Text: Irina Kuzmicheva
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There are long, detailed instructions that say there is a homemade stain remover for every stain and fabric, from vinegar to white bread. But few people remember these tips by heart or keep them at hand at the moment when the foundation has already met with a black turtleneck or white T-shirt. We asked experts about simple and proven ways to remove cosmetics from clothes.
beauty editor The Blueprint, make-up artist, author of the book “Normally about cosmetics”
If you are constantly working with makeup, you should choose practical clothes. I think makeup artists and stylists often wear black in order not to get dirty. Rather, so that cosmetics or dust on the knees is not so visible. I do this too, and in general I don’t worry if I have a lipstick stain somewhere. Of course, cosmetics should not get on the clothes of clients and models, so it is worth covering it with a peignoir. They are disposable and reusable, and the latter can be washed.
I can almost always get rid of stains on clothes with micellar water: I moisten a cotton swab or disk and wipe the dry thing several times. Most often, the makeup is on the collar of my down jacket. I soak light fabrics in Vanish or use Dr. Beckmann, he cares about fabrics. Although I have not tried using it on natural silk and other delicate fabrics.
development director of dry cleaning Airo
The most difficult stains are greasy, slightly less corrosive marks left by water-based products containing natural dyes (tannins), and the easiest way is to remove dry ones. Stubborn stains include fresh vegetable oil, iodine, brilliant green, ink. At the same time, all stains are eaten in and become difficult to remove with aging: pollution begins to slowly and surely oxidize with the participation of sunlight and air, if left on clothes for three hours or longer. And yet the stains in themselves say little – it is important where you put them: the fabric and its color matter, you need to pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations for care. If, for example, a water-soluble stain gets on a dress that needs dry cleaning, then treatment with aqueous solutions at home can ruin the thing – it is better to take it to dry cleaning.
Dishwashing detergent works well for removing stains from oily-based cosmetics such as tone or lipstick – it effectively breaks down grease. You can use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide: blot the stain with a cotton pad until completely removed. With smooth surfaces of leather and eco-leather it is easier, just wipe the stained area with a damp cloth or cloth with a light soapy solution. In the case of leather, it is important not to use aggressive products so that the film coating does not come off: the difference in texture will be obvious. And eco-leather is a dusting on textiles, and it should also be handled more carefully to avoid cracks. Mascara stains are removed with a cotton swab dipped in warm soapy water. If the ink has formed a small crust, gently scrape it off with the blunt tip of a knife, rinse with a solution and dry. And to remove nail polish, it is better to use a liquid without acetone – especially on delicate fabrics.
Before applying any composition to a thing, it is necessary to check its effect on the fabric on an inconspicuous area of clothing, preferably from the inside. This will also help assess the stability of the dye. Rubbing the stain is undesirable, you need to moisten a cotton swab and blot the dirt.
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