I have clients that come in to show me their dark blue or black ring around their lips after a permanent makeup procedure. Why does this happen? Two possibilities: 1. The artist used black or dark pigment to first outline the lip, then used lip color pigment to shade inner lips. This is a NO NO, black or any dark pigment should not be used anywhere around the lips. 2. We have lots of blood vessels and veins in our lips. That's why, when we're really cold, our lips turn blue, in some cases, purple. But for women of color, we especially have more visible blue or brown in our lips. The artist should use lip color with a lot of Orange to neutralize the blue. Orange reds and Orange pinks will look red and pink once applied to dark blue lips. If the artist uses reds and pinks with blue undertones, it will accentual the blue in our lips. 3. Sometimes, immediately after, there are dark areas on and around lips due to bruising. Wait 3 weeks for the lips to heal.
Permanent Makeup, when done right, looks natural and subtle. My philosophy is that you shouldn't look like you're wearing makeup. However, permanent makeup brings color and definition to your eyes and lips.