Long before Lordes Leon set out to make the unibrow cool again, girls in my middle school mocked the patch of hair between my eyebrows incessantly, calling me names both to my face and behind my back (kids are the worst, huh?). While I’ve managed to get over their crappy teasing in the past decade and a half and learned to love my bushy brows, the few hairs that live above my nose and fuse my two eyebrows into one still drive me nucking futs.
No matter how frequently I tweeze them—which is pretty much every day, and still after a decade and a half makes me sneeze every time—the hairs pop up out of nowhere. It’s the worst. But last year, while traveling through Asia, I discovered eyebrow razors—and the eyebrow primping game had officially been changed.
The cute little single-blade razors (which can also be used to shave or exfoliate your face, ICYWW) are great for removing pesky hairs, especially ones that are too short for tweezers to grip onto. They’re small and easy to maneuver, and they don’t hurt or make me sneeze when I use them. And for what its worth, it looks like I’m not the only one who’s realized how great these babies are: Earlier this week, they rose to the throne as the number one beauty product on Amazon. Plus, they’re only 4 dollars for a pack of three—a serious steal.
I recently asked celebrity eyebrow artist Joey Healy about his thoughts on the tools, and he’s a big fan of using them the way I do: to supplement shaping with tweezing and waxing, but not to do the actual shaping itself—or, as he puts it, “around the eyebrow but not necessarily on the eyebrow.” He notes that there are two types of brow hair, “vellus,” which is basically baby hair or peach fuzz, and “terminal,” which has a follicle. “I like to tweeze only the terminal hair, and I like using the brow razor for thoroughness,” he says, calling the blade “complimentary” to his tweezing process. “I’ve seen people shape brows with the brows razor, but I feel like its very difficult to do—it’s not very precise. And sometimes you cut those hairs down at the skin and you can cause ingrown hairs if you’re not careful.”
The razors work best on dry, clean skin, and should be used with light pressure and short, downward strokes. “We use them for some of the hair in between the brows, nose crease area, on the forehead, on the temple,” says Healy. “I tend to never use them underneath the brow. The eyelid skin is very thin and you can cause damage very easily. The blade is usually too wide to have precision underneath.” If you’ve got a pimple or mole, keep that razor as far away as possible from that sucker, and be sure to clean your razor every time you use it and toss it after two to three sessions.
….If only 12-year-old me had known these existed. Buy ’em for yourself here.
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