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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

how to remove makeup stains

how to remove makeup stains


I'm a messy person. I get my makeup all over my desk, clothes and goodness knows what else. Makeup is like the grown up version of finger painting - sometimes it just gets messy. I’ve had lipsticks become uncapped in my bag, powders smash on my carpet and nail polish sinking into my duvet. I’ve been researching some of the best ways to get makeup out of pretty much everything.

Lipstick on Collars

Apparently the best way to remove lipstick from fabric is to use washing up liquid or dish soap. These contain de-greasers which are helpful at removing the oily base of lipsticks. Apply enough to cover the stain and let it sink in for a few minutes before washing and repeating until the colour has lifted.

Powder in Purse

Try wiping excess powder out of a leather bag is easy as you can just use a damp cloth or wipe. This will remove the majority of powder quickly and effectively. You could even you use a toothbrush and a spot cleaning product to get rid of smaller crumbs. I’ve even hoovered the inside of a bag before to make sure any excess is gone!

The Foundation Line

Oh, that telltale round the neckline smudge. Most of the time foundation will wash right out, but a clean toothbrush or a damp cloth with a bit of stains remover dabbed until the stain comes to the surface will help clear it up quickly. Unfortunately, the only way to really get foundation out of wool or silk is to get it dry cleaned, pricey but with items like this it’s not worth taking a risk.

Nail Polish Spills

Regrettably, I haven’t come across any fixes for nail polish spills. I’ve had to throw away clothes and bedding before after attempting to give myself a manicure. I’ve read using acetone and an old towel will help pick up colour - saturating the stain with remover then dabbing with an old towel, being careful to not dab twice with the same area of towel. I'm currently on a roll with not spilling my nail polish so I won’t be trying this one out!

30 comments

  1. Acetone might bleach the material, so be super careful, happened on my carpet D:

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  2. Oh I wish someone had a cure for that formidable nail-polish spill!

    TheConscienceFund

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  3. This is really useful to know :) if you drop nail varnish onto a wooden or tile floor, sprinkle sugar over it and apparently you should be able to sweep it up. Not tried it myself but it's good to know!
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  4. Knowing me I should probably bookmark this post, I'm so incredibly clumsy with my make up! Even as I type this my trackpad is covered in nail polish, ugh x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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  5. I currently have some sort of foundation/fake tan marks all over my fave white zara shorts, it's quite a nightmare!
    alicekatex ♥

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  6. I have come to the conclusion makeup stains are almost impossible to remove. I have been unsuccessful with removing both lipsticks and nail polish stains and have just chucked out my clothes. So sad! Wish I find a fix one day. Till then, just being careful. x

    Shang J. | The Feminine Crusade

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  7. I've heard that using hairspray and an old toothbrush gets nail varnish out of clothes but I'd be quite wary of that... and as strange as it sounds, shaving foam does get nail varnish out of the carpet! Trust me, I've had to try that before haha :-) Rebeka x

    Rebeka Taylor

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  8. Wonderful tips - I have fallen foul of these so many times, so will have to give these a whirl

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  9. I have soaked nail polish from my carpet before - my Mum absolutely killed me, but I managed to do a pretty decent job with the nail polish remover poured onto the carpet!

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Acetone will bleach for sure, and most likely eat anything plastic-based. I spilled some on my laptop once and now it has a large "burn" scar. I wouldn't risk it honestly!

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  11. I have a nail polish spill on my dressing gown - it's only very small but nothing will get it out! I've found mascara to be impossible to wash out as well x

    www.madeleineslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I've spilled nail polish on my carpet and on my bedding before. On the carpet, copious amounts of nail polish remover and dabbing/scrubbing got most of it out, but you have to be really careful as acetone can bleach fabric. I tried the same thing on my bedding, but the sheet is white and the polish was red so I've only ever managed to get it to fade to pink!

    Maliberry Makeup

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  13. I need to make a note of these, I am VERY good at spilling stuff! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  14. I was hoping for some magical way to get rid of nail polish from a carpet but I'm pretty sure it's impossible! Going to try the tip for lipstick on collars though since I've ruined a brand new top with lipstick recently!

    beckyisobel.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. The day that someone comes up with a solution for how to remove nail varnish from clothes without staining it like crazy, I will be a happy gurl! haha

    XO, G from grace'd

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  17. Thanks for the helpful post, I'm definitely guilty of being a bit messy and careless with things! Kathleen xxx

    kathleenpavey.blogspot.com

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  18. Great tips, I'm also prone to getting makeup on everything!

    makeupbyjesswhitbread.blogspot.com

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  19. Nail polish stains are the worst ! My carpet has a massive green glitter stain which had to be bleached out sighhh. Great tips, i'll remember the foundations definitely
    Lauren x
    Please nominate my blog for Best Lifestyle Blog and Newcomer here !
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. great tips, especially the nail varnish one!

    Emma from http://www.masqueradebelle.co.uk

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  21. Spilling nail polish is always the worst! Thanks for the tips

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. fab!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  23. I once spilled nail polish remover on a desk and it burned a little hole in it... haha
    manicpixiegirl

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  24. This post came to me right on time! Thanx :P

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  25. This is a very useful post, red lip liner in a cream carpet did not leave my Mum very happy! This will help in sure :)

    www.goldilocksblog.blogspot.com

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  26. You can remove nail polish stains with hairspray! I haven't tried it on fabric though but it works perfect on solid grounds like floors or desks.

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  27. my sister spilt bright red nail polish on the carpet once and window cleaner took it out!!

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