Permanent Lip Colour

Vibrant, Redefined, Shapely Lips

Halcyon Cosmetic Solutions provides permanent lip colour and lip liner treatments to clients in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and the many parts of the Lower Mainland. Permanent lip colour is a great way to redefine aging lips, reshape an unbalanced lip, or restore colour vibrancy that tends to fade with age. Permanent lip colours and application techniques range from very sheer and natural to fully opague and brightly coloured, depending on your preference.

At Halcyon Cosmetic, we apply permanent lip colour gently and precisely. The various tools and pigments we choose can completely customize your look, whether you prefer a soft hue feathered in to your natural lips to restore lost pigment or a bright colour infusion for maximum WOW, it’s totally individual.
If the word “permanent” is scaring you, make sure to read our FAQ’s below so that you truly understand the difference between permanent and semi-permanent lip colour.

Make an Appointment

Book an appointment for permanent lip colour or lip liner. Call or book online. We’ll provide a consultation and make recommendations.
604-937-2626

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Our Permanent Lip Colour Artists

Kelly Hallam
Kelly Hallam, RTNM CPCP
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Stephanie Wilson, PMU artist Coquitlam
Stephanie Wilson, CPCP CTAE
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Permanent Lip Colour FAQ

What is permanent lip colour?

Permanent lip colour is a lip tattoo (or lip micropigmentation) that enhances and/or alters the shape and colour of your lips. We know that a lip tattoo sounds a little frightening but we assure you the permanent cosmetic pigments of today have come a loooooooong way, as have application techniques. Very subtle colours can be used to match your own lips or brighter colours can be used to bring the life back to your lips! Permanent lip colour pigments range from a very sheer wash of colour, resulting in a lip blush, to very opaque, more like a traditional lipstick.

Permanent sounds scary. Is lip micropigmentation semi-permanent or permanent?

Permanent makeup is implanted into the upper dermis just as a traditional tattoo is, so it is correctly referred to as permanent. However, some permanent makeup pigments are formulated to fade naturally over time and with exposure to sunlight, which is why it is sometimes referred to as semi permanent. It is also a common error for the inexperienced artist to implant pigment too shallowly into the epidermis, where it will shed with natural cell turnover – which is also why it is sometimes referred to as semi permanent.

How do I know if permanent lip colour or lip liner is right for me?

If your natural lip colour has faded over the years this is a great way to restore it for more youthful looking lips. Permanent lip colour and lip liner can also be used to modify the shape of uneven lips or to make them appear fuller by bringing colour right to the outer border. If you apply lip colour on a regular basis, this is a great time saver and an easy way to feel more confident from the moment you wake up.

What is permanent lip liner?

Permanent lip liner is the application of permanent makeup pigment to the vermilion border of your lips. This can be applied to look like makeup, or this can be applied in a soft, natural colour to replicate your own lip colour. This is a fantastic treatment to re-define the lost outer shape of your lips or to make minor shape adjustments. Permanent lip liner can be applied in a variety of thicknesses and densities.

What are ombre lips?

Ombre lips are similar to permanent lip liner but the pigment is blended, or feathered, in to you own lip colour. A great way to redefine your lips, but with a little more softness.

How do I know which permanent lip colour technique is right for me?

After discussing your desired look and analyzing your lip shape and texture can we determine the technique that is right for you. Our experience and your lips guide us!

What type of tools do you use?

This is a very important question and one you should ask when you are doing your research into cosmetic lip colour and lip liner tattoos. We use industry standard, high quality, single use tools that undergo strict quality control during manufacturing, stamped with a lot# and date, and labelled with the method of sterilization. There are many different shapes and sizes available and often several different tools need to be used to achieve your desired look.

How does permanent lip colour differ from a traditional lip tattoo?

Traditional tattoo inks are formulated to last as long as possible. A traditional tattoo may be more permanent because of both the concentration of pigment in the colour formula and the amount of pigment embedded into the skin. At Halcyon Cosmetic Solutions Ltd. we have a range of very high quality permanent makeup pigments that are formulated specifically for use on the face as well as traditional tattoo pigments.

Do lip treatments hurt?

Each person responds differently to cosmetic lip tattoos, but we do our best to make the process as comfortable as possible. Pre-treatment numbing is used. We also use a fast-acting numbing solution that is applied throughout your treatment.

How long does permanent lip colour take to heal?

You can expect your lips to swell during and after your treatment, sometimes significantly, but this settles over a day or two for most people. They will appear very dark and very bright the first few days as much of the pigment is trapped in the epidermis but as this outer layer of cells begins to naturally exfoliate your lips will lighten dramatically. You can expect your lips to feel very chapped and dry for 1-2 weeks. We will give you an aftercare product to help with this.

Can I cover an existing cosmetic lip tattoo?

It depends. If your previous lip tattoo is not too saturated, some shape and colour correcting can be done but if your lips are scarred, or if the existing pigment is very saturated or has faded to an unnatural colour this might not be possible to cover. If you are unsure, you can text or email us a photo or book a consultation for us to have a look.

Are there contraindications?

Yes. We will not provide permanent lip colour treatments if you…

  • are under the age of 18
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • are on oral acne medication or have been in the last 6 months
  • have keloid or hypertrophic scarring
  • have vitiligo
  • have uncontrolled diabetes
  • have dark skin and are prone to hyperpigmentation

How should I prepare for my appointment?

  • Contact us if you take blood thinners on a regular basis
  • No alcohol 24 hours prior to your treatment.
  • For best results, gently exfoliate your lips daily for approximately a week with a facecloth or a sugar-based scrub. But please, do this GENTLY.
  • Pain tolerance is reduced just before, and during, menstruation. Keep this in mind when timing the booking of your appointment.
  • If you have EVER had a cold sore you MUST have a prescription antiviral on hand. See your physician to determine if it is beneficial to start prophylactic treatment prior to your procedure.
  • Make sure you don’t have any significant events planned for several days after your treatment. Your lips are very likely to be swollen and will appear much darker and brighter than you are used to.

Do you ever refuse to do a permanent lip colour treatment?

Yes. We reserve the right to refuse an appointment for any reason.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash, major credit cards and e-transfer.