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Men's Grooming

How to trim a beard

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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, moustache 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 moustache control.
Man trimming beard with Philips vacuum beard trimmer

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.

Step 3: Follow your beard trim through with a shave

Shave off the trimmed hairs located below your new beard neckline or loose whiskers. Show no mercy! Use your electric shaver or the beard trimmer without the comb to edge away the strays and ensure they are removed.

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Less mess vacuum trimmer

Trim your beard, moustache and sideburns while keeping tidy. The new Philips Vacuum Trimmer has an improved, high-performance system with 50% stronger* airflow. It captures cut hair effectively, giving you a mess-free trim. See all benefits

Man trimming beard with Philips beard trimmer

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.
Man trimming moustache with Philips beard trimmer

Step 5: Shape up your moustache

You can trim your moustache 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 (optional).

Knowing how to trim your beard properly is somewhat a lifetime skill. Find the beard style that suits you and keep it in line. Be proud of your beard and trim the way that feels right.

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