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2023’s Hottest Permanent Lip Styles and Trends

Close-up of a woman’s lips

The world of permanent makeup offers a world of procedures and techniques that cater to different aspects of beauty. So, while some people out there are looking for fuller brows, others might be more eager to try updating their look with the help of permanent eyeliner

And many more are even drawn to the allure of permanent lips

A popular choice for people looking to restore or enhance the natural beauty of their lips — as well as simplify their morning and evening routines — permanent lip makeup is much more than just a passing trend: it’s a game-changer. 

Curious to learn more about permanent lip makeup? Let’s dive deeper into what it entails, what some of the most popular styles are, and how to choose the procedure that’s right for you.

Understanding the Permanent Lip Procedure

As mentioned above, permanent lip makeup is, at its core, about restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of the lips. 

Instead of dramatic transformations, think of it more as a color restoration procedure that can make your lips look naturally fuller and more vibrant.

Most experienced permanent makeup artists will agree that the aim here is to complement and even out your natural lip color — not just splash some pigment that looks like round-the-clock lipstick. 

That said, while some might choose a shade that closely resembles their natural hue, others might lean towards a color they feel will make their features stand out even more. 

However, one thing’s for sure: it’s important to understand that the aftermath of this procedure doesn’t replace the gloss or lipstick entirely. In fact, most people still apply a gloss or similar products to give their lips that desired sheen.

Permanent Lip Design Options to Consider

There are two main design options for you to consider when looking at permanent lips: lip line and lip blush. Let’s go a little further into detail for each one:

  1. Lip Line Plus:

This procedure primarily focuses on enhancing the vermillion border — the boundary of the lip — and the lip tissue just inside of it. By concentrating on these areas, permanent lip lipe not only evens out any asymmetry but also restores the natural color of the lips. The result? Lips that exude natural radiance and symmetry.

  1. Lip Blush:

Not everyone needs or desires a full lip procedure. For those who have lost their overall lip color or have naturally pale lips, the lip blush procedure can be a great way to upgrade their look. This technique is designed to restore the lip color while, at the same time, keeping the lip border soft and undefined. It’s an excellent choice for clients looking to rejuvenate their lips without going for a bold transformation.

What Are Some of the Most Popular Lip Trends and Styles in 2023?

Permanent lip makeup has seen several trends and styles evolving — especially in 2023. Here are some standout styles and the techniques behind them. But remember, it’s all art and blended techniques become each artists own style.

“Kissed Lips” Effect

A standout trend in permanent lip makeup, the “Kissed Lips” effect plays with shadows, colors, and highlights. By concentrating the deepest hue in the center and gradually fading it towards the edges, this technique creates lips that look alluring.

With a color palette echoing the natural tones of one’s skin and lips, this style promises a fresh and enticing look that effortlessly enhances one’s overall image.

Aquarelle Lips

Also referred to as the “Watercolor Technique”, this modern approach to lip tattooing is characterized by its soft, blended application. Without using defined contours, the technique opts for a gentle and diffused fill across the lip surface where the pigment is matched to the individual’s skin color. This ensures an outcome that mirrors the lips’ natural shade. 

The result? A soft and naturally radiant appearance that seems effortlessly genuine.

Natural Contour

For those looking to add some dimension to their lips without an overt color change, the natural contour technique is ideal. This involves adding subtle shadows and highlights to create an illusion of depth and fullness. 

The colors used during this procedure are typically neutral, with slight variations to create the desired effect.

Earthy and Neutral Tones

2023 has seen a massive shift towards earthy and neutral lip shades. Instead of vibrant reds or pinks, more individuals are opting for browns, nudes, and muted mauves. 

This trend especially resonates with those who desire a more understated elegance and want their lips to complement their natural complexion.

Choosing the Permanent Lip Trend That’s Right for You

Getting permanent lip color isn’t just about choosing a trend you like the look of, though. There are several external factors that also come into play and can affect the outcome of your procedure: from the natural color and texture of your lips to their size and even the level of upkeep you’re prepared to commit to. 

Here are some factors to consider when determining the best fit:

  • Skin Tone and Undertones: The pigment used during the procedure can look different depending on your skin’s undertone. For instance, cooler undertones might want to avoid overly warm shades as they can appear more orange than desired, while warmer undertones should be cautious about shades that might read too ashy.
  • Natural Lip Color: The natural color of your lips can also influence the final result. A good permanent makeup artist will evaluate your natural lip color and select a pigment that either complements or neutralizes it, depending on the desired outcome.
  • Lip Size and Shape: Certain styles and colors can enhance or minimize the size and shape of your lips. For example, the “Kissed Lips” effect, with its central focus, might give the illusion of fuller, more plump lips.
  • Dryness and Lip Health: If you tend to have drier lips, it’s crucial to ensure they are in their best condition before the procedure. 
  • Desired Maintenance Level: Some styles might require more frequent touch-ups than others. If you’re looking for a lower maintenance option, discuss this with your artist to select a technique that aligns with your lifestyle.

Whatever the case, always set up a consultation with a trusted permanent makeup artist before making any decisions. Ultimately, they’re the only ones who can provide insights tailored to your specific needs and desires, ensuring you get the results you’re aiming for.

Uncovering Your Natural Beauty With Permanent Lip Color

Permanent lip makeup is more than just a beauty trend — it’s a nod to simplicity, natural beauty, and convenience. 

At the end of the day, opting for permanent lip color can not only help streamline your daily beauty routine but also breathe new life into your face by highlighting one of its most expressive features. 

Remember: this isn’t about achieving a picture-perfect look — it’s about embracing and enhancing what’s uniquely yours.

Ready to take a step towards beautifully enhanced lips? Get in touch with Timeless Skin Spa to learn more about our permanent lip procedures!