What are tweezers used for?

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Tweezer Styles & Their Uses

Have you ever looked at the large selection of tweezers in any store and thought, “why on earth are there so many styles and what is the difference between them?” If you have, then this handy guide may help to explain.

Slant Tip

We may as well start with the most popular style first. Slant tip tweezers are very versatile and are by far the most commonly used. The slant tip offers an angled, flat edge that’s great for tweezing large areas quickly. It’s perfect for shaping eyebrows because, whether you use the entire flat edge or just the tip portion, the angle allows you to easily see where you’re tweezing while looking in the mirror. The slant tweezer can also be flipped over so the high end can be used like a point tip, for maximum precision. Everyone should have a good slant tip tweezer on hand for general tweezing. So, whether you’re looking for a great value, want a scissors-style grip, prefer a more professional style, would like to express your personality with a bit of color or a pattern or are looking for a better grip and improved comfort, we have a style for you.

Point Tip

Point tip tweezers feature a fine, thin tip that is great for removing splinters and ingrown hair. The tips can slide under the top layer of your skin to grasp the trapped object and pull it out. Point tips are also popular for precision tweezing because their thin tips can isolate a single hair in a large area. For that reason, these tweezers can often be found in cosmetic bags. However, they’re mostly staples in first aid kits.

Claw Tip

The claw tip is a step above the square tip in terms of function. Both are used mainly for tweezing body hair in larger areas, particularly after waxing. Because their long, flat edges have no angle, they’re easy to use on yourself or on someone else without having to twist your wrist awkwardly. The claw tip’s improvement over the square tip is visibility. Because the tweezer arms bend out in a v-shape before the tips meet, it allows you to look down and see exactly where you’re tweezing. Claw tip tweezers can also be used for shaping eyebrows, but their lack of an angled edge makes them a little harder to work with than a slant tip.

The History of Tweezers

The History and Many Uses of Tweezers

Tweezers as we know them today serve many practical functions, like plucking one’s eyebrows, removing a splinter from the skin, reparing a watch, cooking or performing delicate surgical operations. They can also be used to manipulate mechanical parts and generally handle any object too small for the human hand to comfortably grab.

This handy invention dates back to pre-Dynastic Egypt and was probably used for beading and other delicate tasks. According to Wikipedia, drawings of Egyptian craftsmen have been discovered that depict the use of a double-bow, tweezer-like tool used to grip pots and hold them over ovens. By 3000 B.C., tweezers were used in Mesopotamia and India. Evidence shows that the Romans also used them.

Egyptian Tweezers

Roman Tweezers

It is speculated that tweezers come from similar instruments like tongs, pincers and pliers. Tweezers mimic the action of the clinching together of a human thumb and finger, performing duties that a person’s hand may not be capable of because of size restraints. Called “forceps” in the medical field, this instrument serves as a surgical tool. They are used in dental procedures, dissection, surgeries and more.

Tweezers are constructed in two different ways, the first of which involves melding two angled pieces of metal together. Another simpler and more inexpensive way to create tweezers is when one piece of metal is bent in half. Some variations have loops or hooks on the end for better grabbing.

Etymology

The word tweezer takes its origin from France. “Etui” is at the root of the word. It comes from “etwee” that is taken from the Old French verb “estuier,” meaning to hold or keep safe. An etwee describes a petite case that people would use to carry small objects (such as toothpicks) with them. Over time, the object now known as “tweezers” took on this name because the tool was commonly found in these tiny carrying cases. Eventually, the word “tweeze” was accepted as a verb in the English language.

Slant, Pointed or Pointed-Slant Tweezers – Which are Best for Me?

There are so many different tweezers on the market today, ranging from a few dollars at the bottom end to a staggering hundred dollars right at the top.

Deciding on which to buy can be a bit of a chore – however, the first key decision is which type of tip is best for what you want.​

This article aims to help you choose the best for you from the 3 most popular tweezer types for hair removal.

Slant, Pointed or Pointed-Slant – Which is Best for Me?

​Tip Comparison

The photograph below gives a good illustration of the different tweezer types.

Shows comparison of slant, pointed and slanted point tips

Which type is best for you will largely depend on what it is you wish to use them for.

As you can see, the slant tip on the left has a slightly angled edge, leading to a point at one end, whilst the pointed tweezer tapers straight down to its needle-sharp points.

The pointed slant is a bit of an amalgamation of the two, with a more acute slant and more defined, sharper point than the regular slant​.

A Look At Each Type

Slant Tip Tweezers​

Slanted tips can be angled to follow the contour of the brow

Slant tipped tweezers are the most popular because they are the most versatile and easy to use.

The flat edge can be easily angled to run parallel to the skin, to enable you to grab even fine hairs, and to pull them out more easily in the direction of the hair’s growth.

If more precision is required to isolate an individual hair, the tweezer can be turned over to achieve this using the more pointed end.

They are certainly the best tweezers for eyebrow shaping, as the slant follows the contour of the brow.

I recently reviewed several slant tipped tweezers and would recommend the Tweezerman. For a full review see my article:

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer Full Review with Photos

Point tipped tweezers offer less versatility, but are the best for when ultimate precision is required e.g. the removal of ingrown hairs, splinters, glass fragments or anything just below the skin’s surface.

Always keep the needle-sharp tips covered with cap when storing

They are also handy for grasping the very finest hairs​ that you have difficulty with when using other tweezers.

They have needle-like, very sharp tips and you need to take care and have a steady hand when using them. It may take a little time to master their use.

Again, I would recommend the Tweezerman product – for full review see article:

​Tweezerman Ingrown Hair Splintertweeze Review

Pointed-Slant Tip Tweezers

As already stated, the pointed slant is designed to have the best of both worlds:

Shows the Pointed Slant Tweezer Tips

Theoretically, with these you have a two-in-one tweezer – a slanted tip with a very sharp point at one end.​

I guess if you only want to have one pair of tweezers, these are the one’s for you and this design has many fans.

​Of course, there is a cost advantage to this as well – two for the price of one, so-to-speak.

For the best pointed-slant at ​around $20 I would recommend the Slice Combo Tip. For full review see article:

Slice Combo Tip Tweezer Review​

So Which to Choose?

The difference in use between the slant-edged and point-tipped tweezer is clear to see, and in that respect, choosing between them should be easy.

The most likely scenario is that you will need a pair of each at some point in your life if you tweeze regularly, but for versatility and general use, the slant tip wins every time.

The decision becomes a bit more clouded when you add the pointed slant tweezer into the mix – can it really take the place of the other two?

The short answer to this is no:

It is easy to see that the needle tips of the pointed tweezer will more easily reach under the skin without danger of scarring

Their pointed tip, although very sharp, cannot take the place of the needle-tips of the regular point tipped tweezer for teasing out ingrown hairs etc. from beneath the skin’s surface.​

So the real question is, which is best between slant and pointed slant?

​I recently carried out in-depth reviews of several pairs of tweezers of each type. My personal preference is for the regular slant tipped tweezer.

Illustrates the Tweezerman Slant and Pointed Slant Tweezer tips

I found that they are easier to use because they are not as sharp and fine-pointed as the pointed-slant,​ so I did not need to be as precise when trying to grasp the hairs. It was easier to grab the hair without pinching the skin.

It also seemed to me that the less acute angle of the slant was more comfortable and easy to use for the brow.​

This is my opinion but do bear in mind, when making your final decision, that many people like the pointed-slant.

Other Things to Consider When Purchasing Tweezers

Having decided on which type of tweezer you need, there are a few other things to check out before you make your purchase:

3 Key Elements of a Good Pair of Tweezers

See how perfectly the tips are aligned?

Three important elements which make up a good and effective pair of tweezers are:

  • Alignment – the tips must be precisely aligned so that they meet properly, all along the edge, to grasp the hair
  • Sharp Tips – to ensure that, once grasped, the hair does not slip when pulled to remove
  • Tension – ideally you need a gentle resistance when squeezing the two arms together

Additional Points

Some other things to think about are:

This example shows the Tweezerman Wide Grip tweezer – but there are many different makes and styles of wide-grips available

  • Grip – some tweezers have a wide grip feature, making them easier to hold for better control. These might be particularly good if you have any weakness in your hands and fingers.
  • Finish – tweezers come with many different finishes, coatings and designs. Although, most obviously, this affects the look of the tweezer, it also can enhance the feel e.g. a rubberised or embossed finish may help with grip.
  • Cost – as previously mentioned, tweezers vary hugely in cost. As a rule of thumb, I would advise you to purchase the best that you can afford. Generally you get what you pay for and, although there are some pretty decent tweezers available for $7 – $10, at the very bottom end are some pretty useless one’s! When considering the cost it is worth bearing in mind that a good pair of tweezers, if well looked after, should last you for many years.

More Information

We have produced several articles offering more information about various aspects of tweezing as follows:

How to Pluck your Eyebrows with Tweezers

How to Remove Ingrown Hairs with Tweezers

How to Avoid Ingrown Hairs from Tweezing​

Tweezers, Explained

We often take the little things in life for granted. Take tweezers for example. Without tweezers you might have a very frustrating time getting splinters out of your fingers. Without tweezers you might be sporting a unibrow. Without tweezers, you might be swallowing the bones of a fish because you couldn’t pick them out ahead of time. Without tweezers certain surgeries would be complicated by the inability to do detailed work. Tweezers are an amazing invention that have many uses not just in the beauty arena but also for other practical application.

Fingers are often too fat and big to grasp certain objects. Whether they be hairs, splinters, fish bones, or small electronic parts, fingers have too much surface area to do the little work that tweezers can handle so easily. We use tweezers to handle the smallest objects so as not to damage them and/or to get a better grasp of an object. So in essence, tweezers mimic the human thumb and index finger but on a smaller scale. Today tweezers have become quite specialized. From point tip to slant tip to large and small tweezers, there is a tweezer for just about any use.

Seeing how important tweezers have become in daily application, let’s take a look at the origin of the tweezer and the history behind this wonderful invention. It’s not surprising that tweezers have been known to be used as far back as 3000 BC! Evidence has been found in Mesopotamia, India and Egypt of two strips of metal soldered together to catch or hold small objects (Wikipedia). The word ‘tweezer’ is of French and Latin origin and is defined as a small pincer-like instrument for handling small objects (Dictionary.com). ‘Tweezer’ is derived from ‘etwee’ which is then further derived from the French word ‘Etui.’ ‘Etui’ means ‘small case.’ Since tweezers were often stored in these small cases ‘etwee’ eventually became ‘tweezers’ and the name stuck. Belonging to the same ‘family’ as tongs and pliers, tweezers became a tool meant for small objects while tongs and pliers are meant for larger objects.

In particular, beauty tweezers have been used for removing unwanted hairs since the Roman days. In the middle ages, it was fashionable for women to tweeze their eyebrows. Removing unwanted hair by tweezing and shaving had cultural significance all over the world. It still does today

Over time, tweezers have evolved tremendously. The main differences between the various tweezers out there are the shape of the tip and the overall size of the tweezer. For example, slant tip tweezers are good for tweezing eyebrow hairs. Point tip tweezers are good for reaching into very small places and precision tweezing. Triangular tips are good for grasping larger objects. Rounded tip tweezers help to protect the skin so you can hold it at any angle and not poke yourself. Other types of tweezers are optical tweezers, magnetic tweezers, electric tweezers, vacuum tweezers, molecular tweezers and soldering tweezers. Each of these different kinds of tweezers may be made of different material, may be different in length, have a different tip, and different size handles. Some tweezers are very specific in their uses while others can be used for various unrelated tasks.

The history of tweezing and tweezers is quite phenomenal. Used for centuries, tweezers have evolved as people found ways to improve the tweezer for very specific purposes. Today, there are many different kinds of tweezers available. However, not all of them are created equally. Some may look the same, but in use they are practically worthless. Although tweezers have come a long way, if you want to find tweezers that perform the function you are looking for, be sure to do your due diligence. Otherwise, you might find yourself searching for a new one shortly after.

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Last Updated on May 27, 2019

Tweezers are one of those useful tools that don’t get a second thought until you find yourself in a position where you really need them.

Whether you use tweezers to pluck your eyebrows or have them safely stored away in your medicine cabinet or first aid kit, tweezers can be found in nearly every household.

Some people just buy a cheap pair of tweezers and never give it a second thought.

But if you are anything like us you will want the right tool for the right job. So we set about testing a boatload of tweezers in an attempt to find the best of the best.

When we test we don’t do things in halves:

Some of the tweezers we tested

To date, we have tested over 80 makes and models of tweezers.

Tweezers are little more than two pieces of metal stuck together. In terms of product design, it really doesn’t get much simpler than that.

This is why it surprised us that there was a huge variation in performance between the different makes and models. Because of this, finding the perfect tweezers was not as easy as we initially thought.

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Contents

Use the index below to jump to your preferred section of the guide

  1. Slant Tip Tweezers
  2. Pointed Tip Tweezers
  3. Pointed Slant Tweezers
  4. Square Tip Tweezers
  5. Round Tip Tweezers
  6. Curved Tweezers

Slant Tip Tweezers

Left to right: Revlon, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Malva Belle, Tweezerman, Rubis, Topinox

When most people refer to tweezers, they are talking about the slant-tip variety.

As the name suggests, the blade of the slant tip tweezers is cut at an angle. When it comes to tweezers; slant tips are the best all-rounder. If you do not have already own a set of tweezers then we recommend the slant tip as your starting point.

Using the point of the tweezers will allow for a more precise plucking and grabbing. By flipping the tweezers the other way you can use the flat end to grab larger areas but with less control.

Best slant tip tweezers Tweezers

Being the most popular of tweezer types, we were unsurprised to see that this was the most commonly available style of tweezer. As such, the competition was fierce. With testing, we were able to narrow the selection down to six great performers.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezer– Best for eyebrows

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We were a little hesitant to recommend such an expensive pair of tweezers but given its ability to give a clean and precise pluck combined with quality that will last years with proper care; the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers were unrivaled

The all stainless steel tweezers easily gripped the thickest of chin hairs and finest of upper lip hairs; plucking at the root without cutting the hair. Even when the tip of the tweezers made contact with the skin there was no irritation.

Don’t let the pink look fool you. While the tweezers look similar to the poor performing Malva Belle’s, they are a great example of precision engineering. Handcrafted in Italy, these tweezers managed to outperform the amazing Rubis and Cricket tweezers when it came to eyebrow grooming; and that’s no small feat.

If you religiously pluck your eyebrows, scanning daily for a sign that your eyebrows are stepping out of line then these are for you. Expensive, but you won’t get better.

Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel – Value for money

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Now I know you may be looking at the price and thinking that is hardly a budget pick but if you want good tweezers that will last a lifetime then you are going to have to pay for them.

Unlike the rest of the Tweezerman range, which failed to impress, the Professional Stainless Steel tip appears to be milled exceptionally well. The tip was more than capable of plucking even the smallest of hairs.

The Tweezerman Professional Slant comes in a wide range of colors. While it may look pretty, we were would have preferred a plain metal design. The painted finish is slipperier to grip than similar tweezers with unfinished metal.

Got Glamour Micro Slant – Best for precision

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Got Glamour is one of the very few pairs of tweezers we were able to track down that was made right here on American Soil. The tweezers are honed in New York and are a fine example of American craftsmanship.

The small tip was an instant favorite here at the office and after testing them we were puzzled as to why more manufacturers don’t offer a narrow slant tip. The small tip made precision plucking simpler than using a wider tipped tweezer.

Now the downside to the small head is that it will be less useful in situations where you want a wider grip on the head. But if all you want is good quality tweezers for your eyebrows then these are more than up to the task. And the fact that they are made in the USA really sweetens the deal.

Also Good…

The following slant tip tweezers are also worth checking out.

Got Glamour Slant – Just like their Micro Slant tweezer, Got Glamour’s standard sized slant tip is a great all-rounder. And also made in the USA

Rubis Slant tip Tweezer – Made in Switzerland, the Rubis tweezers performed great in every single category. The arms are quite thick, which did not appeal to every tester but in terms of performance, they rivaled the best.

Topinox Slanted Tweezers – Made by Niegeloh in Solingen, Germany; these tweezers showcase exceptional workmanship. If you are looking for classic style tweezers with narrow arms then the Topinox Slant would make a fine addition to your medicine cabinet.

Slanted Tweezers to Avoid

The following slant tip tweezers were not of the quality we would have expected for the reasons listed.

3 Swords Slant Tip – The edges of the blade were rounded making precise plucking difficult.

Apex Micro Slant – Made in America and performed well. However, the finish was much rougher than that of our top pick, the Got Glamour micro-slant.

Malva Belle Slant Tweezers – At first glance, they appear to be a cheaper Anastasia Beverly Hills tweezer. While they plucked better than drugstore tweezers they still struggled on fine blonde hairs.

CoverGirl Precision Angled Tweezer – Had a cross-bite that made the edges of the blade unusable.

Cricket Slant Tip Tweezers – We were surprised to place the German made slant tips here but the jaws of the tweezers had the narrowest opening out of all the tweezers we tested.

Muji Steel Tweezers – As is a common trend with Muji products, the tweezers are nickel plated. Despite offering a great grip and meticulous finishing the small size and stiff tensioning made us pass them by.

Mehaz Professional Slanted Tweezers 350 – Despite being made in Italy, Mehaz had some alignment issues that allowed finer hairs to slip through its grasp.

Pfeilring Stainless Steel Slant Tip – These are the same tweezers that Brookstone sells. At first glance, the build quality appears to be excellent however the jaws were slightly misaligned.

Probelle Slant – Overpriced and underperforms. Nicely aligned but still struggled to pluck fine hairs.

Revlon Expert Tweezer Slant Tip – All slant tip tweezers from Revlon we tested were awful. Misaligned jaws, edges that failed to grip fine hairs and a blade edge that noticeably dulled over the course of our testing period. Cheap and nasty.

Seki Edge Contour Slant Tip SS-513 – Quality Japanese workmanship was let down by a crudely finished tip.

Seki Edge Contour Slant Tip SS-512 – While we appreciate Seki tried to do something new, the design was not only flimsy but obstructed our view during use.

Seki Edge Extra Grip Slant Tip SS-504 – While the wider grip did make the tweezers feel better in the hand, the tweezers only gripped on the right half of the blade. The left-hand edge had a gap that was just large enough to allow hairs to slip through.

Seki Edge Smart Tweeze – The Smart Tweeze had the widest opening out of all tweezers we tested. While the jaws precisely closed, the thin rear of the tweezers are not very durable, one of the testers managed to bend the rear in her makeup bag.

Topinox Professional Slant – While they managed to pluck all types of hair, the tensioning was perhaps the stiffest out of all the tweezers we tested, making their use unenjoyable.

Tweezerman Mini Slant – Stiff and failed to grab fine hairs. The finish on the blades was also poor.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer – Despite looking identical to the Slant Professional minus the colors, the standard Tweezerman Slant performed poorly in comparison.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezerette While we loved the narrow tip of the Tweezerette, the blades were too sharp. When they clamped down on hairs they cut the hair rather than pluck it.

TweezerGuru – While they might be better than Walmart tweezers, we found that TweezerGuru tweezers struggled when it came to grabbing fine blonde hairs.

Pointed Tip Tweezers

Left to right: Revlon, Cricket, Rubis, Topinox, Tweezerman, Tweezerman Needle and Rubis Needle

No, it’s not a prison shank. Pointed tip tweezers have a very sharp and narrow point making it the most precise style of tweezer. The fine tip gives you an unobstructed view of the area you are tweezing.

Pointed tips tweezers are not recommended for beginners or those of you with shaky hands. If you plan to use pointed tip tweezers on your eyebrows then we recommend choosing tweezers with a slightly rounded point.

Where pointed tip tweezers excel is removing splinters. The sharp point not only allows you to accurately clamp on to the smallest of splinters but also dig at the surrounding skin without doing too much damage. Doing so helps you to raise the most awful and hard to grab of prickles, the flat laying ones.

Pointed tip tweezers are also made in a needle nose variety. While they are less suited for grooming they excel at removing ingrown hairs and ticks

The effectiveness on pointed tip tweezers all depends on your ability to care for them. The blades dull quickly if not properly stored and cared for, resulting in poor performance.

Use when:

  • Removing splinters, pricks, and spikes from your skin
  • Removing hairs and foreign objects with very little area to grab on to.
  • Digging up and removing ingrown hairs.
  • Placing tiny rhinestones and decals onto nail art

Best Pointed Tip Tweezers

The points came in all shapes and sizes. Some were slightly thicker, for plucking individual hairs. Others were so sharp they could be used as a sewing needle. The right pointed tip for you will entirely depend on how you want to use it.

Niegeloh Topinox Professional Long Pointed Tweezer – Best for individual hairs

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The Topinox Professional Pointed Tweezer is not only easy to hold but can hone in on the finest of hairs without tugging the one next to it.

The handle is roughly a third of the size larger than your standard set of tweezers both in length and thickness. The Extra surface area helped to maintain a confident grip on the tweezers.

The opening of the jaws was wider than that of the other pointed tweezers we tested allowing them to pick up larger objects. When it came to nail art, the tweezers were unequaled. The precision of the tweezers allowed us to pick up and place rhinestones and decals in the exact position we desired. Just be careful not to drag the tweezer point over your nail, you risk scratching it.

Despite the extra size, the Topinox tweezers were some of the lightest we tested.

If you don’t like the idea of sharp pointed tweezers being anywhere near your eye then you might prefer the Topinox Classic Point or Cricket Pro Point, both of which are a little less stabby but also performed well. It was a coin flip between the Cricket and Topinox for our top pick, but the cricket lost out on account of their price.

Rubis Switzerland Needle Nose Tweezer – Best for ingrown hairs and splinters

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When it came to digging out ingrown hairs, no tweezer came close to the fine point found on the Rubis Needle nose tweezer. The sharpest and narrowest point out of all the tweezers we tested

Gotta hand it to the Swiss when it comes to precision engineering the sure know what to do. The sharp point made freeing ingrown hairs from under the skin a breeze and could even clamp down on impossibly small pieces of hair to pull them out without shearing them.

If it is partially hiding beneath the skin, these are just the tweezers you need to get it out.

While Rubis tweezers are made from thicker sections of stainless steel, making them feel less responsive in the hand, the wider handle made it much easier to hold between your forefinger and thumb.

The Rubis Switzerland Needle Nose Tweezer is also our best tweezer recommendation for removing ticks.

Word of warning, be careful placing the plastic cap over the end of the Rubis Needle Nose Tweezer, the point is sharp enough to slice right through it. One of our testers punctured her skin in the process.

Budget Pick Tweezerman Splintertweeze – While the narrow tip is slightly blunt rather than sharp, it still performed better than the fatter tips found on other pointed tweezers when it came to digging out tweezers.

The following Pointed Tweezers are also worth checking out.

Cricket Pro Point – The most expensive pointed tweezers we tested. They point is a little less sharp, and excelled at plucking individual hairs. Be careful not to confuse them with the standard (and cheaper) point tip, that didn’t perform as well.

Rubis Pointed Tweezers – While they are too sharp to be used on individual hairs, the Rubis standard point tweezers still worked well at removing splinters.

Seki Point – Made in Japan, the Seki point not only impressed us with their cheap price but relative performance. If you are looking for budget pointed tweezers this should be your starting point.

Topinox Classic Point – These traditionally styled tweezers feature a gentle tip that won’t jab your skin while plucking your brow. Despite the rounded tip, testers were still able to accurately home on a single fine hair and successfully pluck it.

Pointed Tweezers to avoid

The following Pointed tip tweezers were not of the quality we would have expected for the reasons listed.

Revlon Point Tip – Jaws that won’t line up slipped right off finer hairs.

Revlon Splinter Tweezer – If anything these were worse than Revlon’s standard point tip. Poor build quality, misaligned jaws made precision impossible.

Tweezerman Stainless Steel Point – Made in India but priced the same as our Swiss and German recommendations, these pointed tweezers performed poorly in comparison. If they cut the price in half and then some they would have made our recommended list.

Tweezerman Professional Point – Even more expensive than the ones we mentioned above. While they appeared to pluck just fine they dulled quicker than any other pointed tweezers we reviewed.

Topinox Professional Pointed Tweezers – Not to be confused with our longer recommendation above, the shorter Topinox pointed tweezers were slightly misaligned.

Toiletree Ingrown Hair Tweezers While they may come with a Lifetime Replacement Guarantee, even when they work at their best they are flimsy garbage. The unusual shape can only be described as annoying and they fail to grip fine hairs.

Pointed-Slant tip Tweezers

Left to right: Trim, Cricket, Tweezerman, Sally Hansen, Rubis

If pointed tip and slant tip tweezers had a baby the pointed-slant tip would be the result.

The slant is much steeper than the classic slant tip allowing for more precise plucking while still providing a flat edge for when it is needed.

Pointed-Slant tweezers can be difficult to track down due to their lack of popularity.

Best pointed slant tweezer

The definition of pointy varied from brand to brand. Some were so sharp they could poke your eyes, perfect for precisely removing splinters. Others had blunt ends and were better suited for accurate plucking of hairs without poking yourself.

Cricket Pointed Slant Tweezer – Best all round pointed Slant

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When it came to the hybrid tweezer; the pointed slant, Germany took the crown. The Solingen made tweezers were the perfect combination of alignment, ergonomics and looks.

The wider body made the tweezers much easier to grip while the head was able to clamp down and not let go.

We found that while the brushed metal finish looks sleek, it scratches easily. Fortunately this in no way impacted the tweezers ability to clamp down on fine eyebrow hairs that just won’t stay in line.

While the head was the smallest out of all the pointed slant tweezers we tested, the Cricket tweezers didn’t suffer because of it.

Rubis Pointed Slant – Pointiest Slant

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The Rubis tweezers were the pointiest out of all the pointed slants we tested. The sharper point allowed for more precision while still having a usable flat edge.

While the straight edge appears to have the largest surface area out of all the pointed slant tweezers, only half of it is usable; the half closest to the point.

Pointed Slant Tweezers to avoid

The following Pointed Slant Tip tweezers were not of the quality we would have expected for the reasons listed.

Revlon Slant Point – Doesn’t grip and the jaws don’t line up. Has no redeeming qualities.

Sally Hansen – Also known as La Cross Tweezers, these tweezers worked okay for coarser hair but failed to pluck finer hairs.

Tweezerman Pointed Slant – The tip had alignment issues. While the very point would clamp down on hairs, the flat side would not.

Trim Slant Point – The only pair of tweezers to rust during our testing.

Square Tip Tweezers

Left to right: Seki, Trim, Topinox Professional, Rubis, Topinox, Revlon

Also known as a straight tip or flat tip, these tweezers have nothing more than a straight edge for a tip.

Without a point, straight tip tweezers are very inaccurate but still have their uses. If you have small patches of fine blonde hairs on your chin, you know; the awful ones that are invisible until the light shines on them, straight tip tweezers offer a more effective solution than finer tipped tweezers.

Instead of plucking the hairs one at a time, straight tip tweezers allow you to rip patches out with a single tug.

Straight tip tweezers are also suitable for application purposes. Like applying a cotton swab to the skin. Because the tip is less sharp, there is no risk of it poking you.

To be honest, straight tip tweezers are in very low demand and have been outclassed by the far superior slant tip.

Use when:

  • You want to remove patches of hair
  • Application purposes.

Best Square Tip Tweezer

Ever since the introduction of slant tip tweezers, square tips have been waning in popularity. Out of all the square tips we tested, only one really stood out.

Rubis Switzerland – The best straight tip there is

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When it came to straight tip tweezers Rubis were unrivaled in terms of performance. Perfectly aligned blades with a sleek look, this is as good as it gets.

The only downside is that these are some of the most expensive tweezers around, although you definitely get what you pay for.

If you can’t fathom spending that much on a pair of tweezers then the Topinox Professional Straight Tweezers also performed well, although their tensioning makes them a little stiff compared to the fluid movement of the Rubis.

Square Tip Tweezers to avoid

The following Straight Tip tweezers were not of the quality we would have expected for the reasons listed.

Denco Square Tip – Seemingly too cheap to pass up, Denco’s tweezers were not only poorly aligned but the finish on the blades was jagged.

Revlon Square Tip – Revlon proved once again that it has no business making tweezers. The jaws were aligned so poorly that a third of the blade had a small gap when closed.

Topinox Classic Straight Tweezers – Unfortunately the Topinox Classic Straight Tip had somewhat of a cross-bite which prevented us from being able to use the corners of the tweezer head.

Trim Square Tip – Another Nickel Plated Monster. The nickel plating was so poor that it prevented the blades from closing properly.

Round Tipped Tweezers

Left to right: Rubis, Sally Hansen, Apex, Hans Kniebes, Nook

At first glance, the round-tipped tweezers (also called blunt tip tweezers) would be a safety conscious persons dream. No point on the edge of the tweezers means it is impossible to stab yourself.

The round tip also allows you to hold the tweezers at any angle without affecting the “grabability” of the tweezers.

In practice, the larger surface area makes the round tipper tweezers unsuitable for plucking hairs or extracting splinters. Accuracy is difficult, like straight tip tweezer, pulling out a single hair is near impossible.

Where the round tip tweezers shine is the application. For instance; if you are using tweezers to dab a cotton swab, the sharp jaws of the tweezers will not poke through.

Round-tipped tweezers are the least popular style of tweezer and can be difficult to track down.

Use when:

  • Ripping out ear hair
  • Plucking close to the eye
  • Applying cotton swabs
  • You need kid-friendly tweezers
  • You have poor hand-eye coordination
  • You suffer from Hemophilia
  • The only scissors in your home are safety scissors.

Best round tip safety tweezers

We were surprised to find that there is no set width for the tips found on round tip tweezers. Some are small and precise while others were so large that they were less like tweezers and more like mini-tongs. Only one round tipped tweezer really stood out.

Rubis Safety Tip Tweezer – Best for safe but effective plucking

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Who would have thought it would be so hard to make a round tipped tweezer? Rubis is the only brand that was able to adequately grip and pluck hairs at all points of the rounded tip.

While the round tip allowed for no amount of precision, when it clamped down on a clump of hairs, it clamped down tight and didn’t let go. A yank later and that patch of hairs was all ripped out.

The rounded edge did not pierce or scratch the skin when prodded into it, which is exactly what you would want from safety tweezers.

Round Tip Tweezers to avoid

The following Round Tip tweezers were not of the quality we would have expected for the reasons listed.

Apex Round tip tweezers – Unfortunately the blades were not perfectly aligned. This meant that only half of the tweezers tip closed flush, allowing hairs to slip through the gaps.

Nook Round Tip Even though it has won design awards, calling these tweezers is a bit of a stretch. They are more like mini tongs. There is too much surface area on the head for any kind of precision.

Sally Hansen Get To The Point – These were the pointiest round tips we tested. However, the jaws failed to close perfectly.

Curved Tweezers

Curved tweezers are not designed for plucking hairs and pulling at objects. Where curved tweezers excel is accurately placing down objects.

If you are attempting to insert fake eyelashes or accurately place rhinestones and nail decals then the curved will give you greater control.

Use when:

  • wearing fake eyelashes.
  • Creating designs with rhinestones and decals for nail art

Best Curved Tweezer

When it came to curved tweezers the bar was set exceptionally low. Out of all the curved tweezers we tested, only one pair stood out. The remainder were poorly constructed, misaligned, or failed to grip.

While the curved tweezers with rounded ends may seem like a safer option for applying false eyelashes, every pair that we tested failed to properly grip the extensions.

We know that your parents never told you to stick sharp objects near your eye but the curved tweezers with a sharper point actually performed much better. Since using any curved tweezers can be dangerous we must warn you to attempt this at your own risk.

Beadalon – Best curved tweezers for lashes and nail art.

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The Beadalon stood out as the top pick. An affordable price, a nice sweeping neck and a tip that is sharp, But not too sharp.

When it came to nail art even the smallest of rhinestones could be picked and placed down with accuracy. One of the testers appreciated that she could place decals without the tip of the tweezers scratching her nails.

Similarly, the Beadalon tweezers gripped well when it came to styling lashes, far better than any other curved tweezers we tested.

A quick note on Tweezerman Tweezers

Tweezerman used to be unrivaled when it came to manufacturing tweezers. With affordable, precise tweezers made in Italy and a free sharpening program for the life of the product, there really was no other brand that came close.

Fast forward to today and all Tweezerman tweezers are now made in India. As you may have guessed, the quality has slipped especially when compared to the older Italian made tweezers.

While Tweezerman tweezers are adequate, they are no longer a true representation of what a premium quality tweezer should be. Despite manufacturing a broad range of styles, the quality between each tweezer differed dramatically. In fact; out of the entire range of Tweezerman tweezers, there was only a single product that we would go out of our way to recommend, the Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel.

Tweezer Infographic

Further Resources:

  • xovain A fun and colorful tweezer guide
  • HowStuffWorks – Quick Tweezer Tips
  • FlynWill – Guide to tuning up old tweezers
  • She Finds – How to store your tweezers.

*Editor’s Note: This article was originally written in 2016, but it has been recently reviewed and updated with grammar checks and the latest relevant information regarding the products reviewed.

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Top 5 Tweezer Tips

Once you’ve picked tweezers with the right tip and a comfortable grip, it’s time to get busy. But don’t start plucking without some preparation. First, you want open pores so hairs can be more easily removed. Schedule your plucking sessions after a warm shower or bath, when your skin is relaxed and soft. Or, at the very least, place a hot washcloth on your face for a few minutes. You should also prepare the tweezers. Some beauty experts recommend placing tweezers in the freezer before you use them. The cold metal numbs the skin as you pluck, reducing pain.

Proper technique is extremely important. Use a spiral brush to shape your brow and get hairs into place. Next, use brow scissors to trim longer hairs, checking for equal balance and proportion as you work. Now you’re ready to start plucking. Remember to use slanted-tip tweezers for longer, coarser hairs and pointed-tip tweezers for fine or ingrown hairs. Grab each hair at the root and pull smoothly in the direction of hair growth. Remember: Don’t use tweezers to remove hair over large areas because it can cause ingrown hairs or scarring. And consider applying a soothing cream after tweezing to reduce redness and inflammation.

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  • Tamang has repurposed tweezers to effortlessly create an outline for thicker eyebrows.
  • She then uses her tweezers lined with makeup to contour her nose.

Bold, defined eyebrows have always been on-trend. And up until now, we thought we knew every and any way to shape them, including, but not limited to: using scissors, tape, spoons and even soap to perfect our arch. Well, we have one more to add to that list: tweezers— and not in the way you’re probably thinking.

If you’ve got shaky hands, using them can be a challenge, but Instagram user @promisetamang has repurposed the tool to effortlessly frame, instead of plucking the hairs.

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In a post published earlier this week, she took her tweezers, applied a Make Up For Ever paint to each side of the tool, and slowly guided it across her head. As she reached each end, she squeezed the tweezer together to create a sleek tail. One swift, easy motion and an outline is ready to be filled in; talk about a time-saver.
If you’re left with extra product like this Instagrammer, you can also use it for a quick nose contour. Just glide the tool down the center of your nose and blend. We believe there’s never such a thing as “too many” hacks. That being said, we’re grateful for this one.

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The 7 Types Of Tweezers & How To Get The Most Use Out Of Each One

When it comes to maintaining eyebrows, I’m a big believer in the power of some good ol’ tweezers. But if you’ve ever purchased your own pair from a beauty supply, you might have noticed just how many different types of tweezers there are. (Seriously, who came up with all of these?) And because it seems like the common pair of slant tweezers are multipurpose enough to cover a range of tweezer-related needs, what do all of those other shapes actually do?

Even if you’re more of a waxer or a threader, there are plenty of other reasons that make it a good idea to have a pair of tweezers around. Whether you just need to touch up around your arch, have an ingrown hair that needs to be artfully plucked, or just need a hand applying a pair of falsies, the right pair of tweezers will easily get the job done. So you can be sure you have the right type on hand, here’s what all of those differently shaped tweezers are capable of. Just make sure that, regardless of the shape you select, to always pick a pair with stainless steel tips. Not only will they last longer, but they won’t rust and cause irritation when they come in contact with your skin.

1. Slant-Tip Tweezers

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, $21, Amazon

The classic slant-tip is a staple. This shape is ideal for tweezing brows as the edge can easily grab hairs while the point can be used for more precise plucking. This style can even be used to apply false lashes.

2. Point-Tip Tweezers

Tweezerman Point Tweezer, $19, Amazon

I know this style looks scary, and they can be a little dangerous if you don’t have a steady hand. But if you do, these will help you pluck the thinnest or shortest of hairs. This style is also ideal for tweezing ingrown hairs or even removing splinters. And if you’re into nail art, point-tip tweezers can help grab and place small rhinestones or decals.

3. Pointed-Slant Tweezers

Tweezerman Pointed Slant, $19, Amazon

Combining the previous two types of tweezers will give you this bad boy. Although the slant is more severe, it will still grab hairs as easily as a classic, slant-tip. And even though the point is not as sharp as regular, point-tip tweezers it will still offer enough precision to grab fine hairs and relieve ingrowns and splinters.

4. Round-Tip Tweezers

ApeX Original Round Tip Precision Tweezers, $19, Amazon

While round-tip tweezers are not the best for tweezing straight-on as they may grab too many hairs at once, they are good for tweezing at various angles. Plus, the rounded tip makes this type safer, as the risk of accidentally stabbing yourself while tweezing is significantly reduced.

5. Flat-Tip Tweezers

Long Flat Tip Black Plastic Anti-static Tweezers, $4, Amazon

Flat tips are generally not recommended for tweezing hairs as they will grab too many at once and pull unevenly. However, they can still be used in other ways, like applying false lashes.

6. Arched-Claw Tweezers

Ultra Claw Tip Tweezer Stainless, $18, Amazon

Instead of the traditional taper that tweezers usually have, an arched-claw will provide some more leverage by allowing you to better see what hairs you have trapped. This style can be especially useful when tweezing harder-to-see areas like around the bikini line or harder-to-see, short or light-colored hairs.

7. Wide-Grip Tweezers

Wide Grip Slant Tweezer, $15, Amazon

Wide-grip tweezers can come with a variety of tip shapes, but the idea is that the wider body provides extra comfort and control. So if you feel like you can be a little messy, a wider grip may help increase your skill.

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