Cancel Your Brow Appointment—We Found the Best Tweezers, Starting at $14 (2024)

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If we could only use one pair of tweezers until the end of time, we’d have to go with Anastasia Beverly Hills. This all-star grooming tool earned perfect scores from our testers, who loved the sleek yet sturdy design and sharp, slanted tips. That said, Coco’s Closet Eyebrow Tweezers are a great budget option, standing out for their finger grips and lightweight yet durable design.

Like nail clippers andcombs, pretty much everyone needs tweezers. Whether they’re part of your regular grooming routine to fix uneven browsor just something you reach for when you get a splinter, you'll always be glad to have a pair of pluckerson hand. But while they all provide the same basic functionality, not all are created equal.

René de la Garza, a celebrity brow artist and esthetician, says stainless steel tweezers are ideal because the material is super durable and rust-resistant. They should also have a design that allows for a firm grasp to prevent ingrown hairs and hair follicle breakage.

To help you find the perfect tweezing tool, wetesteddozens of top options at our Manhattan facility, assessing each pair on user-friendliness, effectiveness, and pain level. We also used the tweezers at home, reviewing their effectiveness after one month and again at three months. Additionally, we scanned hundreds of online reviews for the most highly rated products. After combining this intel with guidance from a brow specialist and board-certified dermatologist, we landed on these tweezers as our favorite picks.

Our Top Picks

What We Like

  • Sleek yet sturdy

  • Effectively grips hairs

  • Pain-free plucking

What to Consider

  • Some reviewers say they are not long-lasting

Material: Stainless steel | Tip: Slanted

Anastasia Soare, the mastermind behind her eponymous brand Anastasia Beverly Hills, is the long-reigning eyebrow queen, so it should come as no surprise the brand makes the all-time best tweezer. How do they stand out from the rest? Our tester, Gibreel, was able to effortlessly grasp and pull out even the tiniest hairs in just one try. Not only that, but the sharp, slanted tips, calibrated tension, and easy-to-grip base make for an all-around streamlined pain-free tweezing experience.

Made in Italy from high-quality stainless steel, with the brand’s signature matte black finish, we’re also big fans of the sleek and elegant yet sturdy design. Not too small nor too big or heavy, Gibreel said these tweezers are the perfect size. The price is a little steep, but you can expect them to last for several years—decades, maybe—so they’re a worthwhile investment if you ask us.

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Gibreel | Tweezer Tester

“I was able to reach tiny hairs within the arches of my brows, which I usually have trouble with.”

What We Like

  • Lightweight and easy to use

  • Non-slip design

  • Grips hair easily

What to Consider

  • Not ideal for plucking shorter hairs

Material: Powder-coated stainless steel | Tip: Slanted

Interested in something more budget-friendly? Check out these tweezers from Coco’s Closet. Made of powder-coated stainless steel and available in a few fun colors, our tester, Karen, appreciated the lightweight yet surprisingly durable design.

She also liked how the shaft is wider in the middle with silicone finger grips to prevent slipping and cramping during longer tweezing sessions. The slanted tips gripped and pulled out hairs with minimal tension. And while they may not be ideal for removing shorter hairs, Karen said they made eyebrow plucking easy and she never had to try multiple times to successfully tweeze out a hair.

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Karen | Tweezer Tester

“These tweezers can grab and extract hair so quickly and painlessly. I would purchase.”

What We Like

  • Built-in brush

  • Firm grip

  • Doesn't pull on skin

What to Consider

  • Not stainless steel

  • Hard-to-open packaging

Material: Diamond-dusted metal | Tip: Slanted

We also love this multiuse set from Benefit Cosmetics. A built-in brush on one end combs your brows to see where you need to pluck for the best brow shape, and then you can smooth them back into place once you’re done.

Our tester, Chloe, was a big fan of the dual-ended design. After taking these tweezers for a spin, she was impressed by how well the wide, slanted tips grabbed and extracted multiple hairs at once without pulling on her skin. They aren’t made of stainless steel, but the durable metal offers a firm grip. Other than that, our only complaint is that the packaging was hard to open.

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Chloe | Tweezer Tester

“These tweezers can grab and extract hair so quickly and painlessly. I would purchase.”

What We Like

  • Sharp tip for grabbing fine, short hair

  • Good for ingrown hairs

  • Complimentary sharpening and repair available

What to Consider

  • Potentially too small for large hands

  • Not beginner-friendly

Material: Steel | Tip: Pointed

Pointed tweezers aren’t something we’d recommend to beginners, but they’re clutch for precision plucking and ingrown hairs. This pair from Tweezerman features super-fine (and super sharp) tips that make it easy to grab short, fine hairs. Unlike the slanted-tip variety, you won’t accidentally pull out more hairs than you intended.

Our tester, Shanon, said these tweezers are on the smaller side, so they might not be ideal for folks with large hands. Still, she found them easy to use and perfect for detailed hair removal, noting that she didn't need to use much pressure or force. De la Garza weighs in: “Tweezerman tweezers are consistently excellent quality, and the brand offers complimentary sharpening and repair services.”

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What We Like

  • Carrying case

  • Pain-free plucking

  • User-friendly with three tip designs

What to Consider

  • Only comes in pink

  • Potentially too small for large hands

Material: Steel | Tip: Slanted, pointed, straight

Tweezerman's Micro Mini Trio is ideal for trips and on-the-go use. This high-quality set comes with three pluckers: one flat-tipped, one slanted, and one pointed. Though they’re much smaller than average, our tester, Avery, was pleasantly surprised by the user-friendly design, noting that they were easy to maneuver and didn't slip in her hands.

She liked that the pointed ones are sharp but not brittle and said all three pairs did a great job pulling out short, long, fine, thick, and coarse hairs. Not only that, but the tweezing experience was virtually painless. While we wish this set was available in more colors, we like that it comes with its rose gold carrying case.

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Avery | Tweezer Tester

“These tweezers come in a cute little rose gold carrying case with a magnetic closure, which makes it easy (and safe) to find in your bag or makeup kit.”

What We Like

  • Very easy to remove ingrown hairs

  • Wide grip for ultimate control

  • Great at grabbing super-fine brow hairs

What to Consider

  • Tips can be easily bent or damaged

Material: Stainless steel and plastic | Tip: Straight, tapered, and needle-fine

Ingrown hairs occur when a strand gets trapped under the skin, essentially growing backward and causing inflammation in the follicle. They commonly happen anywhere on the body that you remove hair—including your eyebrows. If that’s something you’re dealing with, this ultra-skinny tweezer (another favorite from Tweezerman) features sharp, tapered tips that allow you to get under the skin, releasing the trapped hair and allowing the area to heal.

Just be sure to sanitize the tip with an alcohol wipe before use to avoid any risk of infection and store them using the silicone cover so you don’t accidentally skewer yourself. In our experience, the needle-fine tips are super fragile so keep them somewhere they won’t get easily damaged.

What We Like

  • Scissors-like design is easy to use

  • Slanted tips grab hair effectively

  • Works for right- and left-handers

What to Consider

  • Design can be confusing at first for those used to traditional tweezers

Material: Stainless steel | Tip: Slanted

Tweezers can be fiddly and difficult to grip, especially if you have weak joints, suffer from a condition like carpal tunnel syndrome, or have shaky hands. The Revlon Perfectweeze is here to make things so much easier. Its scissors-style handle is simple to maneuver, and the slanted tweezer tips enable you to grab and pull hairs from virtually any angle. It can take a while to get used to this unique design as you work around the brow’s contours, but we think that as long as you can use a pair of scissors, you’ll likely never return to conventional-style tweezers again. Oh, and it works for right-handed people and lefties alike.

What We Like

  • Pretty gold design

  • Lightweight and easy to use

  • Precise, pointed tip

  • Comb end for styling

What to Consider

  • Doesn’t come with free repair, like Tweezerman

Material: Stainless steel | Tip: Slanted and pointed

This brow grooming tool from NYC eyebrow specialist Joey Healy combines a little comb with a precision-tip tweezer to perfect your arch shape without a visit to the brow salon. The comb end allows you to lay all the hairs down neatly so you can see what you’re working with, and the tweezer end’s angled “chisel design” grips hairs and plucks them right at the root for ease and efficiency. They’re also the most aesthetically pleasing pair of tweezers on our list, boasting a shiny gold finish and a handy travel case for simple storage.

Caitlyn Martyn, commerce writer | Tweezer Tester

“This is my go-to tweezer for eyebrow grooming. The one tool provides everything I need for perfectly shaped brows every time.”

What to Look for in Tweezers

  • Tension: According to de la Garza, the tension when you pinch the tweezers together should be consistent and feel neither too loose nor too tight. You want to make sure you’re able to get a good grip on the tweezer so you can pull hairs out cleanly at the root, reducing the risk of ingrown hairs and keeping your skin hair-free for longer.
  • Material: You want to make sure your tweezers are made of a metal that isn’t going to rust or corrode, de la Garza says. Stainless steel is ideal, plus it’s hypoallergenic which is preferable for those with sensitive skin. If you can’t find a stainless steel pair, light-yet-durable titanium will do the trick.
  • Tip: The best tip to look for will depend on your brow grooming needs. An angled tip (the most common type) is ideal for precision shaping, pointed tips are best for the precise removal of fine hairs and ingrown hairs, and straight tips will grab lots of hair at once, which might be useful for grooming the inner corners. To make sure all your brow-grooming bases are covered you might consider investing in a kit containing several tip variations.

FAQ

  • What are tweezers used for?

    Tweezers are used primarily for removing sparse hairs such as eyebrows or other facial hair. You can also use them to remove hairs missed when waxing or while using another hair removal technique. Aside from hair removal, tweezers effectively remove things like splinters or glass fragments from the skin.

  • Are tweezers good for hair removal?

    Tweezers are good for hair removal. They pull the hair out by the root, which is effective and longer-lasting than shaving. You can also choose to use a dermaplaning tool to remove unwanted hair on your face. However, tweezing is tedious and only practical when used in limited areas such as the eyebrows, face, and nose, or to clean up missed hairs on the bikini line or other areas where another removal technique has been used.

  • How do you tweeze your hair?

    To tweeze your hair, work at an angle, using a mirror and bright lighting. Grasp the hair between the pinchers, pulling in the same direction the hair grows. This will help prevent ingrown hairs or the hair from breaking off rather than being pulled out at the root.

Why Trust Byrdie

Theresa Holland is a commerce beauty writer and product reviewer. For this story, she compiled insights from a board-certified dermatologist, a celebrity brow expert, and Byrdie's team of in-house testers. She is serious about tweezer quality and can personally vouch for Tweezerman and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Theresa covers grooming tools, makeup, skincare, and at-home beauty treatments at Byrdie.

Esme Benjamin, a freelance writer and editor, began writing and editing for the Byrdie commerce team in 2023. She updated this article and contributed additional products in 2024.

For this story, contributors spoke to the following expert:

  • René de la Garza is a celebrity brow artist, esthetician, and the founder of Brow Down Studio in Los Angeles. He’s known for his classic brow shaping and brow lamination techniques.

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