Lipstick takes your lips to the next level. They draw attention by adding color to your face and enhancing your beauty. Lipstick works together with your eye makeup, cheek tint, brow, and lashes makeup, contouring products, among others, and give your overall look a much-needed boost. They can also hydrate and plump up your lips. They also protect your lips the whole day long by incorporating ingredients that work to guard your lips against harmful elements outside. They can even act as some sort of a hydrating and skin-enriching lip balm because our lips tend to lose moisture as we go about our day.
With all that said, they still, at times, give us some headaches.
If you are using the typical lipstick product, you probably already know that you really must stop touching your face. If you’re not too careful, you might end up smudging your lipstick and it can be a hassle to reapply this product on your lips especially if you just don’t have the time.
If you’ve been using lipstick for some time now, that is probably the least of your worries. One of the worst problems that you will face when dealing with lipstick smudges and stains is when this product for whatever reason, gets transferred onto your walls. There are so many possible scenarios that could bring this about.
Maybe you left your lipstick on and then fell asleep. When you woke up, you realized that your face touched the wall and your lipstick left an imprint. You tried to wipe it down with whatever tissue you can find, but it made the problem worse. You ended up smudging and spreading the lipstick on the wall. As hard as you try to scrub, the stain just keeps getting worse.
Another probable scenario is when you have little kids and they found their way into your makeup kit and used your lipstick as a crayon to mark your walls. This can be a real source of headache not just because it’s such a waste of good lipstick but more so because the lipstick stains on the wall can be a real pain to clean.
What do you do in these instances? Don’t go and smack your kids’ butt just yet. You may give them a good scolding so they will not repeat the offense but try not to get too worked up about the seemingly daunting task ahead of you. There is a way to clean this off.
Follow the tips below so you can say goodbye to these unexpected problems. Please be aware that you’re going to find yourself with lipstick stains on the wall from time to time. These are unavoidable but if you use these tips, you can make the problem go away almost as soon as they appear.
Be sure to lift the stain instead of spreading it
You must fight your natural urge to rub the lipstick stain that you find on your wall. It doesn’t matter what size it is and how concentrated it is. You must lift it using some sort of material. Do not rub it or forcefully press against it. The idea is to use the surface of the material that you’ve chosen to clean it with to attract the lipstick to its surface.
What kind of materials should you use?
Paper towels are great. You don’t necessarily have to use the softest product. Even the rougher paper towel will do. First, you’re going to have to start from the edges of the stain. Using the edge or a pointed part of the rolled-up paper towel gently scraped off the residue.
Once you start getting the lipstick on the paper, turn the paper and move closer to the center. You must do this very slowly and deliberately. You can’t rush through this or else you might end up spreading the stain. Again, you should try not to rub the lipstick. Scrape and lift instead of rubbing and smudging.
Use a gentle dabbing motion on the stain. This can take quite some time because only the top portions of the stain will stick to the surface of the paper towel. But as you gently roll the paper towel, more and more of the lipstick material will stick to the outer edge of the paper. With enough rotations of the pointed end, the lipstick smudge or stain will come off.
Again, be very careful about rubbing because you don’t want to spread it. The wider the area the lipstick is on, the tougher your job would be because you’re going to have to repeat this process over a bigger spot.
Use the toothpaste approach
An alternative method you could try is with toothpaste. Take regular toothpaste that you have lying around in your bathroom and put a very small amount of it on top of the stain. Use a white cloth to dab the toothpaste that is on the surface of the lipstick.
Use the same dabbing motion as described above for a paper towel. This means you start from the edge and then you work your way to the center point of the stain. Keep repeating this until all the lipstick has been transferred to your damp white cloth. Make sure that the cloth is wet enough so it’s soft, but not too wet that it’s soggy.
Another approach you could try involves alcohol instead of toothpaste. Please keep in mind that not all alcohol products would work well with your wall paint. Find an inconspicuous part of your wall, maybe a part that’s normally hidden and test out the alcohol product in a very small area, maybe half an inch. If you don’t see any discoloration or bubbling or any other bad reaction, you can use that alcohol in the same way you would use toothpaste, in the method described above.
You can use freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice for this. Just put it on the lipstick stain the same way you would use toothpaste in the method above. Again, be extra careful about your damp towel. It cannot be too damp or wet. If it’s too soggy, you probably would have a tough time moving it so that it can slowly and gingerly peel off the top layers of the lipstick on the wall.
The final word
The next time you find yourself with lipstick stains on your walls, don’t panic. There are several options you can choose from. You can use the old-fashioned paper towel approach. You can try using toothpaste, alcohol or some sort of citrus juice.
The key is to be calm about the whole thing. Step back and take a few deep breaths. Pay attention to how much damage you have to work with and follow the tips above. Once you try out all the methods mentioned, you will soon discover which technique works best with your wall paint and the available ingredients you have in your home.