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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 offer everything from smart design to added features to perfect plucking execution.
Best Overall: Tweezerman Pink Perfection Slant Tweezer
No brand does tweezers better. We’ve had ours for years and they’re still in perfect condition. So yes, a mere set of tweezers can 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.
What Our Experts Say
"Tweezerman tweezers are consistently excellent quality, and the brand offers complimentary sharpening and repair services.” - René de la Garza, Celebrity Brow Artist
Best Budget: e.l.f. Slant Tweezer
Can cut hairs
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 Drugstore: Revlon Expert Slant Tip Tweezers
Can cut hairs
Flawlessly aligned, slanted tips make for accurate and precise plucking, and the price on this one can’t be beaten. Not convinced? Take a look at the glowing reviews all over the Internet.
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 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, these will be the last tweezers you ever buy.
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 Pointed Tip: Rubis Pointed Tweezers
Great for ingrown and short hairs
Includes a protective cap
“These point tweezers are the most precise tweezers for stubborn ingrown hairs, or grabbing impossible thin or short hair,” says de la Garza. (FYI, speaking from experience, a pointed tip like this is also great for splinter removal.) Handmade from surgical stainless steel, they’re easy to clean and disinfect, and come with a protective cap to help keep the point nice and sharp.
Best for Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers
Reviewers note it dulls easy
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 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 for Thick Hair: Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer
Can cut hairs
While it may seem somewhat counterintuitive that small tweezers would be best for grabbing thicker hairs, that is in fact the case here. “These mini slant tweezers have more tension in the grip because of the smaller size, making them ideal for using to remove medium to coarse hair,” explains de la Garza. Otherwise, they basically have all the same features as their larger counterpart, just in this more compact size.
Best with Light: ZoneYan LED Tweezers
Built-in LED light
Reviewers note its grip could be better
Even in the best-lit areas, it can be tricky to see 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 Mini Tweezer Set to Go
Includes slanted and pointed tips
Includes a case
Some may prefer a bigger tweezer
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 Set: Tweezer Guru Precision Tweezers Set
Includes slanted and pointed tips
Can cut hairs
Options are always a good thing, which is why we like that this comes with both slanted and pointed options. (Both are made of stainless steel, with perfectly calibrated tension, and a matte finish on the handle that makes for a non-slip grip.) An Amazon favorite, it’s pulled in over 8,000 ratings, with users raving about the quality and how well they grab even superfine hairs.
No matter what type of tweezer you’re after (or your budget), there’s a great option out there. Tweezerman makes a bunch of the best of the best; we love their Tweezerman Pink Perfection Slant Tweezer a great, all-around choice, as well as the smaller Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer, which has more tension to help better grab thicker hairs. If you want to splurge on a set you’ll have forever, go with the Regine Switzerland Genuine Diamond Tip Tweezers, but if you want a wallet-friendly pick that you don’t have to worry about losing or damaging, the e.l.f. Slant Tweezer will get the job done.
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.
Why Trust Byrdie?
Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s had the same pair of Tweezerman tweezers since 2009 and they’re still going strong.
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.
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