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How to get foundation and other makeup stains out of your clothes


Your clothes don’t have to be ruined after a makeup mishap (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

With the weather heating up, we’re all getting our light and white spring/summer clothes from the back of the wardrobes.

While these colours look great in the sunshine, they’re also more susceptible to stains.

There’s nothing worse than slipping on a fresh white t-shirt, only to see your makeup has smeared around the neckline.

But fear not, there are loads of products you can find around the home that should shift any smudges.

If you can, get to the stain as soon as possible. Tackling it before the product has started to seep into the fabric will give you the greatest chance of removing all trace.

Put your garment on a flat surface with an old, absorbent towel underneath to reduce friction.

Then use one of these tried and tested methods to scrub it away.

Foundation stains

Because most foundations are oil-based, they make a big mess, and are hard to remove if you spill.

However, using a product designed to fight grease should cut through the stain.

Dampen the area and grab some shaving foam, squeezing out enough so the stain is covered. Using a soft brush (a clean toothbrush will do), gently scrub at the stain.

Rinse and check if the stain is gone. If not, try again, but this time add a tiny amount of clear hand sanitiser to your mixture. Once you can’t see it anymore, you can put your item in the wash as normal.

Lipstick stains

Many makeup artists will attest to the fact hairspray has a strange level of effectiveness when it comes to lipstick stains.

Put some kitchen roll underneath the stain, then spritz any alcohol-based hairspray onto the it and leave until it looks dry.

Then use a damp cloth to dab at the mark. which should come off fairly easily.

If it’s particularly stubborn, dab some rubbing alcohol or clear hand sanitiser on with a cloth and it should lift.

Mascara and eyeliner stains

To remove stubborn mascara and eyeliner marks, your best bet is a product designed to take these cosmetics off your eyes.

Making very sure you have a water-based (not oil-based) makeup remover (such as Garnier Micellar Water) put some on the stain and rub with a cloth or soft brush.

This should get rid of even waterproof eye makeup.

Powder stains

In the first instance, you should do what you can to keep everything dry when you spill powder. Shake out and blow on your items to loosen any eyeshadow or powder residue.

If any remains, make a mixture of two parts water to one part vinegar. Blot this on your clothes until any smudges are gone.

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