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How To Remove Eye Shadow, Eyeliner, & Mascara from Carpet

Getting makeup stains, especially eye based makeup on your carpets accidentally is not uncommon. These particular palettes leave behind stubborn stains that are quite unsightly. Eye makeup is one of the toughest makeup stains to remove.

Removing eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara from carpet may seem like a daunting task, but with the right approach and a few simple steps, you can tackle these stains pretty easily.

In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of removing eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara from your carpet, so you can restore its pristine condition.

Steps For removing eye liner, mascara and eye shadow

Removing eye makeup is a 4 step process:

  1. blot the stain with a white cloth, maybe even use rubbing alcohol to help.

  2. Pre treat the stain with mild detergent

  3. Rinse and blot the stain afterwards with cold water and fresh towel

  4. Dry the carpet to prevent odours

For a full guide on how to complete these steps perfectly, read on.

Step 1: Blot and lift the excess makeup

Using a clean white cloth or paper towel, gently blot the stained area to remove any excess eye shadow, eyeliner, or mascara. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it can spread and penetrate deeper into the carpet.

Step 2: Pre-treat the stain

Eye shadow: For eye shadow stains, mix a small amount of mild dishwashing detergent with warm water to create a soapy solution. Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the solution and gently blot the stained area, working from the outer edges towards the centre. Continue blotting until the stain begins to lift.

Eyeliner: If you're dealing with eyeliner stains, apply a small amount of makeup remover or rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth or cotton ball. Blot the stained area gently, starting from the outer edges and working your way in. Repeat this process until the stain begins to fade.

Mascara: To tackle mascara stains, you'll need a bit of patience. Begin by dampening a clean cloth with warm water and gently blotting the stained area. Avoid rubbing, as it can spread the stain. If the stain persists, apply a small amount of makeup remover or rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth and blot the stain again until it starts to lift.

Step 3: Rinse and blot

After pre-treating the stain, dampen a clean cloth with plain water and blot the area to rinse out the cleaning solution or makeup remover.

Make sure to remove any residue left behind by the pre-treatment process. Blot the area gently to absorb excess moisture.

Step 4: Dry the carpet

Once you've removed the makeup stains, it's important to ensure the carpet dries completely to prevent any potential damage or mould growth.

You can use a dry towel or paper towels to absorb excess moisture from the carpet. Additionally, open windows or use a fan to promote air circulation and speed up the drying process.

Additional Tips:

  • Always blot the stain gently rather than rubbing, as rubbing can push the stain deeper into the carpet fibres.

  • Avoid using heat, such as a hairdryer, to dry the carpet, as it can set the stain and make it more difficult to remove.

  • If the stain persists or you're unsure about using certain cleaning solutions on your carpet, it's best to consult a professional carpet cleaner for guidance. This can happen with lipstick stains too.


With the right approach and a little patience, you can effectively remove eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara stains from your carpet.

Remember to act quickly, test cleaning solutions on a small area, and blot gently to avoid spreading the stain.

By following these steps, your carpet will be free from makeup mishaps and looking fresh and clean once again.

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