Beard Level 1 — Stubble
The battery-powered Philips Norelco OneBlade ($35) has waterproof housing and three stubble-length guards, which let you sculpt a 5 o'clock shadow even when you're in the shower. But remember: Growing facial hair means you're no longer routinely exfoliating your skin with a razor blade. So to prevent dry, flaky cheeks — or worse, beardruff — use a product like Brickell Renewing Face Scrub ($22) every day. Pumice stone and jojoba beads grind away dead cells and uproot ingrown hairs.
Pro Tip: Draw the Line
Trim your cheeks so the hairline runs parallel to your jaw, says Michael Gilman, owner of groominglounge.com. Then shave your neck, creating a slow-curving line that crosses just above your Adam's apple and, if extended, skims the bottom of your earlobes.