How to Get Makeup off a Suit Lapel

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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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 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.