The Best Way to Trim a Short Beard

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Anthony Mink |

At Live Bearded, we want you to proudly rock whatever beard makes you the most comfortable...

Whether that's short, long, curly or straight!

When we first started Live Bearded, I grew out my beard for about seven months...

But I realized, after playing around with a few different styles, that I ultimately preferred to have my beard a bit shorter and tighter.   

So for all the guys with shorter beards out there, I wanted to walk you through what I do, step by step, when I trim my beard. 

Step 1

I start out with the Brio Beardscape - it's a GREAT tool and I only have to use two guards to get the look I want. As you can see in the video, the goal is to contour my beard to my jawline. 

Step 2

I prefer to have my beard a little shorter on the sides and fuller towards the front. You'll notice that I go with the grain instead of against the grain to get the look I want.

I start in the front and move the Beardscape downwards with the fuller guard. 

Step 3

I switch the guard and begin trimming the mid section along my cheek. Again, the hairs will be a bit shorter so the fuller part of my beard is at the front. 

This is a key step in making the v-shape of your beard on point!

Step 4

For my sideburns, I switch the guards again and this time go against the grain to make sure they are both the same exact length. 

It's definitely noticeable if they aren't!

Step 5

For my mustache, I use the same guard that I use on my sideburns to maintain consistency. 

Step 6

After I trim the length of my entire beard I run a comb through it to see if I missed any stray hairs.

Once that looks good, then I move onto making sure my neckline is even, and I do this free-hand without any guard. 

This is a more tedious process and takes some enhanced concentration. As you can see in the video, I use all sorts of angles to make sure my lines are straight, even and sharp.

Step 7

To line up my mustache, I use my top lip as a guide to precisely measure where to trim.

Just be extra careful as you do this!

I'd recommend starting at a longer point before moving further up. 

Tips to Remember 

  • Always start with a bigger guard and move to a shorter one. That way you can limit any major mistakes!
  • The best part about using the Beardscape and its guards is it limits any potential errors. If you like the v-shape bearded look, it makes trimming fast and easy. 
  • Once you are done, definitely apply Beard Oil. This is going to help your skin underneath your beard so it stays hydrated and moisturized. 
  • Finally, take a dab of that glorious Beard Butter in your favorite scent to lock everything in!

Final Thoughts 

Here at Live Bearded, all of our beard products are 100% natural and proudly made in the USA.

If you have any questions, or need anything at all, don't hesitate to contact us anytime.

And as always,

Live Bearded, Brother!