Blotting papers are one of the beauty industries hidden heroes. And they might possibly, be the best friend you've never met.
Blotting papers might not seem all that exciting. But they're one of the most useful (and cheap) beauty accessories you can find. They're a must for anyone who worries about shine or oiliness during the day. And can combat foundation oxidisation too, hurrah!
Blotting papers provide an easy way to keep your makeup and skin fresh throughout the day. During hot weather (we're keeping our fingers crossed for some soon) they're also particularly good, especially when combined with a cooling facial spray.
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What are they?
Blotting, or beauty papers as they're sometimes called, first gained popularity in Korea (the home of K-Beauty) and also Japan. And, as we know, many skin care and makeup trends often originate from those particular scenes. For example, BB Creams were popular in Korea a long time before they were available in Ireland. Then, of course, we were introduced to CC Creams, EE Creams and more besides.
Before we go off topic, though, let's get back to the matter at hand. It's time to say goodbye to shiny skin, and hello to one of the hidden heroes of beauty. Here are three reasons why we love blotting papers.
The primary use for blotting papers is to combat shine. The thin sheets absorb excess oils to leave skin feeling and looking clearer. Because they're small, you can target certain areas (such as the T-Zone) throughout the day. Use them before applying makeup or over to keep skin looking shine free all day.
A quick blot in between powder top ups helps to absorb excess oils in our skin as we know. But this, in turn, means that the makeup (especially powder) is able to look better for longer. Because rather than having to work over time to absorb the older oils present, it's able to go on fresh.
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Blotting papers can be used on skin as we know - but they also work in a couple of different ways too. For instance, you can use them to matte down a lipstick. Or to avoid your mascara and eyeliner transferring on to your eyelids!
Are you a fan of blotting papers?