I might never get a tattoo on my body (I have all the edge of a Skittle), but call me Mike Tyson, because I’ve got more than one on my face. But, the tattoo parlor I visit, Browhaus, is really a salon in Soho that caters to a far more fashion-forward set compared to Ed Hardy-sporting crew. I first tattooed my eyebrows a month ago with a semipermanent vegetable dye with the salon’s Brow Resurrection treatment, which restores your brows to their former glory. But, I didn’t stop there. Three weeks ago, I returned for Browhaus’ two-hour Lip Define service, and, well, it’s an activity you will wish to see. Click through to continue reading about what it was really like to get a (sort of) lipstick tattoo.
From the time Kylie Jenner did for lips what Cara Delevingne did for brows (i.e., jump-started the oversized feature trend), folks have been searching for the single product or procedure that can help them achieve that same plumped-up look. Jenner’s lips are the result of injections, but there’s another treatment that’s equally as notable (and completely non-invasive): lip blush tattoo before and after.
After the semi-permanent trend began getting steam a few years ago, we decided to learn more about the method. We asked Amy Kernahan, a permanent-makeup artist in New York City who’s tattooed brows, eyelids, and lips for longer than ten years, to fill us in (no, not literally). Listed here are the ten things you have to know if you opt to enter the realm of permanent makeup, based on the expert.
Lip tattoos are meant to enhance lips, not create actual fullness. This treatment is designed to define lips, never to create volume or puffiness, says Kernahan. “It can just supply you with the appearance of a full lip,” she says. “Since area of the process is outlining right on the border in the lip, I’m only helping give your lips the looks that they’re fuller.” It’s by pointing out illusion.
The tattoo doesn’t just go around your lip like traditional lip-liner application. “I do an outline on the border of the lip, but I’m also shading colour down into the center of the lip in a circular motion allow it more of a blended look,” says Kernahan. “I leave the inner part of the lip without color.”
It’s possible to obtain a color that’s near to your natural lip color – but which means it won’t last so long.
“The more natural the colour, the greater frequent your touch-ups are getting be,” says Kernahan. “If someone will come in and says, ‘I love my color; I just want it to become a hint more,’ they’re probably going to need to come in annually for touch-ups to refresh that color.” Kernahan suggests tattooing your lips a couple of shades darker or brighter depending on your natural complexion.
Most places use pigment instead of traditional tattoo ink (which is why it fades). In the past, permanent makeup was applied with regular tattoo ink. That’s why it often looked so unnatural. “When you airxoe a body tattoo, it’s usually finished with ink, which has a very watery consistency,” says Kernahan. “Pigment is thicker, so it gives more natural powdery finish. But it does exfoliate away from your skin after 12 to eighteen months. And also since you consume and drink together with your lips, it’s going to take place faster.”
Yes, it’s painful. Lips are specifically sensitive, so if you’re considering getting this done, you might want to pay extra to have an anesthetic to block the pain. “Since lips are incredibly vascular, I share work place using a cosmetic surgeon and my patients have the choice of paying an extra $150 for the,” says Kernahan. “If they choose to have an anesthetic, I could get the procedure done much faster.”
The process of recovery takes about ten days. Kernahan advises her patients getting lip tattoos to schedule the process to get a Thursday, to allow them to allow the swelling and dryness die over the weekend. “The lips will appear very dry and chapped because they heal,” says Kernahan. “Colour gets lighter, and then as the skin heals, it appears back. You typically view the full, truest color after about two weeks.”