10 Things You Should Know Before You Get Your Lips Tattooed
Ever since Kylie Jenner did for lips what Cara Delevingne did for brows (i.e., started the whole the-fuller-the-better trend), people have been searching for the single product or procedure that will help them achieve that same plumped-up look. We know that Jenner’s lips are the result of injections—and one of the latest trends is nearly as extreme: lip tattoos.
After a brave writer for Australian Cosmopolitan got her lip liner tattooed on, we needed to know more about this procedure. We asked Amy Kernahan, a permanent-makeup artist in New York City who’s tattooed brows, eyelids, and lips for ten years, to fill us in (no, not literally). Here are the ten things you should know if you decide to enter the world of permanent makeup, according to her.
Lip tattoos are meant to enhance lips, not create actual fullness. This procedure is designed to define lips, not to create volume or puffiness, says Kernahan. “It will just give you the appearance of a full lip,” she says. “Since part of the process is outlining right on the border of the lip, I’m only helping to give your lips the appearance that their fuller.” It’s all about the illusion.
The tattoo doesn’t just go around your lip like traditional lip-liner application. “I do an outline on the border of the lip, but I’m also shading the color down into the middle of the lip in a circular motion to give it more of a blended look,” says Kernahan. “I leave the interior part of the lip without color.”