How to trim a beard

Trim the mustache properly: Comb all hairs to the side first, and clip on desired setting. Then comb down over the lip and remove the guard, to trim anything that hangs over onto the lip.

Beard-Trimming Tools:

Comb or brush: for detangling

High-grade clippers: for trimming

Scissors: for detailing

Beard oil or moisturizer:  for softness and health

How to Trim Your Beard:

1. Comb it out: Get all of your hairs settled into one direction. Comb everywhere, including the mustache and bottom.

2. Use clippers for an even cut: If you want to maintain the length showcased here (half an inch), try a number 4 setting. If you aren't sure, just start with a bigger clip and work your way down. Increase this size as your beard continues to grow out.

3. Fade the neck and cheeks: Graduate to smaller clipper settings (starting two sizes lower) as you move outward.

4. Trim the mustache properly: Comb all hairs to the side first, and clip on desired setting. Then comb down over the lip and remove the guard, to trim anything that hangs over onto the lip.

5. Use scissors for detailing: Clean up strays and give yourself a more natural finish.

6. Finish with a beard oil or beard moisturizer: These will keep your hairs healthy and prevent them from drying and itching.

Additional Beard-Trimming Tips:

1. Trim your beard when it's dry: You'll get a better sense of how it will look.

2. Invest in a solid pair of clippers: They will last much longer and are far more durable.

3. Don't assume all guards are the same length: Like with clothing, every brand's measurements are slightly different.

Always test on a higher guard before settling into your preferred length. Generally, though, a 4 guard is half an inch.

4. When you trim the underside, stretch out the skin: The neck skin can bunch together, so be sure you're grazing over the actual surface of the skin.

How to Trim Your Beard Neckline

Adjust the clippers two settings below your beard length. Clip everything below this imaginary line. As your beard grows, you can maintain this same setting on the clippers when trimming. Even when you have a full, healthy beard, you'll want the hair between your neckline and Adam's apple to be relatively short.

How to Fade Your Beard Neckline

1. Go one or two settings shorter on the clippers. Target the same space just above the Adam's apple: Trim the bottom half with this shorter setting, but leave the top half at the length of the original setting. This will create a gradient instead of a hard stop along your neckline.

2. Finally, buzz all stray hairs between your chest hair and the bottom of the fade (i.e. your Adam's apple).