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August 21, 2014 at 05:29 PM EDT

In the pantheon of celebrity mustaches, Justin Bieber’s recent attempt ranks somewhere between a Matthew Broderick and an Ashton Kutcher. Unlike the greats—say, Hulk Hogan’s or Salvador Dali’s—a mustache like this mostly incites a desire to shave it off.

Thankfully, Bieber has taken the hint. In an Instagram video posted yesterday, he grabs a razor and an encouraging friend to help him say goodbye to wispy lip fuzz and hello to hairlessness. Bieber turns shaving in his cavernous bathroom into a full-on production, with sultry whispering, smoldering gazes, and awkward close-ups of his chin.

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