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What to Expect After a Lip Blush Tattoo Appointment

stages of healing lip blush

What to expect after a lip blush tattoo appointment? Magic. If you’re new to the world of permanent makeup, getting your first lip blush tattoo procedure can be tremendously exciting–and intimidating. No doubt you’ve already seen all the amazing before and after pics and know just how fantastic your results will be. But many people wonder if there is downtime. The quick answer to that is no! Aside from cleansing & moisturizing tips, you can go back to business as usual…unless you are a deep-sea diver or Olympic swimmer, then you may need to take some time off for your lips to heal.

The following is a tutorial on how to care for those freshly tattooed lips as well as a few images cataloging the progression of healing.

Expect Magic After Your Lip Blush Tattoo Appointment
The magic of lip blush tattoo by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo


When you first find out that the key to getting years of effortlessly subtle lip color is a tattoo, it’s easy to feel nervous. After all, tattoos can be painful and can take hours or even multiple sessions to complete. The good news is that a lip blush procedure is far quicker and less painful than traditional tattoos, requiring an initial appointment and a shorter touchup appointment 6-12 weeks later.

6 Steps to a lip blush appointment:

1. Consultation:

When you first arrive for your appointment, your artists will give a full consultation, so you are aware of exactly what to expect.

2. Color Choices:

  • You will discuss the color you’d like to achieve, so take your favorite lipstick or pictures to share!

3. Numbing:

  • The artist will apply some numbing cream to your lips and mix your custom color while it takes action.
  • With a bit of help from a topical numbing cream and a much smaller, specialized needle, the process itself is over fast and with minimal pain.

4. Tattooing:

  • The artist will make a couple passes on your lips with your fabulous color. They may even apply numbing again, just to ensure minimal discomfort.
  • On a scale of one to ten, most classify the pain as a two or a three. Not so much worse than the pain of slogging through your daily lip makeup routine, right?

5. Aftercare:

  • Your artists will cover everything you need to know about aftercare and will send you home with aftercare cream and written instructions.

6. Touch-Up:

  • The touch-up results are best when scheduled between 6-12 weeks from the initial appointment.


Once you’ve gone home from your appointment, your lip blush tattoo recovery is already underway. No matter the shape or shade of your lips, there are a few stages of healing to expect over the next four to six weeks. Some of the initial side effects of this treatment are:

  • Swelling
  • Redness

If you experience these symptoms in the early days after your appointment, don’t be alarmed! It’s just your skin’s normal reaction as the healing process gets underway. After the first couple of days, your lips will become chapped as new skin forms to seal in your new lip color. Over the coming weeks, your lip appearance will continue to shift as your body continues merging the new color with your natural lip tone. By the end of four to six weeks, your lip blush side effects are in the past…and they never slow you down. It is business (or fun) as usual the moment you leave the studio!

timeline of lip blush tattoo healing daela cosmetic tattoo
Lip Blush Tattoo Healing Timeline


Keep your results looking great! Read below or see full before & aftercare tips here.

Lip Blush Tattoo Cleansing:

  • Clean your hands before touching your freshly tattooed lips.
  • Wash your lips before bed with lukewarm water and unscented soap or cleanser.
  • Apply the aftercare balm provided by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo in a thin layer after cleaning.
  • Repeat this process in the morning and evening for five days.
  • Avoid over-saturating the lips with the healing balm and do not let them become too dried out.

Lip Blush Tattoo Aftercare: Things to Avoid

  • Avoid consuming super spicy foods within the first 24 hours.
  • Do not apply any lip makeup for one week, except for the healing balm provided.
  • Avoid scratching, picking, or licking dry skin or flakiness.
  • Keep foreign body fluids away from the lips for five days.
  • Refrain from activities that cause extreme sweating for five days.
  • Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, or bodies of water for five days.
  • Stay away from UV exposure, including tanning booths, for five days.
  • Do not undergo massages, facials, or other skin treatments for five days.
  • Avoid laser light therapy, as it can affect the pigment color of the lips.
  • Do not use exfoliants, retinol acids, glycolic acids, or alpha hydroxy acids on the lips for 30 days after the appointment, as it may cause premature fading.

Lip Blush Tattoo: What to Do After Healing

  • Lip tattoo can last between 2 to 3 years, depending on lifestyle, skin type, and aftercare.
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 20 or greater on the lip area once completely healed.
  • Avoid using chemical exfoliants on the lips, as it may cause fading.
What to expect after a lip blush tattoo appointment.
Stages of Healing | Lip Blush Tattoo

Note: As rare as they may be, any more intense lip blush side effects than those mentioned above may cause alarm. If you notice excessive swelling, long-lasting pain, or other concerning symptoms, reach out to your tattoo artist immediately.

Final Words on Lip Blush Tattoo

Did you know that lip blush can be refreshed as often as every 6-months? This is not to say you will need a refresh, most people are satisfied for 2-3 years after a lip blush appointment. BUT, if you become infatuated with the results and want to even change your color up a bit seasonally, you can do so every 6-months to 12-months!

Lip blushing is amazing and one of the favorite cosmetic tattoo procedures. There are dozens of magazine articles raving about lip blush. So, dig in and see what all the benefits are to lip blushing, or go ahead and schedule an appointment. You will be so glad you did!

Where to Get Lip Blushing?

DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo is unique in that we offer all cosmetic tattoo services in each location, and we have locations nationwide, including Portland, Scottsdale, Las Vegas and Vancouver, WA. Our luxurious studios house master artists who specialize in one or two techniques, making them some the best artists in the industry. DAELA holds all artists to exacting standards, not just for their artistic mastery but also their manner, kindness and adherence to strict health and safety protocol. DAELA offers all services: Lips, eyeliner and microblading, powder brows, machine nano brows, freckles & beauty marks, brow lamination, henna brows, lash lift & tint as well as paramedical techniques which include areola restoration, scar camouflage, stretch mark camouflage and stretch mark and scar serum treatments, allowing us to partner you with the very best artist to achieve your best results. We serve adult clients of all ages and have 1000’s of 5-star reviews on Google, YELP & Facebook. Clients have travelled to our studios from all over the world. If you are considering cosmetic tattoo or paramedical tattoo, reach out to us for a free consultation, we are always happy to consult, even if you don’t book with us.

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