10 Quick Ways to Remove Makeup Stains


You could say makeup is the stuff of life. It makes us feel happy. It lets us change our image with a few brushstrokes. It perks us up when we’re feeling tired and gives us a confidence boost when we’re not feeling attractive.

No wonder the global cosmetic industry is forecast to hit $265 billion by 2017! But do you know when makeup isn’t so great?

When it gets on your clothes. Or, on your boyfriend’s clothes. That lipstick that made you feel like a million bucks doesn’t seem so hot when smeared all over your brand-new sweater.

Do you know what to do when makeup shows up where it doesn’t belong? Here are 10 quick ways to remove makeup stains.

1. Lipstick

Lipstick wound up on your boyfriend’s collar again? Or maybe you decided to change shirts after you put your lipstick on? Not to worry; most lipstick stains can be banished.

If you catch it right when it happens, try a baby wipe. Dab, don’t rub. If you don’t have a baby wipe, dampen a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol or ammonia, and dab the stain (be sure to test it on an inconspicuous area garment). If the stain is still visible, try a liquid dish detergent. They’re designed to break down oils, so they often do a great job with oil-based stains.

That’s why they’re used to clean animals rescued from oil spills. Once you’ve removed most of the stain, spritz on a stain remover and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, wash it according to the instructions on the tag.