How to Remove Makeup Stains

How to Remove Makeup Stains from Clothes, Carpet,and Upholstery

Makeup can help you look your best and give you confidence, but not if it gets on your clothes – or anywhere else that isn’t your skin, for that matter.

Let Tide help get rid of common makeup stains such as lipstick, foundation, and blush; take care of your garments; and answer frequently asked questions such as how to get makeup out of carpet and upholstery, so both you and your surroundings can always look their best.

See how to remove makeup stains from clothes with the steps laid out above in this video:

How to Remove Specific Makeup Stains

Here, we will give you a quick rundown on the stain removal of some specific makeup types. Note that the general makeup stain removal guide applies here as well.

How to Remove Lipstick Stains from Clothes

A touch of lipstick can really make you look your best, but not when it gets on your blouse. Lipstick stains rank high in the most-difficult-to-remove category. That's because they're not only brightly colored but also oil-based. The key to treating lipstick stains is to act fast, but even if your stain has had some time to set, you're not out of luck.

Developed from years of laundry know-how, Tide Ultra OXI High-Efficiency Liquid detergent fights grease stains with its built-in pre-treaters and enzymes to help save your favorites from a stray lipstick smear. Just avoid drying the garment until you're satisfied that the stain has dissolved, as heat will likely set the stain permanently.

How to Remove Foundation Stains from Clothes

When looking for that flawless finish to your look, liquid foundation definitely looks better on your skin than on your shirt. Fortunately for your favorites, removing liquid foundation stains from your clothes is pretty easy when you have the cleaning power of Tide to rely on.

Start by pre-treating the stain with a few drops of Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid. Gently work the detergent into the stain with a soft-bristled brush and let it remain on the fabric for 5 to 10 minutes. Blot away any detergent residue with a paper towel and rinse the stained area in hot water, before placing the garment inside your washer and washing it on the highest temperature indicated on the care label.

How to Remove Mascara Stains from Clothes

Mascara is meant to draw everyone’s gaze into your eyes, not onto that black stain on your collar. The good news is we can help you get that mascara smudge off your favorite clothes with a few easy tips.

Since mascaras are formulated from oils, waxes, and dyes, you’ll need to start by pre-treating the stain with a bit of detergent. Give the detergent 15 minutes before gently scrubbing it off with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinsing the stained area in hot water. Next, wash as usual on the hottest safe water temperature. After washing, check if the stain is still visible and repeat if necessary.

How to Remove Blush or Bronzer Stains from Clothes

Faced with a blush or bronzer stain on your fancy new dress? Tide is here to help! First, grab a sticky lint roller to lift away the powdery substance from the fabric. Now comes the pre-treating: Apply a bit of laundry detergent on a cotton ball, and gently dab the stained area before rinsing the garment in cold water to remove any possible detergent residue. When you’re finished, load the garment inside your washing machine, add detergent, and wash on the hottest water setting indicated on the care label.

Removing Makeup Stains Without Washing

You’ve got no time to run a lengthy wash, but you’d still like to get rid of that unsightly black stain from your blouse? Let us give you two tried-and-true DIY methods for removing makeup stains without washing:

Hair Spray

Using a hair spray with a high alcohol content, spray the stained area, and allow the hair spray to harden into the fabric. Now, grab a clean paper towel and dip it into cold water, careful not to completely soak it. Next, blot the stained area with the damp paper towel to remove the makeup along with the hair spray, and repeat the steps until necessary.

Ice Cube

Quickly scrape away the top layer of the product from your fabric with a spoon, or preferably, a plastic knife. Take an ice cube, press it onto the stain, and rub it in a circular motion. Keep going until the makeup has been completely lifted from the fabric. Finally, blot and dry the wet area with a paper towel, removing most of the makeup. Repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible.

Removing Makeup Stains on the Go

Beyond the world of hair spray and ice cubes, there’s something even more efficient when it comes to laundry detergent–free makeup-stain removal.

Tide to Go is an instant stain remover developed specifically to help remove fresh stains on the spot, and as such, is perfectly capable of dealing with a bit of makeup stain before it sets in. Thanks to its powerful cleaning solution, this easy-to-handle stain removing pen allows you to handle even the toughest unexpected stains, from coffee and wine to chocolate syrup and more.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Wet a clean cloth with cold water and blot the stain.

  2. Press the tip of the Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover onto the makeup stain several times to release some of the stain remover solution.

  3. Rub the tip gently across the stain to remove it. If necessary, add more liquid and continue to rub gently.

Important: If the treated area will be exposed to direct sunlight, then wipe with a damp cloth or a napkin to remove excess solution.

How to Get Makeup Out of Carpet and Upholstery

Getting a bit of bronzer or mascara on your furnishings is not the end of the world. Just act fast and follow the below steps and your carpet and upholstery will be makeup-free in no time.

  1. Step 1. Remove excess: Lift away as much of the product as possible using the edge of a spoon or a dull knife. Make sure not to wipe it, as that will only push the stain molecules deeper into the fabric of your carpet or upholstery, making it that much harder to remove.

  2. Step 2. Prepare a solution: Mix one tablespoon of Tide liquid laundry detergent in two cups of hot water. Dip a sponge or a clean white cloth in the solution, and gently blot the stain, working from the outside edge toward the center, until no more color is transferred to the cloth.

  3. Step 3. Rinse: Dip another cleaning cloth in cold water and remove any possible detergent residue from the stained area, preventing the soapy solution from attracting even more dirt particles.

  4. Step 4. Blot dry: Grab a few sheets of paper towel and soak up the moisture from your carpet and upholstery, then allow the fabric to dry.

Repeat until the stain is completely gone.

In case you’ve accidentally rubbed lipstick or spilled liquid foundation on a vintage furnishing, your best bet is to call a professional cleaner.