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How to Get Makeup and Lipstick Stains Out

While you may think your makeup is supposed to stay on your face all day long, sometimes it rubs off in the wrong places. Your lipstick may stain your collar as you change your shirt at the end of the day or your mascara may run down your face to your clothing while you’re crying during a sad movie. No matter what type of makeup you’re dealing with, removing it quickly can help save your clothing. Here’s what you need to know.

How to Get Makeup and Lipstick Stains Out

Types of Makeup and Lipstick Stains

There are several different types of makeup that can stain clothing, including:

  • Lipstick
  • Foundation
  • Lip balm
  • Kajal eye makeup
  • Mascara
  • Lip gloss
  • Blush

Even certain types of chapstick can leave stains if you’re not careful, especially those that are oil-based or have added dyes that give them color.


Makeup and Lipstick Stain Removal: Step by Step

So, what’s the secret to removing makeup stains?

  • Select the right Persil detergent based on the color and fiber of the garment
  • Wash the stain in the highest possible wash temperature
  • Check to see if the stain is gone

Select proper Detergent and Stain Remover

For makeup and lipstick stains, you can use Persil Universal Powder or Persil Universal Gel as your detergent, as well as Persil Color Powder for your colored clothing.


Pre-Treat the Stain

Before you toss the clothing in the washer, you can use a small amount of Persil Universal Gel and apply it directly to the stain, gently rub in and let sit in for 5 minutes.

Wash Your Clothing

Wash the clothing in the hottest temperature recommended by the manufacturer. It’s important to do this quickly to prevent the stain from setting.

Check the Stain

Is the stain still present? If so, you may need to repeat the pre-treatment and wash steps again.

Getting Makeup and Lipstick Stains out of Special Laundry Types and Fabrics

Is the stain on silk or on your wool clothing? Here’s how to get rid of it.


Makeup and Lipstick Stains and Special Laundry Types

If the makeup and lipstick stain is on your shirt, the steps above are easy to follow.

However, if it is on your carpet, upholstery or another type of fabric that can’t go into the washing machine, you’ll need to take a different approach. In this case, apply a small amount of Persil Universal Gel detergent onto the stain and rinse with cold water, blotting at the stain with a clean white cloth. This should help lift the stain and remove it without washing.


Makeup and Lipstick Stains and Different Fabrics

Makeup and lipstick stains come out easily using the steps above on sturdy fabrics like polyester and cotton. Keep in mind that certain fabrics, like silk and wool may not stand up to the washing machine. 

Special Conditions for Makeup and Lipstick Stains

Accidentally put your shirt through the dryer with a makeup or lipstick stain on it? There’s still hope. Getting rid of the dried stain depends on what type it is. Powder makeup, like eye shadow, blush or foundation, can often be removed with scotch tape. Apply the tape to the area and lift again and again until the powder is gone.

For mascara, eyeliner, liquid foundation and lipstick stain removal after the dryer, you’ll want to use e.g. Persil Universal Gel.


Special Colors for Makeup and Lipstick Stains

Need to remove a makeup stain from a white shirt? Maybe you accidentally got red blush or lipstick on the shirt and you aren’t sure what to do.

The first thing you need to do is act immediately. Run the piece of clothing under cold water, which will help lift much of the stain. Then, take a clean white cloth and blot the stain with your detergent, removing as much of the stain as possible. Do not scrub or rub the stain, as this can spread it. The same should be done for white makeup stains on dark clothes.


Special Detergents for Makeup Stains

Avoid using homemade and natural stain removers to get rid of makeup stains on your clothing. Certain kinds, like rubbing alcohol or bleach, may damage different types of fabrics. Others, like vinegar, may damage plastic and rubber parts in your washing machine over time.

Instead, use Persil detergent, which have been specifically designed for getting rid of stains and cleaning clothing.

Have a makeup stain you want to get rid of? Use these tips to get out lipstick, liquid foundation, mascara and even eyeliner.

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