I’ve always steered clear of a bright lip. Not for any particular reason other than that I’ve always been more of a “smokey eye” girl. I think, perhaps, 18 years of dancing has led me to associate a bold red lip with leotards and sequins, rather than lingerie and barrel curls.

Melbourne based lippie label, Shanghai Suzy, has done an absolutely sterling job of converting me. One must consider that I’m a fashion editor, and my advice on beauty is not to be taken as an expert opinion, however I feel I have some sort of authority on the lipstick issue given the amount of time I spend each morning applying makeup to look like I’m not actually wearing makeup (roughly 45 minutes) and the amount of time I spend each evening watching youtube beauty gurus (1 to 2 hours depending on the amount of “real work” I’m making a vague effort to avoid).

Founded by Melbourne model and former cosmetics marketing exec Joanna Wheaton, Shanghai Suzy is a lipstick-only cosmetics brand housing a bold and bright range of lipsticks. The only cosmetics brand of it’s kind, Shanghai Suzy takes it’s cues from the fashion industry – each colour is limited edition and a new on-trend range will be delivered every season.

Shanghai Suzy is, in my humble opinion, nothing short of a revolution. I have painfully dry, cracked lips (boys, form an orderly queue), but each and every Shanghai Suzy shades has nourished my lips and lasted well past my fifth glass of wine and carried well on to the following morning. Heck, I’ve even rocked my favourite matte orange shade, Miss Jade, with my gym clothes and an otherwise bare face. A bright lip may just be the perfect solution for when “au naturale” just isn’t quite cutting it; a hangover cure, if you will.

Priced at less than $13 AUD a pop, and pigmented enough to rival my favourite high end shades (big call, but trust me on the one), these Grape Hubba Bubba scented babies are a beauty secret that won’t be staying a secret for much longer.

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About The Author

Gemma Watts

Gemma Watts has worked in the fashion media industry since 2012, writing for and being headhunted by some of the country's leading fashion and beauty companies. With a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing and a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) under her belt, Gemma is able to combine her two greatest passions as Couturing's Fashion Editor- fashion and writing.

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