In order to effectively wax facial hair, the area is cleansed, and the wax is applied in the direction of the hair. The strip is applied to the wax and then pulled in the opposite direction of hair growth. Any remaining hairs are removed with tweezers. The wax is then removed, and an after-wax lotion or gel is applied to soothe the skin.
Facial hair needs to be at least 1/4 inch long for the wax to be effective, and the hands and facial area need to be cleansed before waxing to prevent irritation and red bumps. Make sure that makeup and oil are removed from the face. Then, pat the face dry, and apply a light coating of powder to the waxing area.
To clearly see the waxing area, use a large mirror instead of a hand-held mirror to keep both hands free. Use a wooden applicator stick to apply wax in small sections, and smooth the strip to the hair to ensure that the wax is attached to the hair. The strip is then pulled away from the air, but never in an upward motion. Press a hand on the skin immediately after the strip is removed to relieve pain. A numbing spray can also be used to relieve pain. Do not wax facial hair if you are taking the medicine Accutane.