The Handbook

Mind the Line

You'd think growing a beard would be easy. Just stop shaving, right? But it's not that simple. Your facial hair, no matter how long, requires some tailoring. "Properly trimming a beard is an art," says Mike Gilman, founder of the Grooming Lounge. "Too tight and you can look scary, too long and you can look scarier."


1. Too tight and close to jawline

2. Just right

3. The fade area

4. Clear this before it mixes with chest hair

No Beard?
Trim Your Sideburns


Gilman offers up the guidelines to trimming your sideburns: "They should end anywhere between the mid-ear or a little bit higher typically. The key is to do the 'Frankenstein Test' to make certain the side burns are level with one other. Looking at a mirror using two pointing fingers from each hand and matching them up to make sure they are the same level."

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