How-To: Remove Makeup Stains from Clothing


If you’ve ever gotten a makeup stain on your clothing you know how devastating it can be. Whether you’re pulling a shirt over your head and lipstick makes its way to the collar or you’re leaning on your boyfriend’s shoulder and some foundation transfers onto his shirt, makeup stains on clothing are never a fun time. Luckily, there are a few tried & true ways to remove makeup stains.

Whether you’re dealing with an oil-based makeup, mascara or blush I’ve pulled together a guide for removing stains based on which makeup left them in the first place.

Lipstick: Because lipstick contains oil, an oil-based cleaner is what you’ll need to help remove the stain. Get yourself a grease-fighting liquid soap like Dawn Dish Soap and begin by blotting the stain with a tissue to remove any extra colour. Next, spritz the stain with clean water, but don’t soak the area. Gently rub a drop of soap on the stain and let sit for 10-15minutes. Then, use a clean terry cloth towel to rub the soap into the stain in a circular motion, starting at the outer edges working in. Finish by dabbing the section of fabric clean with a dry towel, if the stain hasn’t completely lifted, repeat the process as necessary.

Foundation: If you’re using a liquid foundation it’ll soak into the fabric quickly, so the sooner you tend to the stain, the better. Start by scraping off excess foundation with a plastic knife, then blot the stain with a damp paper towel to remove more of the product. Next, pour a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide onto the stain and work it into the fabric with your fingers. Now take an old toothbrush and work the peroxide further into the stain using circular motions. Lastly launder the clothing and lay it flat to air dry. For a powder foundation stain, mix a few drops of liquid detergent and water and apply that to the stain, rubbing first with your fingers, then with a toothbrush. Finish by laundering and laying flat to dry. This same removal method also works for powder blush.

Mascara: Grab yourself a pre-wash stain fighter like Shout! and apply it to the stain using the brush that comes along with it. Let it sit for about 10-15minutes, then rinse with hot water. Launder the garnet immediately either by hand or in the machine, whichever is more convenient. Skip the dryer and let the clothing air dry on a flat surface, as the heat from the dryer can set the stain rather than help to remove it.

Deodorant: While deodorant may not be makeup, it still gets onto our clothing quite often. Using a pair of nylon stockings or a dryer sheet, rub the fabric against the deodorant mark and it’ll almost immediately come off of the clothing.

Do you have any DIY secrets that work for you? Any beauty/life tips & tricks passed down from Grandma, or that you discovered in a pinch? Share in the comments!


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