FAQ: Lips

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What are Aquarelle Lips?

The Aquarelle Lips technique was created in Europe and is a modern form of permanent makeup for your lips that is sheer, and nothing like the “lipstick” look of past years. Think of it as your lip color, but subtly enhanced. Your lips will have a fresh, healthier appearance.

This technique involves creating a very soft and subtle outline of your lips with a lip color that best suits your skin coloring and desired look. This soft line is then blended and shaded when filling in your lips with the pigment. By doing this, we are avoiding the “lined lip” look, and therefore creating the illusion of fuller, natural looking lips.

Think of it as a lip blush that stays on and will keep you looking your best no matter what the occasion is!


How long do they last?

After you first Aquarelle Lips procedure, we recommend getting a touch-up within 6-8 weeks of your initial procedure to perfect and saturate your lips more. After your touch-up, Aquarelle Lips normally last for approximately 1.5 years depending on health and lifestyle. There is an option to keep them almost permanently by doing a color boost every 12 months or so.


Does the procedure hurt?

We use a topical anesthetic before and during the procedure to ensure your maximum comfort. Most clients rate the pain as a 3 or 4 on a scale of 1 to 10.


Who should avoid this procedure?

If you have any of the below conditions, you will not be a good candidate for the Aquarelle Lips procedure or retain the pigment well:

  • Dramatic asymmetry of the lips
  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Hemophilia
  • Previous permanent makeup on your lips (please send a photo before booking)
  • Active herpes on the lips
  • Deeper wrinkles in the lip area
  • Fitzpatrick Skin Types 4 and 5
  • Keloids or hypertrophic scarring
  • Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriases, Dermatitis
  • Accutane within the last year
  • Retinol or Vitamin A. Must discontinue use 1 month before your procedure.
  • Heart conditions, pace makers, etc
  • Thyroid conditions and thyroid medications
  • Auto immune disorders
  • Healing or bleeding disorders

Do I need to schedule a consultation first?

No, you don’t need a separate consultation before scheduling your Aquarelle Lips procedure. The consultation is part of your appointment. We will help you choose a color before starting your procedure and we will measure and draw in the shape of your lips first. But we do ask that you please send us a photo of your lips before scheduling your appointment to ensure you are a candidate for this procedure. You can email it to brows@domicroblading.com.


Can Aquarelle lips cover-up previous permanent makeup done on the lips?

Aquarelle Lips can cover previous permanent makeup if it is very faded and if it was done correctly (symmetrical, not very saturated, with no sharp outline). Before you schedule your appointment, please send us a close-up and very clear photo of your lips to brows@domicroblading.com so we can determine if we can do the cover-up for you.


How long does the procedure take?

The procedure for Aquarelle Lips takes about 3 to 4 hours. It depends on the size of your lips and how saturated and full you want your lips to look.


How should I prepare for this procedure?

  • No caffeine 24 hours prior.
  • No alcohol 48 hours prior.
  • No exercising the day of the procedure as it will open your pores.
  • No waxing at least 3 days before your procedure.
  • No sun exposure for at least 2 weeks before and after your procedure.
  • No lip injections for 4 weeks before and after your procedure.
  • No Advil or other blood thinners such as Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen 48-72 hours prior to your appointment. If you have a low pain tolerance, you may take extra strength Tylenol before your procedure.
  • Avoid having the procedure done during your menstrual cycle. It will cause more bleeding and it might affect the healed result.
  • If you have ever had a cold sore, you have to consult with your doctor to prescribe antiviral medication (valtrex, acyclovir, etc.) otherwise there is a possibility that you will lose color in the cold sores areas.
  • Moisturize your lips 3-5 days before your appointment to avoid them drying out during the procedure.

What should I expect during my procedure?

Consultation: When you come in for your appointment, we will start with taking before photos of your lips and filling out consent forms for the procedure. We show to you pictures of our work immediately after the procedure and healed results as well so we can decide on the desired color for your procedure. We also explain to you what you should expect during the healing process.

Sketching and Numbing: Before we start the procedure, we measure and outline your lips. Once you’re 100% satisfied with the suggested shape, our PMU master will apply the anesthetic for the next 20 minutes.

Procedure: The Aquarelle Lips procedure might take up to 4 hours (with consultation, numbing, and outline), so please make sure you allow yourself 4 hours for your appointment. Using a permanent makeup machine, lips are gently filled with pigment. This technique doesn't go just around your lips like traditional lip-liner application. We do color shading down from lip border to the middle of the lip. If you have very asymmetrical lips, you are most likely not a candidate for this procedure.

Keep in mind that this procedure makes your lips more defined, but it doesn’t create volume. Your lips will be visually fuller, but not bigger after the swelling subsides. Since lips are a very sensitive and vascular area, you will probably feel a little discomfort during the procedure, but we will use an anesthetic cream during the procedure as well to reduce discomfort, not only before we start the procedure. We consult with you throughout the procedure to ensure you are receiving exactly the lips you’ve come for. Once your procedure is finished, we will then take after photos of your lips.


What are the aftercare instructions and the healing process?

  • The day of your procedure, your lips will appear slightly swollen, more sharply defined and a lot darker.
  • Your color will fade 30-50% once it’s healed in 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Do not get your lips wet for too long.
  • Apply the ointment you will be given the day of your appointment for at least 5 days after your procedure or until all the scabs fall off. If you run out of your given ointment, you may apply Aquaphor healing ointment instead.
  • Avoid exercising/sweating for at least 5 days after your procedure.
  • After a couple days, your lips will start scabbing. You will not have heavy scabbing if you follow all the after-care instructions listed here.
  • You must let all the scabs flake off naturally. Do not pick at them or you might get scarring. This process can take up to 7 days.