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Simple Ways to Clean Your Makeup Stains

Have you ever smudged your lipstick on your shirt sleeve or dropped your palette onto your lap getting foundation on your white skirt?  Makeup stains can sometimes be difficult to remove from fabric especially if you are not familiar with some easy simple tips and tricks. Bear in mind, that some makeup types will respond differently to cleaning solutions, and the only way out is to identify the right solution that works for the particular type of stain you are trying to deal with. Regardless of the material that your makeup mishap occurred, you should first check to find out the kind of stain you are dealing with. The most common types of makeup stain are wax-based or oil-based. There are different techniques for removing a foundation stain compared to a blush or lipstick stain.


  • Plastic spoon
  • Cleaning solution
  • Baby wipes

Removing Lipstick

  • Scoop any excesses or caked-on makeup using the plastic spoon, ensuring that you don’t rub or grind the stain into your fabric.
  • If the stain is still fresh, blot it using a paper towel in a lifting motion until paper towel has nothing on it anymore.
  • Pour a few drops of the cleansing solution onto the stained spot. It is always important to do a patch-test on a small area of the fabric to see whether it will cause damage like discoloration or fading.  Add a few drops of water if you are using a laundry soap or detergent.
  • Using your thumb and fore finger, rub the stain in a circular motion on both sides of the fabric.
  • Wash your clothing or fabric as usual but in follow the washing directions on the label and air dry it on a flat or hanging position. Don’t put it in a dryer until you are sure that the stain is completely gone. It can be virtually impossible to remove lipstick stain on a fabric that has gone through a hot dryer.

Removing Mascara and Eye-liner

Mascara and eyeliner are oil-based products whose stains on fabrics can be quite challenging to remove. Your cleaning solution when dealing with these types of stains should be high-quality oil solvents, readily available from professional dry cleaning outlets. These solvents have the ability to break the protein bonds between mascara or eyeliner and the fabric.

  • Simply add a few drops of the pro solvent onto the stain and give it time to dry.
  • Brush off the excess stain before washing your fabric as directed on the tag.
  • Air-dry your garment on a flat or hanging position and avoid putting it into a dryer unless you are sure the stain is no more.
  • Get some baby wipes and your problem is solved. Baby wipes are one of the most versatile cleaning products available on the market.  They work well for makeup stain removal.

Removing Liquid Foundation

The best cleaning solution when handling liquid foundation is 3% hydrogen peroxide. Pour a few drops of this solution on the stained garments and give it time to dissolve the liquid foundation. Once you are convinced that the stain is gone, wash your stained garment and air dry it in a hanging or flat position. Don’t heat dry.

Removing Blush, Eye Shadow or Powdered Foundation

Blush, eye shadow and powdered foundation are non-oil based products whose stains are much easier to remove but sometimes can be challenging in itself. You can either use a mild liquid laundry detergent with or without bleaching properties(white clothes). You can detergent with bleach if you are working on a white fabric and a non-bleaching one when dealing with a colored garment. All laundry detergents should be mixed with water unless if the manufacturer recommends otherwise.

More Tips and Advice

  • Carefully read all the instructions on the fabric label before trying out any of these stain removal solutions. This is necessary as it will surface you with all the details about proper washing instructions for your specific garment.
  • If you find out that the makeup stain is on a very delicate fabric, such as wool or silk, it is recommendable to have it removed by a professional.
  • Makeup stains are easily removed when still fresh. Therefore, the sooner you treat the stain, the better and easier it is to have it removed.
  • Most people believe that Coca Cola helps in the removal of any type of stain. However, the soda may leave its own mark but may come out along with the stain after washing.
  • Keep in mind that makeup stains may not come out with just a single wash treatment. You will need to repeat the process if the stain doesn’t come after a single treatment. Don’t place your garment in the dryer as this may help set it in and make it even harder to remove.


Makeup mishaps can occur anytime in any skin care regimen. Luckily, there is much you can do to prevent the stain from becoming permanent. The first and crucial step in handling makeup stain is to find out whether it is oil- or non-oil-based product you are dealing with. Check on the tag of your fabric to find out the recommended washing procedure. Don’t place your garment on a dryer until the stain has been completely removed. If the makeup stain doesn’t disappear with a single wash, carry on repetitive treatments. If the stain continues to nag, take your garment to a professional cleaner.

Here are some examples of cleaning solutions:

  • White vinegar
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Dishwashing liquid (pretreat collars)
  • Shaving cream (not shaving gel)
  • Club soda

Author Bio:
Vaileria Dennis is a Health and Beauty expert, having 10 years of experience in Beauty industry. She works on behalf of as a content coordinator for the categories Health Center and skin care science. She is also passionate about fitness, women’s health and more. In recent years, she has had an opportunity to learn about Food and Nutrition. She always excited to share her ideas related to beauty tips, healthy food recipes and diet plans.