How to Shave Your Mustache With a Razor

Lather up the area well to help prevent razor burn.
Lather up the area well to help prevent razor burn. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Whether your mustache needs a touch-up or you’ve decided to remove it all together, using a razor is a quick way to get the job done. Don't just grab a razor without preparing for the shave unless you want red, irritated skin after you’re done. Prep the skin and shave properly to prevent skin irritation, and get a perfectly shaped and shaved 'stache.

Things You'll Need

  • Comb
  • Shaving cream or gel
  • Shaving brush
  • Razor
  • Aftershave
  • Shave balm

Decide what type of mustache style you want. According to Men’s Health, your mustache shouldn’t be wider than the corners of your mouth. If your upper lip is thin, keep your mustache full to give the illusion of fuller lips, but if you’re lips are full, go for a smaller mustache instead.

Comb the mustache downward with a comb. Cut off excess and unruly hair with scissors, as well as any hair that falls below the lip line.

Take a hot shower or bath prior to shaving. The steam from the water softens the facial hair, giving you a smoother, closer shave.

Massage the mustache area with your fingers for about two minutes. Put a quarter-sized amount of shaving cream or gel into your hand.

Scoop the shaving cream from your hand with a shaving brush. Spread the cream or gel onto your mustache area so it’s completely covered. Using a shaving brush to apply shaving cream is preferred over using your fingers. "GQ Magazine" notes that the shaving brush helps to apply the cream evenly and exfoliates your skin to lift the hair.

Massage the mustache area again for a minute with your fingers. Wet your razor with water, and shave the mustache in the style you’ve chosen. Move the razor gently over your mustache in the direction of the hair growth. Rinse the razor after each pass to remove excess shaving cream and hair.

Rinse the mustache area with cool water once you’ve shaved it to your liking. Check for a missed spots. If you find any, put a small amount of shaving cream onto the area and shave the unwanted hair.

Apply aftershave to the area to close your pores and soothe the skin. Rub shave balm into the mustache area to add moisture.

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