A lot of men go wrong when it comes to trimming the outline of their beard. The key is to avoid the mistake of trimming the neckline too high up on the neck and entering the jawline and face region. This is a classic beard gaff that ends up making it look like your beard shrunk in the dryer and is now entirely too small for your face.
Why a Neckline
You don’t need a neckline. You may want to grow your beard naturally because in some cases this looks better and it’s a lot easier to maintain. For most of us however, neck hair can be uncomfortable and look untamed. Also, no one wants their facial hair to connect to their chest hair unless you’re transforming into a bear. And no one really wants to date a bear.
A neckline simply outlines the bottom portion of the beard, which varies from man to man. Of course, this is only if your aim to to grow the classic full beard or short box beard, otherwise other facial hair styles play by different rules.
How to Design the Beard Neckline
This is actually more simple than it seems, so I’ll try to not over complicate things. It’s best to stand in front of a three-way mirror if you have it, or use a secondary handheld mirror to view all angles of your face. Remember to stand up straight and keep your chin up when finding the line and then shaving.
First, imagine a slightly curved line from right behind your ear lobes and travels under the jaw line. It should stop at the angle where your neck meets the underside of your jaw below your chin. The line will be very close to the top of your Adam’s apple. This is your neckline. Another way to visualize it is to tilt your chin down and a natural crease will reveal itself where the underside of your chin meets the top of your neck.
Next, imagine two vertical lines on either side of your face running perpendicular to the first one and following the outer edge of your sideburns down toward the neckline. This creates the corners of your neckline right under the ends of your jawline under your ears. Round these corners off to create a more natural look rather than a perfect box.
Shave off everything under the neckline and you’re done. Congratulations, you are now the proud owner of a dignified and manly beard.
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