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Whether you’re using them to shape your arches, remove an errant chin hair (we’ve all been there, don’t worry), or even pull out a splinter, a good pair of tweezers is a staple tool. But, if you’re anything like us, the set you have may be old and have come from the depths of somewhere in the bathroom cabinet…in other words, it’s due time for an upgrade. Spending the time and effort to pick a standout pair of pluckers can make hair removal notably more efficient, not to mention less painful. The good news? We did the hard work for you.
Ahead, the best tweezers that offer everything from smart design to added features to perfect plucking execution.
Best Overall: Tweezerman Pink Perfection Slant Tweezer
Yes, it is possible for a mere set of tweezers to achieve cult-like status in the beauty world; this set is proof positive of exactly that. The tip comes in at a perfect, 25-degree slant, ideal for gripping and holding onto even teeny-tiny hairs, and it touts a perfectly calculated amount of tension. Bonus points for the poppy pink color, which makes it easy to find in a crowded makeup bag or bathroom drawer. Plus, the brand also offers free, lifetime sharpening should they ever start to dull, but we’ve had ours for years and they’re still in perfect condition.
Best Slanted Tip: Bobbi Brown Tweezer
You may think of this brand for makeup first, but trust us, don’t sleep on their tweezers. Crafted by Rubis of Switzerland, they’re made from ultra-high quality stainless steel and feature a slanted tip that’s choice for cleaning up stray hairs around your brows. Try them and you’ll wonder why you ever used any other tweezer.
Best Budget: e.l.f. Slant Tweezer
If you’re not quite ready to shell out big bucks for tweezers, we totally get it. This wallet-friendly choice comes in just a few bucks—yep, you read that correctly—yet repeatedly garners rave reviews for its plucking prowess. And thanks to an ergonomic design, they’re very comfortable to hold, too.
Best Two-in-One: Benefit Grooming Tweezer & Brush
Meet your one-stop-shop for A+ arches. This dual-ended tool features a brush on one side and slanted pluckers on the other. Use the brush first to brush up brows and see exactly where and what needs plucking (AKA risk ending up with the super skinny brows you inadvertently rocked in middle school), then use it afterward to comb hairs back into place and coif your perfect shape. Also nice: The tip of the tweezers is coated with diamond dust for a surefire grip.
Best for Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers
It should come as no surprise that the most major eyebrow guru in all the land created the best brow tweezers in all the land. What makes these so stellar for brows? A combination of the custom-slanted tip, coupled with perfectly calibrated tension that grips both the thicker hairs that pop up in between brows, as well as the itty-bitty ones at the tail equally well. They’re also made of a super-strength stainless steel and never need sharpening. So it should also come as no surprise that both the Byrdie team and satisfied shoppers consistently rave about these guys.
Best Splurge: Regine Switzerland Genuine Diamond Tip Tweezers
These may be an investment, but if you’re ready to buy a pair of tweezers that will last a lifetime, here you go. Every single set is handmade by Swiss craftsmen, following a 40-step process and microscopic testing to ensure completely perfect alignment (casual). They’re also made of a hardened, surgical-grade stainless steel that never needs sharpening, and have a diamond-coated tip for a flawless grip that never slips. And in the rare event that something does happen to them? The brand also offers a 100% lifetime guarantee. We told you, this will be the last tweezers you ever by.
Best Set: Tweezerman Petite Tweeze Set with Case
Options are always a good thing, which is why we like that this comes with both slanted and pointed options, smaller versions of the brand’s top-sellers. The convenient case is another selling point, ideal for travel or just to ensure you never misplace your pluckers.
Best with Light: Bason LED Tweezers
Even in the best lit areas, it can be tricky to see each and every brow hair, particularly if you’re fair-haired to begin with. Enter the beauty of light-up tweezers, like these guys. A tiny, built-in LED bulb illuminates your plucking area so you can see exactly which hairs you’re removing. They’re also made of medical-grade stainless steel that won’t rust or tarnish, and come as a set of two.
Best for Travel: Revlon Designer Collection Mini Tweezer Set to Go
Like a nail file, we’ve come to realize that tweezers are one of those things that are always good to take with you and have on-hand, even if you think you won’t need them. (Because inevitably, you will. Murphy’s Law.) Here you get not one but two, a slanted and pointed option in fun patterns. Keep them together in the included case or stash one in your suitcase and one in your purse.
Best for Stray Hair: TweezerGuru Professional Slant Tweezers
Look, unwanted facial hair happens to the best of us. To quickly snag that weird hair that pops up out of nowhere on your chin or above your lip, reach for these. They’re perfectly aligned to grasp single hairs, even small ones, of any and every thickness, and even come with a 60-day money-back guarantee if for some reason you don’t love them. (Though we’re pretty sure you will.)