The question is a 'less' newbie than it seems. (And sorry for the long post) I am not the most experienced when it comes to traditional shaving (2.5 yrs only) or using Badger brushes. Currently I have two shavemac 2 Bands(24 and 26mm), one L&L 2 band (26mm), one AoS, One LS 30mm. In the past I have used a Thater, a Chubby 2. I prefer using a more yogurt like lather with tons of water as opposed to thick and creamy lather. My lather I assume is wetter than most folks( At least that's the idea I got from watching numerous shaving videos: I use more water than almost all of them: except may be a guy called Caleb who does straight razor shaving videos). And I make sure that the layer of lather that's touching my face is well lubricated, not just the top layer. Now, I have read that we are supposed to use paint brush like strokes with Badger brushes as circular strokes with pressure will damage the knot. I don't follow this principle with Boar (I love boar!) or synthetic (I like synthetic) - I practically abuse those brushes to make sure the lowest layer of lather is hydrated as well (If I run my finger over the lather to remove it, no soap residue is visible on skin). I am having trouble achieving this kind of lather with badger brushes with paint brush strokes only. If I don't use some pressure with circular strokes, my lather isn't uniformly hydrated: the top looks shiny and wet but the layer that's touching my face isn't. If I do the 'run my finger over lather' test, I see soap residue is left. Now, please help me understand what am I doing wrong/ thinking wrong. Don't be afraid to criticize my technique/understanding !! After all, it is Friday.