Makeup and Foundation Stain Removal from Clothing

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How do I remove makeup stains?

Makeup and Foundation Stain Removal from Clothing

To remove makeup stains, rub shampoo or dish detergent (preferrably a grease cutting formula), or shampoo into the stain. You could also try spraying with hairspray or using a non-oily makeup remover to remove the stain. Then, launder as usual.



8/26/2006 2:29:33 PM
Laura said:

This site is the best!
i had a new top that i jus put on and was putting my foundation on when i spilt some on it!!! i shoved it in the wash quickly and to my horror it stained!! but i looked up on the net how to remove it finding this site and it worked a dream!! with a small dab of washing up liquid! and my top was cream cotton!! thankyou woop woop!

10/1/2006 6:16:13 PM
Brian said:

i hope it works, definitely not makeup remover though i guarentee

5/14/2007 1:54:12 PM
Shawn said:

I spilt liquid foundation on my dark stretchy pants and used liquid dish soap, came right off!!!

6/10/2007 9:15:39 AM
Kathy said:

I want to buy a blouse that has foundation makeup on the satin collar. The store won't take it back if the stain doesn't come out? What are the chances of these stains coming out?

8/5/2007 4:49:22 PM
mee said:

it really does work its brillant whoo yay thanku i can fisnlly wear my favourite tee again with out the embarrassing looks and laughs

8/7/2007 6:43:10 AM
Jenny said:

this was so helpful thank you!! =)

I used a "non-oily makeup remover " to remove make-up stains from my hat

8/14/2007 3:33:17 PM


8/15/2007 4:49:46 AM
Lisa said:

Regular old shaving cream works too. Rubbed in then wash.

12/15/2007 12:34:31 PM
Deb said:

Ajax dishwashing soap removed the makeup stains on my Columbia ski jacket in seconds. Just a small amount of soap on a brush, blot it with a paper towel and all make up was removed.

1/6/2008 5:32:22 AM
Charlotte said:

aha i agree with laura,
got foundation on my new BMTH t shirt and i just shoved some washin up liquid on it n washed it and it was white again :)



11/9/2008 6:08:17 PM
Cindy said:

It works for me,thanks.

11/9/2008 6:08:36 PM
Cindy said:

It works for me,thanks.

1/21/2009 5:08:55 AM
kelly said:

Does this work on Mascara? I somehow got mascara on my cream sweater yesterday- ofcourse I instally put eye makeup remover on it which did nothing.

2/9/2009 8:03:27 PM
Sarah Polden said:

i really hope this method of cleaning works... I have countless amounts of clothing that have foundation stains and i want to wear them again but the marks are so ugly!!! Here we go...

4/1/2009 6:58:00 PM
Beth said:

The dish detergent worked for me!

5/20/2009 5:39:40 PM
E said:

dish detergent does the job if you have an oily base foundation!!!

5/31/2009 12:23:19 PM
ruth said:

what if it's a fabric that cannot be washed but only dry cleaned?

6/6/2009 2:04:54 PM
Jenny said:

Thank you! you've just saved my favourite black skirt!

9/2/2009 12:10:13 AM
heather said:

This site is awesome!! I did the same as laura above and the dish soap (dawn) took it right out, even after being washed!! THANK YOU

9/23/2009 10:16:09 AM
heavenly said:

omg i cant beleave it i tried to wash it and it stained !!

6/21/2011 7:04:53 AM
Betty said:

Tried the dish washing liquid on my top this morning it was a black & white top. Of course the makeup got on the white part of the top. It worked like a dream off to work.

6/29/2011 3:16:09 PM
ginger said:

dish soap works!!!!!!

7/16/2011 9:17:42 PM
Michele said:

Hey this really worked I bought a dress at deep discount with make-up stains and this trick worked. Thank you

7/25/2011 5:40:06 PM
sheryl said:

awesum my 2 1\2 yr old daughter maddison gets into her sisters make up all the time this time it was her foundation it ended up on her clothes and the carpet you're remedy worked a treat yea thankyou

11/19/2011 12:33:32 AM
Angela said:

It worked!! I used dishwashing liquid on the dry stain and worked it in, then I wash the dress in laundry washing liquid and it was all off. Thanks

11/20/2011 3:46:24 AM
Hannah said:

I took the information and i didn't have dish detergent and I didn't have shampoo for oily hair but I did have anti-acne face-wash. It worked like a charm in seconds.

1/10/2012 12:46:00 PM
Liz said:

Has anyone tried this on fake fur? I've smudged foundation on the collar of a fake fur jacket and as it's white, it looks really messy.

1/11/2012 11:52:36 PM
Min said:

Sent apparel for dry clean but still came back with lip gloss stain. Tried this and it worked wonders!

1/29/2012 3:24:13 AM
Samantha said:

Detergent didn't work on my dress. Came out exactly the same.

2/6/2012 4:08:00 PM
yafa said:

it worked :)Thanks lol

2/18/2012 4:35:44 PM
trina said:

brilliant! it solved my agony....thanks a lot

5/19/2012 12:27:09 PM
shannon said:

I used walmart brand dish soap and it came out...whehew!!!!! The makeup (oil free) has been sitting on my favorite shirt for a week now. I almost threw it away, but tried this today using a toothbrush and it came out!!! Thank you , thank you, thank you!!!!!

2/5/2015 8:34:33 PM
Mal said:

Worked for the most part. I had a shirt that I wore to a special event and while hugging someone I got their makeup on my sleeve. I washed it and there were still streaks of makeup on the sleeve. Used baking soda and scrubbed like crazy after having it sit for over two weeks and got most of the stains out. Now its hardly noticeable unless you are starring daggers at the sleeve.

4/24/2015 2:18:06 PM
Rebecca said:

I had concealer all over the sleeve of a brand-new, cream-colored mostly viscose knit top that I'd treated, washed and air-dried.. and THEN realized it was still a big stain. I used the dish detergent, figuring if it didn't work, I'd need to throw it out. It worked beautifully!! There was barely anything left. I treated the light mark left, and washed one more time and it was totally gone. Awesome tip! Thank you!!

6/2/2015 11:21:19 PM
Nae said:

Going to give the dawn dish soap a try. Got a $200 pure white Micheal Kohrs sweater back in January on clearance for $40. Dropped my foundation bottle and 3 brown splash marks now adore this gorgeous sweater I never even got to wear it :( . I immediately ran it under cold water and used white bar soap but no luck. I also tried oxi-clean & cold water. I just tossed it in the wash with the dawn dish soap now 5 months later. Can't hurt to try I suppose. :/

6/24/2015 11:11:22 AM
Alex said:

Good old dishwasher liquid (fairy) did the job that vanish and arial couldn't. Easy and quick, foundation marks disappeared before my very eyes!

6/29/2015 6:32:06 PM
Danielle said:

Thanks for the tips! Managed to save two white blouses and a white blazer!


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