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How to Get Makeup Out of Carpet

Makeup has become an undeniable part of people’s lives. It’s not defined by gender anymore and it has now become a form of art and self-expression. Indeed, doing your makeup is all fun and games until you drop the brush on the floor. Bobbi Brown once said: “Makeup is no rocket science.” Well, no it isn’t, but removing it from the carpet might be.

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So, if you:

  • Use makeup regularly;
  • Have kids or pets who love to play with your makeup;
  • Have a teenager who is forever dropping makeup on the carpet;
  • Dropped your foundation, mascara or makeup brush on your rug or carpet.

Then lucky you! You came to the right place. This article lays out the supplies, tools and techniques you need to remove any unsightly makeup stains on the carpet.

The ultimate guide to getting any makeup out of carpet

Makeup can be a culprit for creating horrific stains on all sorts of carpeting. However, with the right treatment, you can easily remove any kind of makeup from your rug. You will learn how to do that below, but before that, we need to define a couple of rules:

  • Use a dry, white cloth or non-dyed absorbent paper.

  • Always work from the edge of the stain towards the centre.

  • Act fast!Blot the stain immediately with a white dry cloth.
  • Don’t leave any stains to sit for too long. The more you procrastinate, the harder it will be to get it out.
  • Don’t wipe and brush harshly! These actions can cause the stain to soak right through the carpet pad and destroy it.
  • After you clean the stain, don’t air-dry! This can cause noticeable rings to appear on your carpet.

Let’s begin

You’ll need: a spoon, vacuum cleaner, dishwashing detergent, two microfiber cloths, towel, water.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

  1. Remove the initial film.

    Use a spoon to remove the initial film immediately after the makeup got in touch with your carpet.

  2. Create a cleaning solution.

    Mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid with two glasses of lukewarm water.

  3. Blot the stain.

    Dampen a microfibre cloth with the soapy solution and blot the stain until all the pigment of the makeup comes out.

  4. Rinse.

    Moisten another clean cloth with lukewarm water and blot carefully to remove the cleaning mixture.

  5. Dry.

    Blot the area dry with a clean white towel.

  6. Vacuum the area.

    Once the area is completely dry, hoover the area where the makeup stain was.

Cover the damp area with a dry towel and place a heavy object on top of it. This way, the cloth will absorb any remaining moisture.

The method above should help you get any makeup off the carpet in just a few minutes. In fact, a very similar method works well when you have to remove oil stains from the carpet. However, some spots may require more specific treatment. So, if you’re dealing with a very stubborn stain, choose one of the following techniques.

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How to get foundation out of carpet

Foundation and concealer are musts for many people, especially the ones who never get enough sleep. Who are we kidding? That’s everyone! We know mornings are hectic…you are already late for work, the kids are late for school, you decide to quickly put on a little makeup, and you happen to elbow the foundation bottle off the table while applying it. Don’t worry! Here is how to remove foundation from carpet:

You’ll need: a spoon, makeup remover (such as micellar water), ammonia or vodka

  1. Remove the foundation leftovers.
    Use a spoon or a butter knife to remove any excess foundation from the carpeting.

    Note: Act fast! It’s important to do that before the foundation reaches the backing of the carpet.
  2. Apply makeup remover.
    Pour a small amount of clear waterproof makeup remover directly on the spot and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Blot the makeup remover off the carpet.
    Gently pat the area until the product is removed.
  4. Remove any residual pigment.
    Apply a small amount of ammonia or non-flavoured vodka to a white microfibre cloth and blot very carefully.
  5. Rinse and dry.
    Dampen a clean cloth with lukewarm water and dab the area, then use a towel to dry it.

How to get eyeshadow out of carpet

If you are a fan of dark eyeshadow, and dark makeup generally, then you are in a real “risk zone.” If you dropped your palette or a brush on the floor and now your rug looks like a child’s drawing, have no fear! Whether it’s a powder or a cream, follow these steps to get the eyeshadow out of carpet:

You’ll need: hydrogen peroxide, two microfibre cloths, towel, water.

  1. Apply the hydrogen.
    Place just a couple of drops on the stain and dab with the cloth.
  2. Blot clean.
    Let it sit for a minute or two and then blot the stain with a clean microfibre cloth.
  3. Rinse.
    Dampen a new microfibre cloth with lukewarm water and dab to remove any hydrogen remnants.
  4. Dry.
    Use a clean white towel to pat the area dry.
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How to remove mascara from carpet

Oh, mascara – a girl’s best friend. Yes, until you drop it on the floor and a black spot appears on your carpet. If that happens, here is how to get mascara out of carpet:

You’ll need: eye-makeup remover, two microfibre cloths, towel, water.

  1. Apply the cleaner to the microfibre cloth.
    Don’t apply it directly to the carpet, you don’t want the cleaner to reach the carpet’s backing.
  2. Blot the stain.
    Gently dab the stain, until you remove the black mascara stain.
  3. Reapply.
    Put on eye-makeup remover to the other side of the microfibre cloth and blot if there is a remaining stain.
  4. Rinse.
    Dampen another clean cloth with cold water and dab the area to get rid of the makeup remover traces.
  5. Dry.
    Blot the area with a clean white towel to soak up any remaining moisture.

How to remove highlighter stains from carpet

Highlighter – probably the most overused makeup product recently! The shiny liquid is a favourite part of many folks’ daily makeup routine. We assume that if people are using it that often, then it is possible to drop it sometimes. In case that happens, to remove highlighter from carpet, you have to do the following:

You’ll need: a paper towel, white cloth, laundry detergent, towel, water.

  1. Blot the stain.
    Use a damp paper towel to do that. It will prevent the highlighter from getting deep into the carpet, also the spot can become much lighter.
  2. Create a cleaning solution.
    Mix one teaspoon of non-bleach laundry detergent and four cups of warm water.
  3. Absorb.
    Take a white clean cloth and blot the highlighter stain. Continue to do this until the spot is removed.
  4. Rinse and dry.
    Rinse the area with lukewarm water and dry it with a clean towel.

How to get blush out of carpet

If you love using powdered or liquid blush and bronzer, you definitely need to know how to clean them up. So, if you are wondering how to get blush out of carpet, let us help you:

You’ll need: dry-cleaning solvent, clean cloth, white cotton towel, a vacuum cleaner, water.

  1. Vacuum the area, if the blush is powdered.
    Patiently run the vacuum cleaner over the stain until you remove as much as possible of the powdered blush.
  2. Dab the stain with dry-cleaning solvent.
    Carefully dab the stain with the solvent and blot it with a white cloth.
  3. Rinse and dry.
    Follow the instructions on the package, regarding rinsing the dry-cleaning solvent from the fibre. Dry the stain, using a white cotton towel.

How to remove eyeliner from carpet

We all know that liquid eyeliner is one of the hardest-to-apply makeups. It may also be one of the hardest-to-clean from carpet if you don’t act fast. So, in case you spilt eyeliner or dropped its brush, calm down! Here is how to remove eyeliner from carpet:

You’ll need: one tablespoon of ammonia, half a cup of warm water, white towel.

  1. Create a cleaning solution.
    Mix one tablespoon of ammonia and half a cup of warm water.
  2. Blot the area.
    Dip a white cleaning towel in the solution and blot very carefully, until the eyeliner stain is wet throughout.
  3. Rinse and dry.
    Rinse the area with lukewarm water and blot the spot until the eyeliner stain disappears.

How to remove lipstick from carpet

“How to get red lipstick out of carpet?” – That is a question that every woman asks at least once in her life. Here is the answer. Follow this simple procedure when removing lipstick from carpet:

You’ll need: dishwashing detergent, white vinegar, sponge, towel, water.

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution.
    Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of lukewarm water.
  2. Sponge the stain using the mixture.
    Use the non-abrasive side of the sponge and carefully blot the stain.
  3. Rinse and dry.
    Sponge with lukewarm water and blot dry, using a clean white towel.

If you were doing your makeup to impress someone, or for a romantic dinner with your partner, be careful with the candles on the table, we already know that you’re a bit clumsy. So, if you happen to tip over a candle, here are some tricks on how to clean wax off your carpet.

Get a professional to do it for you

If you don’t feel confident enough to tackle stubborn stains or you’re worried about ruining your beautiful carpet, we recommend you to hire a professional carpet cleaner. Fantastic Services’ advanced hot water extraction carpet cleaning can deal with every type of hard-to-remove carpet stains, including the makeup ones. We also offer dry cleaning services for more delicate or bright-coloured carpets.

The fantastic carpet cleaners perfectly know how to remove stubborn stains by treating them with the right product and then employing high-end carpet cleaning equipment. Book your carpet cleaning session now!

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  • You should clean up makeup stains right away.
  • If the first method doesn’t work, try more specific technique.
  • Always test the chosen cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area first.
  • Vigorous rubbing will do more harm than good.


We hope you find this article useful! Have you ever tried to remove makeup stains from your carpet? Do you have any other tips to do that? We are always happy to hear new tricks. Share them in the comments below!

Header image source: Shutterstock / Victoria 1

No matter of the cleaning method, remember to always do a small spot test on hidden part of your carpet. Depending on the size, nature, and age of the stain, some of them might be impossible to remove. We cannot take responsibility if any of the above-mentioned methods do not work on your carpets.

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