As its name suggests, a lip tattoo is a type of mouth tattoo that is applied to the lip. Some lip tattoos are cosmetic tattoos, and these are done to enhance the shape and color of the lips. Other lip tattoos are considered types of body modification, and these are usually placed on the inside of the lips. Temporary lip tattoos are also available, which last a few hours and come in a number of unusual designs.
Cosmetic lip tattoos are meant to enhance the features of the lips, and they are a type of permanent makeup. This type of lip tattoo can be used to even out an irregular lip line, for instance, or they can even be used to enlarge the lip line. A cosmetic lip tattoo can also be used to enhance lip color as well. Women who get these types of tattoos often do so to stop applying makeup every day.
This type of lip tattoo has some disadvantages. Along with being quite painful, they may also be very expensive. Since the results often fade over time, touch ups are also usually necessary. If they are not done properly, they can also look unnatural or form scar tissue on the lips.
A person may also get a lip tattoo as a type of body modification. Most people who get these types of lip tattoos usually get them on the inside of one of their lips, usually the bottom lip. The only time these tattoos are visible is when the bottom lip is pulled down. A tattoo in the mouth is usually hidden very easily, but it is also typically very small. Many people who get these types of tattoos get short words, initials, or small simple pictures.
Inner lip tattoos have disadvantages as well. There is a chance of infection, for example, if the area isn't kept clean. Until these tattoos heal, mouthwash should be used after eating, drinking, or smoking. Inner lip tattoos also have a tendency to fade, and frequent touch ups are usually necessary.
Some temporary tattoos can also be placed on the lips. Temporary lip tattoos add an edgy look, and they typically come in several colors and unique designs, like animal prints and stripes. They must usually be cut to the shape of the lips before being transferred to the lips with water. These tattoos are relatively inexpensive, but they usually only last for around five hours.