When you think of underrated beauty tools, combs, lip brushes, cotton swabs and tweezers might come to mind. I could make a case for all of these, but today it’s all about the tweezer. Even if you prefer threading or waxing, there is no doubt that tweezers should be a staple in your stash. Why you ask? Because they are all about precision and playing hero when a pesky stray or ingrown hair gets in the way. There are many types of tweezers on the market, but there are really only 3 you need to own. Let me explain…
Slanted - This is your go-to tweezer style. The tip is slightly slanted to fit nicely up against your brow bone. As you guessed, these are ideal for plucking. You could be shaping your entire brow or just pulling that one attention-getter where your arch needs the most definition. Either way, when you do the proper pluck and pull the hair at the base and in the direction it is growing out, you should get the entire root out with ease. Pointed up they make hair removal a breeze, pointed down you can get a better angle on grabbing new growth.
Pointed - The next most important tweezer, these babies have multiple uses. If you have a steady hand they can be your plucking companion, but because the tip tends to be really sharp (especially since your tweezers should all be made of stainless steel for hygienic purposes) they’re best used on ingrown hairs. Sometimes all of the exfoliating in the world can’t stop a hair from burrowing under the skin. These tweezers can extract the hair without the risk of damaging the surrounding skin. Speaking of burrowing, these also help get splinters out. Just remember, take your time and remove delicately.
Pointed Slant - This style is a hybrid of the two above. You might think it overkill to own all three, but if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that it’s always handy to have tweezers near by. That means that owning a few pairs is a must. You can keep one with your makeup at home and one for on-the-go. And since brands like Tweezerman offer a lifetime of sharpening, you don’t really need to buy new ones. These will offer even more precision than the slanted and aren’t as dangerous as the pointed–so nice for traveling tweezers.
Which type do you use?