Lip Tattooing


*touch up must be scheduled within 2 months

What is Lip Tattooing?

Permanent lip liner and color are applied in a similar fashion to a tattoo. The aesthetician applying your liner will create a semi-permanent outline on the border of your lip with a special pigment, and then they will shade the surface of your lips with the tattooing device. Touch-ups may be required every so often to maintain the desired shade and outline.

How to Prepare for Your Lip Procedures


Lips are delicate and need to be treated gently, with diligent attention to detail.

Q: When preparing for a lip procedure what can clients do to prep? What should they avoid doing before the procedure?

A: Clients should do a lip scrub 4 nights prior to their appointment repeating every night. After the scrub, I ask them to apply a moisturizing lip balm, shea butter, or even coconut oil. During this time, they should avoid any lipsticks, keeping the lips moist with a nourishing balm instead. Additionally, they need to stay very well hydrated, drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily, and avoid alcohol as well as extreme sun exposure. The more hydrated and smoother their lips are at the time of the treatment the better the results. Artist can not work on dry, chapped, or cracked lips.

Lip Scrub Pre Treatment Ideas

Ingredients include:

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of organic honey

2 tablespoons of brown sugar (coarse)

½ tablespoon of lukewarm water.


Step one: Mix coconut oil and honey.

Step two: Add brown sugar and lukewarm water.

Step three: Apply scrub to lips (use a circular motion for 2-3 minutes)

Step four: Rinse lips with warm water.

If they have a history of cold sores:

Roughly 50% of Americans have the HSV-1 or Herpes Oral Virus which causes cold sores. This means a larger percent of your clients will have this disease, but there is an easy fix for patients who are prone to cold sores.

  • The client must inform you and contact their physician.
  • Prescription for Acyclovir to mitigate the chance of an outbreak
  • Need to take medication day of treatment & four days preceding the treatment
  • 200 MG Dosage 5-6 times per day totaling 1000-1200 MG/Day.

Notice: This dosage and medication is based on general needs for a client that has HSV-1 and is undergoing a lip treatment. Dosage or medication prescribed may be different than listed. Follow the advice of your healthcare professional on dosage amounts and length of treatment. This information was provided by Sculpted Studios.

Q: During the procedure what do you use for numbing? What can the client expect? 

A: I do not use any numbing pre or during the procedure.  The way I perform this treatment is atraumatic and is not painful.  Topical lidocaine can create issues such as swelling, blanching or hardening of the membrane which can lead to uneven healed results as well as more trauma and discomfort. My clients put the discomfort at a 2-3 (on a scale of 1-10) and only toward the very end, most sleep during the treatment. However, if it must be used, perhaps to spot-check an outline in a very natural color, I dip a microfiber swab in a 5% lidocaine gel such as Blue Gel, Sustaine, or Tattoo Soothe. There are a variety of topical 5% gels and they are all fine.

Q: What products do you recommend for after care? What are your tips for recovery?

A: Glossed by Shay Danielle- It is arnica infused (helps with any swelling) and because it is packaged like a lip balm clients love to use it so I know they will.  It keeps the lips moist but not overly during the healing process.  Other options would be vitamin A & D ointment or even coconut oil or vitamin E.  MASK WEARING- this is a NEW but BIG one!  Masks are DIRTY, especially the reusable ones we put in our bags or worse. We breathe out bacteria and because of the mask that bacteria sits on the lips and the skin. We’ve all heard of Maskne. That is impetigo, a mild infection that can happen on any surface of the body. The first 5-7 days the lips are healing, it’s a wound and must be kept clean. I recommend after a procedure that my clients wear a mask as minimal as possible, and when they must, use disposable masks and change them every 30 minutes. Gently clean off any after care balm on the lips and apply new balm.  During this same time period, avoid extreme sun exposure, eat with a fork and knife and drink through a straw.  Additionally, avoid any “aggressive” mouth activity such as kissing, etc and stay well hydrated.  Some swelling is normal and even severe swelling from improper technique or poor client pre-care will subside after 24 hours.  To mitigate swelling, clients must have well prepped lips as dry dehydrated lips will certainly swell more.  Also avoiding tattooing the waterline and the artist should work with the proper technique (stretch, depth, speed movements) and equipment.

Q: Lastly, let’s talk about follow-up appointments. Are touch-ups necessary for everyone or vary from client to client?

A:  I have all of my clients come back in 10 weeks. Why 10 weeks?  It is very normal for it to take 60-90 days for the implanted color to settle.  Tattooing on it earlier than that is like a false positive. There is no way to know for certain how a client will heal or if they have adhered to the proper after care.  Less is more!  I would rather have room to adjust the saturation and color than hammer color in and have them unhappy with the result.  Pigmenting the skin is a process that needs to be respected, especially the lips. In the case of Dark lip Neutralization sometimes several treatments are needed to achieve the desired results. The goal is a perfect natural result, one that both you and the client envisioned. There is no amount of rushing that, for me, would ever be worth my clients’ happiness.

Am I a good candidate for permanent lip liner?

Although there are some medical conditions and medications that may affect eligibility for tattoo makeup, many individuals are good candidates for permanent lip liner. Assessment of your lips is recommended in a face-to-face consultation prior to your procedure to ensure that you are an appropriate candidate for this process.If you get lip fillers, it is recommended that you refrain from any filler injections a minimum of one month before or after the lip tattooing.

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