It’s one of those problems nearly every woman will have encountered – pesky foundation stains! No matter how skilled you are at removing foundation stains, it’s always frustrating to find that your chosen outfit for the day needs to go in the laundry basket instead. It’s also useful to learn how to clean foundation brushes to avoid any extra product ending up on you!
Learning how to get rid of foundation stains on clothes should be the first thing we are taught when we start experimenting with makeup, as it’s an inevitable side-effect of oil-based products. Like all stains, foundation stains are best treated quickly. However, before you attack the stain, make sure you check the care label on your item to determine the proper cleaning method for the fabric. If the material is delicate or listed as ‘dry clean only’, it is best to take your clothing item to a professional cleaners.
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How to Get Rid of Foundation Stains:
- Liquid foundations will quickly absorb into the fibres of your clothing, so start by gently removing any excess product with a blunt knife or spoon. When using the knife, take care to always use it moving away from your body to avoid injury. Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel, using a lifting motion to sponge out the foundation without smearing it deeper into the fabric.
- Pour a small amount of laundry liquid (such as OMO Auto) onto the affected area and use your fingers to work the solution into the stain. When using any cleaning product, always read the instructions to check it is suitable for the fabric, and test on a hidden area first.
- Wash as normal with and leave to air-dry. If the stain still hasn’t lifted, repeat the whole cleaning process again. Do not tumble dry until the stain has completely gone as placing a stained clothing item under the high heat of a dryer may set the stain more permanently.
How to Remove Powder Foundation Stains:
Powder foundation stains are much easier to remove from clothes, as they are not oil-based like liquid foundations. To remove a powder stain, combine a small amount of laundry liquid with water and work into the stain as before. Wash as normal and hang to air-dry.