Editor’s Picks: Stop & Blot
A high humidity index has us rejigging our makeup bags to include anything to help with excessive perspiration and shine. One thing we won’t leave home without is a blotting tool. Perfect for mattifying the skin, blotters are designed to absorb excess oil without disturbing your makeup. Hot tip: They also work on the hairline in a pinch if a bottle of dry shampoo isn’t within reach. Here are a few of our faves:
Crafted from 100-percent abaca leaf — an extra soft and durable leaf artisans used centuries ago in Japan to protect their gold and then adopted by the geisha to remove excess oil without disturbing their makeup — Tatcha's biodegradable, gold-flecked blotting leaflets are perfect for absorbing excess sebum and come in a super-slim case that can be tucked into your clutch, no sweat.
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers, $15, at Sephora
Rihanna-approved, this translucent blotting powder is formulated with a pore-diffusing complex to reduce shine and provide a natural-looking matte finish. Without leaving residue, it works with all skin tones and comes in a chic, mirrored compact.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder, $40, at Sephora
Blend It Out
Washable and reusable, the Blotterazzi Pro from Beautyblender is an open-cell structured sponge designed to absorb oil and smooth the skin. Used dry, its shape allows you to reach the contours of your eyes and nose with ease. A great alternative to traditional blotting papers, it comes in a little case perfect for toting.
Beautyblender Blotterazzi Pro, $26, at Sephora
Super Shine Control
Coated with an anti-bacterial skincare powder to reveal smooth skin and formulated with the mineral hydroxylapatite to selectively absorb harmful lipids, Shiseido’s Oil-Control Blotting Papers remove unwanted shine and absorb excess sebum in a snap.
Shiseido Oil-Control Blotting Papers, $23, at Hudson’s Bay
Topped with a triangular shaped tip to reach each crease and curve of your face, Benefit’s blotting stick is formulated to mattify shine for up to six hours. Perfect for touch-ups, simply apply to desired areas with short strokes.