No pain, no gain, right? Well, we won’t contest that here. What we can tell you is that there’s always an easier route for every journey. So, in that light, we’ll like to share some great tips for you to get around your eyebrow tweezing compiled by Angela Trakoshis for Allure.

Tips To Make Eyebrow Tweezing Less Painful

1. Take a hot shower

Founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills, Anastasia Soare (a.k.a. the brow queen), recommends taking a hot shower or using a warm compress on brows prior to tweezing them. “This will help open up the pores and ease discomfort,” she says.

New York City-based dermatologist Mona Gohara supports this trick as well, but also warns against using a hot compress after you tweeze; instead, use a cold one to help reduce any inflammation that was caused due to pulling hairs out of the skin.

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2. Stay Away from Magnifying Mirrors

As tempting as they can be, magnifying mirrors can be so dangerous. Soare says they’re the quickest path to getting carried away, and chances are, you don’t need to tweeze as much as you think.

“Brows should begin directly above the middle of your nostrils, end where the corner of the nostril connects with the outer corner of the eye, and the highest point of the arch should connect the middle of the tip of the nose with the middle of the iris,” says Soare. If you fill in your brows using these guidelines prior to tweezing, it will ensure you don’t get “tweezer-happy,” causing yourself more pain.

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3. Pick the Right Tweezer

Since your brow bone is curved, Soare recommends using a quality pair of slant-tipped tweezers to avoid breaking off the hair too far from the skin’s base; this will cause unnecessary pain. We love the Tweezerman Slant Tweezer because it will fully yank out the thickest hair as well as the finest baby hairs.

4. Tweeze the Right Way

Once you have your tweezers, you’ll want to ensure you’re doing the deed correctly. “You always want to make sure you are getting as close to the base as possible and tweezing the hair in the direction of its growth,” Soare says. I can stand by this rule from personal experience. Plucking my hair in the opposite direction of growth makes my skin super irritated, and it hurts so bad.

5. Cortisone Cream is Your new BFF

Cortisone cream is a topical anti-inflammatory that should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet. “After any hair-removal procedure, I always apply a bit of cortisone. This precludes a lot of pain drama,” Gohara says. Cortisone cream can be found at any drugstore and can be used for irritation caused by tweezing, bug bites, eczema and more. It’s really magic in a tube.

We hope you find these tips and tricks to help reduce pain from eyebrow tweezing useful. Which have you tried before, and which seems entirely new to you?

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