Some lipstick stains get on your skin when you’re trying to get them out in swatches, or when you are trying to remove it from your lips. Some even end up on your face. Sometimes, you stain your skin when you use lipstick on a part of your body just like when you’re putting on a costume for Halloween.
No matter which way you get lipstick on your skin, it can be very hard to get it off. This is especially true for lipstick products that are supposed to stay on your lips for hours on end. These stay-on lipstick products work wonders when it comes to fighting off smudges, or on uneven spots on your lips as you go about your day. But they can be quite a handful if they get on any other part of your skin.
The problem with trying to get lipstick stains off your skin is that you really must have a system. Otherwise, if you are just going to use any kind of cloth or even part of your clothing to do it, you might end up making a bigger mess than the one that you started with.
A lot of women find this out the worst way possible. In fact, too many women never really figure out how to get rid of lipstick stain on their skin the right way. They just improvise and, for whatever reason, they don’t have to deal with it all that often. But when they do, it takes too much time and an unnecessary amount of effort.
If you want to get to the bottom of this and have a working technique every time you face this problem, pay close attention to the options below.
Option #1: Use Vaseline
One of the simplest and easiest ways to get simple lipstick stains off your skin is to use good old Vaseline. You don’t have to use much. In fact, a dollop the size of a dime applied on the stained part of your skin should be more than enough.
The secret to this technique? Make sure you leave it on for a long enough period. Don’t rush through it.
A lot of women think that the moment they put Vaseline on the stain, somehow the stain would start to melt away or get incorporated into the gel and they just need to wipe off. If only it were that easy.
It turns out that the longer you keep the Vaseline on the stain, the softer the stain becomes and the easier it would be to remove. The rule of thumb you should follow is 5 minutes. Anything less is probably not going to do you much good.
Once enough time has passed, use a warm, damp towel to wipe off the stain. Make sure that the towel is not soaking wet. It should be damp enough for you to be able to quickly work with it, but it must still be absorbent enough to take care of the Vaseline and the lipstick stain.
How can you tell?
Well, when you squeeze it and there’s water coming out, then the towel is too damp. Use a little bit less moisture.
Option #2: Use other types of petroleum jelly
Vaseline is one type of petroleum jelly, but there are many other variations of this product on the market. They come under different brands. When using petroleum jelly, you use a different technique when removing lipstick stains on your skin.
First, you wipe the skin with a wet cotton ball. Again, the secret to this technique is you must use a cotton ball that isn’t soaking wet. You must have enough absorbency left in the cotton ball so it will be able to do its job.
Wipe the affected area with a wet cotton ball, then use a dry cotton ball right after. The heavy lifting is done by the wet cotton ball. After the stain has evened out or flattened, you then apply an even layer of petroleum jelly on the stained area.
You don’t have to wait as long compared to when you are using Vaseline. You can then use a cotton ball to wipe off the lipstick residue. When using this technique, keep in mind that you are going to have to do some rubbing.
Finally, wash off the area with some soap and water. Preferably use warm water so that the soap can do a better job.
Option #3: Use a commercial makeup remover or olive oil
Using a cotton ball, soak it with a little bit of makeup remover. Wipe off the stain. There’s no prep work needed unlike the other options above. You can just apply the cotton ball soaked with makeup remover on the affected area. After this, repeat the process with olive oil.
The difference with using olive oil is that you are going to leave the olive oil on the surface for 5 minutes. Afterward, wash off the area with water. There’s no need to add soap. Once that’s done, apply Vaseline.
Finally, wipe off with another cotton ball.
Option #4: Use body lotion
There’s a wide range of body lotions out there. Feel free to use the lotion that you normally use. Apply the product on the affected area of your skin. Let the product settle. Let the lotion be absorbed by your skin a little bit and afterward, wipe off the stain with a dry cloth. It doesn’t have to be too damp. It can be fairly dry, but it should be slightly damp so it’s easier for you to work with.
What’s so bad about lipstick skin stains?
Just so you know what’s at stake and why you need to properly clean up any lipstick stains on your skin, understand that most commercial lipstick products can contain harmful chemicals. These chemicals are not supposed to stay on your lips for an extended period, let alone your body.
Please understand that your lips are covered with sensitive skin along with your face. So, any kind of skin contact with lipstick can be toxic given long exposure times. The sooner you remove this residue or material from your skin, the better off you will be.
Make it a habit to quickly clean up any lipstick stains on any part of your body as soon as it happens. You only have yourself to thank later.