Get Makeup Out of Anything
Crying over spilled makeup? Here's how to get nail polish, lipstick and other cosmetic stains off of fabric -- stat
Hairspray: "I can't even begin to tell you the amount of makeup that has ended up on my clothes," says freelance makeup artist Erica Maniscalco. Her tip that works "99 percent of the time" is hairspray. She warns that you must use a spray with a strong hold (she uses L'oreal Elnett Satin), not a shine spray or one with oil ingredients. "I spray it on the stain, and when I wash my clothes, the makeup always comes out," she says.
Vodka: Jill Turnbull is a makeup artist who works with The Washington Ballet. "I work with ballerinas who have many extremely quick changes and wear the costumes up to three times in one day," she says. She swears by vodka, of all things, for removing even "the most intense red from a white fabric." She pours a little vodka on the stain, blots it, and washes it.
Baby Wipes and a Tide pen: Dee D. Rouzan, professional makeup artist of 19 years, calls the combo of baby wipes and a Tide pen a "life saver." Rouzan recommends the baby wipes for hard surfaces and the Tide Pen for clothing and carpet.
Elbow Grease: Janeena Billera, glo minerals National Makeup Artist, reveals the tried-and-true process that works for her:
"Remove any excess or caked-on makeup with a plastic spoon or credit card, being careful not to rub the stain into the fabric. If the stain is fresh, blot with a paper towel, using a lifting motion, until the stain no longer comes off onto the paper towel. Pour a few drops of cleaning solution directly onto the spot. If you're using dishwashing liquid or laundry soap, add a drop or two of water to the solution. Work the solution into the stain with your finger, and with an old toothbrush rub the stain in a circular motion on both sides of the fabric. Wash the fabric as usual, following the directions found on the tag. After it is washed, air dry the fabric by either laying flat or hanging from a clothes line. Repeat if necessary. DO NOT put in the dryer until you know that the stain is gone! The heat from the dryer will set the stain and make it near impossible to remove."
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