Maintaining Your Eyebrows at HomeBy Chantelle Kadala
A pair of well-groomed eyebrows accentuates the features of the face and give you a put-together look. There are many ways to groom your eyebrows, but one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to keep neat and beautiful eyebrows is to get the right shape and learn how to maintain it at home with proper tweezing.
The first thing you need to do is get the initial shaping done by a professional and take a picture for future reference. Professional eyebrow shaping does not have to mean expensive with options like waxing and threading. This is something you can have done in minutes at the mall or nail salon for a few dollars, and it is well worth the investment. Virgin brows are at a huge risk for over-tweezing and poor shaping. Get it done right one time and then purchase a great pair of tweezers to maintain perfect eyebrows for months with at-home grooming.
High quality, stainless steel, slant tip tweezers are the best tweezers for eyebrow grooming because they give you both a pointed tip for accuracy and a straight edge for easy plucking. With its angled tips, slant tip tweezers can get really close to the skin which is important because this helps you pull the hair out properly, by the root. Stainless steel products give you long-lasting tweezers that won’t rust and are easy to sanitize with just a wipe of alcohol after each grooming session.
There are dozens of tweezers to choose from and prices range can from $1 to $30, but when buying beauty tools for your face you need to take into consideration safety, durability and effectiveness, as well as value. Considering many of the top tweezers come with a lifetime warranty, the price you pay for an easy to groom pair of beautiful brows is miniscule compared to clean and stylish look you’ll have.
When tweezing your eyebrows it is best to brush the brows into place with an eyebrow brush and pull one hair at a time in the direction the hair grows. Don’t pluck groups of hair out at a time thinking this will make it faster and DO stop to check your progress frequently to ensure you are not over-tweezing. To make it easier and a little less painful you can try tweezing after a hot shower when the pores are more open and grab the hair as close to the root as possible. You’ll need plenty of light (some tweezers come with their own light inside the grip like Revlon’s The Spotlight LED Slanted Tweezers) and a magnifying mirror helps if your eyesight is not the best. Last but definitely not least if you enjoy healthy skin, be sure to wipe your tweezers with a little alcohol after each use to sanitize them.
Now you know what to do, make sure you know what tweezers to add to your beauty bag. Here is a list of the top five tweezers for grooming your eyebrows:
Tweezerman Stainless Steel Slant and Mini-Slant Tweezer by Tweezerman ($14-$20) Winner of the Allure magazine Best of Beauty Award for the tenth time in 2011, Tweezerman tweezers have long been a top pick in the eyebrow grooming world. Perfectly aligned tips are hand filed to grab the hair every time and all Tweezerman tweezers come with a lifetime sharpening guarantee and the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. These beauties come in great colors like black, jewel blue, pink, red and tiger stripe. With consistent five star reviews, thousands of customers have raved about these Tweezerman tweezers and how well they work on eyebrow hairs.
Revlon Expert Tweezer, Slant Tip ($6) Precision-aligned slant tips and perfect tension provide superior control with the Revlon Expert Tweezer. Adding a matte finish for a non-slip grip, these stainless steel tweezers come not only a lifetime guarantee but also a 30 day money back guarantee. Revlon will repair or replace at no charge any defective tweezer and will sharpen any tweezers you send in for a $1 fee. Great reviews with many comparing them to Tweezerman’s tweezers with statements like “close second” and “as good as”.
Rubis Swiss Tweezer, #135 ($30) Serious groomers love these serious tweezers. Swiss made with stainless steel and a 3 ¾” perforated handle for a secure grip the Rubis Swiss tweezers are lightweight and perfectly aligned for brow hair removal. A forty-step hand finishing process and lifetime guarantee create a first class tweezer for people willing to pay $30 for the perfect tweezers. Reviews show that customers think these tweezers are well worth the price but may not be the best for finer hairs found elsewhere on the face.
Denco Ultra Aero Tweeze Tweezers ($16) The Denco Aero tweezers are lightweight, precision tweezers made in Italy and come with an unconditional lifetime warranty. High quality stainless steel and designed with a hollow handle to improve grip, these hand-filed precision tips tweezers come with a protective pouch to prevent tip damage while storing. Not as well-known as the Tweezerman or Revlon line of tweezers, the people who have tried the Denco Ultra Aero tweezers sure do love them when looking at the consistent five star reviews.
Sally Hansen La Cross Tini Tweeze Tweezers ($4) These “tini” tweezers have a shorter wider design for a firm grip and better control and are a compact size that is great for travelling. Ultra-thin tips make them great for capturing the short or fine hairs in eyebrow grooming. Stainless steel construction means they are easy to sterilize and at less than $5 the Sally Hansen La Cross Tini Tweeze gives you a beautiful, well groomed eyebrow at literally a fraction of the cost of the most popular tweezers with frequent “Best Tweezers Ever” reviews.