How To Get Rid Of Makeup Stains

We love makeup just as much as the next girl who can’t seem to manage her funds but if you’re anything like us, you know that makeup comes a mind of its own and a flip side. Have you left a lipstick stain or two on your favorite shirt or spilt some foundation on to the carpet? Well then these hacks are just the thing.


Dish Soap

Due to the intense pigment and moisturizing ingredients, lipstick stains are one of the toughest to get out of clothes. The trick is to try to get it out as soon as your notice it. Made to get rid of grease, it only makes sense that the best thing for these angry stains is dish soap/liquid. Pour a few drops of the liquid onto the fabric and work it in with your fingers or a toothbrush. Hairspray is another quick fix for washable clothes. Spray the fabric with some hairspray, let it sit for a few minutes and then toss it into the washing machine. Easy peasy!

Pro tip: If the fabric is dry-clean only, tape, baby powder, chalk, or baking soda are your best friends.
Waterproof mascara


For long-lasting makeup formulations (also applicable to eyeliner), try blotting the stain with a makeup remover like the Maybelline Clean Express Total Clean Make-Up Remover. Make sure you’re the makeup remover you’re using has an oil-free formula or you’ll end up with an even bigger mess.


Shaving Cream

With foundations or self-tanners, first scrape off or blot as much product as you can off the fabric. Next, pour a few drops of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and rub it in with a toothbrush in a circular motion. Shaving creams or shampoos also do a great job of breaking down stubborn grease stains. Let it sit for a few minutes, rub it in and rinse it off with warm water. Repeat as necessary until the stain is gone entirely. It may take a few applications, and a bit of patience.

Note: While working with hydrogen peroxide, make sure the room is well ventilated and avoid contact with your skin.



While deodorant may not be makeup, it still gets on clothing all the time. Rub nylon stockings or dryer sheets against the mark on the fabric and it’ll come off almost instantly.