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  • Writer's pictureChela Hansen

How to choose a colour for lip blush

First things first...What is the colour used to tint lips in the lip blush process? Simply put the colour tattooed onto your lips is a semi permanent tattoo pigment. Pigments used for semi-permanent tattoo procedures such as lip blush are a watered down blend of multiple tattoo inks. Tattoo inks are brighter and more concentrated, and are usually a primary or secondary colour. Semi permanent tattoo pigments tend to be tertiary colours as well as intermediate colours (aka, a blend of primary and secondary colours together). I know this seems like more of a lesson on colour theory, but the best way to explain anything is start from the beginning! Artists can also blend various semi permanent tattoo pigments together to get a perfect shade for a client if needed. See below for an example of how two pigments are blended together to create a custom shade for a client.


Now that you understand how the colour is created... how do you decide what colour is right for you? Good question, and surprise surprise colour theory will also be used in this explanation! Now some clients come already in hand with their favourite lipstick. But for many clients they look to their artist to assist them with choosing a colour that is flattering on them as an individual. Below are two key factors that will help identify your perfect shade for lip blush!

Skin Undertones: There are two main undertones when it comes to skin, warm and cool. Warm undertones tend to be present in those with a level 3 or higher on the Fitzpatrick skin type scale and 2 or lower tend to be on the cool side (if you don't know what this is, look it up and find out what skin type you are). Features such as hair and eye colour can also help identify someones skin undertones. Those with natural darker hair and eye colours tend to have warmer undertones and those with lighter hair and eyes tend to have cooler undertones. As a general rule of thumb warmer skin undertones suit warmers pigment colours and cooler skin tones suit cooler pigments.


From these two photos of Rihanna you can see how warm makeup looks on her skin tone vs the cooler tones. Rihanna has a warm undertone to her skin, which is complimented and enhanced when the warmer makeup is used on her versus the cooler makeup which stands out more and does not blend with her features making it look less natural.

So what makes a pigment warm or cool? Well just like skin tones pigments have undertones as well. Warm pigments have high levels of orange in them while cool pigments have high levels of blue. Since we are talking about lip blush pigments in specific, it is safe to say most pigments will have a base of red pigment. From there other secondary and tertiary colours as well as white will be added to achieve a specific colour. Let's take the colour corral for example, corral is comprised of a red base with high levels of orange added, which is then usually blended with a white pigment depending on the desired intensity of the pigment. This is a warm undertone pigment as it has high levels of orange and looks great on clients with warm undertones. Now let's look at the colour mauve, mauve is a blend of red, blue and white pigments. The blue is what makes this pigment a cool undertone versus the warm corral which has orange. Mauve pigments are great for clients with cool undertones.

I always recommend my client's to bring in their favourite lipsticks or glosses so we have a good place to start. I hope this information helped you get a better understanding of how to choose the colour for your lip blush appointment!

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