Despite what my recent lip blushing obsession may lead you to believe, my lips have always been my favorite physical feature. Although I have had my moments of being self-conscious about certain parts of myself, I still love my lips. They are thick and pillowy and the perfect canvas to paint with color. They were even featured as lip art models at my previous magazine gig.
Ironically, they’re also one of very few things I’ve chosen to have “enhanced.” While I have access to all kinds of treatments, I felt uncomfortable doing something drastic to alter my weight or my nose before attempting to deal with my insecurities about them first. I am glad that I made that choice because none of these things bother me anymore. My lips are another story. I love them so why not do something to make them even more beautiful?
Lip blushing is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that enhances the natural color and shape for up to two years. The aesthetician uses a technique called pixelating to place tiny, undetectable dots (or pigment) that can be used to create shade and line. It creates a color that looks like it could be yours, but with more emphasis and a stronger shape. It is now performed by aestheticians, rather than traditional tattoo artists as it was in the past. The use organic pigments and modern digital tools that allow for multiple needle configurations.
I was able to have my lips coloured by Christopher Drummond PFrankMD Skin Salon ”s in-house cosmetic tattoo master and aesthetician. Do your research if you are as curious as I was about the process. Here are seven things you should consider before making your appointment.
It’s not cheap.
Like other minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, you get what you pay for when it comes to lip blushing. Drummond is the best in business and charges $1 ,500 for each treatment. Do not believe anyone who offers a deal that sounds too good to be true. Semipermanent treatment should not be taken lightly.
You should test out different colors before you buy.
“The color we use is really up to the individual,” says Drummond. Drummond says that they discuss the individual’s preferences and create a customized color. You can then bring these with you, but it doesn’t hurt if you have reference photos. This will allow you to communicate your ideas clearly with your aesthetician on the day of your appointment. After they have mixed a color, you can add or subtract tones before the tattooing process begins.
The pain is actually quite minimal.
Prepping for my session was easy; I was simply told to avoid ibuprofen, fish oil, and vitamin E the day before to reduce the possibility of bruising and bleeding. After I sat down in Drummond’s chair and was informed that he would apply topical anesthesia on my mouth. Because the skin on your lips is extra porous, the anesthesia is much more effective than it would be on, say, you