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Are Cosmetics Tattoos Safe?

Lip blushing is a type of semipermanent cosmetic tattooing procedure achieved by depositing pigments in your lips using small needles. While also sometimes called lip tattooing, this is more of a cosmetic enhancement rather than traditional tattoo art. Lip blushing focuses on altering both colour and shape to create younger-looking lips. Permanent makeup uses pigment instead of traditional tattoo ink. Pigments are a different formulation and are semi-permanent - they can last one to three years for brows, lips, and face, whereas tattoo ink is permanent.

Unlike a normal tattoo, the goal of both types of permanent makeup is to look realistic and not call attention to the art itself. Done right, you shouldn’t even notice that you’re looking at a tattoo.

Although permanent makeup is generally quite safe, all types of tattoos come with some health risks so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before deciding to do it.


There is always a chance for infection and bleeding when it comes to permanent makeup, as the needle is breaking the skin.

Allergic reaction

If you have sensitive skin, there is a chance that you may experience a poor reaction to the pigments. This can cause inflammation, redness, pain, swelling, a rash, or itching at the site of the tattoo. Rarely it can cause a true allergic reaction, usually to something in the dye, resulting in hives or anaphylactic shock.


Permanent makeup can cause a range of injuries from the pigments, the technique, or the equipment used, or from a mistake or accident.

Permanent makeup can be totally safe, but there are a lot of factors you need to consider beforehand to avoid any complications or infections. First, research the studio like crazy, see before and after pictures and their previous work, and make sure the artist is licensed to perform the procedure. And last, but not least, make sure you're taking excellent care of your permanent makeup during the healing process. Your aftercare depends on your specific permanent makeup (more on that, later), but typically, you'll want to cover the area with an ointment for a week or so and keep it from getting wet. The healing process is a lot shorter than a normal tattoo - which takes up to three weeks — because the needle doesn't go as deep into the layers of your skin. That said, you can still expect a lot of the same things as normal tattoos: scabbing, flaking, and dryness.

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