How To Trim A Beard Neckline

Trimming a Beard Neckline

A lot of men go wrong when it comes to designing and trimming the outline of their beard. When it comes to outlining a 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. It’s like wearing a tiny hat or squeezing into skinny jeans.

Trimming A Beard Neckline

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 werewolf. But even werewolves have some standards.

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.

Trimming A Beard Neckline

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.

Trimming A Beard NecklineStep One

First, imagine a slightly curved line that goes 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 (yellow line in the picture). That’s 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.

Step Two

Next, imagine two vertical lines on either side of your face that run perpendicular to the first one and follows the outer edge of your sideburns down toward the neckline (red line in the picture). 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.

Step Three

Shave off everything under the neckline and you’re done. Congratulations, you are now the proud owner of a dignified and manly beard.

Alternative Beard Trimming Methods

Since I last wrote this article, men from all over have either thanked me for the guide to trimming their beards or have informed me of their own methods, some of which I like so much I’ve tried, tested, and liked myself.

Double Chin Method

Really simple. Tilt your chin down toward your neck. Embrace the double chin. The double chin line has actually created a natural fold where it meets the neck that pretty much runs the entire length of your jaw. It’s going to be like the yellow line in the original picture above. Shave off all the hair below that neckline. This is really the method I use to check at the end if I shaved my neckline well. I highly recommend it.

Two Fingers Method

This is more manly than the double chin method because it’s also the way you should order your whiskey. Albeit more inaccurate than the other methods because everyone’s fingers vary in width as do their necks. Stack your middle and index fingers right above your Adam’s apple. Right above that should be your neckline. Not my favorite measuring method because for me it’s one finger, for others it could be three fingers. It’s all about the width of each person’s fingers and where their Adam’s apple rests.

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jdbokhiria
jdbokhiria
2 years 3 months ago

Thank you for this.

Les Shelverton
Les Shelverton
2 years 3 months ago

I fully agree! Is how I’ve done mine for years. I foolishly recently said yes to a beard trim when having a haircut – like your 1st images and double the price!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years 20 days ago

Thank you this post really help me!

James Dazouloute
James Dazouloute
1 year 11 months ago

Great share, all men need to know how to properly trim their beards.

Water Park in Delhi NCR
Water Park in Delhi NCR
1 year 7 months ago

Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.

Jay Gee
Jay Gee
1 year 6 months ago

I agree about the too-high necklines! The other thing is that they make the beard look like a weird mask on the face.

william
william
1 year 6 months ago

Great guide. Now if i could just grow one that wasnt all patchy.

Terry Adams
Terry Adams
1 year 5 months ago

I tell you, I was growing a patchy beard and then I tried some beard oil and it started working.

Unscented helped my itching and patchy beard.

Shane
Shane
1 year 2 months ago

Even easier way to trim it – place two fingers above your Adam’s apple. That’s your neckline.

Done.

jimjam
jimjam
1 year 2 months ago

ALSO don’t forget that trimming the beard on or above the jawline will give the appearance of a really fat neck from certain angles ( like looking down ) – ALWAYS trim just below the jawline

breed7
breed7
1 year 2 months ago
I’m a photographer, and I’ve told many a guy not to trim his beard too high — so many guys trim halfway between their neckline and chin. In photographs, a too-high neckline either makes you look like you have a double chin, or it makes your neck look as big around as your head. Some guys with fat necks claim that it makes their neck look smaller, but, when I show them photos from a standard angle (not the eye-level view they get when they look in the mirror) they are horrified at how bad their neck looks. Unfortunately, most… READ MORE
bakecaxincontri
1 year 1 month ago

nice article .

Francisco bustos
Francisco bustos
1 year 28 days ago

Thanks for this post, for years I’ve been doing my neckline to high!!!! I kept asking myself why isn’t my beard on-point???? This helped can’t wait to re-download my beard and try this….

Sean
Sean
1 year 6 days ago

It’s funny, but I actually started out my neck line the correct why because I wanted to slightly cover my double chin. I never new I was doing it the correct way all along! Thanks for this info.

steve
steve
10 months 15 days ago
I don’t think this is a good post. Yeah, having a neckline that’s too high isn’t good, no matter what. But for different length beards, there’s gonna be different necklines that look good. If you’re growing an all out caveman beard, you probably don’t want any neck line at all or a very low one at that. However, when I have a 5 o’clock shadow, my neckline is higher than usual. I admit that the top right picture in the “bad necklines” is too high, but the others are okay because of the length of the beards. Don’t say anything… READ MORE
Zimbeardo
Zimbeardo
8 months 16 days ago
Great article! Even though, I think that there are really worse examples of bad necklines in the Internet. When lookin at the picture, i think that the ones on the right do have a really bad one. The pictures on the lebt are just a special “style”. When the beard is short enough i think that this is ok! In fact i like to have it that way with short stubles (8 – 10 days). Nonetheles, i also prefer a slightly lower neckline with a longer beard. What nobody is talking about is that some people actually look really stupid… READ MORE
Antome
Antome
6 months 29 days ago
I like many types of necklines raw, harmonized/rounded and blended. I tend to alternate between the rounded and the blended. The raw one is just above the adam apple but let’s the beard go all the way below the ear when it comes to the neck sides, unless the beard really extend far on the side, which just happens to some people, in such case, you shape a curved line from the center of your ear to above your adam apple, but substantially it’s the most “natural” of non blended hairlines for thick full beard styles. It might look concave… READ MORE
Micheal F
5 months 6 days ago

I have some scruffy stubble growing and I want to keep it at that length, but I wanna add in neckline or chinline, which would be more appropriate? Thank!

Antome
Antome
4 months 3 days ago

Depends on how low it does extend. About the upper hairline you can connect from slightly above your adam apple and the curve to join the two jaw angles.

Toprew.com
Toprew.com
4 months 14 days ago

Will try two finger method this evening. Good share!

Bobby B
Bobby B
3 months 21 days ago

I took a USB cord, because it was thick and gives a good edge. But, you can wrap it under your jaw line and over your ears (sort of like hanging yourself) and take a trimmer along the cord. This gave me a trim along the natural neck line and is super quick and easy when it’s time to take it up again.

Sheldon
Sheldon
3 months 7 days ago

I have no problems trimming my beard. However, when it comes to my mustache I can trim it equal but within 2 days my left side has drooped so much lower than my right.

Toby
Toby
2 months 21 days ago

I was just about to trim my beard properly for the first time. I was so close to doing it like the first picture with bad examples. Good thing I decided to do one final google search before I did anything. Thanks!

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jonathan
jonathan
4 days 1 hour ago

man i just trimmed my beard did 2 fingers above the jaw line it came out really nice imma try some beard oil see what happens . One question my beard grows slow what can i do to help speed up the process

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