How to Remove a Makeup Stain From Clothes Without Washing


Makeup stains on clothes are a common nuisance and there isn't always time to throw an outfit into the washer and dryer. Below are several tips for removing oily and non-oily makeup application from synthetic and natural fibers. It is important to remember these are spot remover techniques and a quick fix solution and in no way a permanent substitute for laundering clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Wipes
  • Makeup remover
  • Toothpaste
  • Cloth
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Detergent
  • Identify the type of makeup stain as the spot treatment you choose depends on the type of stain. Usually complexion powders, blush powder and eye shadow are all types of non-oily makeup. Mascara and lipstick are oily makeup stains.

  • Try baby wipes for both types of stains if nothing more specific is available. Many of the wipes on the market today are multi-use and it's a good idea to always have a pack in your purse or in the car. Check the packaging to see specifics on stain removal ability.

  • Apply makeup remover that you use on your face. Always test a small discreet section of fabric before applying makeup remover liquid or pad to the stain.

  • Choose white classic toothpaste for oil-based makeup stains as a last resort. Dabbing and rubbing the stain with a blob of toothpaste and a dampened cloth is effective but time-consuming. Be sure you have enough time to use this technique before beginning as it may leave a damp patch, depending on the type and absorbency of the fabric.

  • Use a bar soap and a damp cloth to remove a non-oil-based stain from clothing. Powdered makeup often brushes away with a little dabbing of the cloth, but be sure not to smear the makeup deeper into the fabric. A light but determined hand is best.

  • Take a little shampoo or liquid detergent and apply in a circular motion with a damp cloth. This works well on non-oil-based makeup stains. Damp patches can be quickly dried with a hair dryer but be sure not to set in any residue stain in the process as heat is a fixing agent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Put on an outfit and place a towel or cloth around your neck before applying your makeup to reduce risk of staining.
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