Makeup Stain on a White Shirt or Blouse: Tips for Removal and Prevention

woman wearing white blouse

As women, we all love to dress up and look our best. 

However, sometimes looking our best comes at a cost, especially when it comes to getting makeup stains on our white shirts or blouses. 

It can be frustrating to get makeup on our clothing, but it’s not the end of the world. 

With a few simple tips and tricks, you can remove makeup stains from your white shirt or blouse and prevent them from happening again in the future.

Let’s get started.

Understanding Makeup Stains on White Shirts and Blouses

Makeup stains can be caused by a variety of products, including foundation, lipstick, eyeshadow, and more. The problem with makeup stains is that they can be difficult to remove, especially if they have set in. Additionally, many makeup products contain oils and dyes that can make the stain more stubborn. 

White clothing can be particularly susceptible to staining, as even the smallest amount of makeup can leave a noticeable mark. This means that it’s important to address the stain as soon as possible to prevent it from setting in and becoming even more difficult to remove.

Methods for Removing Makeup Stains

Method 1: Using a Stain Remover

One of the best ways to remove makeup stains from a white shirt or blouse is to use a stain remover. Stain removers are designed to penetrate the stain and break it up so that it can be easily washed away. There are many different types of stain removers on the market, but some of the most effective ones include OxiClean and Zout.

To use a stain remover, simply follow the instructions on the label. In most cases, you’ll need to apply the stain remover directly to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before washing the garment as usual.

Method 2: Using Household Items

If you don’t have a stain remover on hand, you can also use household items to remove makeup stains. One of the most effective household items for removing stains is baking soda. To use baking soda, mix it with a little bit of water to form a paste. Then, apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before washing the garment as usual.

Other household items that can be effective for removing stains include vinegar, lemon juice, and dish soap. Just be sure to do a spot test before using any of these items to make sure that they won’t damage the fabric.

Method 3: Take the Garment to a Professional Cleaner

If the stain is particularly stubborn, you may need to take the garment to a professional cleaner. Professional cleaners have access to industrial-strength cleaners and equipment that can remove even the toughest stains.

When looking for a professional cleaner, be sure to do your research. Look for a cleaner that has experience working with delicate fabrics and that uses eco-friendly cleaning products if possible.

Tips for Preventing Makeup Stains

Of course, the best way to deal with makeup stains is to prevent them from happening in the first place. 

Here are a few tips to help you prevent makeup stains on your white shirts and blouses:

  1. To prevent makeup stains on your good clothes, wear a smock or old shirt when applying makeup. Choose clothing made from easy-to-clean materials and avoid delicate fabrics.
  2. When removing clothing over your head, be careful not to transfer makeup onto your shirt or blouse. Pull clothing down over your body instead of over your head when possible, and lift your hair away from your face and neck to avoid smudging.
  3. Act quickly if you get makeup on your clothing. Blot up any excess makeup, apply a pre-treatment solution or spot cleaner, and launder the garment according to its care instructions using the hottest water and highest setting recommended for the fabric. This increases your chances of successfully removing the stain.


Makeup stains can be frustrating, but they don’t have to ruin your white shirt or blouse. With these tips, you can easily remove makeup stains and prevent them from happening in the future. 

If you’re dealing with other types of stains on your white clothing, be sure to check out our guide on sweat stains on white shirts for more tips and tricks

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-Mrs. Baking Soda

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