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    Men's Grooming

    How to trim a beard

    1.5 min read
    How to trim a beard

    Look after those lines with our beard trimming tips.


    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, cheekline, mustache and lipline. 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 mustache control.
    Step 1: The all-over beard trim

    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

    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 excused this step if you’re sporting stubble: if you’re trimming a full beard, the neckline matters. Struggling? Our beard neckline guide here can give you more details.

    Step 3: Follow your beard trim through with 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.

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    What you need

    Philips Norelco

    Beard & Head trimmer Series 5100

    BT5215/41
    Norelco
    Norelco

    Philips Norelco Beard & Head trimmer Series 5100

    BT5215/41

    Even length at every angle

    This beard and stubble trimmer and hair clipper helps you to achieve exactly the 3-day stubble, short or long beard look or hair style you want. The new hair lift comb lifts & guides hairs to the blade for efficient one pass trimming. The advanced lithium-ion battery delivers 70 minutes of run time. See all benefits

    Philips shop price
    Suggested retail price: $64.99

    Even length at every angle

    This beard and stubble trimmer and hair clipper helps you to achieve exactly the 3-day stubble, short or long beard look or hair style you want. The new hair lift comb lifts & guides hairs to the blade for efficient one pass trimming. The advanced lithium-ion battery delivers 70 minutes of run time. See all benefits

    Even length at every angle

    This beard and stubble trimmer and hair clipper helps you to achieve exactly the 3-day stubble, short or long beard look or hair style you want. The new hair lift comb lifts & guides hairs to the blade for efficient one pass trimming. The advanced lithium-ion battery delivers 70 minutes of run time. See all benefits

    Philips shop price
    Suggested retail price: $64.99

    Even length at every angle

    This beard and stubble trimmer and hair clipper helps you to achieve exactly the 3-day stubble, short or long beard look or hair style you want. The new hair lift comb lifts & guides hairs to the blade for efficient one pass trimming. The advanced lithium-ion battery delivers 70 minutes of run time. See all benefits

    Step 4: Choose your cheekline

    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. Get tips on cheekline shaping here.
    Step 5: Shape up your mustache

    Step 5: Shape up your mustache

    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 mustache clean and trim the bottom (without the trimmer comb) to create a 1 mm clear line above your lips (optional).

    Knowing how to trim your beard properly is something of a life skill, and will serve you well. Keep it in line, and it’ll be an asset to your face.
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