There are many different types and names for lip tattooing, including lip contouring, tattooed lip liner, lip micropigmentation, Lip Shading and a full lip tint.
Each of these treatments carefully adds a specialist colour pigment into the lips.
We use a special tattoo machine that is at a lower speed and frequency than a traditional tattoo machine, ultra-fine needles gently deposit the colour throughout the lip area, using a selection of different techniques depending on the look you want.
Lip micropigmentation is a form of semi-permanent makeup. A cosmetic tattoo of the lips that enhances the beauty of the natural lip colour, improving the shape of the lips, giving definition and the illusion of fullness. This treatment delivers very natural results, once healed. Filler is great for creating volume in your lips, but lip micropigmentation delivers a more natural look and give the illusion of fuller lips.
Lip micropigmentation after 2 weeks –Lips before
What are the benefits of lipstick tattooing?
Aside from having a lip colour that won’t fade or smudge no many how coffees or cocktails you down, lip tattooing also defines the shape of the lips and depending on the technique, can make them look slightly larger too.
If you have uneven lips, this can also be improved with tattooing. Advanced techniques can correct the shape of your lips to make them seem more balanced and symmetrical. We can also add definition to the edge of your lips to minimise the appearance of fine lines and give you a fresh and youthful look.
Lip micropigmentation after two weeks – Lips before
Who is lip tattooing suited to?
Lip tattooing is suitable for most clients of all ages and lifestyles. It’s for anyone over 18 who wants a subtle lip colour.
It can be especially good for older ladies who lose pigment in their lips as they age. We wouldn’t recommend this for anyone with too much lip filler as colour can be extremely difficult to take.
What happens in a lip tattooing appointment?
A full consultation is always carried out before commencing tattooing, which will help to ease any of your anxieties.
We begin by discussing with you exactly what you want to achieve including shape and colour, taking into account your natural colourings and giving our expert advice regarding what may suit you.
We then pre-draw the lips using a pencil, carefully measuring them and ensuring they are as close to perfect as possible before showing the client in the mirror. We don’t begin the tattooing until you are totally happy with the pre-drawing, and then the tattooing itself usually takes an hour.
Does lip tattooing hurt?
It can feel scratchy, but permanent make up is nowhere near as aggressive as conventional tattooing, We apply a numbing cream to ease any discomfort, but when it comes down to it, your best bet is to stay relaxed. Often if someone is tense it hurts more.
How do you choose the colour of the lipstick tattoo?
If you have a favourite lipstick in mind, bring it with you. Then we get an idea of the tone and shade you have in mind, bearing in mind everyone sees colour differently. We recommend keeping the colour very close to your natural lip colour to achieve the most natural look
It’s always best to start off subtle, as colours can then be intensified over time and at touch-up appointments if desired.
How long does lip tattooing last? Do you need touch-ups?
Depending on the treatment and lifestyle factors, lip tattooing can last anywhere from 1-3 years. The pigment will fade naturally and lighten over this time. We recommend a colour boost procedure every 6-12 months
Generally, lip micropigmentation can last several years, although your lifestyle contributes to how well it maintains; smoking and sun exposure can speed up the fading process, and if you’re oil-prone, have an iron deficiency or use a lot of exfoliating products in your skin regimen, the pigment could fade more quickly, too.
Is there any downtime?
There is no downtime for lip tattooing, but it’s important to note that the colour is much more intense on the first few days following treatment.
Lips will be sore and tender for the first 48 hours and colour will appear darker. Some people also experience flaking as the lips heal.
Once the appointment is completed, your lips may be swollen—it is a tattoo, after all—so you can ice them if necessary. Over the next week, your lips will start to heal, meaning they may scab, so it’s important to time this carefully around your schedule.
For the first 24 hours, gently blot lips with a wet cotton pad and let them air dry. This is to keep the lips clean and remove any body fluids that have surfaced and prevent the fluids from forming scabs.
What’s the aftercare process?
A healing balm will be provided following your appointment and should be applied 2-3 times a day until the area is healed.
Do not apply lipstick on top of your lip micropigmentation while it’s healing as you don’t want to risk an infection. You would also need to avoid going to the gym or sitting in the sun for a week. Avoid getting your lips wet and try not to eat any salty or spicy food, avoiding kissing for up to seven days.
When it comes to scabs, it’s important that they fall off naturally—picking them can result in scarring or loss of pigment in those areas. We suggest avoiding workouts and sun exposure for two weeks (a great excuse to avoid the gym if we do say so ourselves) and if you plan on getting injections, wait a full month. Sleeping on your face could also cause the scabs to fall off prematurely. A Lip treatment like Aloe Lips like should be worn to keep the lips properly moisturized.
Initially, the colour will be super vibrant, almost like a lip stain. It is important not to be misled by the immediate ‘after’ results. The immediate results look nothing like when the lips are healed. Once healed, the colour fades approximately 30-50 percent and also blends in with the natural lip colour.
Scabbing typically lasts five to seven days, and after four weeks, the lips should be fully healed to completion, a touch-up appointment around six weeks after if you want to alter the shape of the micropigmentation, or to fill in areas that may have rejected pigment, although it’s not mandatory.
A tattoo on the lips sounds painful-If you’re worried about your pain tolerance, a pain reliever like Paracetamol can be taken prior to the appointment; should avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, though, since they can thin the blood and cause more sensitivity. Avoid fish oil and vitamin E.
If you have a history of cold sores or herpes, the procedure could trigger an outbreak. Prescribed anti-viral medication should be taken in advance of the appointment, and it should be noted that cold sores can affect the healed results of the lip micropigmentation.