Dressing Room Makeup Hack: Use Your Shirt As a Protective Barrier When You’re Trying on Clothes

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

Anthropologie white and yellow striped top

Things I do inside dressing rooms…

Have you ever accidentally gotten makeup on the clothes you were trying on in a dressing room?

(Uh…I am totally guilty of doing this, and yes, I’m a little ashamed.)


Even though I always do my best to keep it from happening, sometimes it’s darned near impossible! — like if it’s a shirt or a dress that’s really hard to take on or off.

It almost happened to me a while back when I was trying on a white dress at Ann Taylor. I was wearing a full face of makeup, and the dress I wanted to try on had a very narrow opening at the neck.


Standing in the dressing room, I realized that there was no way I was going to get in or out of the dress without getting makeup on it…and that’s when I had an aha moment! I draped the shirt I was wearing that day, which happened to be black, over my face like a veil, where it could work as a protective barrier between my makeup and the dress. Then I slipped the dress over my head without leaving a mark on it.

Obvs, this trick works better if your top is a dark color that won’t easily show any makeup on it, and it also helps to turn the shirt inside out, just in case you still get some makeup on it anyway. At least that way the makeup is on the inside, and not the outside, of the shirt.

Although I left the store empty-handed that day (the dress was super cute, but I knew it was a makeup magnet, and there was no way I’d ever make it through a day without getting it dirty or stained), at least I figured out a new life/makeup hack. 🙂

Next time you’re trying on clothes, give it a go.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. sarahc says:

    This is so simple but I never thought of it before! 🙂 I feel so terrible whenever this happens.

  2. Teresa says:

    I remember I saw on a Japanese TV show that some stores have these large face papers that you can use to cover your face when you try on clothes. You had the same idea though!

  3. Kwmechelle says:

    Agreed, what a simple yet great idea- that I’ve never thought of! 😊

  4. Jessica says:

    What a great life hack! thanks!
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  5. Tina says:

    I learned this trick several years ago after completely face painting a beige dress I was trying on!

  6. We have tissue boxes in the dressing room, that works great too.
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  7. Tatiana says:

    I guess this tells you how old I am but… when I was young I can remember going clothes shopping to the fancy, downtown, department store with my mother. In the dressing rooms they would have these organza caps (kinda like a really big shower cap) for the women to put over their faces while pulling on dresses.
    I usually have a large, cloth hanky in my purse. I use that to protect clothes I’m trying on.

  8. Aditi says:

    Did you know that most of the stores in Japan provide a face veil that is made up of micro fusing to protect the dress and keep your makeup intact! It’s like a paper bag that you wear on your face and try your dress on, cool isn’t? It’s their inside all the fitting rooms. It’s a great hack that will be of use when I leave Japan! 😀
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  9. Iris says:

    This is an excellent tip. Thanks! I usually wear black so it’ll work out well. I try to wear less makeup on days I’m certain I’ll be trying on an item (like when I spy a cute top or dress online). This way I’ll be even more prepared.

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