Dark lips are a pretty common and harmless thing, but some people just want to get rid of the dark spots, especially if they are a result of trauma, smoking, or some other factor. Even though it is easy to cover it up with lipstick, some people don’t want it there and feel insecure when they want to go makeup-free.
If you are self-conscious about your dark lip and you are looking for the least invasive way to cover it up, you have probably come across lip blushing on dark lips. Let’s see what it does and how.
What Is Lip Blushing?
Lip blushing is currently the most popular lip tattoo technique. It is done with a machine that breaks the skin and injects pigments of natural origin. Lip blush is the most advanced way of getting smudge-proof permanent lipstick in your favorite color that can last up to 5 years.
It is also used to contour the lips and make them look plump and fuller, to camouflage scars and correct uneven lips, and, of course, for dark lip neutralization, which is why you are reading this article. So, let’s focus on that.
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Why Do People Get Dark Lip Neutralization?
There are 2 basic reasons why people have dark lips. The first one is genetics, i.e. ethnic lips.
Now you know that PMUHub thinks there’s nothing more beautiful than your natural self. But we also believe in the power of the PMU industry to fix anything you may see as an imperfection if you truly believe it’ll make your life better. So we say, think about it, and if you really feel like you’ll be happier getting lip blushing for dark lips, go for it.
The second one is some type of trauma caused to the lips, for example, injury, lack of vitamins, hormone imbalance, certain medications, too much caffeine or smoking, etc.
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How Does Lip Blushing on Dark Lips Work?
So, lip blush is basically done in two sessions. The first one is the initial tattooing and after the lips are healed, 6-8 weeks after the treatment, a touch up is needed. This is how it is usually done. But dark lip neutralization, especially ethnic lips, usually requires more sessions to achieve satisfying results.
While lip blush is done by coloring the lips, neutralization is needed for lip blushing on dark lips. The first step is to neutralize cool tones and lift the darkness of lips with the help of warm-based pigment.
After the lips are neutralized and healed, a target color can be added if you want it.
Dark lips neutralization is not an easy task to do. It should be done by a skilled and certified lip blush artist, who has experience in lip blushing on dark lips and knows the color theory inside out.
Does It Work on Everyone?
Some people are not good candidates for dark lip neutralization. Those who have excessive lip hyperpigmentation can end up getting even darker lips after the treatment.
That is why most artists don’t want to work on melanin-rich lips. This requires a lot of knowledge and skill, and only highly trained artists are able to do it successfully.
So be careful if your lips are hyperpigmented – lip blushing may do more damage than good.
How Long Does Lip Blushing on Dark Lips Last?
Lip blush can last up to 5 years, but lip blushing on dark lips lasts shorter – its lifespan is 1-2 years. After that, a color refreshment is needed, because the dark spots are going to show back up.
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What Color Should I Choose?
You don’t really choose the neutralization shade – the lip blush artist needs to determine which color to use for neutralization, depending on the nature of your dark lips. This means that they will determine whether greyish, purplish, or brownish hues are dominant and choose the adequate color.
The result is usually a pinkish and peachy shade that looks natural.
The artist can put another color of your choice on top, once the lips are healed.
How to Prepare for Lip Blushing on Dark Lips Appointment?
You will be advised to exfoliate your lips 3 days before the appointment. You also need to avoid any type of blood thinner, alcohol, caffeine, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aspirin, fish oil, etc. 48 hours before your appointment.
What About the Aftercare?
Don’t pick the scabs! Your lips will need to heal, and around day 5 they will start scabbing. It is the ugly phase and an emotional roller coaster, so be prepared. Your lips may appear even darker while they are healing, but don’t judge the results until the healing process is over.
Your lip blush artist will give you an ointment or a balm to use to ease the burning and itching sensation which can occur while your lips are healing, as well as to speed up the healing process.
Other things to remember about the lip blushing on dark lips aftercare: refrain from soaking your lips in water for a week and from applying makeup to them, as well as using saunas and swimming pools, sweating excessively, and sunbathing for 14 days.
During the first 4 weeks post-procedure refrain from using exfoliants, acids and anti-aging serums on the area around the lips.
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How Much Does Lip Blushing on Dark Lips Cost?
The average price on lip blush is around $500, but lip blushing on dark lips i.e. dark lip neutralization is a little bit pricier, since it includes at least 2-3 treatments.
Lip blush on dark lips includes neutralization of dark spots and making the color of the lips even by tattooing them. It is a safe and effective method, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Only a skilled technician can access the situation properly and choose the right pigment color that will neutralize the dark lips.
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