How to Trim a Mustache in 7 Easy Steps? (2021)

Last Updated: 2021-05-18

by Jeel Patel

Trimming a mustache is an important part of the grooming routine, especially when you want to look good and impress your loved ones.  But everyone is talking about trimming the beard, and no one is talking about trimming a mustache.  So we thought, why not make your lives easier by making an detailed guide on How To Trim a Mustache?

Trimming your mustache is as important as trimming your beard using a good beard trimmer.  Though one might think it to be a simple task, trust me when I say it is not.  There are many factors to consider like what tools to use, trimming it to the desired length, and lastly shaping it.  There are special products available for mustaches because they are coming back in trend.  So, without wasting any time, let’s jump into this exciting topic of trimming mustache. 

How To Trim A Mustache? (7 Steps)

7 steps to trim mustache

Step 1: Let The Mustache Grow To Make Trimming Easier

Alright, I know what you have to say! This is the most basic step and it’s mostly common sense.  How would you trim a mustache without good hair growth? But that is not the only part of it.  

Umm, let us think why is growing such an important and first step? 

Growing a mustache is important because it will make the mustache maintenance part easy.  Think about it, will it be easy to trim a few stray hairs here and there, or will it be easy to trim a well-grown thick mustache? If I were you, then I would go with the second one only because it will make it easy for me to style and shape my mustache.  Let it grow and get the best results.  

That said, how long will it take to grow a thick mustache that is easier to cut? Experts in the field say that there is no specific time period to grow a so-called “successful mustache and beard”.  It depends on the genetics of different people and also their habits.  For instance, one of my friends can grow a good beard and mustache in two to four weeks while mine takes approximately one month, I know that’s long but it is what it is.  I just need to let it grow and give some time.

Genetics is not in our control, but we have control of our habits.  Habits can be divided into three main subcategories which are food, sleep, and stress.  The key to remember is the more healthy you eat, the more you sleep, and the less you stress is a key for mustache and beard growth.  

Research has proved that healthy food will make a positive impact on mustache hair follicles (roots), and less stress will also achieve the same.  Think about it, the more healthy you eat, it will get you less tired and sick leading to less stress and good sleep.  

So, Eat Healthily, Sleep More, Take Less Stress, and Promote Mustache Growth!

Step 2: Gather Best Tools For Mustache Trimming

This is the most crucial step in trimming your mustache.  Make sure that you have the right tools to trim your mustache.  Just having any electric trimmer will not do a job.  There are specific trimmers meant to trim your mustache.  We have highlighted a few of the best mustache trimming tools in the market towards the end of this blog, continue reading and we will get there eventually!

So here is a list of tools that you will need to follow our guide on how to successfully trim your mustache in 6 steps- 

  1. Mustache Comb
  2. Beard Trimmer
  3. Beard Scissors
  4. Mirror

The best place to trim your mustache would be your washroom, where there will be a mirror available with a sink.  Speaking of the sink, it might be a good idea to wash your mustache and beard, just to get rid of dirt and any small particles stuck in your beard or mustache that can cause tangles. 

To trim a mustache the better way, I suggest that you start to trim your mustache with a beard trimmer that works well with a mustache, and then use trimming scissors to shape up your beard. This way you can get rid of initial mustache hairs first then can achieve perfection with scissors. Precision scissors not only help achieve perfection but will also help get rid of stray hairs, that a trimmer won’t do!

Step 3: Comb Mustache And Untangle Mustache Hairs

This step is somewhat optional, but I will explain it in detail, and then it will be upto you to decide whether you should follow this step or not.  

Combining a mustache using a mustache comb will help straighten the facial hairs, and treat the stray hairs.  A beard comb will not do a good job because of the difference in teeth widths.  Mustache combs are made for small hairs and its teeth width also makes it possible to use a pair of scissors.  

One more thing, you might want to use good beard shampoo and conditioner if your facial and mustache hair is too rough, and it is not possible to comb without pulling it.  Using shampoo will smoothen your hair and will make it really easy for you to trim it.  

Towards the bottom of this guide, we have listed a few products that you can choose from!

Step 4: Cut Above Your Upper Lip

This is what we have been waiting for quite some time now, the ultimate key to the treasure!

Now, a successfully trimmed mustache like a handlebar mustache is not just a few mins of work.  It will take one-two hours of trim than regular maintenance.

This is a crucial part because of many reasons.  You have an option over here- trim with an electric trimmer or use a pair of scissors.

Using a pair of scissors is totally fine if you are a perfectionist and new to the job.  Just take a comb and start to cut the facial hair above the upper lip.  The right way is to cut from the outer part of the mustache and then come towards the center.  This will create a fine line.  

Alternatively, you can use a beard trimmer which will just make it easier to cut.  In this case, just gently press the trimmer towards the top of your upper lip, and then pull it back.  Similar to doing it with scissors, start from out part of the mustache then come towards the center, when at the center start with the opposite part of the mustache.  

Why is this step important? Because it will allow your mustache to be in a good shape and there would be no stray hairs visible.  

Note: Length is your preference and it is you who will decide what is your desired length.  

Step 5: Cut Upper Areas Of Mustache

This step is very similar to trimming the hair above the upper lips.  But in this case, we are trimming the hair below the nose and not the nose hair. Trimming lip line is one of the most important parts because lip line is the border of the mustache and that is what people observe first!

It is necessary because you don’t want your facial hair to seem just an extension of nose hair, which looks disgusting!

So again scissors or trimmers are your choices, it depends more on the level of perfection that you want and that is what will decide the right tools for the job.  The desired length is also a judging factor on what tool to use.  

If you choose to use scissors, then grab a comb and start cutting it.  This time we don’t want a fine line rather an angled cut, almost at 45 degrees.  If you want you can also cut a fine line, but trust me an angled cut looks much better on men!

Using a mustache trimmer is also a good choice, and this time you just start pressing the trimmer against the mustache to make a cut.  Again the angle and length of the cut are your choices.

Step 6: Reduce The Bulk Of Your Mustache

Until now we have learned about trimming the facial hairs above the upper lip and below the nose.  The next step is to reduce the bulk of the mustache.

Before we start to reduce the bulk of the mustache, we want to comb it properly, which will make it easy for you to finalize the desired bulk length.  Start combing away from the mustache until your facial hairs extend towards the end of the mustache comb teeth.  As said, now you can decide on how much bulk you are willing to have.

As usual, you can do this with a scissor or a trimmer.  In this case, using a trimmer is a little bit complicated because we have to be more careful and we don’t want to get rid of all the mustache facial hairs.  

If you decide to use trimming scissors then you can get rid of the hairs until they reach your desired length.  But if you decide to use an electric trimmer, then don’t stress too much about it.  These days, the trimmers come with guard replacements that you can change easily to alter the trimming length.  The rule of thumb is to start with longer settings and move to shorter ones if you need it. This will make sure that you don’t end up cutting your entire mustache or facial hair.

Bonus Step 7: Final Touch Ups

This step is just to make sure that you have not missed any parts of the mustache.  For this step, I would prefer to use beard scissors, because we have already completed trimming part of the mustache, and are into the perfect job.  So, it starts with combing the mustache downwards toward your upper lips.  Then using a pair of scissors cut the stray hairs or any unwanted hairs that are spoiling the look.  

Guess What? You just finished trimming a mustache.  Now, it is time to shape your mustache and regularly maintain it.  We will discuss one of the most famous mustache styles in the next section, which is shaping handlebar mustaches. 

How to Shape And Style a Handlebar Mustache?

how to shape and style handlebar mustache

People always think that styling a handlebar mustache is a complicated job but trust me when I say it is not that complicated.  It is just the right tools and skills that make the work easy.  

Here are the steps needed to shape and style handlebar mustache-

Trimming And Shaping The Corners

Handlebar Mustache is all about corners, and so this step is the most crucial part of this guide.  

So start by picking one of the corners and give it a little roll.  Then after pinching in between your fingers trim the light facial hairs/stubble under it.  This will give the handlebar mustache a more sharp look.

Note that for this mustache style your corner lengths of mustache should be enough long.  Some people have too short corners, which makes it impossible to achieve a handlebar style.  

Cut The Unwanted Length

After trimming the corners, give it a roll one more time.  After doing this, if you feel that the rolled part is longer than you expected then use beard scissors to cut the unwanted parts.  

The key is to have an even mustache on both sides.  So we recommend that you cut a little bit of each side one after another, avoiding any huge loss of facial hair.  

This step is optional and is more of a personal decision because everyone has different expected facial hair length.

Application of Mustache Wax

Personally, I think this part to be the most exciting.  After getting a good trim on the corners, it is time to shape them in handlebar style.  

Take a pinch of mustache wax in your hands and rub it on your fingers evenly.  If you do not have mustache wax then beard wax will also do the job.  If you want to learn more about the best mustache waxes, how to apply them and additional topics then click on the link above now.  

After rubbing wax on your fingers, start patting it on your mustache.  You can rub it all over your mustache and make sure to not stack it up all at one part.  

If you do have a beard oil or beard balm at home then that will also do the job.  But the only issue is beard oil does not give the required hold for handlebar mustaches.  But you can give it a shot!

Style and Shape It

After applying, mustache wax will look like a flat table.  So, it is important to shape it.  Grab a mustache comb and divide your facial hair into two halves considering the tip of the nose as a centre.  

After combing it, roll the corners one last time for perfection.  One can also use extra hold beard balm or mustache wax for extra hold if their facial hair length is long.  

This ends our journey of styling a handlebar mustache.  But a key consideration is that you need to regularly apply apple products like wax to keep it in a good shape and promote face hair to grow in a specific direction.  Hair grows in a direction you train it to grow.  It is like your dog, who is trained not to do his business inside the house.

Best Tools Needed To Trim And Shape Mustache

We have learned everything that is required in the field of trimming beard and mustache.  But it will not be possible without the important tools needed for the job.  So, here are a few tools that we think to be the best in the market:

Philips Norelco 5100

This is a beard trimmer meant for all different lengths of moustache, beard, and body grooming.  This trimmer will also make it possible for us to get a 45-degree angle cut, straight-line cut and much more.  It also comes with different length setting tools that will help you get rid of appropriate bulk. 

Kent A 81T Pocket Comb

A key tool behind trimming a beard or moustache hair is a comb.  This is a small size comb that is no less than any other size comb.  It can be used with beard razors, mustache trimmers, or beard scissors.  This is a must-have tool along with other grooming products.

Equinox Razor Edge Series

If you are a perfectionist then this is a must-have tool in your grooming kit.  These scissors can cut any length of hair and can be used for face or for head hair.  This will be your best friend in the trimming process because you will be able to get small and perfect cuts with it.  The blade quality is also superior. 

Mustache Wax

If your aim is to get a handlebar mustache then this is the perfect tool for you.  It not only helps style mustache, but it also comes with great hold.  A great hold is necessary when we are talking about long lengths.  So, if I were you then wouldn’t waste a minute thinking about anything else.


1. Should I trim the mustache above the lip?

If you want a short answer then it is yes! The reason behind this is that stray hair above lips can be irritating for you, and it can also spoil the look you are aiming for. The part above the lips mustache ends while the part under the nose mustache starts. So, start and end should always be perfect. This will glorify the look of your face. Trimming your mustache is a skill and so requires patience.

2. Are you supposed to trim your mustache?

I mean if you want to look like a gentleman and want all your hair even throughout your face then the answer is yes. Well trimmed mustaches and a beard can be compared to well-dressed girls. So you can imagine its importance. But if you are growing out your mustache then there is no need to trim a moustache.

3. How do I trim my Moustache above my lip?

A more detailed part of this answer will be there up in our blog, but I will give you a short summary. To trim the moustache above the lip, one can use a beard trimmer or scissors. Then with help of a mustache comb, one can achieve a straight line above lips which will give a perfect look. But if you use a trimmer then just press the trimmer against the hair to achieve the shape you desire.

4. How do you fix an uneven mustache?

To fix an uneven mustache there are few steps. It starts by washing it using beard shampoo to clean it. Then, you can use beard scissors to cut unwanted hairs, and finally oiling it is the key to avoid tangles. You can also use a mustache styling wax that will help you to get the shape you want.

5. Where should a mustache end?

Mustache start and end is more a personal choice. But a key is that it should end a little after the lips to look good. However there are different mustache styles that you can achieve, so one cannot comment on where the mustache should end because it is your choice.

6. What do I need to use to keep my mustache in shape?

You need to use a beard trimmer, beard scissors, beard comb, and any styling agent like mustache wax to keep your mustache in shape.


So what do you think? Do you think that our guide on How to Trim Mustache in 6 Easy Steps is perfect? Contact us with all the changes you would bring to your routine, so we know what gets you most excited. To be honest, beard and mustache trimming routines are different for everyone! Some like to try new stuff with their mustache, while some people like to play safe! it depends on what you like and our guide is just based on general experiences!

In this blog, we also gave you a list of tools that you can use for trimming moustache perfectly.  These tools are a key behind any successful beard and so we recommend getting these tools.  That said it is time for goodbyes, but before you go don’t forget to subscribe to our website to get more information on product reviews, and different guides like this one.


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