The best product to remove foundation from clothes is sitting in your shower.

There are countless foundations on the makeup market these days. They all claim to have a point of difference, whether it be the texture of the formulation or the result it produces.

Yet if there’s one thing all foundations have in common, it’s that they’re bloody annoying to wash out of your clothes — especially when those clothes happen to be white.

There probably isn’t a woman alive who hasn’t found herself channeling Lady Macbeth (“out, damned spot!”) while desperately scrubbing at a foundation-streaked collar.

Yet there’s a far simpler and cheaper way to go about it, and it’s probably sitting in your shower right now.

Watch: A makeup artist dispels three of the most common foundation myths. (Post continues after video.)

According to beauty vlogger Kalei Lagunero, a squirt of shaving cream is all it takes to remove those dastardly streaks of cover-up.

You simply apply some shaving cream to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes before rubbing it in to the fabric. “Use some elbow grease, girl,” Lagunero advises. You heard the lady.


Then rinse with cold water, repeat the process once more, and finally rinse with hot water. Simple, and apparently effective. Here’s the evidence. (Post continues after video.)

Nifty, huh? And that’s not the only household product with makeup stain-busting powers.

New York Magazine‘s ‘Sex Lives’ podcast recently tackled a conundrum every woman who’s forgotten to take her makeup off before bed has faced: how on earth do you get lipstick and mascara stains out of pillowcases?

The answer came courtesy of Ask a Clean Person author Jolie Kerr, who said these products are particularly tricky to remove because they’re a ‘combination’ stain with both pigment and oil to contend with.

The ultimate weapon is rubbing oil — and if you don’t have any on hand, that trusty bottle of hand sanitiser in your handbag will do the trick.

Pillowcases aren’t the only place a lipstick wearer leaves her mark… (Post continues after gallery.)

“Hand sanitiser has a high concentration of [rubbing] alcohol, so you can use it as a stain remover in a pinch,” Jolie said.

All you do is apply the sanitiser to the stain, let it set for 10-15 minutes, and then wash the pillowcase, towel or garment as usual.


Do you have any makeup-removing tips to share?

Featured image: Youtube still/Kalei Lagunero