How to Remove Halloween Makeup from Clothing

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Warm water softens tough makeup stains.
Warm water softens tough makeup stains. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

One of the best parts of Halloween is putting on makeup and dressing up like someone or something else. Like stage makeup, Halloween makeup is full of color additives that may wash off your face, but stain your clothes. If ghoulish makeup smears and smudges your clothes, use some laundry room tricks to make the stain a ghostly memory.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloth
  • Liquid makeup remover
  • Mild soap
  • Alcohol
  • Washing machine
  • Paper towels
  • Stain remover

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Lay the clothing on a flat surface and find an inconspicuous area to pour a little liquid makeup remover or rubbing alcohol on the stain. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Use a mild soap instead of rubbing alcohol or makeup remover if the fabric changes color or fades.

Wet a washcloth and moisten the area of the stain. Once the whole area is damp, take a paper towel and dab the makeup stain. Repeat until no more makeup comes off on the paper towel.

Spray the residual stain with stain remover. Wash in the washing machine with warm water on a gentle cycle. If the stain remains, retreat and wash again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Put your costume on before you apply your makeup to avoid getting makeup on your costume.
  • Wrap a towel around your shoulders while applying makeup or colored hairspray to minimize the risk of staining your clothing.
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