Permanent lip color: Dark lips, say goodbye to dull lips and hello to a radiant pout.

Many people want to improve their lips because lips are important for our appearance. People usually like lips that are soft and pink because it is seen as attractive. Sometimes, our lips might not be red or pink. This can happen if our skin has a lot of melanin, there is too much color in our lips, or if we have injuries or skin problems.

To deal with this, some people opt for a treatment called Permanent Lip Color for Dark Lips. This special treatment can make your lips pinker and more even. It does not make them redder; it also draws a line around them, making them look bigger. This is great for people with lighter lips who want to make them more visible.

Permanent lip makeup for dark lips:

Fixing dark lip color with permanent makeup is like a special kind of tattoo for your lips. Everyone is different, with their own skin type, color, and likes. So, when it comes to this makeup for dark lips, it is like a personalized process. It needs careful attention to every detail.

Using special pigments, add color to the deeper layers of lips in this treatment. It is like giving your lips a new color that stays. This also makes your lips look fuller and highlights their natural shape. It is a bit like adding a touch of balance to how your lips look.

Causes of Dark Lips

A variety of things, including, can cause dark lips.

  • Injury or trauma, such as a bruise or burn from a cigarette
  • Lack of vitamins, such as vitamin B12
  • Dehydration
  • Minor injuries, such as scars
  • If you spend a lot of time in the sun or lick your lips too much, it can cause hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is also known as melasma.
  • Hormonal disorders, such as thyroid problems 
  • Certain medications, such as phenytoin
  • Too much caffeine
  • Lip sucking
  • Allergic reactions to foods, toothpaste, lipstick, or other cosmetics
  • Low oxygen levels in the blood
  • Certain chemicals in lipsticks

How does it happen?

Your skin color comes from tiny cells called melanocytes. They make a substance called melanin, which protects your skin from the sun and gives it color.

Dark lip correction is a treatment that uses pigments to lighten and even out dark lips. It can also make them brighter. The pigments are injected or tattooed onto the lips.

Many people like this treatment and it is becoming more popular. But not all makeup artists can do it because it requires specific skills and knowledge.

Dark Lip Correction Treatment Process

Step 1: Consultation

The dark lip correction treatment is for people with dark, pigmented lips. Not everyone can have this treatment, so the first step is to talk with a professional.

During your appointment, the specialist will ask about the health of your skin. They will also inquire about any injuries you may have had and your hormones. This is to understand why your lips are pigmented. Only after a thorough check can you book an appointment for lip blushing. 

Consultation helps you choose pigments and understand how your skin will heal. People heal differently, so lip color may vary after treatment.

Your lips are more delicate than the rest of your body. The way your body heals affects how the procedure looks in the end. So, the professional will discuss this with you before moving forward.

At the first meeting, clients learn about the possible side effects of permanent lip makeup. The treatment could cause hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or hypopigmentation (light spots). If you already have hyperpigmentation, the treatment could make it worse.

People with dark skin are not as likely to have light spots on their skin, but it can still happen. Getting color correction treatment could further damage your skin and create new spots.

Step 2: First Session of Dark Lip Correction Treatment

To fix dark lips, first neutralize the cool tones, especially for ethnic skin tones. This is done by using pigments with warm undertones. The darker the skin tone, the warmer and brighter the pigments should be.

After the first session, the lips will take 6-8 weeks (about 2 months) to heal. During this time, the pigment color will start to fade. After about 2 weeks, the color will become less intense as it interacts with the melanin in the skin.

Step 3: Second Session of Dark Lip Correction Treatment

After the artist is satisfied with the initial session, they can proceed to the next one. In the second session, they will use specific pigments.

Targeted pigments are often warmer and brighter, usually in shades of pink and red. The artist will not use blue, violet, or carbon black for people with darker skin tones.

It is important to note that this procedure does not guarantee a specific lip color. The only guarantee is that the client will have lighter and brighter lips. The shade after healing is uncertain, as it depends on how the body reacts to the pigments.

The Dark Lip Color Correction Treatment can make the lips lighter and enhance their shape. It gives a subtle lift and creates a more balanced look.

Aftercare and Recovery

  • Protect your lips from the sun. This can affect the healing process and the final color of your lips. Avoid direct sunlight on your lips and use a lip balm with SPF protection if you must be outside.
  • Keep your lips moist. This is important for healing and prevents dryness. Apply a recommended lip balm or ointment regularly, especially during the first few weeks after the treatment.
  • Do not touch or pick on your lips. This can disrupt the healing process and may lead to infections. Resist the urge to touch or pick on your lips and let them heal naturally.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol. Smoking and alcohol can hinder the healing process and affect the results. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption during the recovery period.
  • Be mindful of your diet. Certain foods and drinks can affect the pigmentation and healing of your lips. Avoid spicy foods, hot beverages, and foods high in salt during the initial healing phase.
  • Clean your lips gently. Keeping the treated area clean is important to prevent infections. Clean your lips gently with a mild, non-alcoholic cleanser as recommended by your artist.
  • Attend follow-up appointments. It is important to have follow-up appointments to check how well you are healing. These appointments may also include additional touch-ups. Attending scheduled follow-up appointments and consulting with your artist about any concerns.
  • Stay hydrated. Hydration promotes overall skin health and aids in the recovery process. Drink plenty of water to keep your body and lips hydrated.
  • Avoid intense physical activity. Sweating and vigorous movements can interfere with the healing process. Refrain from intense physical activities, especially during the initial days of recovery.
  • Be patient. The results of the lip correction treatment may take time to fully manifest. Be patient and allow your lips to heal naturally, following the aftercare guidelines provided by your artist. If you have any concerns, consult with your artist for guidance.

Potential Side Effects

  • Swelling: This is normal and usually goes away within a few days.
  • Redness and sensitivity: This is also normal and usually goes away within a week.
  • Bruising: This may happen from the microinjections and usually fades within 1-2 weeks.
  • Itching or dryness: Some people may experience this as their lips heal. It usually goes away within the first few weeks.
  • Color variation: The color of your lips may not be the result right after the treatment. It may change during the healing process and the result will be apparent in a few weeks.
  • Infection: This is rare, but it can happen if you do not follow the aftercare instructions.
  • Uneven pigmentation: In some cases, the color of your lips may not be even. This may require additional touch-up sessions.
  • Allergic reactions: This is rare, but it can happen to the pigments used.
  • Scarring: This is also rare, but it can happen if the treated area is damaged.
  • Pigment migration: The pigments may move to other areas of your face. This may require additional corrective procedures.

It is important to note that everyone reacts to lip correction treatment differently. To reduce side effects, follow aftercare instructions and discuss concerns with your artist. If you have any severe or prolonged side effects, see a doctor.

Durability of Permanent Lip Color

  • Pigment quality: Higher-quality pigments will last longer and keep their color.
  • Skin type: Oily skin can make pigments fade faster, while dry skin can keep pigments for longer.
  • To make the lip color last longer, follow aftercare instructions like protecting from the sun and moisturizing.
  • Exposure to sunlight: Sun exposure can fade pigments over time.
  • Individual metabolism: People with a faster metabolism may break down pigments faster.
  • Touch-up sessions: Touch-ups can refresh the color and make it last longer.
  • Color choice: Lighter colors may fade more subtly, while darker or brighter colors may fade more noticeably.
  • Overall health: good health practices, such as staying hydrated and avoiding smoking or alcohol, can help the lip color last longer.
  • Technique and artist skill: A skilled artist using proper techniques can help the lip color last longer and be more even.


  1. What are the most common reasons for dark lips?

There are many reasons why your lips might become darker, such as more melanin, sun exposure, smoking, medications, or health issues.

  1. How does sun exposure contribute to dark lips?

Prolonged exposure to sunlight can stimulate melanin production in the lips, leading to darkening. Sunscreen application and sun-protective measures are recommended to prevent this.

  1. Can smoking cause dark lips?

Yes, smoking is a common cause of darkened lips. The chemicals in tobacco can lead to pigmentation changes, resulting in the lips taking on a darker hue.

  1. Do certain medications contribute to lip discoloration?

Yes, some medications can cause darkening of the lips as a side effect. If your lips change color because of medication, talk to a doctor.

  1. Are there natural remedies for dark lips?

To improve lip color, try natural remedies like drinking enough water, using lip balms with SPF, quitting smoking, and eating a healthy diet. Because everyone’s skin is different, it is best to talk to a dermatologist for personalized advice.