Cleaning Foundation Makeup Stains on Clothing

October 19, 2010

Puddles of liquid foundation makeup on a white background.  One is shaped like a heart.I have a foundation makeup stain on my beige linen blend pants. Can someone help me please?

By wendy from Perth, WA



October 20, 20100 found this helpful
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Are the pants washable? If so mix one part water, one part clear amnomia, and dish det. (reg dish det.) pour into a spray bottle. Then shake it up and spray on the spot that you want cleaned. And just wash the pants. The spot should come out.

May 5, 20141 found this helpful
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I bought a dress that had foundation on the white collar. The foundation type was unknown to me as the shop had gave the dress to me at a discounted price. As I couldn't afford to send the dress to the dry cleaners I used Gilette Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream on the stains.


After scrubbing away at the stains for about 5 minutes they became unnoticeable. I put the dress in the washing machine and the stains are gone there is no evidence there was foundation on the dress.

August 24, 20150 found this helpful
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DISASTER!! I unpacked my suitcase and my foundation was everywhere in my make-up bag. On cleaning it out I got brown foundation over my cream linen trousers. I tried every propriety cleaner to clean it off but without success and I was prepared to throw them away but as I last resort I turned to Google.
Shaving cream as an answer seemed crazy but I had nothing to lose and - nothing ventured nothing gained.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I followed the instructions and my trousers are like new!!

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May 5, 2011

How do I get liquid foundation out of my satin prom dress?

By Mone


May 10, 20110 found this helpful
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Take it to a dry cleaner, tell them what the stain is and they will be able to get it out without harming the dress. In the long run it will be better than trying to do it at home and maybe ruining your lovely dress.

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January 7, 2017

I accidently spilled some BB cream (foundation) onto an expensive pair of jeans. I put it in the wash as soon as possible, but when I took it out, the area of the stain had turned white.

I don't know if that means the color came off, but I would like to know if someone has any experience with this.


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January 7, 20171 found this helpful

I hope you didn't put them in the dryer. You can dab at the stain with ammonia, rinse out the ammonia, and wash again.


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January 9, 20171 found this helpful

There are several ways to remove make-up stains one may work for you.
A lot depends on whether you put your jeans in the dryer one may still work but dried stains are generally set and more difficult to remove.


I keep a container of shaving cream in my laundry room for just such mishaps.
Maybe you have a can available spray cream on the spot and wait a few minutes (10-15).
Carefully wipe the shaving cream off the spot (try not to smear it) and wash as usual cold water may be best. You can also mix a touch of alcohol to the spot if shaving cream alone fails.

If that fails; mix one part ammonia and one part dish detergent (Dawn is good) mix it up and dab (or spray) it on the spot wait 10 minutes wash as usual.
If you do not have ammonia you can substitute peroxide and that works well also.

I do not believe that any of these methods will harm your jeans but if these are like you say very expensive you may want to take them to a dry cleaners and be sure to explain what happened.


Good luck - hope something works.

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June 18, 2009

I accidentally dropped a glass bottle of liquid foundation makeup, the bottle broke and makeup splattered on my pants in various areas. The color is beige and fabric is cotton. How can I remove these stains?


December 19, 2006

I have a liquid foundation stain on a white cotton jumper and have had no luck in getting it out!

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