What is the best technique for shaving under my nose?

Shaving under the nose, no matter what razor you use, can be tricky. So we have put together some tips to help you keep your upper lip smooth.

  1. Shave the upper lip area last giving your shave prep the maximum amount of time to soften your stubble. Or course you have followed our simple guide to a great shave or watched our three minute video.
  2. Curl your top lip down towards your teeth to flatten the area.
  3. Then press your bottom curled lip up to meet it – this helps lock the top lip down. You should look like you have no lips showing and the skin to be shaved should be as flat and as taut as possible making it easier to shave. Another trick is to use your tongue inside your mouth to push out your upper lip area.
  4. Gently push your nose to the side allowing you to shave the side / middle part of the upper lip. Then gently push your nose up with your index finger allowing you to shave the middle part of your upper lip.
  5. Don’t rush! Shave using short, light strokes to help prevent cutting yourself.
  6. If at any time you feel the blade flex or pull/tug on the whiskers, stop and decrease the blade pressure and resume with a lighter touch.
  7. You may find that using the razor at different angles may help you reach any difficult areas.
  8. You can also try shaving in different directions to get to any ‘hard to reach’ areas. First shave with the grain, then across the grain, and finally, if required, go against the grain. Remember to keep your strokes light and consider reapplying your chosen shave gel or oil to the areas if required between strokes to improve blade glide and lubrication.
  9. If you are using our K5 Five Blade Razor there is a precision trimming blade on the rear of the cartridge which you may find easier to use in this instance.
  10. If you are using an K4 Four Blade Razor, to get more precise control over shaving the lip it can be beneficial to hold your K4 slightly differently by placing your fingers over the head (rather than the handle).