Yes, lip blushing is safe, but make sure you go to someone who knows what they’re doing. “Lip blushing is perfectly safe if done by a professional,” says Engelman. “It has the same risks as traditional tattoos and the biggest side effect, swelling, is the same for all medical tattooing. Lip blushing also lasts about the same time as all cosmetic medical tattooing.” The biggest risk is going to someone who is inexperienced or untrained for lip blushing, so make sure to do your research before opting to get your lips permanently tinted.
If you get cold sores, Hogan warns that lip procedures can sometimes trigger a flare-up. She also explains that if you don’t like the results of your lip-blushing procedure, the removal process for lip blushing can get tricky. “It is important to note that the FDA does not regulate pigments in tattoo inks,” she says. “Oftentimes, pink and ‘natural’ hues are composed of a variety of pigments, which may include metal components like zinc oxide or titanium oxide. When treated with lasers for tattoo removal, these metals can oxidize and turn black. This color often fades with additional treatments, but it may take weeks to months.” All the more reason to go to a licensed professional in the first place.
Lip blushing can be a great option for someone who wants their lips to look effortlessly tinted at all times. Just make sure you do your research before trying out this lip trend—the right provider can help you get the lips of your dreams.