When I first started grooming my facial hair I would wax my eyebrows and moustache, as threading became more popular, I became a fan of this method for my eyebrows but just could not take the pain on my top lip. But. I am sure that I am not alone in having experienced in London a range of prices I have paid between three pounds locally and over twenty pounds in Harrods. The quality of the experience in the chair and the shape of my eyebrow is not only dependent on the cost or the location, it always comes down to the therapist.
I have left chairs with all sorts of shaped eyebrows, not always the slightly arched shape that I asked for. I am likely to pluck the odd hair in between but sometimes if I love the shape, I want to keep the shape as much as possible before the next session. This is where the Lilibeth of New York Brow Shaper comes in. This thing looks like an instrument of torture but once you get the knack of it is actually a useful little tool.
This tool hails from a beauty salon in New York which focuses on eyes and brows. At the salon brows are trimmed with a scissors, plucked with tweezers and trimmed using this tool. It looks a bit like craft tool but it is a stainless steel blade with a blunted but serrated edge.
It is very light weight black plastic with the Lilibeth logo stamped onto the handle in silver. The blade element rotates on a one hundred and eighty degree angle so when it is not in use it can be hidden in the handle and it comes with a small card which explains how to use it.
It is placed flat against the skin and it removes hair. The key to this technique is to keep it as flat to the skin as possible. It is not possible to cut the skin, ie no blood will be drawn but the edge can be quite harsh on soft / delicate / sensitive skin. The first time I used it I did not have it flat against my brow and the skin on one brow was a bit sore but now that I understand the technique I have had no problems with it. It does make a funny scraping noise as you pass it over the skin but you get used to it. Lilibeth Salon claims that there is an exfoliating effect from using this tool which I have to say that I don’t agree with and it is not an effect that I would from this tool, but once you know what you are doing you can get rid of both fine/fuzzy hairs and short hairs.
So then I started using it in other areas. The two pesky hairs on my chin (yes, I know attractive) which when plucked out cause a scar. They were gone in a couple of seconds and I can use the tool as often as I need. The tool is portable but it is not something that I personally will be carrying with me. This is part of my grooming routine that will only happen at home. I really would not want to see anyone using it on the tube or the bus, but I ‘ve seen people clipping their nails on the bus so it may only be a matter of time.
Also works a treat on the moustache, and side burns and generally on the face. Having looked at other reviews people are using it on hairy toes and all sorts of places. It is advised to change the tool every six months and I can confirm that it is best to use it on a clean make up free face… otherwise, you will get foundation all over the tool.
If you are hirsute, it is worth investigating. I picked mine up at Selfridges but they are also available from QVC and directly from the Lilibeth Salon website.