SL Tips: How to remove makeup from clothes

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Getting a make-up stain on your clothes can have a devastating impact on your day, so we’re here to put an end to your make-up woes by sharing our top tips for removing those tough-to-budge make-up stains

Every single one of us has probably had a make-up disaster at some point in our lives, and we don’t mean the time you accidentally plucked half your eyebrows off in year 8. No, we’re talking about the red lipstick meets white skinny jeans type of make-up disasters. From dropping mascara onto your new dress to accidentally wiping foundation onto your collar, make-up smudges are often the main reason we have to throw away clothes. And, as much as we like a good shopping trip, there are some items that we just can’t bear to part with – even when they are covered in make-up stains. But don’t panic, we’ve got 5 super easy make-up remover tips and tricks that will make removing make-up from your clothes super easy! And, thanks to these simple DIY methods you can do it all from the comfy of your own home without racking up an expensive dry cleaners bill!

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1. Lipstick

Kiss goodbye to those tough-to-budge lipstick stains with our simple lipstick remover hack. All you need to do is grab a can of hairspray and spritz the stain, let it sit for 10 minutes and then dab with a sponge before washing. Baby powder, baking soda and chalk will also remove any oil and wax based smudges.

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2. Powdered Make-up

Powdered make-up products like blusher, bronzer and eye-shadow can be tricky to remove, especially when our first instincts are to just brush the stain away with our hands, but this will just make the stain bigger and more pressed into your clothing. Instead, avoid any colourful patches by simply blowing away the excess pigments before blotting the stain with a cotton wool pad soaked in make-up remover.

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3. Fake Tan

While we all strive to achieve the perfect faux tan, the aftermath can often have a less than glowing effect on our clothes (and bed sheets). But worry not, if you’re a lover of fake tan it doesn’t mean you’re resigned to a life of orange sheets and grubby looking clothes. To remove any fake-tan stain simply rinse the affected area with cold water, drizzle on some dish detergent then press and twist on the spot with a clean damp sponge – the twisting motions will lift the stain. Simply leave to dry and admire you tan-free clothes!

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4. Liquid Foundation From creams to mousses, liquid foundations are the worst when it comes to clothes-ruining make-up products. But worry not, these orange-tinted products can be swiped away with a number of household products. Clarifying products, including shampoo and shaving cream, are ideal for breaking down the stain before it sets. Apply your product to the affected area then brush in with a clean nail brush before popping in the wash. And remember, when it comes to liquid foundation the sooner you remove the stain the better!

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5. Mascara A must-have product for enhancing your eyes, mascara can instantly add a sultry lift to your everyday make-up looks, but lifting mascara stains from your clothes isn’t always an easy job. When it comes to removing these tough-to-budge stains the best solution is to use a multi-purpose kitchen cleaner. All you need to do is dab some onto the affected area before putting the garment into the wash.

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