Tools and Products to Prepare Before Starting to Pluck Eyebrows

Here’s the list of tools and products I’ve compiled to help those who are learning how to pluck eyebrows at home but want professional results.
{At the end of the list you’ll find recommended products and shopping options.}

Ten Essential Items for Anyone Learning How to Puck Eyebrows:

  1. Mirror / good lighting
  2. Makeup remover / cotton pads or duo cleansing towelettes
  3. Hot water / Washcloth
  4. Brow brush
  5. Curved scissors
  6. Slanted tweezers
  7. Eyebrow pencils {white and/or colored}
  8. Witch Hazel
  9. Soothing aloe gel and/or unscented lotion
  10. Ice / Cold Pack / Face Mask

Other Useful Eyebrow Shaping Tools:

  1. Professional Eyebrow Shaping Stencils
  2. Regular or Mini Eyebrow Razors

{For a Step by Step Instructions on How to Pluck Eyebrows consult related posts.}

Recommended Products to Have on Hand Before Starting to Pluck Eyebrows:

I. Mirror / good lighting

The mirror by Kingsley called: Naturally, which is a 6 inch mirror that’s portable yet comes with a stand and offers 10 X magnification, is reasonable priced and can be ordered online.

II. Makeup remover / cotton pads or duo cleansing towelettes

The Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are gentle, effective and soothing to the skin. Order packages of 25.

III. Hot water / Washcloth

Having a set of small facial washcloths that are thin an easy to use on the brow is a must. A package of six Kushies washcloths {60% cotton, 40% polyester, white} are really cheap and do the trick. Order a 6-pack Wash Cloth Set by Kushies through Amazon

IV. Brow brush

One of the best eyebrow brushes is the Tweezerman Spiral Brow Brush that comes in a retractable case for just over ten dollars. Order this great little eyebrow bush from Amazon.

V. Curved scissors

I recommend the affordable well-designed Tweezerman Facial Hair Scissors (Available through Amazon)

VI. Slanted tweezers

Your best eyebrow plucker will be a pair of Tweezerman Stainless Steel Slanted Tweezers (Buy from Amazon)

VII. Eyebrow pencils {white and/or colored}

If you’re going to use stencils, or want to mark the brow before shaping them, I suggest a white eyebrow highlighter pencil. High Brow by Benefit Cosmetics makes a white highlighter that works well for outlining the contour of stencils, marking the brow arch etc, and later can be used to highlight the brow.

Order a High Brow pencil by Benefit Cosmetics (Available for purchase through Amazon)

VIII. Witch Hazel

For cleansing and disinfecting without irritating the delicate eye area, choose Thayer’s Alcohol Free Witch Hazel with Aloe.
Order Thayer’s Witch Hazel (Order fulfilled by Amazon)

IX. Soothing aloe gel and/or unscented lotion

One of the best products is Aubrey Organics 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel. It’s not a cream or thick gel but a liquid that refreshes and can be applied to the brow area with a cotton swab or pad. It feels soothing and refreshing. The 4 ounce bottle is portable.
Order Aubrey Organics Aloe Vera Gel through Amazon

One of the best moisturizing creams for delicate areas is Cetaphil Fragrance Free Daily Facial Moisturizer

X. Ice / Cold Pack / Face Mask

Regular ice is good, but if possible get a cold pack. I suggest the TheraPearl Eyeessential cold pack which is an eye mask that stays flexible even whem frozen. It soothes the eye area after plucking because it molds itself to individual facial structures. Have a look at the TheraPearl Eyeessential cold pack on Amazon.

Other Recommended Products for Eyebrow Shaping and Maintenance:

1. Professional Eyebrow Shaping Stencils

Some of the best are the Anastasia professional eyebrow shaping stencils but some ladies have complained they can’t work with them because the plastic versions slip. That’s why expert celebrity eyebrow stylist, Anastasia Soare, has come out with Brow Stix that stay in place. Choose your eyebrow shape, stick in place, outline, remove and pluck eyebrows expertly without a thought. Order the 5-piece Anastasia Brow Stix set by Anastasia Beverly Hills through the Amazon website.

2. Regular or Mini Eyebrow Razors

See recommended products below, all of which can be ordered online through

Choosing Eyebrow Plucker Devices, Tweezers, Scissors and Razors that Work

Most of the fancy and expensive precision eyebrow plucker devices and automatic tweezers are not as effective as a simple pair of well made tweezerman tweezers, which I highly recommend.

{A} Tweezerman Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer

If you’re looking at other devices and wondering if they work, here’s a brief review of popular eyebrow plucker, tweezing devices, scissors and razors:

{B} Princess Care automatic eyebrow plucker is an instrument that’s suppose to offer a painless way to pluck eyebrows and tweeze fine hairs, but it’s not as well constructed as it could be and isn’t easy to use. For the price, these automatic tweezers don’t offers any extra value and are not as good as a pair of stainless steel tweezers.

{C} Clamp style eyebrow plucker tools like the Squeezer Tweezers, theoretically provide a better grip, but because the devices are large, they tend to get in the way of seeing fine eyebrow hairs. Despite their German engineering and good reputation, I don’t recommend them for DIY eyebrow care. Clamp style eyebrow pluckers are best for working on someone else’s brows or for styling mens brows where there may be thicker hairs to remove. Men appreciate the way the handles are sturdily constructed and provide better grip.

{D} Of all the unusual tweezers and eyebrow plucking instruments, the Regine Extra-wide Grip Stainless Steel Slanted Tweezers {made in Switzerland} are a good product that work effectively and offer a little more area to grip without a massive handle or to get in the way. If you can afford to spend almost thirty dollars on a pair of precision tweezers, these would be the ones to choose

{E} For men and women who prefer a scissor-style handle with good grip, the Tweezerman Scissor Tweeze is a good eyebrow plucker device. Men tend to like this instrument because it’s solidly made and easy to hold.

{F} Perfect Beauty Pro Tweezers in the SEAFOAM collection are good instruments that offer solid grip, slanted tips, and come with a lifetime sharpening guarantee {the same as Tweezerman }, and come in funky colors.

{G} Tinkle Eyebrow Razor sets retail for just a few dollars and work like a charm. These razors aren’t sharp enough to cut the skin. Tinkle regular eyebrow razors are quite large so for fine work, you may want the mini Japanese razor designs which are available in {H} below.

{H} The Japanese Mini-T Eyebrow Razors that are made by KAI {and come in packs of 3 } are good little devices to maintain the brow between plucking or waxing. These have sharp stainless steel blades that work marvelously for men or women and can be used anywhere on the face.

{I} The Tweezerman Facial Hair Scissors are excellent, made in Italy from stainless steel, and ideal for the ladies. Men may find that the handles a bit too small, but for most women they’re excellent for trimming wayward brow hair. They’re affordable and good quality.

{J} Although the Perfect Beauty Eyebrow Scissors are more expensive {more than double the price of the above Tweezerman designs}, they may be a good choice because they have handles with excellent grip. These are German made stainless steel curved eyebrow scissors for men and women.

{K} The top of the line eyebrow plucker kit that I recommend is the Anastasia Brow Tool Kit that includes customized slanted stainless steel tweezers made in Italy, precision stainless steel curved eyebrow scissors, and a set of Anastasia’s famous eyebrow shaping stencils. The Anastasia Brow Tool Kit includes a carrying case.

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