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To Buy For: the eyebrow trimmer that helped me finally pluck my own brows

May 18th 2020 / Sarah Vine Google+ Sarah Vine / 0 comment

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Sarah Vine had never been able to tweeze her own brows (the pain!) until this genius eyebrow plucker came into her life. If you're missing your brow bar, this is a brilliant alternative

Apart from my hairdresser, Lucinda Ellery, the person I’m missing the most during this wretched lockdown is Gunsev, or Gun as everyone calls her (AKA Luxybrows on Instagram), who does my eyebrow threading. I held out for as long as I possibly could - but then I began to notice a distinct resemblance to Bert from the Muppets during Zoom meetings, at which point I knew I had to take action.

The problem is I’ve never been able to pluck my own eyebrows. Although I have infinite tolerance for all sorts of waxing that would send most people into orbit, for some reason my eyebrows are hypersensitive to pain. I can’t even tolerate post-threading tweezer tidy-ups in the salon. This has its advantages (it meant I was not one of those who plucked theirs to oblivion in the nineties); but there’s a limit. And so I did something quite reckless and bought one of those dodgy-looking eyebrow trimmers you see advertised online, half thinking it would be a total waste of money but frankly willing to try anything to get the damn things under control.

I have infinite tolerance for all sorts of waxing that would send most people into orbit, for some reason my eyebrows are hypersensitive to pain

So imagine my surprise when it actually worked. The one I went for is the JML Finishing Touch Flawless Brows, which retails for £19.99. Granted, it doesn’t have the same skill or precision as Gun, and the conversation is frankly terrible - but if you want an easy-to-use, fairly fool-proof gadget to keep your brows in check until the beauty salons reopen, you could do a lot worse.

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The main thing to remember is to not get carried away. I wouldn’t use it to re-shape brows entirely - just to tidy and maintain. That said, the trimming head is really very small, no more than the size of a matchstick, so there’s a limit to the amount of damage you can do. What I especially like about it is that as well as using it to remove hairs completely, it will also trim the ends of longer ones, which is very useful if you happen to have the odd Denis Healey. It also has a built-in light so you can see what you’re doing.

It lacks the obvious advantages of threading - the super-sharp lines and the fact that the hairs are removed at the root, so regrowth is slower (with this you do get stubble every two to three days, so you have to stay on top of it); but we all have to learn to compromise at times like these, and this is not a bad one. Final bonus point: it works on small moustaches too.

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