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Top 5 Tweezer Tips


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Pluck with Less Pain
That's right. Guys need tweezers, too. This man uses a pair of tweezers with a wider grip to groom his eyebrows.
That's right. Guys need tweezers, too. This man uses a pair of tweezers with a wider grip to groom his eyebrows.
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Once you've picked tweezers with the right tip and a comfortable grip, it's time to get busy. But don't start plucking without some preparation. First, you want open pores so hairs can be more easily removed. Schedule your plucking sessions after a warm shower or bath, when your skin is relaxed and soft. Or, at the very least, place a hot washcloth on your face for a few minutes. You should also prepare the tweezers. Some beauty experts recommend placing tweezers in the freezer before you use them. The cold metal numbs the skin as you pluck, reducing pain.

Proper technique is extremely important. Use a spiral brush to shape your brow and get hairs into place. Next, use brow scissors to trim longer hairs, checking for equal balance and proportion as you work. Now you're ready to start plucking. Remember to use slanted-tip tweezers for longer, coarser hairs and pointed-tip tweezers for fine or ingrown hairs. Grab each hair at the root and pull smoothly in the direction of hair growth. Remember: Don't use tweezers to remove hair over large areas because it can cause ingrown hairs or scarring. And consider applying a soothing cream after tweezing to reduce redness and inflammation.