What is Lip Shading?

Lip shading, also known as lip blushing or lip tattooing, is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that changes your lips color and form.

The aestheticism creates this effect by depositing pigment into your lips with little needles. Pigment is applied dot by dot till your entire lip is shaded and the dots square measure is undetectable.

Procedures usually last between one and 2 years, depending on the pigment used, the technician’s technique, and also the individual’s skin.

What To Expect from a Lip Shading Procedure

Is lip shading painful?

The procedure itself isn’t so painful, and that’s because your provider will apply a topical analgesic to your lips, so you don’t feel any pain. You may feel the needle going in and out, but it only causes a slight discomfort. People have various levels of pain tolerance, so what you think is painful may not bother someone else. If you sense that your pain tolerance is low, take one or two tablets of Acetaminophen a few minutes before the procedure.

No drastic changes?

It’s not going to look like lipstick. In fact, if it does, then the procedure went wrong. It should look like your natural lip hue, but brighter, in some sense. So people may not notice that you just got your lips done, but they’ll notice that they look better and healthier than before.

What are the side effects of lip shading?

This doesn’t happen very often, but you’ll need to watch out. If your lips are on the dryer side prior to your appointment, you could bruise or bleed more than normal, restricting how many layers of ink the technician can give you.

You’ll need to heal

Lip shading has a lot in common with lip tattooing. After the procedure, you’ll need to heal your new lips. Avoid any mechanical scrub during this period and apply lots of lip balm. Your lips will peel by day 2 or 3 and be completely healed in 5-10 days.

Once booked, you should begin prepping for your procedure as early as 6 weeks before the appointment date. Follow these tips to keep your lips in prime shape for the lip shading procedure:

  • Avoid steroids: Using steroids before your procedure can cause inflammation and your lips to swell after the procedure. Avoid both oral steroids, such as prednisolone and topical steroids, such as hydrocortisone. If any steroid is included in your medications, consider a temporary alternative.
  • Avoid retinoids: Retinoids, Vitamin A, increase the turnover of your cells making them shed faster, thus bringing out fresher, younger-looking skin. While this is an extremely desirable cosmetic effect, this may not be the perfect time for that. Retinoids may increase the chance of experiencing a side effect from lip shading.
  • Avoid lip sores and injuries: This goes without saying. If you want to get brighter colored lips, start by taking good care of what you’ve got right now. When the weather is dry, slather on an extra layer of lip balm like Aquaphor (our fav) or Honeydrop Manuka.

Get to know your favorite lipstick shade: Obviously, you don’t want your lips to turn red or mauve for the next two years. You must familiarise yourself with the numerous shades of nude and pink and see which shades look best on you. Your aesthetician can customize a shade just for you based on your preferences.

How To Find The Right Person For The Job

While searching for a lip artist, zero your mind on finding an aesthetician or cosmetologist that is duly trained and certified and has plenty of experience under her belt. Our Certified technician, Sadaf, is incredibly talented and the endless scroll of pictures on Instagram to prove it.

Avoid going to a traditional tattoo artist. Even though they may get the job done, lip shading is much more than a standard tattoo. It conserves the natural lip color and prevents lip aging. Getting your lips done with an aesthetician is safer and better for you in the long run.

How Much Does It Cost?

Typically, your aesthetician may use 2 to 3 layers of pigment. This makes your lips fuller, your lip tone more even, and your lip line crisper.

Our standard lip shading appointment starts at $400 which includes your initial lip shading appointment as well as a single touch-up performed no later than 4 weeks from your initial shading. Extra layers can be added for an additional cost.