Permanent lip makeup has risen up the ranks as one of the most popular permanent makeup procedures, and it’s no surprise why. No longer having to constantly reapply lip color throughout the day, no more worrying about lipstick accidentally getting onto your teeth…what’s not to love? Permanent lip makeup has many benefits, but just like with day-to-day lip color, one of the most frequently asked questions is: How long does permanent lip makeup last?
Permanent lip makeup can last anywhere from a year to ten years from its initial application, although touch-ups are recommended every year or two to keep it looking fresh and full.
There are a few reasons why permanent lip makeup lasts as long as it does, and they’re important to know. Below, you can read all about permanent lip makeup, how long it lasts, and why.
How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?
Permanent lip makeup is a cosmetic procedure in which micro-pigments are applied to the top layer of the skin to recreate the look of normal, day-to-day lip color.
Everyone is different, and therefore how long permanent lip makeup lasts can be different too. However, permanent lip makeup can last anywhere from a year to ten years after its first application.
To understand why permanent lip makeup lasts as long as it does, it’s important to understand things like why permanent makeup may fade and any factors that may affect how long it lasts.
Why Permanent Makeup Fades
When you think of permanent makeup, you may immediately think of a classic body tattoo. While the two are similar, they have some key differences. These differences play into the reasons why permanent makeup tends to fade in the first place.
Permanent makeup is permanent, as the pigments in it stay in the skin or desired area forever. However, the look of it fades, and there are a few reasons why. The first reason permanent makeup fades is because of the pigment that’s used. The pigment used in permanent makeup is different from that of classic body tattoos, containing elements meant to break down over time.
The second reason permanent makeup fades is that it isn’t applied as deeply in the skin as other tattoos. Permanent makeup is generally only applied to the first layer of skin, which means it sits closer to the skin’s surface and is more exposed to the elements. This can actually be a great thing; trends change, and people who have gotten permanent makeup may decide they want a different look or want to get their permanent makeup removed. So, for those who may be worried about their permanent lip makeup fading, don’t worry: it can easily be touched up.
Tips for Making Your Permanent Lip Makeup Last
After seeking out a permanent makeup artist, paying for the procedure, and getting the procedure done to get beautiful permanently pigmented lips, there’s no doubt you’ll want to take care of them, too!
Permanent Lip Makeup Aftercare
Part of making the most of your permanent lip makeup is following the aftercare tips set by your permanent makeup artist. Practicing good aftercare can lead to less that needs to be touched up on your lips or even none at all. It can also help take care of your permanent lip makeup to ensure it looks its best for longer.
It’s helpful to know that your lips will most likely be tender and a little swollen following an initial permanent lip makeup procedure. The pigment will also be much brighter than the end result will actually be (sometimes resembling a medium or dark lipstick) and fade out as the lips heal. This is completely normal and expected.
While your permanent makeup artist will tell you what aftercare tips to follow and maybe even provide you with aftercare products, there are some general permanent lip makeup aftercare tips to follow:
- Continue taking antiviral medication as prescribed by a doctor (if needed)
- Avoid picking at, peeling, or scrubbing or exfoliating the lips
- Avoid overexposure to sunlight for a few weeks
- Use a straw for drinking anything for several days
- Avoid eating overly salty or spicy foods for several days
- Apply a protective ointment to the lips before brushing teeth
- Avoid drinking alcohol for several days
- Keep the lips moist throughout the healing process
- Try not to exfoliate lips
Permanent Lip Makeup Touch Ups
Touch-ups are recommended for permanent lip makeup to keep it looking fresh and even. Permanent makeup artists may request that clients who get permanent lip makeup come in for their first touch-up four to six weeks after the initial procedure to see how the pigment settled and even out any areas lacking in pigment.
After the initial procedure and after any touch-ups closely after the initial procedure, more touch-ups are recommended. Touch-ups for permanent makeup can be done after a year, two years, three years, or more, depending on how the pigment holds and how one is satisfied with their permanent lip makeup.
Touch-ups are an important part of making the most of your permanent lip makeup and keeping it looking great. Make sure not to neglect touch-ups, and keep in contact with your permanent makeup artist to see when it’s a good time to get a touch-up or if it’s necessary for you at the time.
Keep in mind that touch-ups may be an additional cost aside from the initial procedure. The costs of touch-ups tend to rise for every year since you’ve had the initial procedure or a touch-up; for example, if you had your initial permanent lip makeup procedure and wait three years to get a touch-up, your touch-up will likely cost more at the three-year mark than it would have at the one year mark.
Permanent lip makeup is a great treatment for maintaining beautiful lips for long periods without worrying about fading or smudging lipstick. It can last up to 10 years with the right care and regular touch-ups—just remember to care for your lips regularly, and they’ll stay looking great for years to come!