Product In Focus: Blotting Paper
Blotting papers are an ideal alternative to a tissue, washing or reapplying product when trying to remove oil and shine from your skin. The traditional origins lie in Japan, where geisha’s used sheets to dab away excess oil and keep makeup looking flawless throughout performances. Unlike other wipes, they are purpose specific, so will give a much cleaner result, both in terms of hygiene and functionally.
Traditional, high-grade blotting papers are made from the abaca leaf, with no chemicals used in their production. Therefore, they also assist in maintaining a healthy level of oil-water balance in your skin, which can help prevent skin problems. We love these handmade in Japan blotting papers by Tatcha.
How To: Use when preparing your face for a tan
It’s important to prepare before a tan and blotting papers are a really effective way of ensuring the skin on your face is smooth as can be before applying a self-tan. Run a sheet all over your face and neck just before you apply your tanning product, picking up any trace of oils on the surface of your skin. They are also great to use around your hairline for seamless coverage around the face and back of the neck. Try to use a high quality, natural paper, as a scented brand may interfere with the tanning process, but removing any oil will help ensure even coverage and colour development.
How To: Use for makeup
A blotting paper is a worthwhile addition to your regular makeup routine, particularly in the Summer months, when warm or humid weather tends to works against the staying power of liquid products. Run one all over your face before applying liquid foundation or a tinted moisturiser such as our LB Cream to ensure smooth, flawless application. After you’ve applied, to keep oil at bay press a sheet gently over your face to remove excess oils without ruining your makeup.
How To: Use for lipstick
Blotting papers are an ideal alternative to a tissue for fading and blending freshly applied lipstick for a more natural look. They pickup the surface layers of excess shine and colour without taking away the core pigments, meaning you won’t have to reapply as often. Also, you don’t to worry about stray tissue fibres.
How To: Use for your hair
Pressing a blotting paper over your scalp and hairline is a great option for those with oily hair, or who aren’t fans of dry shampoo – rather than mask the oil with more product, the papers actually help remove it, they are especially useful for travel when aerosols aren’t warranted and if you have a fringe this product will be your new best friend.