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How To Shave Around The Corners Of The Mouth – With Video

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I recently received an email from a shaver requesting some tips for shaving around the corners of the mouth.  The answer also involves a larger issue with shave stroke technique though: following through.

How To Shave Around The Corners Of The Mouth

Remembering that one of the basic techniques in shaving is to have as level a surface as possible, shaving around the corners of the mouth is no exception.  You may have to manipulate the area to get a flat surface.  What I do–and what I think most other shavers do–is to form the mouth as if you’re going to make an “ahhh” or “ohhhh” sound.

That should both flatten and expose the corners of the mouth enough for a good stroke with a razor.

Remember another basic technique: taking passes from different directions.  Be sure to make that “ahh” or “ohh” mouth shape on each pass.

But I think the corners of the mouth is where a lot of shavers forget about another, less discussed technique: make sure the shave stroke follows through, from a point just before the spot to be shaved, through a point passed the area to be shaved.

Think of it like a golf swing.  You’re not going to get that little golf ball very far if you just touch it with the club.  You need to wind up and swing through for the best stroke.

Or, if you’re a painter, it’s kind of like using a power spray painter where you “over-spray” the area slightly.

Apply these concepts and you will not only catch those little areas around the corners of the mouth but also those other “detail” areas as well.

Give it a try and leave me a comment on how well it works out for you.



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8 thoughts on “How To Shave Around The Corners Of The Mouth – With Video”

  1. Simply opening the mouth wide and stroking both downward, then upward, works for me.
    Of course, use a soap stick before shaving.

  2. I have had better success with closing my mouth and puffing my cheeks out. I saw it or read it years ago when I first got into “wet shaving”. I just seems to work better for me. But…YMMV.

  3. I have found that puckering up helps create a tight and consistent shaving surface around the corners of the mouth. 😗

  4. Thank you for the great and much needed advice Mark. It’s very timely for me as I’ve been trying new ways for the corners in the past week or so. I have a mustache and recently tried changing the end shapes of it so a little more of my mouth corners are exposed by a couple more centimeters as a result.

  5. Use your other hand to stretch the skin around the area you want the blade to cover…. Good shaving technique always utilises the ‘spare’ hand to ‘flatten out’ the area of beard about to be shaved. Here’s a video to show this technique in practice.

  6. For the corners of my mouth, I use my tongue to slightly puff out and flatten the area to be shaved.

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