My lips have at all times been my favourite bodily function. I’ve gone by means of phases of feeling self-conscious about different components of myself, however I like my lips. They’re thick, pillowy, and the proper canvas for coloration. They’ve even been featured modeling lip artwork at my earlier journal gig.
Sarcastically, they’re additionally one among only a few issues I’ve chosen to have “enhanced.” Whereas I’ve entry to every kind of remedies, I felt uncomfortable doing one thing drastic to change my weight or my nostril earlier than making an attempt to cope with my insecurities about them first. I am glad I made that call as a result of neither of these issues hassle me anymore. My lips are one other story—I like them, so why not attempt one thing to play them up much more?
Enter lip blushing, a semipermanent tattooing methodology designed to boost the pure coloration and form of your mouth for one to 2 years. Utilizing a way known as pixelating, the aesthetician deposits small, undetectable dots of pigment to line and shade. The result’s a coloration that appears as if it could possibly be your personal—however with a lift (and a extra pronounced form). Now carried out by aestheticians fairly than conventional tattoo artists (because it was in many years previous), it makes use of natural pigments and fashionable, digital instruments that function a number of needle configurations as a substitute of 1 harsh setting.
I used to be lucky sufficient to get my lips blushed by the pioneer of the remedy himself: Christopher Drummond, PFrank MD Pores and skin Salon’s in-house aesthetician and beauty tattoo grasp. When you’re as curious in regards to the course of as I used to be, make sure that to do your analysis first. Beneath, seven issues to contemplate earlier than reserving your personal appointment.
It isn’t low-cost.
Like different minimally invasive beauty remedies, you get what you pay for in relation to lip blushing. Drummond is the perfect within the enterprise, and he fees $1,500 per remedy. Be cautious of anybody providing a deal that appears too good to be true. A semipermanent remedy is just not the time to take dangers.
You must attempt on completely different shades beforehand.
“The colour we use is actually as much as the person,” says Drummond. “We focus on what they need beforehand, and I create a customized coloration for them.” Earlier than your appointment, attempt in your favourite lipstick colours in numerous impartial shades of rose, coral, and brown tones to see what meshes greatest along with your pores and skin tone. Then deliver these with you (it does not damage to have some reference photographs both). That manner, on appointment day you’ll be capable to give your aesthetician an correct thought of what you need. As soon as they combine a coloration up, you possibly can at all times add or take away sure tones earlier than tattooing begins.
The ache is surprisingly minimal.
Prepping for my session was simple; I used to be merely instructed to keep away from ibuprofen, fish oil, and vitamin E the day earlier than to scale back the potential for bruising and bleeding. Upon sitting in Drummond’s chair, I used to be instructed he’d be making use of topical anesthesia to my mouth. As a result of the pores and skin in your lips is further porous, the anesthesia is rather more efficient than it could be on, say, your brows throughout a microblading session. As somebody with about 15 (very painful) tattoos, I admit that I didn’t consider him at first. However except for a slight pinching feeling initially, the feeling was much like somebody utilizing a finger to use slight strain. That was it.
You will want a number of lip balm.
When you’ve ever gone on Accutane, then you will have an thought of the extent of dryness you’ll expertise publish lip blushing. I used up two full tubes of Aquaphor after my remedy. The excellent news is that 4 days later, my lips had been as soon as once more moisturized and not crying out for further coats of balm.
There may be some therapeutic concerned.
Whereas there isn’t any downtime for this remedy (you possibly can bathe and wash your face the identical day, so long as you slather on a coat of Aquaphor), it takes about 4 to 5 days to heal fully. Regardless of Drummond’s warnings that my lips would dramatically darken post-treatment, I nonetheless freaked out somewhat once I woke as much as an surprising raisin coloration the subsequent morning as a substitute of the rosy pink shade we had mentioned. “Through the therapeutic course of, the surplus coloration flakes off,” explains Drummond, which explains the short-term change. By the point the second morning rolled round, all that remained of the darkish coloration was restricted to the outer edges of my mouth. By morning three, I noticed solely the delicate pink we had agreed upon.