Removing Makeup Stains From Clothing

Tips and methods for removing makeup stains from clothing.

No matter how careful we are, accidents happen. Mishaps involving clothing are the worst; no woman likes to be a walking advertisement for her clumsiness. Even more important, no one wants to throw away clothes marred by stains and splatters. Every woman has had to contend with makeup stains on clothing because let's face it, it's easy to smear lipstick on a favorite blouse. These stains are not so easy, however, to remove. Don't let your clothes fall victim to faulty makeup applications. Below are tips to prevent, as well as remove, stains due to makeup mishaps.

If you're wearing makeup, it's best if you apply it after you get dressed, especially if you'll be pulling a shirt or blouse over your head which can cause the makeup to smear. Once you're dressed, you might want to protect your clothing with a towel or cloth for worry-free primping.

If you smear or spatter makeup on your clothes, don't panic. The worst thing you could do is grab a cloth and begin furiously rubbing at the stains as doing this will only make matters worse. Take your time and identify the product. Is it an oily type of makeup, such as lipstick or eyeliner? Or is it a non-oily powder, such as blush or eye shadow?

If the stain is caused by lipstick or another oily type makeup, first try using makeup remover specifically formulated for this type of stain. Be sure to check the label, you want to make sure it won't cause further damage to your garment. If you're unsure, test the product in a hidden area of your clothing to make sure there will be no stains or discoloration. Chances are, however, if you're applying it to your face, it's safe for your clothes.

If you happen to be in the possession of some baby wipes, you're in luck. These are great, not only for lipstick, but for all makeup stain removal! In fact, it's safe to say no woman should leave the house without a small packet of these in her purse. Gently blotting the stain with the wipe should remove all traces. If baby wipes and makeup remover isn't an option, use a non-gel toothpaste to lift the oily stain.

For powdered makeup, first try the baby wipe method. If this isn't an option, a mild detergent, such as dish soap or shampoo should get the stain out. Apply the soap and blot gently with a clean cloth or sponge until the stain is removed. Blot again with a slightly damp clean cloth to remove the soap.

There are also many stain removal products on the market. All of these should take the stain out of your clothing with little effort. Most require laundering your garment afterwards, however, so this is not a good option if you'd still like to wear that item of clothing throughout the day or night. Unless the product label indicates otherwise, apply the stain remover directly to the garment and let sit for a while before laundering. If needed, use a toothbrush and gently rub in circular motions until most of the stain is removed. Once an item is laundered, don't throw it in the dryer or use an iron until the entire stain has been removed. Heat will only lock in a stain, rendering your garment useless.

Also on the market are stain removal wipes. These handy packets can be tossed into a purse or briefcase until needed. In most cases, blotting with a stain removal wipe will remove all traces of makeup. Read the label before purchasing, however. If you're going to be carrying stain removing towelettes, make sure it removes makeup stains in addition to other types of stains.

Makeup removal doesn't have to mean the end of a garment. It's easy to remove; all you need is a little patience and know-how.

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