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lip blush tattoo

Lip blush tattoo is a semi-permanent procedure, implanting your desired lip shade into the skin to mimic an even-toned lip tinting. Lip blush can last 2-3 years, depending on the client's body, skin type, and lifestyle. 

Lip blush tattooing often requires two sessions. The first session's goal is to build an even base with neutralizing and fixing any asymmetry in the lips. The second session is adding another layer of the desired shade and color. The two sessions are important to achieve the desired look, but also to ensure the longevity of the pigment. Longevity varies person to person based on lifestyle and skin type. 

First session:  $450  |  Second session: $200 |  Annual refresher:   $350



To ensure you are a candidate for your procedure, you must follow the pre-care instructions. Failure to follow pre-care instructions will affect the outcome of your final results. 

Temporary side-effects can include redness, swelling, puffiness, bruising, and tenderness. Though rare, infection is possible if aftercare is not handled correctly and cautiously. It is important to treat this as an open-wound. Follow the step by step instructions given by your artist, along with these helpful tips. 


Avoid botox, skin exfoliants, laser or chemical peels. 


Discontinue any Retina-A, AHA's, or any activate skincare. Must not be taking any antibiotic medication. 


No filler or injections in the lip area.


Avoid ALL blood thinners; Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Caffeine, Smoking, Alcohol, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, etc.

Exfoliate your lips after the shower with a damp towel, or a scrub. Moisturize afterward with Aquaphor. 


Please note that if you are on your menstrual cycle during your appointment, you may be more sensitive during the procedure. 

◍ Avoid eating any messy, hot, oily, acidic, greasy, or spicy food while your lips are healing. Do not stretch your mouth wide to take large bites.


◍ Consume hot drinks and alcohol through a straw. Avoid tap water until lips are healed.

◍Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash at least four times a day until you are fully healed. Rinse after eating.

◍ Do not sleep on your face for 7-10 days if you're able. 

◍ Do not pick or peel the flakes while they are healing. Picking the lips may result in patches and uneven healing, since picking pulls the pigment out of the skin. 

◍ Apply ointment several times a day. Avoid getting lips wet.

◍ Avoid sweating, or any excessive moisture and water exposure. 

◍ Do not get any soaps/chemicals/skincare on your lips. Use a washcloth to wash your face to better control any liquid substance. 

◍ Do not smoke or kiss for at least 10 days.

Healing Schedule


Must not have a skin condition on or near your lips. This includes but isn't limited to: eczema, shingles, rashes, active acne and keloids.

If you have previous permanent makeup, you must submit a photo before booking - The previous work must be light enough to cover without doing removal. If removal is advised, we will direct you to our laser tattoo removal technician located at Atelier. Email photos to:


Must be 18 years old or older to get any services done at Atelier.


Must not be diabetic, anemic, or have any blood deficiencies.


If you are prone to hypo-pigmentation/hyper-pigmentation or keloids a patch test is necessary before continuing the appointment.  

If you are going through chemotherapy, a clearance letter is required by your doctor.

Must not be pregnant or breastfeeding (must be done breastfeeding for 90 days before the procedure). 

Must not have an allergy to alcohol, nickel, or numbing agents. If you think you might have an allergy, a patch test is required before continuing the appointment. 

DAY 1​-4
Lips will appear dark and bold. 
Redness, warm-tone, and slight swelling is normal.

DAY 5-7​
Shedding Begins. Patches are normal.

DAY 7-10​
Flakes and shedding should be finished.
Lip tint color will appear light

WEEK 2 - 6​​
Pigment will begin to darken by day
True color will more soft and natural.

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We can neutralize smokers' lips. Skin needs to heal for 2-3 months at least, after the procedure clients need to avoid trauma. It is recommended to stop smoking at least for 7 days after the procedure.

Vitiligo is a long-term genetic skin condition in which the cells that produce melanin, the substance responsible for skin color, die or stop functioning, causing white patches to appear. The goal is to make the skin more even, bring back the color by tattooing with pigment matched with skin tone. Lips that are discolored or uneven in color can be filled in with natural lip colors. There’s also the risk of koebnerization which is the response of the skin to trauma that revels in new patches emerging, which may result from either a linear exposure or irritation. The Koebner phenomenon, first described in 1876 by Heinrich Koebner, is the appearance of new skin lesions on previously unaffected skin secondary to trauma.

Fordyce spots are whitish-yellow bumps that can occur on the edge of your lips. These are known as ectopic sebaceous glands. These harmless spots can cause concern because of their appearance but do not present any health risks. They are a cosmetic concern only, that can be corrected with lips semi-permanent makeup.

What is neutralizing? 

While lip blush is done by coloring the lips, neutralization is needed for lip blushing on melanated lips. The first step is to neutralize cool tones and lift the darkness of lips with the help of warm-based pigment. After the lips are neutralized and healed, a target color can be added if you want it. 

Lip blush can last up to 5 years, but lip blushing on melanated lips usually does not last as long – its lifespan is 1-2 years. After that, a color refreshment is needed, because the dark spots are going to show back up.

The artist needs to determine which color to use for neutralization, depending on the natural undertones of your lips. This means that they will determine whether greyish, purplish, or brownish hues are dominant and choose the adequate color. The result is usually a pinkish and peachy shade that looks natural. The artist can put another color of your choice on top, once the lips are healed.

However, some clients are not a good candidate for lip blush tattooing. If you have hyperpigmentation, the trauma from the procedure can create darker pigmentation in already melanin-rich skin, aside from permanent makeup pigment implanted. Hypopigmentation refers to white patches of skin that are lighter than your overall skin tone. Your skin's pigmentation, or color, is based on the production of a substance called melanin. If your skin cells don't produce enough melanin, the skin can lighten or get light spots.

It might take multiple sessions to neutralize lips. The healing process of dark lips can be weird, sometimes clients’ lips get darker at the beginning and lighten up after a few weeks. With darker lips, healing takes 8-10 weeks; it is a long process.


To contact an artist about lip blush neutralizing, email the studio at


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