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7 Blotting Papers for an Instant Matte Complexion

Mario Testino, Vogue, May 2011

Mario Testino, Vogue, May 2011

On a sweltering day, shiny skin is practically inevitable. To ensure that the rising humidity levels don’t muddle your meticulously applied makeup, equip yourself with heavy duty blotting papers to absorb excess oil. Packaged as thin linens, the summer saviors will easily fit inside your clutch for an instant touch-up.

The latest crop of blotting papers are supercharged with an array of ingredients that do more that just mattify your complexion. Boscia’s Clear Complexion Blotting Linens are infused with willow bark extract (a natural form of salicylic acid) to clear pores and prevent breakouts—all while absorbing unwanted moisture. Meanwhile, Sephora’s Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Papers employ bamboo charcoal for its antibacterial properties. Shiseido’s Sweat & Oil Blotting Film minimizes shine, and locks in essential moisture to keep your skin hydrated. For the ultimate beauty hack, reach for Mai Couture’s 2-1 Blotting/Bronzing Papier. The portable sheets provide a healthy, sunless glow while combating excess oil.

Below, shop seven blotting papers that will mattify your skin instantly.

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