Like nail clippers and combs, pretty much everyone needs tweezers. Whether they're part of your regular grooming routine or just something you reach for when you get a splinter, you'll always be glad to have a pair of pluckers on hand. But while they all provide the same basic functionality, not all are created equal.
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René de la Garza, a celebrity brow artist and esthetician, says stainless steel tweezers are ideal. (The material is super durable and rust-resistant.) And according to dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD, the tips should provide a firm grasp "to prevent breakage of hair follicles and ingrown hairs."
To help you find the perfect tweezing tool, we tried out nearly 20 in our Manhattan testing facility, narrowing it down to the most user-friendly, effective, virtually painless pairs.
Scroll down for the best tweezers tested by Byrdie.
Best Overall: Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers
Sleek yet sturdy
Effectively grips hairs
Anastasia Beverly Hills is the long-reigning queen of eyebrows, so it should come as no surprise the brand makes the all-time best pluckers. How do they stand out from the rest? Let us count the ways! Our tester was able to effortlessly grasp and pull out even the tiniest hairs in just one try. Not only that, but it wasn't painful at all.
The sharp, slanted tips, calibrated tension, and easy-to-grip base make for an all-around streamlined plucking 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, our tester 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.
Material: Stainless steel | Tip: Slanted
What Our Testers Say
"I was able to reach tiny hairs within the arches of my brows, which I usually have trouble with." —Gibreel Martinez, Product Tester
Best Budget: Coco's Closet Eyebrow Tweezers
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 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, our tester said they made eyebrow plucking quick and painless.
Material: Powder-coated stainless steel | Tip: Slanted
What Our Testers Say
"These tweezers can grab and extract hair so quickly and painlessly. I would purchase." —Chloe Irving, Product Tester
Best Multi-Use: Benefit Grooming Tweezer & Brush
Doesn't pull on skin
Not stainless steel
We also love this multi-use set from Benefit Cosmetics. It's got a built-in brush on one end, which allows you to comb up your brows to see where you need to pluck, then smooth them back into place once you're done.
Our tester 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 metal is coated with diamond dust—whatever that means—and offers durability along with a firm grip. Other than that, our only complaint is that the packaging was hard to open.
Material: Diamond-dusted metal | Tip: Slanted
Best Pointed: Tweezerman Point Tweezer
Good for ingrown hairs
Potentially too small for large hands
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 said these pluckers 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.
Celebrity brow expert, René de la Garza weighs in; "Tweezerman tweezers are consistently excellent quality, and the brand offers complimentary sharpening and repair services."
Material: Steel | Tip: Pointed
Best Portable: Tweezerman Micro Mini Slant Tweezers Trio
Only comes in pink
Potentially too small for large hands
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 pointy. Though they're much smaller than average, our tester 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.
Material: Steel | Tip: Slanted, pointed, straight
What Our Editors Say
"They come with a chic little rose-gold carrying case with a magnetic closure, which would make them easy to find in your bag or makeup organizer." —Avery Stone, Associate Commerce Editorial Director
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.
How We Tested
Byrdie editors spent weeks researching the best tweezers on the market, searching high and low to find standout models. We selected nearly 20 options to try out in The Lab, our in-house testing center in Manhattan.
The design, size, shape, sharpness, grip, and features of the tweezers were carefully evaluated. After trying them out, our testers awarded each pair a score from one1 to five5 based on ease of use, effectiveness, and overall value. Those with the highest scores were selected for this roundup.
Other Options We Tested
Japonesque Slant Tweezer
Our tester liked the small, sleek design of these tweezers and said they're easy to grip and maneuver. The price is really affordable too. While we don't really have anything negative to say, they just didn't wow us like some other pairs we tried.
Revlon Deluxe Slant Tweezer
These tweezers turned out to be pretty decent for a drugstore brand. We like that they're made of stainless steel, and they were surprisingly easy to use. However, the tips are pretty dull, so they're not ideal for precision plucking and extracting super-fine hairs.
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This stainless steel pair is affordable and comes in 12 colors. The lightweight design is easy to grip, and although the tips feel sharp, they're a little too abrasive for delicate areas. We liked these tweezers enough but wouldn't call them the gold standard.
ZoneYan Tweezers with LED Light
Tweezers with a built-in LED light sound cool in theory, but in reality, were a bit of a gimmick. You need something sharp and pointy to turn the light on, which isn't very convenient. And while the illumination was kind of nice, the overall design was pretty clunky, and the tips were disappointingly dull.
Meet the 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.
What To Look For in Tweezers
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 absolutely want to make sure your tweezers are made of a metal that isn’t going to rust; de la Garza says stainless steel is typically the best option.
An angled tip is ideal for shaping brows, while pointed tips are best for the precise removal of fine hairs, ingrown hairs, or splinters.
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. 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.
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Did you notice the Byrdie Verified seal of approval at the top of this story? This seal means that our team has researched and tested every product on this list using a unique methodology that’s designed to focus on what our readers really want to know—and to deliver insights that you can’t find anywhere else. Occasionally, beauty brands and PR agencies will send us samples for coverage consideration, but our thoughts and opinions are fully our own. If you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases, but we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendations. In short, the Byrdie Verified seal stands for product recommendations you can trust.
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.
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