4 Ways to Remove Make-Up Stains from Clothes

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 imagesYou’ve perfected your make-up, but just as you’re applying your mascara, you accidentally drop it –and just like that, you have an ugly black smudge to wash out. Or youfall asleep in a full face of make up, and your panda eyes the next morning have matching twins imprinted on your pillow. It’s so easy to get make up on your clothes or bedding that it’s just as well that these stains are so easy to remove. With this handy guide, you should be able to get rid of those pesky smudges and smears with no problems.

The tips below cover removing four different make up stains and work on almost all fabrics. However, there are lots of great online resources for laundry tips, and if you’re dealing with a delicate fabric or much-beloved item, it’s best to consult a variety before you start to be safe.

The sooner you treat a stain, the easier it will be to remove.Read your garment care tags and product labels first. If any item is dry clean only, then take it to the professionals.Otherwise, follow these steps, and you’ll keep your wardrobe and bedsheets looking as immaculate as your make up!

1. Lipstick Stains

Lipstick looks great on your lips, but is less welcome on pillowcases, cloth napkins, and your boyfriend’s shirt collar. But that deep red mark can be removed if you remember that lipstick is oily and responds better to alcohol rather than not water based stain removers. So here’s what to do:

  • With a tissue or paper towel, dab repeatedly at the stain, lifting away as much of the lipstick as you can.
  • Then fully saturate the stained fabric with rubbing alcohol, hairspray, or even an alcohol-based antibacterial soap.
  • Keep dabbing at the stain with a damp sponge or cloth until all of the stain is gone.
  • Then wash it as usual with the rest of your laundry.

2. Mascara and Eyeliner Stains

When they’re enhancing our eyes, we never want mascara or eyeliner to fade!But once they’re on our clothes, all we want is to get rid of those stains. Like lipstick, mascara and eyeliner also contain oil, so follow these steps:

  • Again, use a tissue or paper towel to lift off as much of the stain as you can, ideally while it’s still wet. It’s important not to rub the stain further into the fabric.
  • Squirt dishwashing liquid directly onto the stain and add a few drops of water.
  • With a damp sponge or cloth, keep dabbing at it until the stain lifts off.You can also use a clean old toothbrush to gently scrub at the stain in a circular motion.

3. Liquid or Cream Foundation

When it comes to removing foundation stains, our two top two secret ingredients are a commercial stain remover or a bottle of hydrogen peroxide that’s suitable for laundry. Bear in mind that delicate or heavily colored fabrics could be damaged by hydrogen peroxide.

  • Dab or scrape off any excess make-up from the stained fabric.
  • Add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide, or apply commercial stain remover.
  • Wet the stained fabric and using your hands, a damp sponge, or a clean toothbrush, scrub away until the stain has vanished.
  • Rinse afterward, and launder as usual.

4. Eye Shadow, Blush, or Powder

Thankfully, these last few stains are the easiest to remove.A shimmery purple eyeshadow can look dramatic on your eyelids, but a spill is no justification for theatrics.

  • Blow or lightly brush as much of the powder as possible away from the fabric.Be careful not to spit when blowing, or to rub the powder further into the fabric
  • Apply a few drops of liquid laundry detergent.Alternatively, mix a thick paste of laundry powder and water, and apply this.
  • Gently scrub at the fabric to remove the stain. Rinse it away!

There’s no need to despair if you think your make-up has accidentally ruined your wardrobe.With these tips, nothing’s permanent – so keep on experimenting with your make up without fear!

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