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Removing Makeup Stains

Celebrated every year on July 29, National Lipstick Day encourages you to wear your favorite lip color. But if you find that your lipstick has accidentally gotten on your clothes, don’t worry! We have tips to help you remove lipstick – and other makeup – stains from your clothes.


With lipstick stains, you’ll want to act fast if you can. First, remove any excess lipstick by taking a dull knife or a spoon and gently scrapping off the splotches. Be careful not to rub the stain into the fabric. Brush off any remaining excess by rinsing under running water. Pre-treat with a stain remover, making sure to completely cover the stain, then wash according to the instructions on the garment’s care label.

Lipstick stains are notorious for being stubborn, so a second round of prewash stain remover and laundering may be needed. Just make sure that the stain is completely gone before putting the garment in the dryer, as the heat of the dryer may permanently set the stain.

Powdered Makeup

For powders like eyeshadow, blush and bronzer, all you might need to do is blow off the excess powder from your clothes. A sticky lint roller can also lift away the powder from the fabric. Just be careful not to brush off the powder with your hand, as this may spread the stain instead. If the stain is still there, pre-treat it with a stain remover, then wash according to the instructions on the care label.


Place the mascara stain face down on a paper towel. Use a makeup removal wipe on the back to push the stain out and into the paper towel. When no more mascara comes off, pre-treat the stain with a stain remover, then wash according to the instructions on the care label. After washing, check to see if the stain is still visible, and if necessary, treat with a stain remover and wash again.



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