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Proper method for removing carpet eyeshadow

While eyeshadow can help to highlight the beauty of a woman’s eyes, it does little to highlight the beauty of your carpet. Although quick action is still important when dealing with an eyeshadow stain in carpet as well as getting makeup out of carpet, dealing with a pressed powder stain like that left by eyeshadow […]

Jimmy Ho
Published 17 Jan 2023
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While eyeshadow can help to highlight the beauty of a woman’s eyes, it does little to highlight the beauty of your carpet. Although quick action is still important when dealing with an eyeshadow stain in carpet as well as getting makeup out of carpet, dealing with a pressed powder stain like that left by eyeshadow is more difficult than dealing with a liquid stain because it is more difficult to absorb the powder out of your carpet to prevent it from setting in.

Some eyeshadows are oil-based, which can make them difficult to remove from carpet. When dyes are present, eyeshadow can be a real headache when it comes to removing a carpet stain.

Fortunately, despite the difficulties that eyeshadow can present, it is entirely possible to remove this tough stain and restore your carpet to its original state of beauty. Follow our steps below:

how-to-remove-eye-makeup-from-carpet (Source: Internet)
how to remove eye makeup from carpet (Source: Internet)

Step 1: Remove scattered powder

The first step to successfully conquering a powdered eyeshadow stain is to remove as much loose powder as possible before it has a chance to set into your carpet.

The longer the eyeshadow sits on your carpet, the more likely the dyes and oils will absorb into the fibers. This can make removing this vibrant stain even more difficult.

The first step in getting rid of that powder is to use a spoon, a butter knife, or another blunt object to scrape away any remaining eyeshadow clumps or loose powder on your carpet.

The trick is to avoid spreading the powder further throughout your carpet or pressing any of the powder deeper into your carpet, which can cause the stain to set in even more profoundly.

Instead of pushing it side to side, suck it up with one of your vacuum cleaner’s attachments placed directly on the powder.

If you don’t have an attachment, place your vacuum cleaner on top of the powder and let it sit for 10 seconds or more in one spot before picking it up and moving it to another, repeating the procedure until the powder is gone. This will help prevent the powder from spreading further throughout your carpet and pressing the powder more profound into your carpet.

Otherwise, if any powder remains after scraping and vacuuming, use a damp, light cloth to gently blot the area of the stain until no more color appears on your cloth. This can help to limit the spread and severity of your eyeshadow carpet stain, but it is unlikely to altogether remove the stain or prevent any stain from forming.

Remove scattered powder (Source: Internet)

Step 2: Apply eye makeup remover

Because eyeshadow is waterproof, it is not intended to be easily removed when it comes into contact with water. Its oil-based nature makes treatment even more difficult.

As a result, applying eye makeup remover to your carpet is one of the more effective stain removal methods for removing an eyeshadow stain.

Apply make up remover (Source: Internet)
Apply makeup remover (Source: Internet)

However, this product is abrasive and may damage your carpet if used incorrectly or excessively. It may discolor your carpet, but it also has the potential to destroy the adhesive backing that holds your carpet to the floor. As a result, before applying this product to the area of your eyeshadow stain, test it on a non-visible area of your carpet to ensure it does not cause damage (See more Rules to Extend the Lifespan of Carpet). 

Gently blot the area of the eyeshadow stain with a small dab of eye makeup remover applied to a cloth rather than directly to the carpet. Reapply eye makeup remover to the cloth as needed and blot until the stain is gone.

When finished, thoroughly rinse the area with cold water and dab with a cloth to ensure that all eye makeup remover has been removed from your carpet. Leaving any product on your carpet can cause damage to it.

If you don’t want to use your eye-making-up remover, we have another 17 best DIY carpet cleaners that you can pick up. 

Step 3: Final clean up

It is just as important to clean up after a stain removal procedure as it is to apply the treatment itself to restore the health of your carpet. Leaving traces of stain removal products in your carpet can cause damage or leave it looking dirty and blotchy. Blot any remaining product from the carpet with a damp cloth soaked in cold water.

Using a clean, dry cloth, blot dry. If you leave your carpet wet, mold and mildew will grow, and you’ll have a new problem. Once the carpet has dried, vacuum the area thoroughly. Follow our instructions on How to properly dry carpet after cleaning, or how to make your carpet dry faster.

In case your carpet smells bad after cleaning, we have tips on how to get rid of the smell effectively.

Clean the carpet again (Source: Internet)


If you have a nasty eyeshadow spill on your carpet, don’t worry; there are several methods you can use to clean it up and leave your carpet looking and smelling like new.

You can also use any of the methods described above to remove powder foundation from a carpet or other similar makeup items.

Treat stains as soon as possible for the best and most effective results. More straightforward methods can be used for newer, more minor stains. Heavy-duty methods may be required for larger and/or older stains. This includes using specialized products or equipment to remove the stain.

Need more help?

Have you resolved the eyeshadow on your carpet? Sparkling and Beyond has even more cleaning tips and guides for you to explore in our library. If our steps to solve your problem are not enough, you can always contact us for professional help. We provide professional and affordable cleaning services for your kitchen and any other part of the house, for any degree of need. We’ll keep your home sparkling clean and healthy.


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