips with a mechanical needle. The resulting lip tattoo is subtle, not saturated like permanent make-up lip tattoo. 



"Lip blush tattooing is similar to the whip-shading or pepper-shading techniques seen in traditional tattooing. Using a single needle and a quick, consistent hand motion, we are able to create a series of dots as opposed to a solid line as the needle goes in and out of the machine, penetrating the skin."


The resulting tattoo, which typically lasts for 2 to 3 years, imbues lips with a flattering tint, like a stain or balm. After getting lip blush, you can still wear lipsticks and lip colors to switch up your look, if you like—but many lip blush clients are happy to go without lip makeup, just gloss and go.

Lip-Blushing PMU  | STUDIO Face & Body | Glastonbury CT

Benefits of Lip Blushing.

Lip blushing gives lips a gorgeous, barely-there flush without the lifetime commitment of a traditional tattoo. The perks of lip blushing include:


  • Long-lasting lip color

  • Increased pigmentation for pale and aging lips

  • The ability to customize your lip shade

  • Fuller-looking lips without need for injectables or surgery

  • Enhanced lip symmetry

  • Color correction for scars and uneven pigmentation

The Process.

  • First, your I will create a one-of-a-kind shade for your lips based on your desired look. "Each shade is customized to match your lip color, look and what you want. 


  • ~ As a professional makeup artist, I work with you to create your perfect custom shade."

I always suggests a "light tint" for that subtle, plumped effect—like your lips but better. Think: subtle pinks, mauves, nudes, and corals. If you have medium or dark skin with cool undertones, I  may first apply a "vibrant orange pigment" to neutralize your natural lip color and make the shade of your dreams possible.


  • If you want a bolder color, you may need to manage your expectations; lip blush can't mimic the effect of your favorite dark lipstick, ( if your looking for bolder color you will want to choose Vibrant~Lip.  "The color of your lips after lip-blushing will generally be enhanced by one or two shades.

  • After your lip color is selected,  I will map out your lip tattoo with a white pencil to line your desired shape. Then, a topical numbing cream will be applied to your lips for 20/30 min.

  • After the numbing cream takes effect, we will begin Blushing the pigment into your lips using a mechanical single needle. You'll feel a light stippling sensation on your lips as the procedure is preformed. A numbing liquid is used during the procedure to keep you comfortable and pain free. 

  • From start to finish, the procedure takes about an hour and a half. Right after your appointment, your lips will appear much darker than they will look in their healed state. The healed color will appear about 30 to 50% lighter than the initial results.

A perfecting session is booked after your first blushing, about 4-6 weeks post-procedure. 


"Multiple sessions may be required on darker toned lips due to neutralizing, lightening or even out the overall tone of your lips.




Lip Blushing vs. Permanent Lip Color.

Permanent and semi-permanent coloring for lips isn't a novel concept, but today's lip blushing isn't like the permanent makeup of the 1990s.


"Cosmetic tattooing has come a long way in the last 10 years. The harsh, dark tattooed lip liner that was once popular has since been replaced by a ... soft, diffused wash of color that complements your natural skin and lip tone."

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