How to Get Lipstick Off of Silk

by Jenny Parker ; Updated September 28, 2017

If you or someone in your family wears lipstick, there are bound to be occasional accidents when lipstick finds its way onto clothing or other fabrics, not all of which are easy to clean. Silk is a delicate fabric that must be treated with special care; as a result, traditional methods for removing lipstick stains from fabrics are often not suitable for silk. Fortunately, there are simple home remedies that will get rid of a lipstick stain on silk and leave the fabric looking as good as new.

Place a piece of tape over the lipstick stain. Clear tape or masking tape will both work.

Pull the tape off the stain in a single quick motion. All or most of the lipstick should now be stuck to the tape instead of the fabric.

Sprinkle a layer of chalk dust or talcum powder onto any lipstick that remains on the silk. Use your finger to gently dab the powder until the stain disappears. You may have to repeat this step two to three times to completely eliminate the lipstick.


  • Take the silk item to a professional dry cleaner if home remedies have been unable to remove the lipstick stain.

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About the Author

Jenny Parker is a New England-based entrepreneur who has been writing since 1995. Parker writes extensively on creative self-employment and genealogy; her work has appeared on and She also has self-published several short story collections and is currently working on her first non-fiction book chronicling the history of her ancestors in America.