Beat the Burn: 6 Tricks for a Smooth Shave

Nothing’s gnarlier than red, itchy spots that pop up on your neck after shaving. It’s embarrassing, and (sorry) it looks amateurish. Bring the razor super-close (think: Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris in Skyfall‘s seductive-shave scene) with these six easy tips.

Soften the beard. Shower steam opens up your pores and softens whiskers, making them less resistant to a blade.
Exfoliate. A facial scrub will keep dead skin from clogging up your blade and lift facial hairs up so you can get a cleaner cut in fewer strokes.
Stay sharp. Blunt blades require more pressure on the skin to get the job done, which can lead to irritation. Replace your blade after every five to seven shaves or as soon as you feel it slightly tugging on your skin.
Protect skin with an oil or cream. Pick a product that contains dimethicone or a natural lubricant like coconut or argan oil to reduce drag. Gels and foams are mostly air and don’t provide enough glide.
Shave with the grain. It takes longer, but shave in the direction your facial hair grows. Can’t tell by looking? Rub your hand against your whiskers and shave in the direction that feels smooth, not prickly.
Moisturize. Ingredients like tea-tree oil and propolis are great natural antiseptics and help heal irritation and nicks. Look for aloe and chamomile to soothe skin and reduce any redness, and avoid products with alcohol if you have sensitive skin.

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VIBE is proud to announce the first V-MIX concert featuring DJ A-Trak, the A$AP Mob and special guest Pusha T. It’s all set to go down on Nov. 29 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. This special mash-up performance will feature all three acts performing together for the first time ever. A-Trak will be behind the turntables as A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvy, A$AP Ant, and A$AP Ty Beats rock the stage all night long. G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T will also be in the building for a special set. Opening DJ set by Hot 97’s Funk Master Flex! Doors will open at 8pm, and the show is open to all ages. Stay tuned for more information on the concert, special ticket giveaways, and more unannounced treats.


VIBE x F.I.T. Present A Screening Of ‘Color Outside The Lines’

VIBE and Fashion Institute of Technology’s Black Student Union and Art Awareness & Appreciation Club present Color Outside The Lines, a documentary that explores the history of the Black tattoo artist, the art and intricacies of ink, and it’s cultural impact. Moderated by VIBE’s Online Style Editor Keenan Higgins, the screening will be followed by a discussion with special guest panelists. Read details here.

Always In Style Andre 3000 On Gillette Campaign, Fashion, Jimi Hendrix Movie

Scoring a sit-down with Andre 3000 is rare these days.  It’s been a while since Three Stacks dropped a solo record, yet his coveted guest verses shine like gold on any given tracklist. Few MCs have been blessed enough to receive a sixteen from the reclusive MC. No one knows when he’ll release a new album, or even confirm the next Outkast project, not even himself. Still, as most listeners have given up on Dr. Dre’s Detox, the hunger for new rhymes from the enigmatic icon won’t let up.  Most recently, we’ve witnessed Andre pop up as the new face of Gillette. On a recent stop through the Big Apple, VIBE wrangled the rapper for an eye-opening interview on being the face of Gillette, his quirky style choices, transformation through the years, playing Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic, and the status of his rap career. Read the full interview

Lenny Kravitz to play legend Marvin Gaye in biopic

He will play soul legend MARVIN GAYE in a biopic about the singer’s later life by British film-maker JULIEN TEMPLE. Lenny will portray Marvin in the early 1980s when he had moved to London while struggling with booze and tax bills. The rocker has already had acting roles in Precious and The Hunger Games.