The first thought that comes to mind when makeup ends up on the carpet is that the carpet is probably ruined forever. While getting the spilt makeup back is almost impossible, the good news is that you can still save the carpet!

Now you’re probably thinking about how to get makeup out of the carpet. You should know that the sooner you deal with the stain, the easier it’ll come out. So, keep on reading! In today’s article, we’ll answer all of your questions.

General Tips to Get Makeup Stains Out of Your Carpet

First and foremost, you should tackle the stains as soon as possible.

Second, you mustn’t rub or scrub the stain; you’ll only smear the dye and spread it around your carpet, making the stain worse. Instead, you should blot the stain and work your way from the edges toward the centre of the stain.

There are also various cleaning methods, as each type of makeup requires a different approach than the others. So, depending on the makeup that stained your carpet, you should determine the most suitable cleaning method.

Remember to test the cleaning method on an unseen carpet area, like under the coach. This way, you can check if the method suits your carpet and will effectively remove the stain. Always wear cleaning gloves to avoid getting dyes or chemicals on your hands.

Finally, before removing the stain, you should remove any makeup remains. For waxy products, you can remove large chunks of waxy products by hand. As for powder products, you should vacuum the area.

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How to Get Foundation Out of Carpet

When cleaning liquid foundation from your carpet, you should always tackle the situation before the foundation reaches the padding of your carpet. The longer you leave a liquid foundation on your carpet, the deeper it penetrates the fabric. Moreover, liquid foundation is harder to remove once it has dried.

Hydrogen peroxide is your secret weapon against tough stains like liquid foundation stains. So, you’ll need hydrogen peroxide, a spray bottle filled with water, napkins, and a clean microfiber cloth or towel.

Once you’ve grabbed those items, you can proceed with the following steps to get the foundation stain out of your carpet:

  1. Place a layer of napkins on the stain and apply pressure on it firmly to absorb the extra foundation.
  2. Apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the cleaning cloth.
  3. Blot the stain.
  4. Repeat the process until the foundation has disappeared.
  5. Spray clean water onto the spot and blot it dry to eliminate excess hydrogen peroxide.
  6. Let the area dry completely.

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Cleaning Lipstick Stains

Lipstick stains tend to be small due to the waxy nature and size of the lipstick. However, cleaning them is difficult because the main ingredients in lipsticks are pigments, oil, and wax. You’ll need a paint remover or rubbing alcohol, a white cloth, cleaning gloves, and a diluted detergent.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Put on the cleaning gloves and scoop any lipstick chunks from the carpet.
  2. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol or paint remover on the cloth.
  3. Blot the stain.
  4. You can also use a clean piece of cloth. Dampen the cloth in clean water and squeeze it to remove pigment. If one face becomes all dyed, switch to the other face.
  5. Repeat the process until the lipstick stain is gone.
  6. Clean the area with diluted detergent and blot it dry.

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Cleaning Mascara Stain From the Carpet

Mascara stains are slightly difficult to clean. However, the cleaning process will be much easier if you act fast enough. You’ll need an eye makeup remover, a spray bottle filled with cold water, and a cloth. After grabbing those items, you can proceed as follows:

  1. Apply the eye makeup remover on the fabric.
  2. Blot the stain and gently work your way from the outside to the centre.
  3. Dampen the cloth in cold water. You could use another cloth if the first one got heavily stained.
  4. Repeat the process until the mascara stain has disappeared.
  5. Blot the area dry using a clean cloth.

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Cleaning Powdered Makeup

Cosmetics in powder forms, such as eye shadow, powdered foundation, and blush, are easier to clean than other types of makeup. First, put on your cleaning gloves and pick up any large pieces of makeup. Second, mix one teaspoon of liquid detergent in a cup of lukewarm water. Then, use a cloth, preferably microfiber or a sponge, and dampen it in the mixture. Then, blot the stain with a clean cloth.

You can also use shaving cream to get rid of the stain. Apply shaving foam to the stain and blot it with a clean cloth.

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Q. How to get nail polish out of the carpet?

You can use an uncoloured, non-acetone nail polish remover to clean nail polish stains from your carpet.

Q. Can you use rubbing alcohol to remove makeup stains?

Yes, rubbing alcohol can remove most makeup stains. Professional cleaners even recommend rubbing alcohol for cleaning most types of stains. 

Q. How do you remove makeup stains from the carpet with baking soda?

Baking soda can remove stains, but it takes time to absorb into the carpet’s fabrics. You can sprinkle baking soda on the stain, spray it with water, and let the carpet soak overnight. Then, clean the area with a microfiber cloth and vacuum it thoroughly to remove any remaining baking soda. 

Q. How to get eyeshadow out of the carpet?

Following our advice on removing foundation, you can remove eye shadow from most home carpets.

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Are you wondering how to get makeup out of the carpet? We’ll help you out! You can remove liquid foundation using hydrogen peroxide and remove lipstick stains by rubbing alcohol or a paint remover. Moreover, eye makeup remover is perfect for removing mascara. Just remember, no rubbing and scrubbing, only dabbing and blotting! If none of these methods works, you can seek the help of professional carpet cleaners to remove the stain.