If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years as a makeup artist, it’s that the right tools make all the difference, whether it’s makeup brushes, an eyelash curler, or especially tweezers. A cheap-o pair of drugstore tweezers (I’m talking to you Revlon) is going to do more harm than good. (Brows aside, how are you going to get a splinter out with a pair of club foot-like tweezers?! )
A quality pair of tweezers has flat panels that are flush when they touch, which is what gives them the super power of gripping even the most stubborn brow hair. There are a few different types of tweezer shapes, but my preferred shape is Slanted. The angle is just right in your hand, the tip is tapered thin enough to go right up against your skin (ie: right up against where the hair follicle is exiting the surface) allowing you to nab that new growth right when it’s coming in. I believe in daily maintenance for brows and there are a few products I can’t live without in the brow department.
Rubis Tweezers: These are the tweezers in my medicine cabinet and I would cry if I was ever without a pair. They are the best calibrated tweezers I’ve ever used, always finding, gripping and pulling out even the tiniest, most invisible hairs. You know those ones you can feel but can’t even see? Well consider them gone. The weight of them in my hand is perfect and although you may never have given any thought to how a pair of tweezers is balanced or calibrated, I sure have, and so have the fine folks at Rubis, which is why they’re so excellent. These are the Rolls Royce of tweezers.
Brow Gal Scissors: When you’re grooming brows, it’s not always about removing hair, but also about shaping it. I carry these brow scissors in my kit because they’re not only gorgeous, but also because I often find myself either not wanting to pull that one hair that could make or break the shape or there are a few hairs that just need taming, not removing, and giving them a wee trim is your best solution. They’re also super handy to have around for trimming or cutting strip lashes, the errand thread or doing a bit of boyfriend/husband grooming.
Brow Gal Tweezer Sharpeners: Oh these little things are genius! Tweezers can really take a beating in a makeup bag or from being dropped on a bathroom floor. Those bumps and bruises can dull the tips and make the pads not line up right, which can make cleaning up your brows more like an MMA fight than a moment of self care. And admittedly, most people don’t think to buy new tweezers with any regularity, so most likely the ones you have are really, reallyold. Using these tweezer sharpeners will give your old beloved tweezers a new lease on life, and give you many more months of frustration-free plucking.
PRID: Sometimes there is just that one stubborn hair that won’t play nicely. Be it ingrown or just not quite ready to come out, this drawing salve from PRID will help coax that hair out a little bit faster. Natural and homeopathic, it’s a great solution to some age old problems.
Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pomade: A well groomed brow frames the eyes and does wonders for tidying up the place (or face). But using a gel can feel really wet and sticky and crunchy, and that feeling isn’t for everyone. This ingenious product is a pomade that you brush through your brows, keeping them in place but without the stiffness and shine of a brow gel.