How to shave your face

I am writing this post for 3 reasons.

  1. I have no shame.
  2. People ask me about this topic all the time.
  3. I sincerely want to help out a fellow hairy girl out there.

I’ve been shaving my face for probably 5 years now. For me, this is the best method of hair removal I’ve found as my skin has reacted really poorly to both waxing and threading.

Why shave your face?
I shave my face because I have dark hair, therefore it’s visible.
I also shave it because products like highlighters, meant to reflect light, often aren’t effective on my skin as the hair creates a texture that the light reflecting pigments don’t play well with.
I shave it because if I notice a dark shadowy mustache waltzing into the party univinited, I can take care of it instantly, without and appointment, from the comfort of my own home.

Oh, and just a disclaimer: If you say “I mustache you a question,” you will be blocked/unfriended/broken up with/cancelled. It’s the wazzuppp of our generation.

Some credit shaving with providing a form of manual exfoliation and making for better, smoother makeup application. I will say, due to the reduced texture of peach fuzz, my makeup does lay better. My skin reflect light better and looks brighter.

I wanted to share exactly how I shave my face, in hopes of helping someone else, so I made a real up close and personal video. I’ll show you in this post some of the tools I use, though it’s really just one! The eyebrow razor!

See exhibit A.
You can either order these online or find them with the nail accessories at your local drugstore/Target. I don’t think the brand matters much really but I like the Ardell ones. You’ll almost aways find these in a 3 pack and you’ll often see them at places like TJMaxx, Marshalls and the like.

You’ll also want some sort of astringent or toner to use afterwards. You can either use witch hazel or a spray toner like Mario Badescu Facial Spray.

Ok, are you so ready to shave your face? I knew it. It’s so exciting.

How to shave your face

  1. Begin with a clean face. Do not apply any skincare. Dry face is best.
  2. Hold your razor at a 45 degree angle.
  3. Pull skin taut (as much as I hate that word).
  4. Use small, downward strokes with not pressure.
  5. Once complete, apply your toner or face spray.
  6. Do not apply any skincare products or makeup for several hours.

Make sure to watch this defuzzing in action in the video above. I didn’t shave my face on camera for nothing.

I truly do hope that this has been helpful. It’s not always easy being a hairy girl, but you know what the best part is?

Fabulous, full eyebrows.
Lashes.
A head of thick hair.

So just remember, it’s not all so bad. If you struggle with the arm hair thing, might I suggest bleaching it? I have a post and video on that too of course!

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4 comments

  • Hi Ivy, no comments yet? whhhaaaa? hahaha. well then let me be the first to thank you for putting yourself out there on video at that! and having no shame in your game and helping a fellow hairy girl out. this was very informative and I appreciate it. Sooo, I did this last night and although i was scared to put that blade on my face at first…once i did it I was surprised how easy and effective the tool really was. I didn’t get it 100% right but with a few more practices i should be profesh AF at it!! 🙂 thx so much for your witty writing and informative blog….i read it every.damn.day! take care

    • Thanks a million! I am really SO thrilled to hear that this post/video are helpful. If not, I mean, what did I shave my face on YouTube for, right?! Thank you so much for reading and watching. I mega appreciate it.

  • Hey Ivy! Yay for this post!! I actually meant to ask you about this at my trial, but now I have two face-shaving questions for you. First, how often do you shave your face? Second, when do you think is a good time to shave prior to a full makeup application like, let’s say, for my wedding…which you’re doing my makeup for…because you’re the best…. 🙂 And PS….loving your blog muy mucho. Thanks, lady!

    • Hey there! So I’d say 5-7 days before might be good. I’d definitely give it a try before then, just to make sure your skin is cool with it! Thanks for reading, friend!

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