Permanent Lip Color & Lip Blushing

Get the perfect pout with permanent lip color & lip blushing from Arden Gate Studio!

“Courtney is incredible! Patient, detailed, and a perfectionist – all of the things that make up the perfect cosmetic tattoo artist. I recommended her to EVERYONE who wants a wonderful experience from start to finish.”
– Crystal O.

Create Beautiful, Natural-looking Lips That Last

Custom Services Tailored To You

Courtney trained with one of the top artists in the world, Russian master lip artist Natasha Dsouza (Beauty Dreams LA) to master the art of the perfect pout. Almost everyone is a candidate for lip blushing, even those with mature skin!

A close up shot of Courtney's permanent cosmetic lip services

$600 | $200 6-8 Week Touchup

Lip Blush

A lip blush tattoo gives the lips a pop of color and some definition by gently implanting pixels into the lip, allowing the natural lip to shine through while keeping a gorgeous tint. The color lasts 2-4 years before clients typically desire a color boost. Lip tissue holds color much less intensely than elsewhere on the face, so to get even a natural healed result, the fresh results looks pretty red! It will heal less warm and about half as dark as it looks right after the service.

Lip filler + lip blushing is an amazing combo! If you have lip filler, it’s best to wait a month after filler to get a lip blush, or vice-versa. A lip blush can only be applied to the lip tissue it heals much darker beyond lip tissue), so filler would be the answer for asymmetry and if you want a lot more fullness.

Prepare for your appointment

Lip Pre-Care

For lip blush clients, please stay well-hydrated prior to the appointment! This is very important bc hydration will affect the skin’s ability to accept ink more than anything.

The following list contains helpful do’s and do not’s in the days and weeks prior to your service.

  • Get a Valtrex subscription if you have EVER had a cold sore. Take it 3 days prior, the day of and 3 days after. Cold sore outbreaks are often triggered by trauma or stress to the lips, so a tattoo will likely cause an outbreak if you do not take a prescription. If you haven’t had a cold sore before, Lysine is recommended
  • Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face
  • Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners)
  • Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
  • Do not consume caffeine the day of your procedure
  • Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood)
  • Exfoliate and moisturize the lips in the week leading up to the service. Chapped lips cannot be tattooed effectively
A close up shot of Courtney's permanent cosmetic lip services

Enhance Your Beauty With Arden Gate Studio

Achieve a beautiful and longer-lasting look with permanent lip color & lip blushing services from Arden Gate Studio. Get fuller lips with natural, subtle definition or brighten up your existing lips with a semi-permanent blush. Give yourself the confidence boost you deserve – book your appointment today!

What to Expect

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect During your Lip Service
When you first arrive at the shop, you will have a sheet of paperwork to fill out. Once that is finished, Courtney will ask if you have any inspirational photos or if you brought your favorite lip color with you (the latter is preferred). Pictures will then be taken, followed by a very thorough sanitizing and pre-draw. Once the shape is approved by the client, the tattoo portion begins.

Courtney doesn’t typically pre-numb her lips clients because the lips numb much more effectively once the skin is broken. She lightly traces the approved drawn shape with the needle and ink, adding a tiny bit of anesthetic as she goes, then does a quick, gentle full pass to check the comfort level of the client. If the client chooses, a special lip anesthetic is applied and it numbs very well on 95% of clients. If the client is comfortable without numbing, the tattoo continues until the client asks for numbing.

The lip tattoo itself typically takes 1-1.5 hours, depending on the skin and size of the lip. Once the tattoo is finished, she will go over aftercare directions (a hard copy will be provided) and take pictures. The entire appointment, including paperwork, numbing, and pictures, is about 2 hours. A 6-8 week touchup needs to be booked, which is 75 minutes and not as intense as the initial service. At the touchup, any patchiness, shape, or color issues can be addressed.

What to Expect During the Healing Process

Lips will go through the most changes during the healing process. It is normal to be freaked out at how large and bold they look in the days after the service. Do not panic if the color you asked for looks NOTHING like the color right after the service! Your artist should be able to achieve your desired color based on your provided sample, or at least do a tint of that color.

Lips fade up to 70%, and will always heal softer than it looks in the after photos.

Day 1) Swollen and much bolder than desired. If you asked for peachy-colored lips they may look like a dark, burnt orange. Most results in the pink range initially look bright or dark red.

Day 2-4) Mild swelling, exaggerated color, and the worst dry lips of your life.

Day 5-6) Peeling, the dark crusty pigment skin is flaking away. Revealing a soft, natural lip tint underneath.

Herpes and Lip Tattooing
Up to 70% of the population has HSV1 (herpes virus) yet only about 20% of people get reoccurring outbreaks. This means that if you have been exposed to the virus at any point in your life having your lips tattooed has the potential to activate the virus. Lip tattooing will NOT cause you to get a cold sore if you don’t already carry the virus.

Clients who have reoccurring herpes symptoms MUST get a prescription anti-viral (Valtrex) from their family physician to prevent the outbreak of cold sores.

All other clients will be advised to take Lysine as a natural and affordable antiviral. It is not as effective at preventing outbreaks but will reduce the likelihood of having an outbreak. Lysine is an amino acid found in the food we eat and is a natural anti-viral.


Day 1) Wipe lymph buildup on lips every 20-30 minutes until bedtime with the cotton rounds provided (they will be soaked with an all-natural healing tonic that helps with inflammation). Wash quickly with a mild soap at bedtime. Apply aftercare ointment after cleansing lips. Aftercare will be provided by your artist.

During healing, do not smile or stretch your lips out. Doing this will break the thin scab layer and pull the pigment out. When eating or drinking, take small bites with a fork and use a straw. Do not purse your lips. Do not pick.

Day 2-6) Keep lips well hydrated with aftercare ointment. Applying a thin layer, often.

Day 6-30) Regularly use the provided SPF-containing lip balm to keep lips soft and hydrated.

Things to Avoid
  • Spicy Food
  • Salty Food
  • Saucy Foods or eating with your hands
  • Whitening Toothpaste
  • Alcohol Based Mouthwash

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