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In traditional TV shows, women tend to find out that their men have been straying after chancing upon lipstick stains on his collar. This is reason number one why people want to know how exactly they can remove makeup stains from clothes. Reason number two is probably a more valid one: hands up those of you that have had a makeup disaster where your nail polish fell on to the carpet, your blusher powder went all over your Prada bag… Horrors.

In this two-part articles (stay tuned for the second part!), we give you the lowdown on how to remove them.

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How to get rid of lipstick stains

Cheating men in TV would need these tips.

The best way to remove lipstick stains from clothes is to use dish soap. Lipsticks are made of an oil base, so what you need is a degreasing agent to dissolve the oily pigment. What else but dish soap is best at it?

Apply dish soap onto the stain, let it sit for a while, then rinse with hot water. If the stain is stubborn, repeat these steps till it comes off.

How to remove waterproof mascara streaks


The non waterproof ones are easy — warm water does the trick. For stubborn waterproof mascara, use your favourite eye makeup remover or dish soap (with cold water). Then, blot with a dry cloth until the stain is removed.

How to clean up powder spills

It’s been said that a woman’s bag is dirtier than a toilet seat because of the kinds of things we put in it. Now, we’re not sure if it’s true, but we know we’re guilty of having powder spills from blushers, eyeshadows and foundation that sit at the bottom of our purse. A hot mess, for sure.

Use a toothbrush and a spot cleaner to get the stains out if your bag has a cloth lining. If it’s leather, use a damp cloth or baby wipes to do a thorough clean.

How to remove foundation stains

foundation stain

This may have happened before: You’re out in the sun on a hot day, wearing a white t-shirt, and your foundation finds its way around your neckline and made its home there. Or, perhaps, an awkward hug leads your friend to imprint her faceonto your shirt.

If the fabric is cotton or poly-blend, consider using a clean toothbrush to gently brush it onto the stain. Apply a spot cleaner with a damp cloth, and then dab till the stain is removed. Rinse with water after that.

If it’s wool or silk, you may want to leave it to the expert in order not to spoil the pricey fabric. But add this to your NOT to-do list: rubbing it. This can cause damage to the fibres.

How to clear nail polish spills

nail polish stain

What’s worse than a powder spill? We dare say, a nail polish spill. If an accident happen during your DIY manicure session, you’re going to need these tips.

Use a paper towel to soak up as much of the lacquer as possible. Blot instead of rub to avoid spreading the stain. Then, get an old cloth, add some nail polish remover to it and blot the area. Then, blot the area with dry cloth. Alternate these two actions till the stain is removed.


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