How to Pluck Facial Hair

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We tell you how to pluck facial hair whether you have a few or a lot of unwanted fuzz to remove. Tweezing is a great affordable and fairly quick option that doesn't take any real skill to remove the hair, getting hairless skin for weeks at a time. What you need to know on how to grab it easily, feel less pain and have longer lasting results.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 15 - 25 minutes to tweeze facial hair

Here's How:

  1. Use a good pair of tweezers. This is your only tool, so it needs to work well! If your tweezers are sliding off it's going to take you a lot more time to get the job done. Worse, sometimes a less than stellar pair will break hair off. If hair is breaking above or below skin's surface instead of removing it out of the follicle, then it's going to show up days later instead of weeks.


    My pick: Tweezerman Slant Tweezer (compare prices). I love their high quality and the fact that the slant easy adjusts to the curves of the face allowing the tweezers to get close to the skin and can uplift even short hair.

  2. Pull or pin-back hair. You want to see your face clearly, so you can get the best results.


  3. Wash face with warm water. You want skin nice and clean to avoid post hair removal breakouts. The warm water helps relax skin and hair follicle for easier removal. If you haven't exfoliated recently, now is a good time to do so. Exfoliating removes the build up of dead skin cells and helps hair to point up for easier removal. Wipe off and pat dry to remove moisture.


  1. Tweeze hair. Stand in front of a mirror with good lighting. Natural lighting, like a mirror by the window if it's sunny outside and facing you is the best-- you can see each an every hair. (That's why you find "hidden" hair when looking in your car's mirror.) Hold skin firm with free hand, grab onto hair as close as you can near the skin and remove it in the direction that it grows.


  1. Keep going. Begin with only the thick, dark hair first and see if that does the job.


  2. Fine tune. If the finer hairs are still bothering you then remove them too in the exact same way. If you're having a hard time seeing them, apply a little baby powder to area and the hair will be more noticeable. While working, dust off any hair with towel to keep the place you're working on clean and clear.


  3. Soothe skin. When finished apply your facial toner or some alcohol-free witch hazel. This helps prevent pimples and irritation. You can also apply your favorite facial moisturizer with a cotton square to keep skin looking soft. Ingrown hairs are also less likely to plague moisturized skin, especially where the hair is thick like on the chin.


  1. Don’t dig tweezers into skin if you can't grab the ultra short hairs. Wait until they grow out, which may be only a day or two. Otherwise you risk scraping up skin, that can turn into scabs or dark spots, which is often worse than the hair.
  2. By gently holding skin taut (meaning firm) with your free hand while tweezing there will be less tugging. You want the least amount of pulling because it's the one of the main cause of pain when removing hair.
  3. If you're worried about pain, apply a numbing spray (compare prices) to a cotton swab or square and then to facial area. Make sure not to get near eyes!
  1. Learn more about other hair removal methods specifically for the face: How to Remove Facial Hair.

What You Need:

  • A good pair of tweezers
  • A mirror
  • Numbing spray (optional)
  • Witch hazel or toner (optional)
  • Facial moisturizer (optional)
  • Baby powder (optional)