Everyone knows how hard it is to try on clothes with a full-face of makeup — you all but have to do acrobatics to get a garment over your head without transferring any foundation to it. Despite doing everything in your power to avoid it, you’ve probably found yourself on the walk of shame back to the employee working the fitting room.
Notifying an employee about a makeup stain is always the right thing to do. More often than not, working retail has made them a stain-removing connoisseur. Check out a few of their secrets below:
USING A PLASTIC GUARD
If you’re worried about transferring your makeup onto a garment going into the fitting room, ask an employee if they can provide you with a plastic safeguard to put over your face. We promise, this isn’t as strange as it sounds! Makeup stains happen daily at retail stores, so having preventative measures is actually common in some countries.
“In Japan, they give you a piece of cloth or white silk to put over your head before you try something on.” Gaëlle Drevet, an NYC boutique owner said to Popsugar in an interview earlier this week.
A blow dryer
If you get a loose power spill on your clothing during your makeup routine, the last thing you want to do is try to wipe it away with a tissue. Instead, plug in a blow dryer and watch as the stain flies away.
A MAKEUP OR STAIN-REMOVING WIPE
Most people don’t consider using makeup wipes as a stain remover because they’re marketed as only being useful to the skin. But, in reality, for a fresh stain that hasn’t yet set, makeup wipes as stain removers are a literal godsend — ask anyone who works backstage at a fashion show!
For stain-removing wipes, Dorothy Regan, a manager of a store in Edgewater, New Jersey tells Popsugar she favours The Laundress Stain Solution Pack.
Got a lipstick stain on your hands? Grab the rubbing alcohol! Alcohol works wonders for breaking down oily, waxy substances. Simply soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and gently apply it to the stain.
Don’t have any rubbing alcohol in the house? Hairspray that contains alcohol is another way to remove a pesky lipstick stain. Spray the smudge, let the hairspray dry and finish off the process by rubbing a wet wipe over it.
An ice cube
Just grab a cube and start rubbing. The cold water from the ice cube will help lift the stain and the friction won’t damage the fabric as much as scrubbing with a damp cloth would. After the ice cube melts, use some good old soap and water — but make sure the water is cold! Hot water usually sets in stains.
For soap, Drevet recommends a block of Savon de Marseille, which French women used to use to wash their linens in communal washing stations.
If you’re not in too much of a rush, shaving cream is a great solution for when you need to lift a stain. Apply a few sprays and let the cream work its magic for 10 minutes. After that, wipe the shaving cream away with cold water and voila! Goodbye stain.