I would never get a tattoo on my body (I have all the edge of a Skittle), but call me Mike Tyson, because I’ve got more than one on my face. But, the tattoo parlor I go to, Browhaus, is actually a salon in Soho that caters to a much more fashion-forward set than the Ed Hardy-sporting crew. I first tattooed my eyebrows last month with a semipermanent vegetable dye with the salon’s Brow Resurrection treatment, which restores your brows to their former glory. But, I didn’t stop there. Three weeks ago, I returned for Browhaus’ two-hour Lip Define service, and, well, it’s a procedure you will need to see. Click through to read more about what it was really like to acquire a (type of) lipstick tattoo.
From the time Kylie Jenner did for lips what Cara Delevingne did for brows (i.e., jump-started the oversized feature trend), people have been trying to find the one product or procedure which will help them reach that same plumped-up look. Jenner’s lips are the result of injections, but there’s another treatment that’s just as notable (and completely non-invasive): permanent lip tattoo cost.
Right after the semi-permanent trend began obtaining steam not too long ago, we decided to learn more about the method. We asked Amy Kernahan, a lasting-makeup artist in The Big Apple who’s tattooed brows, eyelids, and lips for more than 10 years, to fill us in (no, not literally). Here are the ten things you should know if you opt to enter the industry of permanent makeup, according to the expert.
Lip tattoos are made to enhance lips, not create actual fullness. This procedure was created to define lips, never to create volume or puffiness, says Kernahan. “It will just give you the appearance of the full lip,” she says. “Since area of the process is outlining right on the border in the lip, I’m only helping give your lips the appearance that they’re fuller.” It’s by pointing out illusion.
The tattoo doesn’t go around your lip like traditional lip-liner application. “I really do an outline on the border in the lip, but I’m also shading colour into the middle of the lip in a circular motion to give it even more of a blended look,” says Kernahan. “I leave the interior area of the lip without color.”
It’s possible to acquire a color that’s close to your natural lip color – but this means it won’t last so long.
“The better natural colour, the better frequent your touch-ups will be going be,” says Kernahan. “If somebody will come in and says, ‘I love my color; I really would like it to be considered a hint more,’ they’re probably going to have to come in once a year for touch-ups to refresh that color.” Kernahan suggests tattooing your lips 1 or 2 shades darker or brighter depending on your natural skin.
Most places use pigment instead of traditional tattoo ink (which is the reason it fades). Years back, permanent makeup was applied with regular tattoo ink. That’s why many times, it looked so unnatural. “Once you airxoe a body tattoo, it’s usually completed with ink, that features a very watery consistency,” says Kernahan. “Pigment is thicker, so that it gives more natural powdery finish. However it does exfoliate away from your skin after 12 to 18 months. And also, since you eat and drink along with your lips, it’s going to happen faster.”
Yes, it’s painful. Lips are particularly sensitive, therefore if you’re considering getting this done, you may want to pay extra to have an anesthetic to block the pain sensation. “Since lips are extremely vascular, I share office space using a cosmetic surgeon and my patients have the option to pay an additional $150 for the,” says Kernahan. “Should they choose to get an anesthetic, I can get the procedure done considerably faster.”
The process of recovery takes about ten days. Kernahan advises her patients getting lip tattoos to schedule the method to get a Thursday, so they can allow the swelling and dryness die over the weekend. “The lips will appear very dry and chapped since they heal,” says Kernahan. “The color gets lighter, and then as the skin heals, it comes back. You normally view the full, truest color after about fourteen days.”