How to Get Makeup Stains Out of Clothes

Augusta Falletta

makeup stains on clothes

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 face 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 time tested ways to remove makeup stains from clothing.

Whether you’re dealing with an oil-based makeup, mascara or blush, we’ve pulled together a guide for how to remove makeup stains from clothes based on exactly what kind of makeup made the stain. Read on below!

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Lipstick: Because lipstick is oil-based, using an oil based cleaner will help to remove the stain. Get yourself a grease fighting liquid soap like Dawn Dish Soap and begin by blotting the stain with a clean tissue to remove any excess color. Next, spritz the stain with clean water, but don’t soak the fabric. Gently rub a drop of the soap onto the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, use a clean terry cloth towel to rub the soap into the stain in a circular motion from the outer edges towards the middle. Finish by dabbing the section of fabric clean with a dry towel, and if the stain isn’t completely removed, repeat the process as necessary.

Foundation: If you’re using a liquid foundation, it’ll soak into fabric very quickly, so the sooner you can get to the stain, the better. Start by scraping off any 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. Next, work it into the stain in a circular motion with a toothbrush. Then, launder the fabric and lay it flat to dry.

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For a powder foundation stain, mix a few drops of liquid detergent and water and apply that to the stain, rubbing into the fabric first with your fingers, then with a toothbrush. Finish by laundering the clothing item and laying it flat to dry. This same removal process also works for powder blush.

Mascara: Get yourself a pre-wash stain fighter like Shout and apply to the stain using the brush that comes with the pre-wash. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse with hot water. Launder the garment immediately either by hand or in the machine (whichever is most convenient for you). Let the garment dry flat instead of putting it in the dryer, especially if the stain isn’t completely out. The heat of the dryer can set the stain further rather than working to remove it.

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

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