How to Remove Lipstick Stains from Silk

A woman applying glossy red lipstick to her lips.
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 5-50
What You'll Need
Masking tape
Makeup remover
Talcum powder
Corn flour
Dry cleaning solvent
Spot remover

If you have tried to remove lipstick stains from clothing or other materials, you may find that this is not an easy task. Lipstick is specifically formulated to last throughout the day, and though this is good for your lips, it is not an attractive option for clothing. This rings even truer for silk, which is a delicate, expensive fabric that needs maximum care. But fortunately, if you get a lipstick stain on a silk garment or scarf, you do not have to spend a lot of money on dry cleaning. Try the steps below to remove it instead.

Step 1 - Test on an Inconspicuous Area First

Before using any of the following steps, keep in mind that you should first test any methods on an inconspicuous part of the garment. If there is any sign of discoloration or damage, avoid using that method on other areas. Also, if you are unsure about trying to remove the stain yourself or if the garment is very expensive, a better bet is to use a dry cleaner. Point out the stain when you hand it over and explain that it is from lipstick so they can treat it accordingly.

Step 2 - Apply Transparent Tape or Masking Tape

Try to attend to the marks as soon as possible; otherwise, the lipstick will be absorbed deeper into the fibers and will be difficult to remove.

First, lay a piece of masking tape or transparent tape over the stain and smooth it down. Quickly rip it off. Most of the lipstick should come off, but it is best to repeat the step a couple of times for the best result. If this does not work in removing the stain completely, you can go to the next step.

Step 3 - Try Makeup Remover

Makeup remover is quite effective at removing lipstick stains; however, you must ensure that it is safe for your particular garment. Dab on some of the product in an inconspicuous area and check for any signs of damage. If it looks all right, you can try applying some directly to the marks.

Step 4 - Dab With Talcum Powder

Dab the remaining stain with some talcum powder or corn flour, and rub it in lightly. The remnants will most likely be absorbed by the powder. Remove it afterward and inspect the area. If needed, repeat the step once more.

Step 5 - Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent

With a soft cloth, dab some dry cleaning solvent, such as K2R, on it. Follow up by dabbing on a dry spotter such as Kleenrite. Repeat if necessary, and then wash the affected area with cold water until the stain comes out.

Step 6 - Air Dry the Garment

By this time, most—if not all—of the stain will have disappeared. However, you must not dry the garment in a dryer because the heat will set any remnants that may not be visible when the silk is wet. Similarly, do not iron the garment until the stain has come off completely. Let the fabric air dry instead.