How to remove foundation?

We’ve all been there, you’re in a rush to go out and the foundation that should be on your face is now sloped all over your outfit! The good news is foundation does usually come out of most materials…but only if you’ve got the right stain removers handy. But, say the experts the GHI, deal with the stain as soon as possible (even if you abandon that outift for another) .

Gently scrape off any solid residue with a blunt knife.

No stain removers in the house?
Wash as soon as possible with biological washing detergent (if suitable for the fabric), use a pre-wash or in-wash stain removal product to give it some extra help, such as Vanish.


For washable fabrics
For cotton, spray the affected area lightly with De.Solv.It, then follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat as necessary, then machine-wash on as high a temperature as the fabric allows, using biological detergent. If the stain persists, try immersing in a biological pre-soaking agent before rewashing.

For silk and wool, spot-treat the stained area with Stain Devils Mud, Grass & Make-up, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Wash at 30°C on the delicates cycle.

GH BEAUTY TEAM TIP: Avoiding spills is all about control – put foundation on the back of your hand and apply to the face from there. Also, you could tuck tissues into the neckline of your outfit, like make-up artisits do, to be doubly sure of not getting any spilt on your top.


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This is the one simple trick you need to remove foundation stains from clothes

We swear we’re careful but sometimes stains just inexplicably appear on our clothes.

Once foundation, tan or eye shadow ends up on a white blouse it’s usually a goner. Especially if you haven’t actually noticed the stain until later on in the evening – or, worse, the morning after a night out.

We all have those discarded garments lying in a pile of disappointment in the hope that someday someone will come along and fix our mess.

According to Popsugar, the solution has been lying in our bathroom cabinets all this time.

The solution is simply to use shaving cream. They suggest, “turn to shaving cream to remove smears of oil-free foundation from collars, carpets, and bath mats.

“You can also mix in a touch of alcohol if the stain won’t lift with shaving cream alone. After treating the fabric, throw it in the wash to really get that stain out.”

So if you have a pile of washing to get stuck into later today, this tip might come in very handy for the makeup stains that ruin your fave clothes.

Especially if you’re planning to wash your white clothing.

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How to Get Foundation Out of Clothes

If you’ve ever had a last-minute change of clothes before leaving the house, after putting on make-up, you’ve probably wondered how to remove foundation from clothes after realising your freshly made-up face has rubbed off on your outfit.

Though foundation stains are very visible, even on coloured clothing, they can actually be removed with the right products and some elbow grease. Here are a few tips for how to remove makeup stains, including foundation and concealer. Be sure to always check instructions on the garment’s care label and try any pre-treatments in an inconspicuous area before removing makeup stains or any other stubborn marks.

How to remove make-up stains (oil-based)

When removing make-up stains, it’s best to always blot the stain with some paper first to remove any excess product. Pre-treat the stain with some Persil liquid using the Stain Eraser Ball to work in the detergent. Leave the laundry liquid to work for up to 30 minutes and then just wash on a normal temperature (as suggested on the care label) with similar colours.

How to remove make-up from clothes (oil-free)

If you want to know how to remove make-up from clothes and the product is not oil-based, you can try the shaving cream solution. As always, blot with a piece of kitchen paper or tissue first!

Pre-treat the stain with shaving cream and rub it into the fibre of the fabric so that it begins to lather. Wash off the shaving cream with cold water; if the stain is still there, rub some more shaving cream into the garment and wash it off with warm water this time.

Finally, wash as normal using a good quality laundry liquid that has stain removal properties, such as Persil Bio liquid. This should get rid of the stain. Who knew you could remove makeup stains using shaving cream!

Remove make-up stains in powder form

Removing make-up stains caused by foundation powder or powder blush is much easier than any liquid products, but it still demands a little bit of love and work.

Start by brushing the excess powder off the garment. You want as little product as possible to remove. Next, mix a little laundry liquid, such as Persil liquid, with water and work the solution into the stain. Leave the solution to work for a few minutes (up to half an hour) and wash with similar colours at the temperature recommended on the garment’s care label.

If your stained garment is white, it’s always a good idea to let it dry naturally in the sun to get some extra help with bleaching the stain out. You want to avoid putting the garment in the tumble dryer or on a radiator until you have checked that the stain is completely gone, as heat might set it and make it very difficult to remove afterwards.

So, next time you get some sparkly eyeshadow, primer or highlighter on your outfit don’t forget to follow our advice and share your success stories with us.

Don’t forget to check out our other stain removal tips for more advice on how to get rid of tricky stains!

Makeup stains are the bane of our existence. Not only do they seem to pop up at the most inopportune times; they also require a ridiculous amount of energy to remove. Whether you’re pulling a shirt over your face and a deodorant streak magically appears or someone moves in for a hug and transfers foundation to your collar, they’re simply not fun to deal with. Luckily, there are a few ways to deal with them instead of sacrificing another piece of clothing or bedroom sheets.

Ahead, we’ve pulled together a guide for dealing with the most common mess-ups.

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Lipstick: Because most lipsticks are oil-based, using an oil based cleaner will likely remove the stain. Get yourself a grease fighting liquid soap like Dawn Dish Soap and begin by blotting the stain with a clean tissue to remove any excess color. Next, spritz the stain with clean water, but don’t soak the fabric. Gently rub a drop of the soap onto the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, use a clean terry cloth towel to rub the soap into the stain in a circular motion from the outer edges towards the middle. Finish by dabbing the section of fabric clean with a dry towel, and if the stain isn’t completely removed, repeat the process as necessary.

Alternatively, you can also use good old fashioned rubbing alcohol to remove the stain. Simply soak a cloth or cotton ball and dab it directly onto the stain until it’s gone. This one may take a little longer, but it’s just as effective. Just be sure to treat the stain as soon as it happens.

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Foundation and Self Tanner: If you’re using a liquid foundation, it’ll soak into fabric very quickly, so the sooner you can get to the stain, the better. Start by scraping off any excess foundation with a plastic knife, then blot the stain with a damp paper towel to remove more of the product. Next, pour a few drops of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and work it into the fabric with your fingers. Next, work it into the stain in a circular motion with a toothbrush. Then, launder the fabric and lay it flat to dry.

For a powder foundation stain, mix a few drops of liquid detergent and water and apply that to the stain, rubbing into the fabric first with your fingers, then with a toothbrush. Finish by laundering the clothing item and laying it flat to dry. For both powder and liquid formulas, baby wipes are also effective on fresh stains, not ones that have been sitting for hours or days.

Since most of us don’t notice tanning stains until hours after an appointment, stain removal takes a little more time. Your best bet is to soak the clothing or sheet in a water solution made with oxygenated bleach, such as OxiClean.

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Mascara: Get yourself a pre-wash stain fighter like Shout and apply to the stain using the brush that comes with the pre-wash. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse with hot water. Launder the garment immediately either by hand or in the machine (whichever is most convenient for you). Let the garment dry flat instead of putting it in the dryer, especially if the stain isn’t completely out. The heat of the dryer can set the stain further rather than working to remove it.

Deodorant: While deodorant may not be makeup, it still gets on our clothing all the time. Using a pair of nylon stockings or a dryer sheet, rub the fabric against the deodorant mark and it’ll almost immediately come out off of the clothing. If you treat the stain immediately after it appears with damp washcloth, that usually does the trick, too.