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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

ShopSmart Reveals How to Get Makeup Stains Out

Every day I receive dozens of emails from hardworking public relations people out reaching to the blogging world. When I received one from ShopSmart magazine, providing me with some credible information to share with my readers about how to treat stains, I immediately thanked them and told

 them I would print it verbatim.

Prepare to cut, paste and print:

It’s a lot easier to wash makeup off your face than it is to erase it from your clothes. The May 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, has advice that can help you prevent and remove makeup stains and deodorant marks from your clothes in an instant.
“Something as small as a makeup stain can put a big dent in your day – and ruin your wardrobe!” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “We went to the experts to learn all of the inside tricks to keep you looking sharp when you walk out the door and help your wardrobe last longer.”
Makeup Removing Secrets
Prevent a stain. It might look silly, but putting a polyester scarf over your head before pulling on a dress or top can prevent makeup and hairspray stains in the first place. It won’t muss your hair and it helps tight stuff slide on easily. Or spring for a reusable nylon makeup mask, which costs about $4 at most drugstores.
Nix deodorant marks. To remove those unsightly white streaks from your little black dress or other clothing before they set in, you can buy special texturized sponges made just for the job. Or grab that pair of ripped panty hose you were going to toss and use it to rub away the marks. No panty hose? Try a nylon sock or a used dryer sheet.
Sponge it up. The foam that often comes on hangers from the dry cleaner can also lift deodorant marks and foundation. Wrap the foam around a finger, then press and gently brush on the stain to lift it without smearing. Still there? Hit it with diluted Dawn blue dishwashing detergent. Simply work it in with a toothbrush and rinse.
Dab it away. To remove foundation from garments, blot up any excess, then dip a cotton swab in alcohol and gently dab the stain from the inside. Repeat until the stain is gone or there’s just a tiny trace, then launder or dry-clean the garment. If the fabric is washable, cover the stain with a laundry pretreatment product. Resolve Laundry Liquid aced our recent tests.
Blow it off. If a dusting of face powder, eye shadow, or even the powdery sugar from a doughnut ends up on your outfit, try blowing it off with a hair dryer. Don’t wet it; that could drive the powder deeper in. If the blow-dryer doesn’t get it all out, toss the garment in the wash or take it to a dry cleaner.
Take a powder. To remove lipstick from a white collar, sprinkle baby powder on it to absorb the oils, then cover it with a clean cloth and run a warm, dry iron over it. It will come right up like the melted wax off a tablecloth. A dusting of baby powder helps lift oily gunk from faux fur, too. Sprinkle the area, put the garment in a cool dryer, and the stain will fluff off.

I thought they were all valuable tips.  Some I knew, like using pantyhose to remove deodorant stains, others like how to remove lipstick from a white collar, will definitely get put to the test, since I do tend to find and fret over little pinkish kisses on blouse and coat collars.

I hope these will come in handy for you as well.



  1. Great tips, almost none of which I have come across before so thanks for sharing.

    I also want to mention how much I'm enjoying your Polyvore creations. They are well done and totally drool-worthy!

  2. Thank so much SilverCrown! I thought they were easy and insightful.

    I'm so glad you're enjoying my Polyvore fantasies. It relaxes me to do them...I don't want to turn off my loyal beauty readers. I appreciate your feedback.




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