How to Get Makeup Stains Out

Kid putting on messy lipstick.

Makeup stains can be especially challenging because they can include pigment, oil, or grease. Whether you’re dealing with liquid or powder makeup stains, or stains from lipstick, foundation, or mascara, OxiClean™ can show you how to remove makeup stains from your clothes, carpet, or upholstery.

Get Rid of Makeup Stains

Makeup can help define your features and bring out your glamor and style. It belongs on your face, however, and not on your clothes, carpet, or couch. Unfortunately, makeup sometimes finds its way onto these unwanted places, and you find yourself pondering how to remove makeup stains. Fortunately, OxiClean™ has you covered when it comes to removing all kinds of makeup stains, from foundation or concealer to lipstick and mascara.

Treating makeup stains as soon as possible will help get them out more easily. OxiClean™ MaxForce™ Laundry Stain Remover is designed to allow you to pretreat a makeup stain and wash the item up to a week later.

For larger or more stubborn makeup stains, especially those that have dried, set-in, or left an oily residue, you'll want to soak the entire garment in OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover for several hours. It’s safe to do this with OxiClean™ because it is a chlorine-free and powered by oxygen to help dissolve stains and remove them from fabric fibers.

If you get a makeup spill on your carpet, OxiClean™ has a product specially designed for carpet and area rug stains. OxiClean™ Carpet & Area Rug Stain Remover can be sprayed directly on the makeup stain to allow its stain-lifting power to get to work. Blot up the stain, then vacuum after the area is dry.

Shirt with lipstick stains.

Tips for Removing Makeup Stains

Click on the pages below to learn how to remove makeup stains from specific items, including clothing, carpets, and upholstery. You’ll want to remove excess liquid or powdered makeup first, before applying any OxiClean™ products. Here are a few tips:

  1. For liquid makeup spills, such as foundation or concealer, or greasy stains such as lipstick, lip gloss, or mascara, remove the excess makeup using the edge of a dull kitchen knife, a spatula, or even a credit card. Scrape and lift up the excess. Do not rub or scrub or you will work the makeup stain further into the fabric or carpet.
  2. For powdered makeup spills, such as bronzer, eye shadow, foundation, or loose powder, don’t wipe up the excess – you’ll only cause it to spread. Instead, dust it off.
  3. For emergencies, dampen a towel and wipe it off until you can get to your laundry until you can get home to pretreat it properly with OxiClean™ MaxForce™ Spray.

Get Rid of Makeup Stains with Tools from OxiClean™