Lip blushing is a type of semipermanent cosmetic tattooing procedure achieved by depositing pigments in your lips using small needles.

While also sometimes called lip tattooing, this is more of a cosmetic enhancement rather than traditional tattoo art. Lip blushing focuses on altering both color and shape to create younger-looking lips.

Everyone’s lips are different, and there’s no one standard of beauty. But if you would like to change the appearance or color of your lips, you may be interested in lip blushing.

Does lip blushing hurt?

Your provider will apply a numbing product to your lips beforehand to help minimize pain and discomfort.

The lower your pain tolerance, the more discomfort you might feel. However, some people may not feel much pain at all.

Avoid taking naproxen, ibuprofen, or aspirin beforehand, as well as supplements like fish oil, garlic, gingko, and vitamin E — these can increase bleeding and bruising.

How permanent is it?

Lip blushing is considered a semipermanent procedure. This means you’ll need to repeat the process every few years to maintain your results.

Frequent lip exfoliation, sun exposure, and smoking can all make the pigment fade quicker.