Getting Powder Makeup Out of a Carpet

Kimbry Parker

Your powdered makeup may be a dream when it comes to covering blemishes or adding some color to your cheeks, but finding it on your carpet can be a nightmare.

Never rub while cleaning up powdered makeup or you may make the stain worse.

Whether your powdered concealer crumbled, or your toddler smashed up your blush, treating the makeup stain properly will help to get rid of it without harming the carpet. Treat a powdered makeup stain on your carpet as soon as you spot it so it doesn’t inadvertently spread farther.

  1. Vacuum the carpet to remove as much of the loose makeup as possible. Avoid using a brush attachment, which can push the makeup farther into the carpet.

  2. Dampen a rag with rubbing alcohol. Pat the alcohol onto the makeup spot.

  3. Blot the alcohol from the carpet with a fresh rag. Pat again with the alcohol, then blot until the makeup is no longer transferring to the dry rag. Dab the spot with a rag and cool water to rinse, then with a dry rag to absorb the moisture.

  4. Combine ½ cup warm water and 1 tablespoon of household ammonia into a clean bowl if any makeup remains on the carpet. Sponge the cleaner onto the stain with a rag, the blot with a dry rag. Repeat until the stain is gone, then rinse and dry the carpet well.

  5. Tip

    Sponging dry cleaning solvent onto the spot is another way to remove powdered makeup. Soak up the solvent with a dry rag, then rinse and dry the carpeting well.


    Wear protective gloves and ventilate the room when using household ammonia.