Lip Blush initial procedure

Touchup after 3 months

Lip blushing is a form of semi-permanent makeup. Essentially, it is a cosmetic tattoo of the lips that enhances the beauty of the natural lip color, improving the shape of the lips, giving definition and the illusion of fullness. Consultation required before procedure.

Please read before you make an appointment:


  • Wash thoroughly before the procedure, no makeup, lipsticks or lotions the day of the procedure.
  • ((We highly recommend contacting your doctor to have a consultation about the information below and get a prescription for Acyclovir or similar antiviral pills and or cream if they consent.))
  • Follow all doctor recommendations. 2 days before the procedure for a 5-7 day course is recommended.
  • ((Warning, if you don’t start taking antiviral medication and you have had Cold Sores or HSV Type 1 in the past you will have a 90% chance of a breakout around 3-4 days after the procedure.))
  • If you have had any type of lip surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent makeup procedure on the lips.
  • Lip fillers: You must wait 6 months after lip injections to get this procedure.

It is recommended you wait 90 days after the Lip Blush procedure to get lip fillers.

  • It is best not to have multiple lip filler injections and multiple permanent lip coloring within the same year.
  • Oral prosthesis dentures/ partials/ braces and tongue piercing bars may increase risk of getting bacterial and/or fungal infection from the mouth to the lips.
  • Frequent or recent sinus infection puts lips at risk of infection.
  • Denture wearers generally carry a higher candida/ yeast count. Cutaneous candidiasis/ candidosis is more common in older women (angular stomatitis – perlèche, angular cheilitis). Recent antibiotic therapy can be responsible for a high candida count.
  • Steroid medications and antacid drugs can allow candida to overpopulate. Smokers tend to have a high count also. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
  • The bacteria-yeast balance in the mouth can get out of whack, and the oral saliva will get in the holes made by tattooing lips.
  • Lips can get infected easily. Bacterial infections clear up more quickly than Candida Albicans infections. It is possible to have a co-infection when both bacteria and fungus are involved.
  • It is possible to get a candida infection right after clearing up a bacterial infection.
  • It is normal to have discomfort or a feeling of pressure the day of the lip procedure.

The next day should be minimal.

  • If you begin having pain on the 3rd or 4th day after being pain-free, it is a signal that something is wrong. It is usually one of three things: 1) Infection, 2) Cold sore, or 3) Allergic contact dermatitis from antibiotic ointment. Switch ointments to rule out that as the cause, and consider a culture to determine bacterial vs yeast infection.


  • After each meal rinse your mouth with cool water then pat dry your lips with a clean unused cloth then re-apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment to your lips.
  • Avoid eating salty, hot and or spicy foods.
  • Avoid stress, drink enough water and rest enough.

(Do not drink excessive amounts of water before bedtime.)

  • Keep your lips moist and clean.
  • Avoid activities that cause sweating, direct exposure to the sun and excessive heat.((Steam or sauna)).
  • Do not go swimming in the ocean or pools until your lips have completely healed. ((YOU COULD GET AN INFECTION FROM BACTERIA IN THE WATER.))
  • Healing time will be 2-10 days.
  • When the scabs start to peel off, you will retain 40-60%, and then the pigment will fade away, in some cases your lips will be darker than before the procedure but don’t worry it’s from needle bruising. The pigment will slowly return in 1-3 months. This is normal for lip pigmentation. If your lips were dark before, multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired color result.
  • Do not use lipstick for 7 days. If you absolutely need to put on lipstick before the end of 7 days, apply antibiotic ointment to your lips before you apply the lipstick.
  • Do not use petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) it traps moisture and bacteria, which can lead to infections and scarring.
  • ((**CAUTION**)) People who have been infected by the herpes virus or have extreme cold sores will break out after 2-4 days. You may not even know that you have been infected in the past.

As a precaution it is highly recommended you ask your doctor for a prescription for Acyclovir or similar antiviral pill. If you don’t, you may or may not break out, but this could save you a lot of embarrassment.

  • ((If your lips become infected or you see excessive swelling, contact your doctor immediately!))
  • Each person is different; your lips may swell a little for the first couple days.

You may use a cooling pad or cooling gel on your lips area. This will help reduce the swelling.