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How to Trim a Moustache

How to Trim a Moustache
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Learning how to trim a moustache correctly is an important but daunting task to undertake, as there is nowhere to hide when it comes to facial hair. This is why we’re bringing you our expert guide to getting your best shave yet.

Four Simple Steps to a Trim Moustache

Four Simple Steps to a Trim Moustache | Gillette UK

Don’t overcomplicate it, in four simple steps, your perfectly groomed moustache will be ready to take on the world, and here’s how:

1. Prepare the Skin

The preparation stages of shaving are paramount to a successful result. It provides a clean, smooth base for the razor to glide across the skin.

Apply a facial cleanser, like our King C. Gillette Beard and Face Wash, and massage the skin using circular motions to remove any dirt, oil or impurities from the complexion.

2. Comb Moustache

Decide on the desired style, such as a classic straight moustache or a curled handlebar and comb the hairs in that direction.

3. Shape Your Moustache

Now it’s time to start working on the shape. When shaping a moustache, we recommend using a beard comb to brush through it, as this will ensure all hairs are sat in the right direction to identify their true length.

Now for trimming. Start with the sides or ‘bars’ of your moustache, begin working on the perimeters and gradually cut down until you achieve your desired look. Always use slow, considerate strokes when trimming to reduce mistakes and achieve the most refined look.

When shaving sensitive areas, such as your upper lip, always stretch the skin to ensure the surface is tight and flat for the trimmer, like our Gillette All Purpose Trimmer to glide over and minimize the risk of cuts or irritation. Using this technique also allows you to clearly see any overgrown hairs that need tidying up.

Expert Tip: We like to repeat the same strokes on each side as we go to ensure perfect symmetry.

4. Rinse, Dry and Style

Now it’s time to rinse off any excess hair and pat the area dry to reveal your final look. Ensure the skin and hair is dry and apply a hydrating post shave product like the King C. Gillette Face & Stubble Moisturiser to help relieve itchiness condition beard hair.

If you like to style your beard, just warm a penny-sized amount of beard balm between your fingertips and style to create your desired look - simple as that.

Want to learn more about which moustache style may suit you? Discover more here!

How to Trim a Moustache with a Beard

How to Trim a Moustache with a Beard | Gillette UK

We get it, you aren’t quite ready to ditch the beard and go full ‘tache on us just yet. Don’t worry, it’s still super quick and easy to tidy up your moustache effectively while keeping your beard intact.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to trim a moustache when you have a beard:

1. Gather the Necessary Tools

Choose a trimmer with adjustable guard lengths or a pair of sharp, small scissors specifically designed for trimming facial hair. A fine-toothed comb is also needed to untangle and separate your moustache hairs.

2. Shorten the Beard

Once you’ve finished cleansing the skin it’s time to trim your beard - this will allow you to clearly identify how to shape your moustache for the best results. Reach for your trimmer 5mm setting to even out and shorten the beard ensure there are no strays for the smartest, most effective finish.

Note: Before trimming any hair, ensure it is dry, as the strands can appear much longer when wet. You don’t want to cut yourself short - no pun intended.

3. Blend the Hair

Ensure that your moustache blends seamlessly with your beard for a cohesive look. If needed, use a trimmer or scissors to cut any longer hairs that may stick out or appear uneven when compared to the surrounding beard.

4. Clean and Maintain

After trimming, clean up the trimmed hairs using a brush or towel to remove any loose hair.

For the best long-lasting results, regularly maintain your moustache and beard by washing, conditioning and applying a beard oil or balm to keep them healthy and manageable.

When it comes to successfully trimming your moustache, take your time and make small adjustments as you go to achieve the desired look. If you're uncertain about your trimming skills, consider visiting a professional barber for guidance.


Learn more about which moustache style is for you here, or if you are seeking more general grooming tips and tricks our blog has many more just like this.

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