A Guide to Makeup Spills on Your Carpet

Accidents happen, and when they involve makeup spills on your carpet, it can be a real cosmetic catastrophe. Whether it’s foundation, lipstick, mascara, or eyeshadow, here’s a step-by-step guide to makeup spills on your carpet.

Act Quickly

The key to successful makeup stain removal is acting promptly. The longer the stain sits, the harder it can be to remove.

Remove Excess Makeup

Use a spoon or the edge of a credit card to carefully scrape off any excess makeup, taking care not to damage the carpet fibres.

Blot, Don’t Rub

Instead of rubbing the stain, which can push it deeper into the carpet fibres, gently blot the affected area with a clean, white cloth or paper towel. Start from the outer edge of the stain and work your way inward to prevent spreading.

Identify the Stain Type

Different makeup products require different removal techniques. For instance, lipstick and mascara stains are oil-based, while foundation and concealer are often water-based.

Blot and Treat

Apply a chosen cleaning solution to the stain, like the Drytron stain buster, and continue to blot gently until the makeup lifts from your carpet. Avoid oversaturating the carpet. Ensure the cleaned area is completely dry to prevent mould or mildew growth. Use a fan or open windows to speed up the drying process.


Once the area is dry, vacuum the carpet to restore its texture and remove any remaining residue.

If the stain persists or you’re unsure about how to handle it, it’s time to consult professional carpet cleaners who have the expertise and specialised equipment to tackle stubborn makeup stains. With quick action and the right techniques, your carpet can return to its original beauty, even after a makeup spill. Call the friendly Drytron team for a free quote or to make a carpet dry cleaning booking.

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