I have fine, dark hair, an oily scalp, and bangs, which means at this point I’m closer to my blotting papers than to my best friend (sorry, Bess). My 1 P.M. forehead blot is right up there with Ped Egging in terms of satisfaction. I mean, look at all that oil that I’m keeping out of my bangs! Look at it there! As far as I’m concerned, if this was the only thing blotting papers could do, it would be enough. But these handy little scraps of superabsorbent paper or polypropylene (I’m fond of Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets) have at least three other uses that I’ve found.
Phone screen degreaser
You know that nasty film of oil, makeup, and God knows what else that accumulates on your phone screen? Try cleaning it with a napkin, and you’ll just smear it around and become infuriated. Try cleaning it with a blotting sheet, and your phone will look like it just came off the lot at Foxconn.
No, it doesn’t work as well as the real thing (or, for that matter, a shower), but in a pinch a blotting paper massaged into your roots will sop up excess oil. This might be more of a bangs thing — if you attempt your whole head, you’d need a few cartons of blotting paper, and who even knows where to buy this stuff wholesale?
Pat your face with blotting paper after applying creamy makeup (foundation, cream blush, etc.) to absorb excess oil from the product and help it stay put. Same goes for lipstick. Make that Lady Danger last by applying one layer, blotting, and then applying another. Blotting absorbs the oils and emollients that take the stick out of lipstick while leaving the pigments intact.
Phew, is this the hardest-working $5 product on the planet? As the farmer told Babe, “That’ll do blotting paper. That’ll do.”