Tweezing too much or too little can really change your whole look. Here’s how to do it right.
Choose the right tweezer
Invest in a well-crafted tweezer, such as the new Tweezerman for Benefit ones ($32). Sure, they might be a bit pricey, but the ergonomic design and craftsmanship (they are hand-filed so they are perfectly aligned) and sturdy grip allow you to reach even the peskiest hairs. Go for a slanted tip “ these make it easier to grab hairs.
How to tweeze
It’s less painful to tweeze when the hair follicles are open, so to minimize pain when tweezing, pluck right after the shower. The hair follicles are more open and the hair will slide out easier.
Pluck hairs that are out of line with your intended eyebrow shape. This includes stray hairs and hairs that are sticking out further than you would like. When plucking, pull the hair out in the direction the hair is growing “ this puts less stress on the hair follicle and makes it less likely to get irritated and break out as a result.
Fill in any small gaps in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil, using light, feathery strokes to make them look fuller and keep them looking natural. Choose a shade that is three shades lighter than your natural hair color for a perfect, well-groomed look.
Where to tweeze
Pluck the area between your eyebrows, but do not over do it (keep it localized to the place where the bridge of your nose meets your forehead “ otherwise your eyes will look unnaturally far apart). Then, you want to tweeze underneath the brow, following its natural shape. If you don’t have a natural arch, create one. Your arch should rest just above the pupil. Do not make your arch too high or too thin, you want to keep the shape natural-looking.
Taking care of your tweezers
You should keep the tweezers clean and dry when not in use so they don’t rust or become dull. If you need to sharpen them, Tweezerman offers a lifetime warranty on its tweezers, so it sharpens them for free. Or, if you’re in a pinch, you can use an emery board that has a rough grit to try and sharpen them.