How to Get Eyeshadow Out of Carpet

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how to get eyeshadow out of carpet

You open up a makeup palette and clumsily drop it on the floor. Now you have a bright stain on your carpet. Or, maybe your kids decide to do “makeovers,” resulting in eyeshadow smears.

While you may think you’re doomed to live with stained carpet forever, you aren’t.

If you’ve spilled eyeshadow on your carpet, remove excess with a blunt object like a butter knife and your vacuum. Then dab a bit of eye makeup remover on the eyeshadow and blot it with a clean towel to lift the stain. If that doesn’t work, try dabbing with dish soap and water.

The Best Methods to Get Eyeshadow Out of Carpet

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Before trying any of these methods, you need to remove as much loose eyeshadow as possible.

To get started, use a spoon to scrape the eyeshadow powder and break up pieces stuck in the carpet. Then, thoroughly vacuum.

Once you’ve dealt with the loose powder, try one of these methods

Eye Makeup Remover

Most makeup is waterproof. And as you can imagine, this makes using only water ineffective at removing it.

Instead, one of the best methods for removing eyeshadow is eye makeup remover. 

To treat your carpet, first, apply a little makeup remover to a cloth. Now, take the rag and start dabbing at the eyeshadow. Reapply the remover and continue to dab until the stain is gone.

Afterward, wash the area with water to remove any traces of makeup remover from the carpet.

*Note: Spot test makeup remover in an inconspicuous spot before treating your carpet. If you have dark carpet, the makeup remover will potentially lighten it.

Hydrogen Peroxide (White Carpet Only)

If you have a white carpet, you can use hydrogen peroxide to remove most types of stains. However, if your carpet isn’t white, don’t try this. Peroxide will lighten darker carpets.

Here’s how to remove eyeshadow from your carpet with hydrogen peroxide:

  • Remove as much eyeshadow as possible with your vacuum
  • Spray the spot with hydrogen peroxide let it sit for a few minutes
  • Blot with a damp rag or sponge
  • Repeat if necessary

After lifting the stain, wash the carpet with a wet sponge to remove any lingering peroxide.

Dish Soap

Try dish soap if you’re looking for a stain remover that won’t harm your carpet. 

To remove the eyeshadow stain, vacuum the excess eyeshadow from the carpet. Then put a little bit of dish soap on a damp rag and blot the area to lift the stain. If it’s not coming out, put a little dish soap over the eyeshadow, scrub it with a toothbrush and use a clean rag to blot the stain.

Rinse your carpet afterward.

Portable Carpet Cleaner

Portable carpet cleaners are fantastic for cleaning all types of stains. And since they’re small, they’re easy to pull out and clean up messes quickly.

Start by vacuuming the area, and then treat it with your portable carpet cleaner and an appropriate cleaning solution.

Commercial Stain-Remover Products

While makeup remover and hydrogen peroxide work well to remove eyeshadow from a carpet, you can get similar results using a commercial product.

Two great options for removing makeup stains include Resolve Triple Oxi Advanced and Bissell Pro Oxy Power Shot.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How to get purple eyeshadow out of carpet?

Since purple eyeshadow is dark, it’s harder to get out of carpet than light colors. Start by scraping the carpet with a butter knife and vacuuming the excess powder. Then apply a bit of eye makeup remover to a clean rag and blot the stain until removed.

If that doesn’t work, use a carpet cleaner and a product like Resolve Triple Oxi Advanced. If you have white carpet, you can remove the stain using peroxide.

How to get black eyeliner out of carpet?

If you’ve gotten a bit of black eyeliner on your carpet, you can remove it with shaving cream. Start by spraying the stain with white foamy shaving cream. Then work the shaving cream into the carpet using circular motions. Now take a clean cloth and dab at the eyeliner stain.

Add more shaving cream and keep blotting until the stain is gone.

How to get black eyeshadow out of white carpet?

If you dropped black eyeshadow on your white carpet, start by removing as much as possible with a butter knife and vacuum. Then, spray the stained area with hydrogen peroxide and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then blot the area with a damp cloth. 

Repeat the process until the stain lifts. 

Final Thoughts

To get eyeshadow out of carpet start by removing as much excess powder as you can with your vacuum.

Then, if you have eye makeup remover handy, try treating the stain with it. You can also use your portable carpet cleaner, a store-bought stain remover, dish soap, or peroxide.

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Katie Barton lives with her husband and three daughters in an 1800’s style log cabin in southern Ohio. She thinks cleaning is relaxing and is considered the organizing go-to person by her family and friends. She runs the blog Cabin Lane where she shares about cleaning, decluttering, and minimalism. See full biography here.

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