How To Trim And Style A Beard Without A Mustache
Okay, once you know the style that suits you, we will discuss how to trim and style your Beard. The steps vary depending on whether you have a short or long beard style. We broke it up into two sections below. One for a short style, and the other for long styles, so follow along with the section below that applies to you.
How To Trim A Short Beard Without A Mustache
Trim the beard length
Determining the overall length is the first step to trimming a shorter beard style. If you are going for a stubble length, trim the Beard with a trim guard of one or two. If you want your Beard a little longer, try a guard length of three to four. If you aren't sure, we recommend starting with a longer guard and then slowly going to a smaller one until you reach the length you want.
Trim the sideburns
Depending on the exact style, you might want the sideburns and area around your cheek to be a shorter length. For trimming this area, try a trim guard length of one; if you want it shorter, you can trim without a trim guard. Just make sure it blends nicely into the rest of your Beard.
Define the edges
Once everything looks nice and uniform, the next step is to define the shape. Reference a photo of the exact style you want so you can see what areas are shorter and what areas are longer. For the neck and upper cheek, we recommend using a trimmer without a guard to get the general outline of the Beard; this is also more forgiving if you make a mistake, and it's a little easier to blend. Next, use a precision trimmer blade like the Zero-Blade to go back and get those sharp lines. Go slowly and lightly cut the top of each outline, so you don't cut too much into your Beard and ruin the shape.
Trim or Shave The Upper Lip
The last and final step is to go over the upper lip. You can use a precision trimmer blade if you have sensitive skin. That will give you a very close trim similar to shaving. If you want the cleanest look possible, we recommend using a safety razor and an aloe vera-based shaving gel to shave your upper lip.
How To Trim A Long beard Without A Mustache
Wash Your Beard
The first thing you want to do is wash your Beard. This is very important to ensure you don't have any skin cells or dirt that could damage your trimmer and cause hair pulling. Washing your Beard also makes sure all the hair lays down straight.
Comb Your Beard
You next want to comb your Beard to continue getting the hair to lay down straight. You can use a regular comb, and if you have a particularly thick beard, you can use a beard pick, a larger and longer version of a comb. If you are having a hard time getting the hair to lay down straight, you can use a blow dryer on medium heat and blow it down as your comb the Beard.
Trim The Bottom Of Your Beard
Before trimming your Beard, you want to ensure it is completely dry. We are going to start with the bottom of the Beard. Start by trimming the neck area. You want a line that follows the natural curvature from the side of your jaw to your Adam's apple.
Next, it's time to shape the Beard. This depends on the style you want, so be sure to reference style images. Some people can stop at this point if you want a more natural style.
If you are going for the ducktail style or want something more defined, add a guard to your trimmer of four to five and then reverse the trimmer and shave from your neck out.
To get that very straight and defined bottom part of the Beard, you can use a comb as a guard, and then remove the guard from your trimmer and follow the line you create with the comb.
If you want a complete step-by-step tutorial for a ducktail or Viking-style Beard, you can follow our complete guide here.
Trim the Top Of Your Beard
Okay, now it's time to trim the top of your Beard. You can use your trimmer without a guard and slowly trim the top of your Beard on the cheeks until you get the general shape or line you want.
If you want a slightly curved line on the top of your Beard, a trick is to pull up your cheek to your eye and trim a straight line through the hair. When you release the skin, it will have a slight curve.
You can finish off by trimming the sideburns and side area of the Beard. If you want it to look more tapered, then we recommend using a guard length of one.
Define the edges
Now that you have the general shape of the Beard, it's time to define the edges and bring out some detail. Use a precision trimmer like the Zero-Blade and slowly go back over the defining lines on the cheeks and neck. This is what will give you that sharp appearance.
Trim Or shave the Upper Lip
The last step is to make sure to trim or shave the upper lip. If you have sensitive skin, then using a trimming head like the zero blade will give you that very close trim similar to shaving.
If you decide to shave, we recommend using a safety razor and a shaving gel, not a shaving cream. This will help prevent razor burn.