How to Get Eyeliner out of Carpet

While make-up essentials like eyeliner help you look and feel your best, spilling your makeup on the carpet can ruin your day. But don’t worry, this common carpet mishap can be remedied. 

In this article, we'll cover how to get eyeliner out of a carpet. From an eyeliner pencil smudge to a liquid liner spill, we have all the best methods and products. Whether you choose the professional method or a trusted home remedy, your carpets will be looking beautiful again in next to no time.

What this article covers:

How To Get Black Eyeliner Out Of A Carpet

Black Eyeliner Pencil Stain Removal

The professional route is always the best when treating tough carpet stains like a black eyeliner pencil stain. For this purpose, we recommend using our Super Gel stain remover. 

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This product is specifically designed to target carpet stains caused by pencils, crayons, grease, and other tough stains - even lipstick! Simply apply it to the stain, agitate it, leave it to sit for 5 minutes to do its magic, then rinse. Best of all, it’s safe to use on both synthetic and natural carpets and upholstery.

Follow the instructions on the packaging for the best results. Super Gel works best when used with hot water extraction carpet cleaning machines. 

Our professional carpet cleaning products and stain removers are all designed to work with any of our counter rotating brush (CRB), rotovac, and orbital carpet cleaning machines.

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Eyeliner Pencil Carpet Stain Hack

Sometimes the easiest way to remove make-up stains is with products that were designed to remove make-up. If you don’t have carpet cleaning chemicals or stain removers handy, use your favorite eye-make-up remover.

Take the stress out of how to get rid of makeup stains on a carpet by following the steps below. 

You will need:

  • Make-up remover cream, liquid, or wipes
  • A bowl of warm water
  • 2 soft, clean cloths or sponges (non-colored)

Apply Make-Up Remover

Use a few drops of make-up remover cream or liquid on a soft, clean cloth, and dab at the stain. Be careful though, not to press the soft eyeliner into the fibers of your carpet. 

Make-up remover wipes or baby wipes are other alternatives to removing eye pencils and are gentle enough to use on all types of carpets and upholstery. This is also useful to get eyeshadow out of the carpet fast.

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Do not leave makeup remover residue on your carpet. It may affect the color or texture of the fibers. Once you have removed the eyeliner, take the other clean soft cloth or sponge and the bowl of warm water. 

Dip the cloth or sponge into it, and once again dab at the spot the eyeliner was on. Continue rinsing the cloth and reapplying it until all traces of make-up-remover residue are gone.

Allow To Air-Dry

Allow the carpet to dry naturally. If any faint stain remains, which is more likely;y on a white or light-colored carpet, treat the area with one of our stain-removal products at your earliest convenience. 

How To Get Liquid Eyeliner Out Of A Carpet

Some make-up mishaps are a little more challenging, like treating liquid eyeliner stains. Liquid eyeliner is a bit more difficult to remove than the pencil kind. But the instructions below will help you tackle a liquid eyeliner stain like a pro.

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Liquid Eyeliner Stain Removal 

The best way to remove liquid eyeliner, or any other heavily pigmented make-up stain, from a carpet, is of course with professional carpet cleaning products. And we have the perfect stain remover for makeup stains. It’s called Pig Out, and it will lift that pigment right out of your carpet.

Pig Out Stain Remover powder is best used in hot water extraction carpet cleaning machines and is suitable for use on synthetic carpets and upholstery. Just apply some to the stain, dampen the area, agitate it, and rinse. It can even be trusted for removing gel polish from a carpet.

So when faced with getting liquid eyeliner out of a carpet, or worse still, how to remove old hair dye from a carpet, trust in our Pig Out stain remover to get the job done. Follow the directions on the packaging for dosage instructions.

Home Remedy For Liquid Eyeliner Stains 

Believe it or not, ordinary shaving cream, mousse, or foam can treat liquid eyeliner stains. It may even be useful to get powder foundation out of the carpet. Shaving creams that are uncolored, and either fragrance-free or only lightly fragranced, is a gentle cleaning hack that many people have found useful.

So if you don’t have carpet stain removers in the home, you can give this home remedy a try. It may also be an effective way to remove toothpaste stains from carpets.

You will need:

  • Ordinary shaving mousse, cream, or foam
  • An old, soft toothbrush (optional)
  • A bowl of warm water
  • A soft, white, clean cloth or sponge

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Apply Shaving Product

Spread a dollop of shaving mousse or foam, or a tablespoon of shaving cream, over the affected area of the carpet. The layer should be about one inch thick. 

Massage Into Stain

Gently massage the area in a circular motion with your fingers or a soft, old toothbrush, but do not push down into the pile of the carpet or spread it to the surrounding area of clean carpet. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

Blot Up The Product And Allow To Dry

Moisten the cloth or sponge in the bowl of warm water. Use it to blot up the shaving cream or foam. Rinse and reapply the cloth as often as needed to remove all the shaving products. Allow the carpet to dry naturally. 

If a light discoloration remains after the carpet has dried, you should use one of our carpet stain removers as soon as possible.


Almost no makeup stain (including eyeliner) can stand up to the cleaning power and stain-removal action of professional carpet cleaning chemicals. Get yourself some of our top-quality carpet care products today, and you’ll never have to worry about a make-up stain on your carpet again.

How To Clean Eyeliner Off Carpet (FAQs)

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Why is hot water extraction recommended for eyeliner stains on carpets? 

Cold water is not able to remove greasy, oil-based, and certain heavily pigmented stains. In fact, it may set the stain further. This is why hot water extraction is usually recommended for stain removal. This is also the preferred method for general carpet cleaning, as it is most effective at removing set-in dirt and grime. 

Many stain removers contain ammonia. Can't I just use ammonia to remove eyeliner from my carpet?

While it is true that many professional carpet cleaning chemicals contain ammonia, they are specially designed to be safe for use on carpets. When you use ammonia at home without knowing what strength to use, you risk ruining your carpets with too high a concentration.

Is gel eyeliner harder to remove from carpets than liquid eyeliner?

Gel eyeliner is just a thicker version of liquid eyeliner. Because conventional liquid eyeliner is more fluid, it may seep into carpet fibers more easily, making it just a bit harder to remove. Any of the liquid eyeliner removal suggestions above will work on gel eyeliner too. 

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