This thing is pretty awesome! You arch it like seen in the above photo and rub it on your face where those unwanted hairs are. Yes, it's a little painful but if you remember correctly, tweezing started out that way as well. So you'll just need to get use to it. They absolute best thing about this stick...it grabs several hairs at a time so it reduces your tweezing time in half, at least. I just love it and wish I had found it years ago. I have PCOS so I get quite a bit of facial hair and have to tweeze, well I tweeze daily for at least 30 minutes. I've used this thing twice in one week for maybe 10 minutes each. I just LOVE it!!