We always recommend taking a nice, long shower before shaving -- or at least rinsing your face well with warm water. This helps to hydrate your whiskers and soften them up before you get to shaving.
Once your skin and hair are prepared, apply a thin layer of our moisturizing shave cream. The amount needed may vary depending on how much stubble you have accumulated, but a dollop the size of a half-inch thick Quarter would be a good place to start. Then, spend 15-20 seconds massaging the cream into all the nooks and crannies of your face and neck, pick up your favorite Harry's razor, and get to shaving.