Friday, March 12, 2010

Blotting Papers - Face It . . .

Face it . . . a shine is not fine. No matter how you look at it, a shiny face is not a good thing. Dewy, yes. Shiny, no! Shiny screams oily. Shiny never looks fresh and clean. Shiny accentuates lines and facial flaws making mature faces appear older. Ugh! Makeup divas use powder to reduce the shine and the constant need for time consuming touch ups. Great, but powder doesn't do any favors for dry, mature skin. Trust us, we have pretty much tried them all. Powder has a bad habit of settling into all of the the lines and wrinkles we work hard (and pay a lot of money) to minimize.

How can the shine be lifted before applying makeup to reveal healthy, vibrant looking skin? How can oil be removed during the day and leave the makeup intact so we don't have to start all over again . . . I mean, seriously, who has the time? The answer is blotting papers. Blotting papers have been around for generations and are now finding their way back into our makeup bags. Yes, blotting papers are a smart and simple solution for a perfect finish.

As with all good things, there are a few troubling downsides to the practice of blotting. Most blotting papers do not discern between oil and moisture and set out to absorb both. Not good! Blotting papers are recommended for normal to oily skin types, but what about dry, mature skin? And, as a type of beauty double jeopardy, most blotting papers 'soak up' all the goodies loaded into our daily moisturizing creams. Who would have thought the simple act of blotting would be so complicated? We did, and so we set out to find a blotting paper that takes care of all of these very annoying problems. Which one can we recommend? Come back on Monday and we will tell you. Stay tuned!