How to Get Makeup Stains Out of Clothes in 3 Super Simple Steps

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
3 Materials
15 Minutes

It’s so frustrating to get make-up, particularly foundation and eyeliner, on your clothes. And it’s even worse when your clothes are light-colored. But don’t despair – follow this tutorial to learn a trick for how to get makeup stains out of clothes!

In this makeup stain-removal tutorial, I demonstrate how to remove makeup stains from different colors of fabric in three simple steps. It worked perfectly for my light beige jeans, pink jeans, and traditional blue jeans, even after they'd already been washed once.

Tools and materials:

  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Washing machine
Makeup stain on light jeans

1. Apply dish soap to the makeup stain

Pour a bit of dish soap onto the makeup stain on your clothes (my favorite for this use is Fairy, but use what you have), and rub it all over the stain. To lather up the dish detergent a bit, add in a little water and keep rubbing.

Applying Fairy Liquid dish soap to makeup stain

Keep the fabric where the stain is nice and taut as you’re rubbing in the soap.

How to remove makeup stains

2. Use your fingernails

While you are rubbing the soap and water into your makeup stain, use your fingernail to gently work the soap into the fabric and between the fibers. That’s what really going to lift the makeup stain out of your clothes.

Get makeup out of clothes after washing

3. Wash the clothes

This method of removing makeup stains from your clothes will be effective even if the makeup-stained clothing has already gone through the wash.

Once you’ve gone through this method of removing makeup stains, you’ll need to put your clothes back in the washing machine again. 

How to get makeup stains out easily

How to get makeup stains out of clothes tutorial

Once it’s out of the wash and has dried, your makeup stains will be gone for good, with no leftover residue from the soap and no damage from using your fingernails!

Let me know what you think of this tutorial on how to get makeup stains out of your clothes, and share any tips or tricks you have for makeup stain removal in the comments section below.

Suggested materials:
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Washing machine

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  • Jody Price Jody Price on Oct 05, 2022

    I’ve been doing laundry with dawn dish soap and vinegar since the pandemic when I couldn’t get my favorite detergent. Everything is clean and soft!

  • Fran Fran on Oct 07, 2022

    Been doing this with straight Dawn for years. Just a small amount, undiluted and scrubbed in as noted works with everything I’ve tried, including grease and oil from tractor. It also helps, but is not necessary, to allow to soak in for a few minutes before washing.