There's something about a red lip that feels timeless. Somehow finding that impossible balance between bold and effortless, it's little wonder it was donned by some of the world's most remarkable and pioneering women, at their most remarkable moments – from Marilyn Monroe to Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel herself. To paint one's lips red is to lean fully into one's femininity, to simultaneously proclaim one's confidence and rebuke their need for your validation. It's uncomplicated, elegant and sophisticated – much like the inimitable Phoebe Tonkin, here photographed by Kitty Callaghan and styled by Stefania Gertis for the pages of our September Intuition issue.
Donning CHANEL and wearing CHANEL Beauty's CHANEL 31 LE ROUGE red lip, Tonkin is alluring and candid in a series of intimate portraits that capture her essential spark. While she shows us how to achieve a perfect red lip, Tonkin demonstrates an even more important element to the look – an attitude to match.
Left: CHANEL dress, necklace and rings. Right: CHANEL dress and necklace.
Left: CHANEL jacket, dress, earrings and rings. Right: CHANEL jacket, dress and rings.
Left: CHANEL jacket and rings. Right: CHANEL jumpsuit, jumper, earrings and rings.
Left: CHANEL jumper. Right: CHANEL jumper and earring.
To experience the Intuition issue in its entirety, the September edition of RUSSH will be available on newsstands from 31 August and through our shop online.
Read more about the inspiration behind the issue in Jess Blanch's editor's letter, and get to know our cover star, Emily Miller, through our exclusive . Wanting to purchase the Intuition issue in person? profileFind a stockist near you.