How To Trim and Shape Your Beard Fast and Easy [Guide]

Well done, you’ve finally grown the beard of your dreams. It might still be in the weird growth stages, but it’s coming along nicely. The problem is… it looks a bit messy with stray hairs all over.

Now is the time to start thinking about trimming and shaping it. Yes, even though you’re still in the awkward growth stage.

And yes, we know how daunting, annoying and counterintuitive it feels.

Trimming and shaping your beard from time to time is vital in keeping it look top-notch. The beard is always a work in progress.

However, with these super easy-to-follow guide, you’ll learn step-by-step how to trim your neck, cheek line and everything in between to perfection.

Word of advice, this is your ultimate beard grooming guide, so make sure to bookmark it.

How Important is Beard Oil

One of the most valuable tools you need when you trim your beard is a quality beard oil. Beard oil will keep your beard soft and lustrous while preventing hair damage.

Beard oil helps keep your hair healthy, so it looks great no matter the length or style.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Beard Oil Use Are:

  • Do use beard oil daily
  • Do apply it gently and smooth it in
  • Don’t apply it roughly.
  • Don’t use excessive amounts of oil, it won’t be absorbed anyway

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How To Trim Beard With Trimming Scissors

You will need a pair of well-made mustache and beard trimming scissors. Do not use regular scissors or nail scissors. To trim your beard you need to know that this is a delicate and precise activity.

Scissors made just for facial use are designed to allow for the dexterous hand movements you need to trim your beard. A good pair of beard trimming scissors is easy to find, and affordable, get a pair.

Beard & Mustache Scissors from Marbeian


You Need a Beard Comb

Beard scissors are much easier to use if you have a good beard comb. In the same fashion that a barber uses a comb to judge the right length of hair to cut, you’ll use a beard comb to trim your beard.

A beard comb is also an efficient way to apply beard oil to every part of your beard evenly.

Beardoholic Wooden Beard Comb


You’re Going to Need a Brush with That Comb

When you trim your beard, yoy should proceed with combing and oiling and finish with a good brushing. Buy a boar hairs beard brush for best results.

Natural boar bristles are scaly allowing them to remove dust and excess hair product from your beard. Boar’s hair brushes will stimulate natural oil production and distribute it over the length of each hair.

Beardoholic Beard Brush


Find a Beard Trimmer

An electric beard trimmer is an investment in your appearance. The different size clipper attachments will let you quickly fix uneven patches and trim your beard’s neck or cheeks.

Modern trimmers come with some handy features. Choose from trimmers that have a built-in vacuum system to keep the mess to a minimum, or self-sharpening blades.

Whatever brand beard trimmer you choose, pick one that has a reputation for reliability and easy use for trouble-free trimming.


Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100


How To Properly Trim a Beard

To properly trim your beard, focus on these key areas

  • The neckline
  • Cheek line
  • Overall evening out

How to Trim a Beard Neckline

A poor job of defining your neckline will ruin the look of an attractive beard.

Start by studying the natural sweep of hair from the back of your sideburns (A) to below your jaw (C). Visualize a straight line from top to bottom.

Now we’ll use the sweep formed from the outside of one ear as it passes under your neck (above Adam’s apple) and connects to the back of the other ear (B).

The do’s and don’ts of the well-done neckline are:

  • Do use the natural contours of your face to judge the most appropriate line to follow
  • Don’t go too high, a high neckline looks tacky and ruins the effect of a full beard

Here is the most important measurement you need to make – find where the line from your sideburn intersects with the curve connecting your ears.

You have now found your natural neckline. Go any higher, and your beard won’t look its best. Make sure to round the neckline where the sideburn line intersects your ear to ear curve for an attractive neckline.

Beardoholic All In One Beard Shaping Tool



How To Trim a Beard Lines

There are two schools of thoughts regarding beards and cheek lines:

  • Going natural: let your natural cheek line grow the way it will
  • Sculpt a cheek line that creates the look you feel best with

Unlike a well-shaped neckline, there are no hard and fast rules regarding a proper cheek line.

How To Trim a Beard Cheek Line

If your cheek line is uneven or ragged naturally finding the best height to straighten it is easy. Imagine a line straight from mustache to sideburn, shave there. The line will look natural and neat.

How To Trim a Beard Cheek Line

When you desire to create a particular effect, feel free to shave and sculpt any way you want. Symmetry is the most important consideration you have.

Always choose facial landmarks that will allow you to create an even look on both sides of your face.

How to Trim a Beard

Trimming the entire beard is where a good hair clipper with a large selection of attachments comes in handy. Scissor skills are hard to learn, and one improper snip can destroy the shape of your beard. Hair clippers are much easier to use well.

We recommend: Philips Norelco QC5580/40 Hair Clipper Pro

To avoid clipper accidents start with the longest hair length attachment your clipper set has. Now slowly work your way down until you hear the blades begin cutting. Here is where you need to stop if all you want is to even the hair out.

How to Trim a Beard

If your goal is to reduce the overall length of your beard, just continue using shorter attachments until your beard is medium length. You’ll have an even growth on your face that can grow out handsomely.
Watch this video to see how it’s done:

There Aren’t Any Hard Rules

At the end of the day, your beard is how you express your individuality. Do whatever you want with it. But follow some easy guidelines to make sure that however you shape it, your beard will look good.

There Aren’t Any Hard Rules

How To Trim a Beard in 10 Simple Steps