Deciding if Lip Neutralization is right for you?

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Many people around the world have dark cool tones lips, it is due to genetics, ethnicity, or simply smokers. And, some clients want to warm the color of their lips, neutralize the cool tones, achieve its different variaty of shades and hues. Melanated lips can be different as well, some have warm brown lips and others cool winter purple blue subtle tones. That is why it is extremely crucial to go to experienced artists because they should know what color of pigment to use in order to achieve the color the client wants, keeping in mind what is the base natural lip color of the client. But, that is not it, if you want to neutralize the lips it is important to know that several session might be needed, so you have to be very patient, it is devotion and commitment to get the lips neutralized.

How to Prepare for Lip Neutralization

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Days prior to receiving the lip neutralization tattoo treatment you'll want to stay hydrated. Exfoliate your lips and keep lips moisturized.


Take a break from vitamin c serums, retinoids, and glycolic treatments, and chemical peels at least 2 weeks prior to your session and 2 weeks after. Any products that cause skin regeneration are magical of course, but not great for cosmetic tattoos. These serums should not be used on the lips during the healing process and you should avoid direct use to the lip tissue once healed as well.


No caffeine 24 hours, do not drink alcohol or take blood thinning medication 24 hours before appointment. This is actually a MAJOR step in preparing to have your lips tattooed, and also the most ignored. Its crucial to follow this step because these substances can cause much more sensitivity while being tattooed as well as cause you to bleed and bruise while being tattooed, which will directly effect your healed results.


Please wait 1 month after lip neutralization to receive fillers. (or 1 month prior) Lip Blush or neutralization and Lip Filler are actually an amazing combo together. While Lip Filler gives you outward volume, Lip Blush gives you definition, color, and a subtle natural appearing size increase just by making the most of the lip tissue you were born with. The two together are the ultimate lip duo. We do also have many clients who no longer feel the need to receive lip filler after having their lips tattooed. For many clients lack of shape definition is huge and lip blushing solves that problem. It's subtle and natural looking so people look at you and don't suggest you've had anything done but just wonder how you obtained this beautiful natural glow.


If you suffer from cold sores (even just once) you must take an anti viral medication (like Valtrex) 2-3 days before, and 3-5 days after having your lips tattooed. This is huge. If you are someone who already gets cold sores, you have the herpes virus living dormant in your system. This means that injury done to your lip tissue can cause a cold sore outbreak. Lip Blush or Neutralization does not cause cold sores, but the injury to the lip tissue can cause the lips to break into a cluster of sores. This is an important step and will totally keep you from having an outbreak. Anti Virals must be prescribed by your doctor. Tattoo artists cannot prescribe medication, you will have to plan accordingly and obtain this medicine in a timely fashion before your appointment.


Please wait 1 year after using Acutane to receive lip tattoo. Acutane causes a lot of dryness to the body, which can lead to patchy healed results. It's best to wait a year after your body has balanced back out to receive any form of tattooing.


Botox should be done 2 weeks prior to tattoo appointment or 2 weeks after lips are completely healed.


Laser Treatments must be done 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after Lip Blush Neutralization Tattoo.


  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Viral infections and/or diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Had an organ transplant
  • Tendency towards keloids or scarring
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
  • Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
  • Had Botox in the past 2 months
  • Used Accutane in the past year
  • Allergic to anesthetic (Lidocaine)
  • undergoing active chemotherapy
  • dark pre-existing tattoo (please, send us an email with a picture of lips without makeup on).  
Clients with diagnosed conditions that have been waived are required to bring a doctor's note stating their approval.

Things to Avoid Before a Lip Neutralization Procedure

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Before your lip neutralization procedure, you will have to be mindful of your lip condition. Things like overly chapped lips, sores, or irritation can affect the way the ink is implanted. You must take extra special care of your lips on the days leading up to the procedure.

Prepare for Post-Care Now

Plan ahead. Upon booking your lip tattoo procedure you will be sent pre care, policies, and after care instructions. Make sure you read over instructions carefully. You want to plan ahead and maximize the most of this treatment. Following aftercare instructions are a huge part of what makes lip blush successful, be sure to follow!

The first 24 hours

Easily the most awkward part of the procedure as taking a sip of water can be complicated post procedure. Keep in mind that immediately following the procedure your lips may still be a bit numb and can be swollen. You should be careful with eating, and cut your food into small bites. Drinking through a straw is encouraged to avoid contact with the lips from food/ drinks. In general foods that can potentially stain the lips are to be avoided until lips are healed.

The first 48 hours

48 hours after the procedure you will be loving life! This is definitely a great selfie taking day. Lip will still be a little puffy from the procedure. Lips will also be glossy from the moisturizer and the color will still be bright before it begins to peel. Enjoy this stage while it lasts before the peeling beings!

Hyperpigmentation and Hypopigmentation

When the darker skin suffers trauma there is possibility for Hyperpigmentation or Hypopigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin. Some patchy dark spots on the lips can be seen during healing period of time. Hypopigmentation is a loss of skin color. It happens when there is damage that affects the melanocytes, cells that produce melanin. When the production of melanin falls in some areas or throughout the body, it leads to a loss of skin color. For some clients it is very alarming and scary, and we understand that and we always let our clients know that it can happen during healing process after lip neutralization. The good thing it does not stay that way, so we tell the clients need more patience.

Things to Avoid After a Lip Neutralization Procedure

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