Clean Up Your Beard Cheek Line With These Tips
Having trouble with getting your beard cheek line to look right? Or are you afraid of messing it up? We’ll help you out with tips to get those cheeks looking great.
Trimmed vs natural cheek line
There are two types of cheek lines I’m going to go over. First, is the natural cheek line. The second is a more defined trimmed cheek line.
The natural cheek line is pretty simple. Just let it grow naturally. I recommend this for just about every beard. Read the natural cheek line look below to learn why.
A trimmed cheek line is a sharp line you maintain with a razor or trimmer. It gives a more professional appearance. Looks great when properly done.
The natural cheek line look
I recommend this look for a few reasons. The main reason is that we should avoid trimming. Why?
If you’re not going for a full beard, I can respect that. But, so many beards get trimmed before they have a chance to grow. Many men believe they have a patchy beard before they know what their beard can do. So before you go for a trimmed cheek line, try letting the beard grow out a while.
How long should I let it grow?
Three months is a common marker for beard growth. It gives most beards plenty of time. That said, some beards will take even longer. Possibly to the six-month mark. But, I know the beard can be in bad need of a trim by the three-month mark. At that time, you should decide what you want to do with your beard. Including the beard cheek line.
How do I achieve a natural look?
Sit back and relax. That’s it. The beard will come in naturally by itself. You might only need one tool for trimming the out of place hairs. For that, I recommend a safety razor.
Why use a safety razor?
A safety razor works well for a lot of reasons.
Most important reason: It uses one blade. We will actually be able to see where we’re trimming. Quite important to avoid destroying our beards. One blade also reduces irritation compared to a cartridge razor with 3+ blades scraping across your skin.
It does take a little while to get used to though. You might have a few nicks here and there. And those nicks are easy to take care of with the right tools. But, once you get the hang of it, it’s the perfect tool.
Safety razors are cheaper too! In the long run. We all know how expensive replacement blades for cartridge razors are. These blades are really inexpensive.
Why is a natural cheek line awesome?
Less maintenance is pretty awesome. You just need to trim a few stray hairs here and there. But, nothing major.
You can’t really mess it up. It’s natural, right? No adjustments needed.
Looks awesome on full beards.
It looks more… natural. Basically, there’s less of a harsh transition from skin to beard.
The only bad part is it may look awkward until your beard fills in. Genetics play a role in your beard shape as well. There are only a very few beards that I’d recommend going for more of a trimmed look.
The trimmed cheek line
The trimmed cheek line tends to look more professional. That’s because the lines are crisp and clean. Much better suited for shorter beards.
Want to know more about trimming a beard? Read here.
What are the positives and negatives of a trimmed cheek line?
A trimmed cheek line looks clean and professional.
Works great on shorter beards.
It’s easier to mess up. If done incorrectly it can look pretty strange.
It requires more maintenance.
So how do you trim a beard cheek line?
A lot of men’s natural cheek lines will have spots where they “jump up” on the cheek. All we want to do is simply flatten that bump. My recommendation is that you trim it as high as possible and trim small amounts at a time. There’s nothing worse than realizing you have majorly messed up your beard. That’s how beards die my friends.
Imagine a line from your sideburns to your mustache. Again we want that line to be as high as possible on our cheek to start. Trim along that line. A lot of men choose to do a slight downward curve in the center of that line. It looks a little less angular that way.
It’s important to keep your mustache looking awesome too.
These are just my recommendations. You trim your beard any way you’d like. I just want you to avoid any mistakes if possible.
It’s up to you what type of tools you want to use.