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Lip Tattooing – Everything You Need To Know – Model Standards

Lip tattooing, also known as Semi Permanent Lip Liner & Blush, is the process of tattooing the lips to create a fuller, more enhanced lip.

Semi Permanent Lip Liner & Blush is almost exactly what you would expect from its name.

Your professional Semi Permanent Makeup technician will tattoo an outline on the boarder of your lips. Then, she/he will shade in to the middle of the lip to create a permanent ‘blush’ effect – creating a fuller lip.

How long does it last?

Semi Permanent Lip Liner & Blush (Lip Tattooing) usually lasts for 12-18 months.

This is a question that we get asked by EVERYBODY that walks through the doors of our studio. Every individual’s body works at a different pace – and some will hold the pigment for a lot longer than others. However, we usually advise between 12-18 months.

A while back, permanent makeup used to be applied with real ink, just like a normal body tattoo. This would last longer, because body tattoo ink has a watery consistency and the body doesn’t try to kick it out as quickly. However, body tattoo ink doesn’t look very natural at all!

In today’s world, Semi Permanent Makeup is applied with pigment, rather than ink. Pigment is thicker – and gives a much more natural finish, but the body removes it in about 12-18 months. A great Semi Permanent Makeup technician will be able to give a client an almost unnoticeable set of tattooed lips, or brows, all thanks to modern pigments.

Are lip liner tattoos better than temporary lip fillers?

Lip liner tattoos are totally different to temporary lip fillers – and both have their benefits. The purpose of lip liner & blush tattoo services is to add colour to the lips – giving a sharper, more enhanced set of lips. However, it is absolutely not intended to make the lips bigger than they are. People just love the vibrancy that Semi Permanent Lip Tattoo services offer.

Lip fillers are totally different. They’re all about adding some volume & plump. Kylie Jenner has almost revolutionised the Dermal Filler industry – taking her almost non-existent lips to powerful & full lips.

“I occasionally get asked if I can make a client’s lips bigger with lip tattoo services. Semi Permanent Makeup technicians won’t ever put pigment outside of the natural lip line – as the pigment will develop in to an entirely different colour on the skin than it does on a lip. If people are looking for much bigger lips, I often tell them to go to our cosmetic specialist for some dermal fillers before I deliver the lip tattoo services. This ensures that the lips are the desired size, and that the lip colour is great.”

– Kirsty Schumann, Owner of and Salon Director at Model Standards.

How much does eyebrow tattooing cost?

This depends on the quality that you’re desiring. Here at Model Standards, our price for a Lip Tattoo procedure is £400.00 – with a free touch up after 8 weeks. It is likely that you could find the service cheaper elsewhere – but we’ve seen far too often that you get what you pay for.

We’ve invested heavily in to continuous advanced training courses, the best equipment available on the market, and the best pigments to ensure that our procedures are of an extremely high quality. It requires a lot of commitment to allow somebody to put a tattoo on to your lips – so whether you choose to go with Model Standards or not, we always advise to make sure that you are dealing with a high quality technician.

Is it painful?

Let’s put it this way… Yes, because you’re having a sensitive part of your body tattooed – but no, because it really isn’t as bad as some people believe it is.

When I think of something being painful, I always imagine a scene from The 40 Year Old Virgin, when he’s getting his chest waxed for the first time – and he literally seems like he’s dying. I’ve spoken to people who have literally been seconds away from getting their lips tattooed – but then they’ve been so petrified of the pain that they’ve decided to not go ahead.

I can assure you, it is nothing like the scene from The 40 Year Old Virgin.


Yes. It is painful. But not excruciating. It is a needle going in to the your lip, so there is bound to be some pain. But in my opinion, waxing hurts a more! I stubbed my toe today that that was at least 100X worse. I stood on a plug a few weeks ago and I think that was about 500X worse. There are so many things that are worse.

Try not to be so scared of the pain that you’re not willing to have the procedure done. I promise you, you’ll survive.

I hope this has explained Lip Tattoo services in a way that gives you some confidence. We have lots of clients every week who can’t live without their Semi Permanent Lip Liner & Blush now. It’s a fundamental piece of their beauty schedule.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to book in for a free consultation to see what Lip Tattooing could do for you, send us a message and we’ll make sure you’re looked after.

Lots of love, Model Standards. Xxxx

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