Lip embroidery, also known as lip blushing, is a tattooed cosmetics technique that colours your lips with a cosmetic tattoo gun and water-based inks. Lip embroidery is similar to eyebrow embroidery in that it enhances and defines the targeted features. With this procedure, however, it does not affect the shape or texture of your lips. Instead, it will just leave you with a soft, shaded-in colour that can improve your lip symmetry, conceal uneven pigmentation or scars, and give the appearance of larger, fuller lips.
Is it harmful?
Lip embroidery, if done appropriately and carefully, will not “damage” your natural lips. The focus here is on “properly”. As such, knowing what to look for before your consultation is critical. However, it’s doubtful you’ll have any long-term lip damage from lip embroidery.
Lip embroidery does not usually leave scars, but it might make your lips puffy, itchy, and scabbed over during the first week. That being said, there are always hazards to be mindful of with any cosmetic process, especially if you’re prone to discomfort around your lips, so be sure to discuss any allergies, concerns, and skin sensitivities with your artist before scheduling your appointment.
When conducted by a trained and experienced specialist, lip blushing is a generally safe procedure. However, to ensure the best and safest results, discuss your skin history with your artist ahead of time. For instance, you may have eczema, acne, cold sores, or rashes around your mouth. By letting them know, they can then determine if you’re a good candidate or if special precautions (such as going slower or using lighter strokes) are required to avoid irritation.
However, as previously said, a semi-permanent tattoo is only as safe as your artist makes it. With any treatment, difficulties might emerge, so be sure the specialist you hire is well-equipped to address any that may arise.
What are the disadvantages?
The major disadvantage of lip embroidery is that it is a semi-permanent technique. As a result, removing the pigments from your skin can be tricky (and occasionally impossible) if you don’t like the results. Another disadvantage—or advantage, depending on your level of commitment—is that the colour may fade over time due to regular exfoliation (see: eating, drinking, licking your lips, washing your face, cleaning your teeth, etc.). This means that you may need to schedule touch-ups every year.
What is the longevity?
Lip emroidery typically lasts two to three years and progressively lightens and fades over time until your lips gradually revert to their original hue. As a result, your lips will appear much lighter after two years than they will after six months. As such, many lip embroidery artists prescribe yearly touch-ups to maintain the desired lip hue.