With the current trends of contouring, shimmery highlighters and smoky cat eyes, makeup application is a full-fledged art form. But while these products and techniques can enhance a person’s natural beauty, they won’t do a carpet any favors when they spill or get trampled in.
That’s why every aspiring makeup artist should have a few cleaning tricks up their sleeves. Learn how to remove makeup from rugs, in the safest way possible.
Note: Before attempting to clean your carpeting using any of the following methods, you should first consult your manufacturer’s care instructions and conduct a spot test on a small inconspicuous patch.
Cleaning Makeup from Carpet
True beauty experts may debate whether or not to apply foundation to your lids as a basecoat, but that’s a topic for another forum. Here’s what to do if you’re priming your eyelids and happen to elbow that bottle off the table.
- A butter knife or spoon
- Clear dishwashing liquid
- Microfiber cloths or paper towels
- A vacuum cleaner
Following are the steps to remove makeup stains from your carpet:
- Immediately after a spill, use a butter knife or spoon to scrape any excess foundation from the carpet. It’s important to do this right away so the foundation doesn’t reach the backing and cause a deeper stain.
- Mix a few drops of dish soap with cold water.
- Lightly dampen your cloth or paper towel with the soap mixture and gently blot at the stain, working from the outside in. Take care not to scrub or rub the carpeting here, as this could result in the stain setting further into the fibers.
- Keep dabbing at the stain until there’s no more foundation in the carpet.
- Dampen a clean microfiber cloth or paper towel in plain water. Use this to remove any traces of your soapy mixture.
- Blot the area dry with a fresh microfiber cloth.
- After the affected patch of carpeting has dried completely, vacuum the spot where the stain was.
Of course, if you don’t spill your beauty products on the floor, you won’t have to worry about how to remove eye makeup from the carpet in the first place. Therefore, it’s a good idea to lay a towel or old sheet down under your mirror or vanity area. And those that find the above methods don’t work for them may need to consider looking at other options, like learning how to deep clean a carpet or even calling a professional.