Makeup That Doesn't Rub Off on Clothes

A hug can be a disaster if your makeup is prone to rubbing off.

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There's nothing worse than snuggling with your guy only to find that your makeup has rubbed off on his white shirt. Nor is it fun to find the collar of your favorite white blouse caked with makeup at the end of the day. To avoid these embarrassing situations, you need to wear makeup that doesn't rub off easily onto your clothes or anyone else's.

Foundation

When people talk about makeup getting on their clothes, what they usually mean is foundation. Blush, mascara and other cosmetics are not likely to rub off on your clothes unless you go to great lengths to rub your face against them -- although they might still rub off on someone else's clothes. Even concealer, which often easily rubs off, is less likely to get on clothes because you usually dab it on problem spots only. Foundation, however, is much more likely to come in contact with your collar or other parts of your clothing, such as a sleeve.

Makeup That's Not Likely to Rub Off

While some makeup brands may claim they won't rub off on clothes, no foundation or concealer is 100 percent guaranteed not to stain a white or light-colored shirt. Rub your face against your blouse enough times and some of your foundation or concealer is bound to rub off. However, Good Housekeeping magazine recommends several long-wearing foundations that aren't likely to rub off on clothing. They are Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup, Rimmel London Lasting Finish 16-hour Foundation, Clarins Everlasting Foundation and Yves Saint Laurent Teint Resist Long-Wear Transfer-Resistant Foundation.

Tips

There are some things you can do to make your makeup more likely to stay on your face and less likely to rub off on your collar or someone else's. Wear a primer under your foundation and then put powder over it, for one thing. The primer and powder will both work to keep your makeup in place so it isn't as likely to rub off -- and they'll help keep your face looking fab all day long. Another way to keep your makeup as smudge-free as possible is to blot your face with blotting papers a few times a day.

Removal

If makeup does wind up on your collar -- or your significant other's shoulder, it's not the end of the world. Use a baby wipe or a makeup removal wipe on the stain. If that doesn't do the trick, rub some laundry detergent directly on the stain before you pop the shirt into the washing machine. If it's a white shirt, you can also add some bleach to the load.

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