A beard can be a thing of beauty. From the carefully clipped goatee to the thick, full neck-warmer, facial hair is always a bold statement of style. But that doesn’t mean a beard can be left to its own devices. Keep yours in line – and avoid bluebeard comparisons – with our ultimate beard trimming guide, packed with tips.
What does beard trimming involve?
Trimming gives the beard its shape, and a beard without a shape is just hair protruding from the face. If you follow the proper way to trim a beard, you’ll be aiming for an even length all over, and a proper beard neckline, cheek-line, mustache and lip-line. Here’s how to achieve that.
How to trim a beard properly Here’s exactly how to trim your beard, from the initial trim to right up to moustache control.
Step 1: The all-over beard trim
Wash and dry your beard. The best way to trim your beard is to start with the longest hair length and bring it down gradually. Set your beard trimmer to its longest setting and trim your beard all over. Go against the direction of hair growth to remove excess bulk. Repeat using shorter trim settings until you’re happy with the length.
Step 2: Define your neckline
For the perfect beard neckline, put a finger horizontally just above your Adam’s Apple and trim a vertical strip below this line. Work outwards under your jawline to one side, then return to the center and work your way to the other side. You’re only allowed to skip this step if you’re sporting stubble: if you’re trimming a full beard, the neckline matters.
Step 3: Go for a shave
Shave off the trimmed hairs located below your new beard neckline. Show no mercy – they must be removed. There is no other way.
Step 4: Choose your cheekline
If you’re happy with a natural beard cheekline, leave it as it is. For an edgier, crisper look, go for a straight or slightly rounded line to the bottom of your sideburns. The lower your cheekline, the more length you’ll give to your face.
Step 5: Shape up your moustache
You can trim your mustache to the same length as your beard, or leave it slightly longer to make it stand out more. For a nice, clean lipline, close your mouth and smile. Keep your moustache clean and trim the bottom (without the trimmer comb) to create a 1-mm clear line above your lips. Knowing how to trim your beard properly is something of a life skill, and will serve you well.