Aquarelle Lip Blushing

Aquarelle Lips creates a soft airbrushed effect that blends the colors of your choice into the lips, there will not be sharp edges of a lip line unless it's requested; this is what differentiates Aquarelle Lips from regular lip blushing. The technique gives the illusion of sexy, juicy, pouty lips. You can also go darker in the middle and taper the color out similar to ombre lips. We love this method because of the wet look you achieve..."aqua" like a watercolor creation. Walk out with confidence wearing no makeup, yet your lips look naturally plump with color. The look of Aquarelle Lips is very subtle and it’s appropriate for every occasion, from everyday activities to special events.

 The Aquarelle Lips technique uses permanent makeup pigments rather than ink which are formulated in such a way that the body can break them down, and the color fades until it becomes invisible. This is a gradual process, so you can get up to 3 years of enhanced lips from this method.

The results can be prolonged by getting a color boost and replenishing the pigment. During the treatment, the color is built up in several passes to achieve the blurred, airbrushed effect. Depending on your wishes, we will saturate different areas of the lips more or less. Aquarelle Lips are less opaque than with the full lip color tattoo, so it won’t completely hide the texture of your lips, but rather enhance them. Clever shading can give the illusion of fuller lips and make their shape look more symmetrical. We recommend a touch up 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment. Color will fade up to 50% on average, therefore your lips will be darker than you may want, trust the process during the fading stage. 

The longevity depends on many factors, like the oiliness of your skin, your lifestyle, and your overall body's system. The average person will last 1-3 years. Frequent sunlight exposure and activities like swimming in the ocean can accelerate pigment fading. The color can be refreshed at any moment with a quick color boost touch up.

Although permanent makeup is generally quite non-invasive, as it only treats the superficial layer of the skin, it still implies some trauma. Countless tiny little micro-wounds are made on the skin to implement the pigments inside. 

The skin needs to recover from the tattooing and that brings about several stages it will have to go through.


The immediate side-effects of the treatment include swelling and tenderness. Your lips can swell up to double their size, but this is nothing to worry about. You may feel a bit silly for 24-48 hours, but they’ll go down (you may actually like the swelling part because your lips will look extra juicy).

Once the numbing cream stops working, you may feel some pain for a few hours, but nothing major.

DAYS 2-10

The next few days are marked by dryness and itching, and then peeling. Your lips will form a scab film, which will then peel off, and once it does, your lovely enhanced lips are revealed. This takes time!

In order to allow your lips to heal properly, you have to follow the aftercare routine of regular cleaning and moisturizing. Luckily, it’s all over within 10 days.

You will be provided a Lip After Care Sheet prior to the appointment so you can prepare.

It's important to note that the pigment color intensity changes as your lips heal. They will look very dark for the first 48 hours, then they will look too light. The true color is revealed 3 weeks after the treatment, so please don't panic! Your lips will be 40-50% lighter than the first day, if you want to go darker, you can book a touch up.

Aquarelle Lips can enhance anyone’s appearance, but it’s most popular among people whose lips are pale and they wear some sort of lip makeup often. It can give a very subtle look that matches anyone’s style, or create a more dramatic effect for those who love the classic bright lips.

There are, however, some contraindications:

  • Diabetes
  • Psoriasis, Rosacea, or similar skin conditions in or near the treated area
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Anemia (pigment may not be retained properly)
  • A history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring
  • Ongoing chemotherapy
  • Ongoing blood thinners therapy
  • Pregnant or nursing women

This list is not final. If you have any medical conditions, inform your artist and consult your doctor.

IMPORTANT: If you’ve ever had cold sores or herpes, you’ll need to take antiviral medication before and after the aquarelle lip treatment. The tattooing process can cause a cold sore flareup, and that could disrupt proper healing. Consult your doctor!