How To Shape Up Your Beard - Techniques for Shaping

With your beard fully grown out, the game takes on a whole new landscape. The next challenge is how to shape it just how you like but this is easier said than done. With so many techniques and styles out there on the internet, it’s not surprising that beard shaping has no singular rule.

The best way to get started is to understand the basics of beard shaping as it relates to the most common beard types. This article comes with tool recommendations, best practices, and the proper process for getting your beard shape right. Additionally, there will be recommendations on the best product choices depending on the length of your beard.

How To Shape Up Your Beard

The beard shaping process is pretty intense but we’re happy to help you figure it out. With that in mind, these steps are what you need;

  1. Get Your Tools Right

In all honesty, nothing will go right if you don’t get your tools right. Beard maintenance and care means that you have many tools at your disposal. However, so few of them are actually ideal for the beard shaping plans you have.

In this case, a quality beard trimmer, soft brush, shaver, and finishing balm are the key items you need to get started. This can’t be stressed enough as the wrong tools can ruin any plans you have for lining and styling the beard later on.

  1. Start Large, Then Work Backwards

Now that you have the right tools, the fun begins. Use your trimmer and work your way in from the outside. This might seem weird at first but is essential as it gives you a wide margin for error. You can’t undo a short style so starting with a larger trim gives you room for constant adjustments.

  1. As It Grows, Keep Trimming

If you’re feeling especially adventurous and want to see just how far you can explore beard style, trim regularly. No need to worry about the effect it would have on your skin as the trimmer can be taken to its lowest setting. This will give you the confidence to operate and not be concerned about the skin breaking.

If you don’t have a trimmer, a razor will also do nicely and give the same results. The trimmer however beats the razor in terms of precision.

  1. Pay Attention To The Outline

The outline of the beard is the primary area of focus when it comes to shaping. There are three areas to consider;

The baseline: This is where the trimming needs to start. To get this done, draw a “U” from behind the ear all the way down to the jawbone. The goal is to shave everything below that point to give the outline sufficient distinction and set the pace for the shaping.

The top line: This area needs to be completely linear. All that’s needed is to trim the hairs along the cheekbone all the way towards the mouth. This should be done on both sides.

The lip line: This is the area that houses the mustache and will obviously require that extra touch. Trim it so it aligns with the rest of the beard and also doesn’t enter the mouth or look unkempt.

  1. The Clean Up

Once you have achieved the beard shape you want, the shaver comes in. This is used to clear up any hairs that were missed by the trimmer. Keep in mind that this will help you a lot in the coming weeks as the hair continues to grow.

Extra Tips for Shaping Your Beard

As promised, we will be giving you extra recommendations that you can use.

Aftershave balm will come in very handy over the next few weeks. This will prevent rashes and itchiness and itchiness as you use the shaver.

Beard oil definitely has its perks but beard balm is better in this case. It helps to moisturize both the beard and the skin beneath.

Final Thoughts On Beard Shaping

Beard shaping is really amazing for your consistently awesome look. The process involved is not difficult and with the steps, we have provided, you’re bound to get it right even on the first attempt and you can only get better over time.

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