Eyeliner fits the bill when you're shooting for a bold, dramatic look. Combined with mascara and colorful eye shadow, liner helps make your eyes instantly pop. You need a steady hand to apply the stuff, though -- a single slip-up can send the tube tumbling down to your jeans, where it can leave a rather nasty stain. Eyeliner stains are greasy, so cut through them with heavy-duty detergents and solvents.

Step 1

Spray the stained area with an aerosol pre-treatment laundry stain remover. Do this as soon as possible after the stain happens -- fresher stains are much more likely to come out.

Step 2

Let the stain remover soak into the mark for one minute. For deep-set stains, rub with highly-concentrated liquid laundry detergent. Launder as usual. Be sure not to dry unless the stain is completely removed as heat can cause stains to become permanent.

Step 3

If the stain remains, soak the garment in chlorine or oxygen bleach depending on which is safe for your jeans.

Step 4

Dab the back of the stained fabric with a cloth dipped in dry-cleaning solvent if the stain persists. Make sure to position some paper towels underneath the other side of the stained area to absorb any solvent or pigment.

Step 5

Wait for the solvent to dry, then rinse the area with lukewarm water. Launder again.


  • Exercise caution when working with bleach. Bleach gives off fumes that are harmful if inhaled. The product can also cause serious irritation of the skin and eyes.


  • You can also use dry-cleaning solvent to remove eyeliner spilled on upholstery, such as a couch or chair.