10 Ways To Pluck Your Facial Hair Effectively

Our bodies have the most hair (excluding the stuff on our heads, obviously), but it’s our facial hair that we seem to be the most preoccupied with. You might think that you’re one of the few hairy girls who has to worry about hair on her upper lip, cheeks, and chin, but I promise you that you’re not the only one. There are lots of us out there who spend hours looking in those magnifying mirrors for thick, wiry hairs.

It’s up to you if you want to remove your facial hair or not. Either way, you shouldn’t feel any pressure. If you do want to remove your facial hair, there are some right ways and some wrong ways to do it.  And there are a few different ways to remove facial hair including waxing, threading, and plucking.

Most of us probably opt for the last one given that we already have a pair of tweezers from plucking our eyebrows and we don’t have to worry about pricey salon appointments. Before you get tweezer happy with your entire face, check out the ways you can effectively pluck your facial hair.

Ignore Fine Hair

Everybody has a very fine layer of hair over their skin. It's so fine that it's usually only visible in a magnifying mirror with really good light. If you're plucking thicker, black hairs and you notice the light dusting of hair, ignore it. 1. You will drive yourself crazy trying to remove it with tweezers. 2. And removing it will not make much of difference. If you do want to remove that fine peach fuzz, shaving your face is the better option.

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Take Advantage Of A Magnifying Mirror

I don't doubt that you have pretty good eyes, but they have nothing on a magnifying mirror. Furthermore, it's a lot easier to look in a magnifying mirror that you can move around than having to tilt your head at weird angles when you're looking in the mirror attached to the wall.

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Go Slow

Time is of the essence for all of us, but whizzing through plucking your face isn't the best approach. Why? You probably won't pull out half the hairs you think you are and you might accidentally have the tweezers slip and pull out the wrong hairs. Hello, eyebrows. You could also accidentally pull skin. Going slow allows you to see what you're plucking and if you really need to pluck certain hairs.

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Take A Break

I know, you want to get that mustache/side burn/chin hair removed and be done with it. But take a breather every so often so you can go back and critically examine what you did. If you're plucking too long, you can start to go cross-eyed.

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Start With Clean, Dry Skin

It's best to pluck your face after your wash it. Otherwise dirt, makeup, and city grime can make it harder for the tweezers to securely grip that hair. And if you cannot grip it, it makes it nigh impossible to remove. When skin is clean and dry, it's easy to pull those suckers out.

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Focus On Specific Hairs And Not Random Clumps

You might think that you're making things faster by trying to pull out chunks of hair at a time, but it's likely that you're not. Your tweezers will probably only pull out a few hairs at a time. And trying to grab a bunch at once could result in you ripping off some skin or irritating your face. TBH, you usually end up just pulling out the fine peach fuzz you can't really see as the black hairs stay in place.

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Be Careful Of The Products You Apply To Skin Afterwards

Plucking doesn't irritate skin quite as much as waxing or depilatory creams, but you still do have to be careful. That means avoiding harsh alcohol-based products or aggressively exfoliating. And do a patch test of your foundation and concealer. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to apply a soothing cream like an aloe gel.

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Don't Pick Ingrown Hairs

As tempting as it is, do not pick ingrown hairs. That includes with your fingers and your tweezers. If you start picking, it could potentially lead to an infection or even scaring. Try to *nudge* the hair out by exfoliating the area. If that doesn't go anywhere, you're going to have to keep exfoliating the area until it's ready.

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Try To Do It In Daylight

Daylight is the best for matching foundation colors and for plucking facial hair. If you just don't have the time to pluck your facial hair during the precious daylight hours, sit in a room with really good lighting. If you have a magnifying mirror with a light, make sure you turn it on.

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Know That There Is A Limit To How Much You Should Pluck

Plucking a few wispy hairs on your upper lip or along your sideburns is reasonable. But if you're planning to remove the majority of hair from your face, it's better to stick with another hair removal method. Waxing, depilatory creams, shaving, or even sugaring are more effective for doing large areas. Just think about how long it would take if you plucked every mustache hair.

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Have you tried plucking your facial hair? Let us know in the comments!

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