How to Get Makeup Stains Out of Practically Any Surface

  • Treat any stain immediately with water, or with the proper solvent if it is available
  • (different types of solvents , but water is always better than nothing).
  • Avoid direct heat. Heat will speed most types of stains’ bonding. Do not place stained
  • clothing near radiant heat sources, and try to only use room temperature or lukewarm solvents.
  • Avoid pressure. Apply solvents gently, dabbing them onto the stain and letting them soak in rather than scrubbing forcefully.

If the stain occurs at home, you can go straight to treating it. If you’re out and about,

get to a restroom and gently dab water onto the stained area with tissue paper or paper towels until the stain is thoroughly saturated. Yes, it may be more visible with water dabbed on it, but it will prevent the stain from becoming permanent, saving you garment repair or replacement in the long run.

You may know the baby-oil trick to remove product when you make a makeup misstep.

But what do you do if your spill has gotten on your clothes, the carpet, or the bathroom tiles?

Get the solutions for reversing a variety of makeup messes — including lipstick-stained colors
1. Lipstick:

Spritz your kiss imprint with hair spray and let sit for 10 minutes.

Then, dab with a sponge, and throw in the washer machine.

If your clothing is dry-clean only, try using a piece of tape to transfer the stain away.

You can also use baby powder, chalk, or baking soda to remove oil- and wax-based lipsticks.
2. Eyeliner:

Did someone leave a note on your mirror with eyeliner?

Use salt to remove the marks before using standard cleaner (this trick also works for lipstick stains on wine glasses).
3. Waterproof mascara:

For long-lasting makeup formulations, try blotting the stain with makeup remover , or you’ll end up with an even bigger mess.
4. Foundation:

Treat powder and liquid-foundation spills with a clarifying product like shaving cream or shampoo.

Both of these toiletries have cleaning agents that should break through the stain before you wash.
5. Self-tanner:

To reverse self-tanner stains left on sheets or clothing, first rinse the affected area under cold water.

Then use a sponge and dish detergent, working on the spot from the outside in, to cut the oil in the tanning formula.

You can even use hydrogen peroxide to remove the orange tones from the fabric

(but make sure to spot-check first to ensure the fabric’s color won’t lift). You can also use glycerin .


Vinegar/Lemon Juice:

Mild acids are great against coffee and tea, grass stains, and sticky residues like tape and glue.

Vinegar is also effective against mildew — perfect for laundry that sat wet too long.

Remember, though, don’t use on wool.


Oxidizing Bleaches:

Hydrogen peroxide is the most common example here.

They’re effective at removing color, making them ideal for makeup stains, grass stains,

and other pigment-based damage. They’re less effective against grease, and can damage delicate fabrics.

Dilute as needed for a milder treatment.

When you’re in a hurry there is nothing more frustrating than having some makeup

powder ruin that blouse you just picked up from the dry cleaner.

Instead of running to your closet, getting changed and taking the blouse back to the dry cleaner again, we might know a way out.

If you spill face powder or loose blush on your clothes don’t dust it off with your hands!

It will only make the stain worse as you’ll rub the makeup into the blouse.

Instead, grab your hair dryer and give it a quick blast of air and you’ll blow the makeup of the blouse and voila – no stain!


Note: All of these suggestions are for treating stains immediately. In addition,

be careful not to dry fabrics until the blotch is removed because heat can set the stain.

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