We agree; lip blush sounds far less scary than lip tattooing. But did you know that they’re exactly the same thing?
Permanent lip colour is a wonderfully simple way to introduce subtle colour to your lips and is one of many growing permanent makeup trends. For people who prefer a little more lip definition or feel washed out without their trusty lipstick on hand, permanent lip colour is the ideal solution.
If you have questions about how this technique works, please read our article Lip Blushing and Lip Neutralisation: Wake Up Beautiful.
However, for those who have already decided that lip tattooing is for them, you’re probably wondering how to choose the right colour. Let’s explore this together.
Before You Begin
We completely understand – it’s exciting to know that you’re going to look even more beautiful tomorrow than you did yesterday. However, it’s also important to manage your expectations. Remember that this procedure is designed to enhance your lips resulting in a natural blush, better definition, or a fuller look.
A skilled artist will be able to create the illusion of fullness with the careful use of colour and tones, but this treatment will not physically plump the lips.
So, with that out of the way, let’s chat about the important stuff.
Choosing Your Lip Colour
Don’t worry too much if you can’t settle on a particular colour right now. Suki will walk you through this process and help you to select the right tone for you. There are several factors to consider before choosing your final lip colour – or colours.
Examining Your Skin Colour
Your skin undertone is not, as many think, the basic colour of your skin. Skin tones are generally categorised as light, medium, and dark, while undertones are classified as warm, cool, or neutral. Your skin tone can change, for instance, when you’re away on a summer holiday and adopt that wonderful golden hue. Your undertone will remain the same.
Without diving into the science behind these classifications, your skin tone and undertone are key elements in determining your choice of lip pigment. These subtleties are responsible for why that gorgeous siren red lippy looks great on your BFF, but makes you look less than fabulous.
In a nutshell, warm undertones are likely to look best with yellow or orange pigments, whereas purples and blues go well with cool undertones.
Check Your Tone
It’s worth noting here that, while it’s wise to consider what works best with your skin, this is ultimately your choice. These guidelines are merely suggestions that we know look best and work for most people.
Therefore, consider these factors next.
Very fair people should ideally choose a soft nude tone. This serves to complement your paler skin and doesn’t look too much. Remember, you can always glam up with lipstick or tinted gloss when you want to make more of a statement.
Medium or olive-toned skin can enjoy a wider range of colours and can opt for warmer tones in oranges and reds. Paler olive skins can straddle the fine line between nude and orange and look great in flesh or bronze tones, but these work best with yellow undertones. If you fall into this category with a pink undertone, then stay away from blues or purple bases and opt instead for darker nude or peach.
Darker-skinned people can pick from loads of exciting colours, especially warmer orange tones. For clients with very dark skin, we generally find that a warm red or orange is a great place to start, but may need another session to see how your body processes the colour. Combatting the blue in your undertone can often be tricky to get right. Lip neutralisation / dark lip correction will be required initially, to target colour.
Your new lip colour will be with you for years to come, so it’s also important to consider how it will impact your lifestyle. If you’re a sporty person who spends a lot of time outdoors, then a rich lip colour may look a little odd. Additionally, if you hold a professional role or perhaps work in a school, then you may also choose a more muted shade. This premise would also apply to other permanent makeup procedures such as brows or eyeliner. You want to draw attention to yourself for all the right reasons!
Post Lip Blush Care
So, you’ve carefully considered all your options, and you’re happily sporting your fresh new lip look. The next few weeks are critical to keeping your lips looking their very best for as long as possible, so be sure to:
- Keep the lip area free from makeup or creams – with the exception of the aftercare products that Suki recommends
- Keep your lips clean; perhaps carry a sterile pad with you to dab any secretions while you’re healing
- Avoid stretching or pulling at your mouth
Don’t rub or pick at your lips, even when you’re tempted to peel off any flaking skin. This “crust” is part of the healing process, and pulling it off can damage the sensitive underlying skin.
Remember, your lips will be a little swollen, dry and sore for a few days, and the colour pigment will be much darker than you may expect. As the top layer of skin peels away, the colour will lighten significantly, but once healed, your colour will show up beautifully.
We’re excited to work with you on your personal road to your best self. Just remember, though, that permanent makeup results differ from person to person, and the fact is, the colour will fade. You will likely need to freshen up your lip colour in the future, but Suki will likely answer all these questions in your initial consultation, so you have a clear way forward.
Do you still have questions? Or are you ready to book your lip tattooing appointment with a certified specialist and enjoy the wonderful results of blushing, beautiful lips?