BEAUTY | How To Remove All Kinds Of Makeup Stains From Clothes

From nail polish smears to foundation mishaps, we list out the tips and tricks you need to safeguard your favorite outfits from all kinds of makeup stains.

We’ve all been there – meticulously applying full of makeup, only to find out that the handiwork transferred to our clothes when we were pulling them on or while we were catching a quick nap in the cap. The rule of thumb is to treat the strain night away, before the pigments have the chance to dry and really settle into the fabric. Next, you’ll want to try these handy hacks, coupled with some good ol’fashioned elbow grease, to get it out. Depending on the type of makeup you’re dealing with the severity of the offence, here’s how to get those telltale makeup stains out of your clothes.

Foundation Stain

It doesn’t take a psychic to predict that putting your outfit an after applying a full face of makeup can spell doom for clothes. Unsightly foundation smears and stains have a knack for popping up just as you’re about to step out the door. Kim Kardashian West has a couple of tricks up her sleeve, which she divulged on her (now –defunct) app. “There’s nothing worse than being fully ready and realizing you have foundation of your clothes. To get rid of makeup stains, shaving cream often does the trick. Just apply to the stain and then lightly wet or wash. If the stain still won’t come out, you can also use a drop of rubbing alcohol mixed with the shaving cream. The stain should lift out easily”, she recommended.

Lipstick Stain

Liquid mattes, creamy bullets, lip glosses… whichever is your go-to, there’s no denying that light-coloured clothes attract lipstick stain like a magnet. Instead of rubbing and wringing the victimized outfit in despair before relegating it to the bottom of the closet, it pays to take note of underlying science at play. Since most lipsticks have an oil-based formula, it stands to reason that an oil-based makeup remover can get the job done. Without applying too much force, gently apply on the stained area and rub in forward and backward motions for a few seconds at a time.

Nail Polish Stains

As our attention spans steadily grow shorter, waiting for a manicure to dry can seem like an endurance test. If your spanking new nail jab accidentally transferred to your clothes instead of staying where it’s supposed to, don’t fret. Reach for a non-acetone based nail polish remover and dip a cotton ball, taking care to work your way inside from the outer edges of the stain. Bear in mind that your steer clear of acetone – based removers – it is a highly to blot the dislodged pigments as needed.

Eyeliner Stains

If you thought that balancing the winged eye was tricky, getting it off your clothes is even tougher. Resist the reflex action to instantly douse the offering area in water, as it can make the stain worse. Instead of tap water, look to ice cubes to play white knight. Before the stain has a chance to dry, scrape offer the upper layer with a plastic spoon or knife. Then, massage an ice cube over the stain in a circular motion to lift the makeup from the fabric. In a pinch, an alcohol-based hairspray can be of help as well simply spray an adequate amount on the stained area and allow it to dry, before gentle dislodging the stain with a wet wipe.


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