What is a Cosmetic Lip Tattoo?

Cosmetic Lip Tattoo procedures, once only performed by professionals, are now becoming available to the public. This has become very popular among women who want permanent makeup for their eyeliner and eyebrows, but do not have the time or patience to apply daily make-up. Now women can go through cosmetic tattooing of the lip area as well. Make-up artist Lily Hughes explains that what creates that “perfect pout” is applying three primary colors to specific areas of the lip. The darker your natural lip color, she says, the more dramatic you can get away with making your lips look. Lips tend to darken with age so one of her first tips it uses anti-aging cream like Skinception to help keep lips smooth and soft.

Lip Tattoo Procedure

During the lip tattoo procedure, three primary colors are applied directly to the lip area with a very fine needle injecting each color carefully into the skin of the lips. The darker pigments are injected first around the border of your existing lip line. If you have no existing lip line Lily explains that larger amounts of pigment can be used to create one for you before adding lighter shades to define shape and pout. Lip tattoos tend to last up to 3 years, depending on how careful you are about eating or drinking anything that might cause staining. Once all injections are complete, Hughes recommends using anti-aging cream with sunscreen like Revitol Phytoceramides daily for lifetime protection from the elements.

For those who are very active and tend to sweat a lot, you might consider using a lip tattoo as opposed to traditional makeup for days when you will be sweating a lot or need your lipstick to last all day long. Hughes does not recommend this procedure if you have issues with dryness, however, as it can cause skin flaking and spread bacteria. This is also NOT recommended for those who frequently use over-the-counter acne creams that contain salicylic acid or glycolic acid.

Lip Tattoo Pros and Cons

The only real pro to getting a lip tattoo is that it saves time in daily routine since there is no need for daily application of lip or lipstick needed. It’s also a good option for those who cannot wear traditional makeup because of allergies. The con to this is that it does require multiple visits to the professional and can be costly, so if you need a touch-up in 3 weeks, you will have already spent more than what you would on regular lipstick or lip color. Hughes says it takes about three sessions over the course of 3 months to get the finished results.

This means you will need to plan your lip tattoo ahead of time if you are not prepared to make multiple visits, which can be inconvenient for those who like planning “get together any” with friends.

Lip Tattoo Removal

Unfortunately, the only way to remove a cosmetic lip tattoo is through laser surgery. This procedure must be repeated at least 4 times, minimum before the pigmentation in the lips is completely removed. Because of this, Hughes says most people choose to live with their tattoos once it’s done.

Cautionary Note:  

Consult your physician before doing kind of permanent makeup procedures or treatments! If you have allergies, take medication, or receive treatment for acne or other skin conditions check with your doctor before making an appointment for a lip tattoo.