Makeup on your jacket doesn't have to be a disaster.

How to Get Makeup off a Suit Lapel

by Michelle Ullman

Mornings can be hectic. You’re preparing for a busy day of your own, and still need to get the kids fed, dressed and off to school. With your attention focused on so many things, it's easy to have a makeup mishap. Smeared foundation or lipstick on your suit might seem like the last straw on an already stressful morning, but unless the suit jacket is dry-clean only, you can remove the makeup yourself and be on your way.

1 Lay your suit jacket out on a counter or table so it doesn't wrinkle while you work.

2 Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap into 1 cup of warm water and stir.

3 Dip your cloth into the soap mixture, then gently blot the makeup stain. Don't push the stain deeper into the fabric by scrubbing. Keep rotating to a clean section of the cloth as the makeup stain transfers to your rag.

4 Mix one-third cup of white vinegar with two-thirds cup of warm water.

5 Dip a clean cloth into the vinegar solution and blot the spotted area of your suit lapel until any final stains are gone.

6 Dry the wet patch with your blow dryer. Keep the setting on medium and hold the blow-dryer several inches away from your jacket.

Items you will need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Rags
  • Measuring cup
  • Blow-dryer


  • Test any cleaning products on an inconspicuous area of your jacket before working on the makeup stain.
  • If you have dry-cleaning solvent or instant stain remover, you can use that in place of the dish soap and vinegar.

About the Author

Living in California, Michelle Ullman is a professional writer with particular expertise in home, garden and pet/nature topics. Her work is published on many websites. She loves crafts and has a deep interest in design and DIY projects.

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