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Sacrilege for a beauty editor to admit, but weeks into September and I’m finding applying makeup tiresome. I spent a good proportion of summer without makeup, because a full face in 35C can never end well. They say it takes 28 days to form a habit; try three months. I became so minimalist that looking at my bulging makeup bag this month made me want to take to my bed.

But after a season of festivals and late nights where we all deluded ourselves we were much younger and hipper than we are IRL, it’s time to go back to being a grownup. Which means a more polished look.

If, like me, you’re not quite ready to go the whole hog, a bright lipstick is the perfect transitioning product. I know many women still fear bold lips, but I encourage even beauty wallflowers to try a swish of colour; it takes things up a notch and you’ll look like you made an effort – even if you don’t really mean it.

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