The biggest thing to know about stain removal is that time is of the essence.
No matter how careful you are, occasionally accidents happen. No, we’re not talking about a broken or dropped powder (although tragic, indeed). We’re talking about the dreaded makeup stain.
Whether it’s foundation around the collar of your favorite white button up, lipstick on your favorite scarf, or hairspray, makeup stains are a pain and can actually ruin your clothes if not treated properly.
To ensure your wardrobe does not suffer in the name of beauty, follow these steps
First, gently scrape off any excess stain. For particularly waxy makeup stains, place the garment in the freezer for 20 minutes, then gently scrape off any excess frozen stain
Pretreat the stained area with a diluted solution detergent and water. Let set for 20 minutes. Use 2 sets of paper towels, one damp and one dry to alternate blotting the stain first with the wet paper towel and then with the dry paper towel until the stain is removed. Lastly, hand wash the garment.
Liquid makeup (such as foundation or concealer)
To remove stray liquid makeup, rinse as much of the stain away as possible and then use the same methods as noted above for lipstick.
Powder makeup (such as foundation or eyeshadow)
For powders, carefully shake as much of the stain off and then flushing the area with water and hand wash
Oil-based serums, Waterproof mascara, Self-tanner, and Nail polish
Oil-based products require a detergent that targets greasy stains. Similar as a lipstick stain, experts suggest first rinsing as much of the stain away, then applying your detergent to the stained area, and letting the garment sit for 10 minutes.
Rinse the spot completely and repeat the process until the stain is completely removed. Some makeup products, like nail polish, are very difficult to remove and might be permanent.
Lotions, facial oil, and perfume
These are similar to grease stains, as they contain greasy ingredients. According to experts, your best bet is to follow the above care tricks mentioned for lipstick removal, and again, reach for a grease-fighting detergent.
Believe it or not, hairspray is actually easier to remove than other stains. However, because hairsprays often contain alcohol, which can remove dyes from clothes, or other sticky ingredients, which can act like dirt magnets, you should treat the stain as soon as possible.
The biggest thing to know about stain removal is that time is of the essence. According to the experts, not treating stains right away is one of the biggest mistakes because a lot of cosmetic products contain dyes that will get set into the fibers if they are not treated as soon as possible.
Another common mistake when it comes to stain removal is putting a garment in the dryer if the stain is not completely removed. Doing so will set in the stain and make it much more difficult to remove, if not impossible, say Cella and Johnson.