Lip Blushing : The hot new alternative to lip filler everyone is talking about!
Lips are big beauty news these days. With lip trends like the Russian Lip and Baby Doll lips going viral on social media, the popularity of lip enhancements in the form of injectable fillers, (used to increase the size and shape of the lips) has increased massively in the past few years and we are seeing more and more women going under the needle to give them the pout they’ve always dreamed of. Whilst we all dream of having full, soft pillowy Angelina like lips, if you’ve lost the colour and definition to your lips, no amount of filler will satisfy you.
Introducing Lip Blushing… Lip Blushing is permanent makeup technique that infuses light layers of pixelated pigment into the lip membrane in order to give the lips more colour and definition and the illusion of fuller looking lips. The results of Lip Blushing are soft and natural and can last up to 2 years.
Here we look at some things you’ll want to consider before committing to a Lip Blushing procedure…
How much does Lip Blushing cost?
Cheaper isn’t better…
Like anything in this world, you get what you pay for and you really shouldn’t bargain hunt when shopping for your face. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, DO YOUR RESEARCH! and never choose an artist based solely on what they charge.
The cost for Lip Blushing will vary depending on your location, the artist’s experience and the way the artist is charging for the treatments. Some charge an upfront cost for two treatments and others charge by the session.
At my two clinics which are in Kent and South London and I charge £395 for Lip Blushing. I include a retouch in my procedures as well as aftercare product and my results last up to 2 years.
Artists in Central London are known to charge up to £750 for a similar procedure and those in the north of England may charge less than in the South.
Get a pre draw!
Most lip artists will do a pre draw of the shape using a regular lip pencil, a non toxic red sharpie type pen and some even outline with a white pencil for extra accuracy.
Do not, under any circumstances, allow someone to freehand a lip tattoo without discussing it with you first.
Does Lip Blushing hurt?
Prep for a pain free treatment.
The question i’m asked the most about the Lip Blushing treatment is “is lip blushing painful?” and the answer is no, not really! There are a few things you can do to prep for your treatments that will ensure you don’t get too much pain or swelling, which will inevitably give you the best possible results…
What should I do before my Lip Blushing appointments?
For 24 hours before, avoid booze and pain killers (yes, really!) as they only cause problems during the treatments. Believe it or not, alcohol, paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen can cause additional bleeding, bruising and swelling and can easily result in more discomfort, not less. These medications (unless prescribed*) can be easily avoided so ideally, don’t take them before the treatments and skip that glass of wine the night before.
*never discontinue a prescribed medication without consulting your Doctor
Lip Blushing Aftercare
Aftercare is everything!
Most people get some degree of dryness after lip blushing and because the lip tissue is a membrane rather than skin, keeping the area moist during healing is super important to get great results.
What should I use to care for my lips?
My favourite aftercare product for all areas is Membrane Micro Balm. This wonder product is a natural, non toxic, breathable balm which is super versatile. I even use it to help heal cuts and grazes. It speeds up the haling process and supports the skins natural healing process.
I love that it’s a non toxic, all natural product and the fact that it’s vegan friendly and cruelty free means I can be sure it’s suitable for all my clients, no matter what their personal choices may be.
Don’t over do the balm!
Whilst Micro Balm is a breathable barrier and can protect your Lip Blushing, don’t over do it and do make sure you use a clean cotton bud to apply it. Over use of an aftercare balm can lead to bacteria becoming trapped and causing infections. A thin layer of the balm several times a day is all that is needed.
Lip Blushing : The Healing Process
Can I wash my face?
Whilst there is virtually no down time for these treatments, (you can shower and wash as normal as long as you don’t get your lips wet) It can take a couple of weeks for the lips to heal properly.
Sometimes the lips can dry out as a result of the treatment but as long as you are using a light layer of your Micro Balm regularly, this should pass pretty quickly.
Don't expect dramatic results.
Lip Blushing by it’s very nature is a very soft and natural technique, so if you’re looking for a lipstick look, you’ll probably be disappointed.
Personally, I love the results that Lip Blushing give. It’s soft, natural definition and colour and gives a youthful and “pretty” look. The soft effect means that it’s totally adaptable too. If you want to a fashion or a bolder look, there’s a tonne of lip colour options available, no needles required.