To lather up for a shave first fill a sink with hot water, dip a shaving brush into the hot water, shake off excess then dab into shaving soap. A small quantity is enough for a rich creamy lather. Apply the badger brush to the beard, using a circular motion. This will whip up a thick moist lather, lift each hair and protect and lubricate the skin.
To get best results you should take your time as you shave. Always shave with the grain (the direction the hair grows and check your neck to see if it grows in the same direction as you face). Avoid applying too much pressure, let the safety razor do the work.
Use one hand to hold the razor the other to hold your face gently taut to create a flat surface for the blade to glide over. With slow, short strokes first to build confidence and rinse after each stroke. For an even closer shave, re-lather and shave lightly across or against the grain.