We’ve all woken up with last night’s lipstick on our pillowcase. (Even if it wasn’t your lipstick, stuff happens.) And sometimes you don’t have any makeup remover handy, or it just doesn’t get the job done.
Makeup stains are tricky beasts because makeup is made from all different kinds of materials. So when you’re choosing a stain fighter, the best option really depends on what kind of makeup you’re trying to remove.
Here’s an easy rule to remember: Fight oil-based makeup with oil-based cleaners and water-based makeup with water-based cleaners.
Here’s your go-to guide on how to eliminate any makeup stain.
Use Dish Soap for These Oil-Based Stains:
2. Some Foundation
3. Waterproof Mascara
The trick with these stains is to move slowly. Dab the stain with a tissue and get any excess color off. Then, drop a small amount of dish soap on the stain and gently rub with a damp towel. Let the soap sit on the stain for 10-15 minutes so it can eat up the oil. Rinse and repeat until the stain is gone.
Use Laundry Detergent for These Non-Oil Based Stains*:
2. Eye Shadow
3. Powder Foundation
Shake the item so loosely-clinging powder falls off. Add a few drops of laundry detergent on the stain and blot with a wet rag in an upward motion. Let the laundry detergent sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the stain under water from the inside out so the stain moves out of the fiber. Then, launder as normal.
*These tips are best used on easy-care cotton garments. If your garment is precious to you, or made of fine fabric, it’s probably best to take it to a dry cleaner.
Use Stain Remover for These Water-Based Stains:
1. Water-Based Liquid Foundations
2. Water-Based Liquid Concealers
3. Not-Waterproof Mascaras
You can use a pre-made stain remover like Shout – or you can make your own! Mix 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Stir and apply with a towel or a tooth brush. You can also soak the item in water and your stain-remover solution for thirty minutes to remove a stain. Once the stain is gone, launder the garment as usual.