I've posted on this before. Wet shaving is truly one of life's pleasures.
Buy a double edge safety razor and high quality blades. Gillette doesn't make them anymore, but a German company named Merkur makes the old Gillette models and they are of good quality. Or you can find a vintage Gillette from some collector on Ebay.
Buy a badger shaving brush, the best you can afford.
Use high quality shaving cream, never an aerosol. The fancy british creams are the best, but they cost an arm and a leg. There is a great and economical Italian brand called Proraso, and it's also marketed in New York as Bigelow's a the fantastic chemist in the Village.
Throw the Mach 3 and Fusion away!!! Say goodbye to ingrown hairs.
Shave after a shower or putting a wet hot towel over the beard for at least two minutes.
Your beard must be moist.
Use water as hot as you can possibly stand it. Fill the sink, and then shut it off.
Load the brush and lather on your face or in a mug before transferring the lather to your face.
Shave with the grain first, possibly two passes the razor, and then one pass against the grain. Possibly a cross-grain pass. And maybe a few cleanup strokes.
The trick is to apply NO PRESSURE AT ALL. If you press, you will cut yourself and with a real razor blade, that's quite a messy predicament. This is why you need a weighted razor. Using a plastic double-edge guarantees you will be Mr. toilet paper face. No pressure is needed.
After you practice a bit, you will have the absolutely closes shave you ever have had. And the morning ritual will be your first effort at mindfulness of the day. It's almost like meditating. (I should say that I am not into fashion, nor do I spend time on my hair. This isn't about looking cool. It's about doing something for yourself in the best way possible. Shaving is one thing that has not improved with technology.)
Shave like a man. It takes practice and in the beginning there will be blood. But you will absolutely be glad you did.
Any questions? Ask me.