How Trim A Mustache Perfectly with Scissors, Trimmer, or Clipper

Knowing how to trim a mustache is essential to maintain a neat and stylish appearance. As there are so many tools and techniques available for trimming your mustache, it can be challenging to know where to start. 

Scissors, trimmer, or a clipper, which tool is available to you? How can you trim your mustache with these tools? If you are having these questions in your mind, this comprehensive guide on how to trim your mustache will clear all your confusion.

We will cover each of the tools and techniques you can use, including how to trim your mustache with scissors, a trimmer, or a clipper.

How to Trim Your Mustache

With the right tools and techniques, you can rock any mustache style you desire by following these 6 simple steps:

Step 1: Choose Your Mustache Style

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Deciding on a mustache style is essential for a successful trim. To decide on a mustache style

  • Analyze your mustache’s shape, growth pattern, length, and thickness.
  • Consider the style you wish to achieve and how it complements your face shape.

Three popular styles to consider:

Walrus Mustache: This style features a neat, close-trimmed mustache that extends just beyond the corners of the mouth. It’s a timeless look that suits most face shapes.

Handlebar Mustache: A handlebar mustache is characterized by its long, curled ends that are twisted upward. This style requires more maintenance but can make a bold statement.

Chevron Mustache: The chevron mustache is a thick, wide mustache that covers the entire upper lip. This style is ideal for those with naturally thick facial hair.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools and Prepare Properly

Some tools are mandatory for trimming your mustache. This includes a beard comb, scissors/ trimmer/clipper (check which trimming technique looks easier to you) a mirror. Make sure your mustache is clean and free of dirt. If you have washed it, wait for it to dry first.

Step 3: Analyze Your Preferred Mustache Style Length

If you cut your mustache shorter than your preferred style, you will have no option to reverse the process. Before staring the trimming process make sure the length of your desired style.

Step 4: Comb and Trim Your Mustache

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Comb your mustache downward to help straighten the hairs and keep stray hairs and split ends in place. Then, trim the outside edges of the mustache first. You can also draw a line to the edges. Slowly trim the mustache under your nose on the upper lip. Always trim your facial hair dry to avoid cutting off more than you intended.

Step 5: Thin Out Your Mustache if Needed

If your mustache looks too bushy, thin it out. Comb your mustache upward and trim only a tiny bit at a time to avoid over-trimming.

Step 6: Style Your Mustache

If you want to define your mustache more, consider using styling products like wax or beard oil to add moisture to the skin and create a twisted-up look. These products don’t have to be mustache-specific and can be used on your hair or beard.

That’s it. You have successfully trimmed your beard.

How To Trim Your Mustache With Scissors

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Trimming your mustache with scissors is a cost-effective and efficient way to style your mustache. From choosing the right pair of scissors to perfecting the final touches, here is your step-by-step guide for trimming your mustache with scissors:

1. Choose the Right Scissors

  • Use small, sharp, straight-edged scissors designed for facial hair.
  • Avoid using kitchen or craft scissors.

2. Prepare your mustache

  • Clean your face and mustache with warm water and mild cleanser.
  • Dry your mustache thoroughly with a towel.
  • Comb your mustache in the direction of its natural growth.

3. Trim the mustache with scissors

  • Trim the excess length by gently snipping the ends of your mustache hairs.
  • Define the shape by trimming around the edges with small, gentle snips.
  • Trim the corners where your mustache meets your upper lip for a defined look.
  • Check for symmetry to ensure both sides of your mustache are even.
  • Use a clean towel or tissue to remove stray hairs or clippings.

4. Troubleshooting trimming mistakes

  • Uneven length: make small adjustments or seek guidance from a professional barber.
  • Split ends: invest in high-quality scissors and use beard or mustache oil to moisturize and protect your facial hair.
  • Overcutting: salvage your mustache with styling or trimming the opposite side to match.

That is all you need to do to trim your mustache with scissors. 

How to Trim Your Mustache with Trimmer or Clipper

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Trimming your mustache with a trimmer is a straightforward process:

Choose between a beard trimmer or hair clipper

Before you start trimming, you need to select the right trimmer for your needs. There are three main types of trimmers: Nose and Ear Trimmers, Beard Trimmers, and Hair Clippers.  Let’s take a closer look at each.

Nose trimmers are not suitable for trimming your mustache. It has smaller heads. It is designed to trim hard-to-reach areas like the nose and ears.  

Beard Trimmers are made for maintaining and grooming beards. They come with adjustable guards and multiple settings for different facial hair lengths.

Hair Clippers can cut hair in bulk. It can cut both long and short hair. But it is not as precise as beard trimmers for shaping and detailing your mustache. 

You can use both a beard trimmer or a hair clipper for trimming your mustache but, if your mustache style needs precision do not use a hair clipper. Here is the beard trimmer vs hair clipper table:

FeatureBeard TrimmerHair Clipper
Designed forGrooming and maintaining beardsCutting longer hair in bulk
Blade WidthNarrower for precision trimmingWider for cutting larger areas
Cutting LengthOften has adjustable guards for various lengthsOften has adjustable guards for various lengths
PrecisionGood for shaping and detailingMay not be as precise for shaping and detailing
PortabilitySmaller and more compactLarger and may be less portable
Power SourceOften cordless and battery-poweredOften corded or may be cordless with less battery life
CostTypically less expensiveTypically more expensive
Use onFacial hair and smaller areasHead hair and larger areas of the body

Trimming Your Mustache with Beard Trimmer or Clipper

  1. Set the Trimmer or clipper length: Select the desired length setting on your trimmer or clipper. If you’re unsure, start with a longer setting and gradually shorten it until you achieve the desired look.
  2. Trimming the upper lip: Hold the trimmer with the blade facing your skin at a 30-degree angle.  Make sure to trim the hairs above your upper lip for a clean appearance.
  3. Trimming the sides: To trim the sides of your mustache, start near the corner of your mouth and work your way up toward your nose. Follow the natural shape of your mustache, maintaining the desired thickness.
  4. Shaping the mustache: For a more defined mustache shape, use the trimmer’s precision attachment or switch to a smaller guard. Carefully shape the edges and corners of your mustache, keeping your chosen style in mind.

You are done with your trimming. Don’t forget to clean your trimmer or clipper after trimming.

7 Professional Tips For Trimming a Mustache

Though we have described how to trim your beard in different ways. Professionals trimming include a trimmer and scissors together in the trimming process. Here are some trimming hacks for your mustache:

  • Start with a trimmer with a guard attachment to achieve an even length.
  • Use scissors for precision trimming and shaping.
  • Follow your mustache’s natural shape for a more natural and polished look.
  • Trim the edges with a smaller guard trimmer or scissors for a cleaner look.
  • Check the length and shape of your mustache in the mirror, making sure it is even on both sides.
  • Use a comb to lift and trim mustache hair if it’s too thick.
  • Don’t forget to trim and style your mustache with scissors and wax.
  • Trim every 1-2 weeks to maintain its shape and length.

Do’s and Don’ts of Mustache Trimming 


  • Comb your mustache before trimming
  • Trim small sections at a time
  • Trim along the lip line
  • Regularly maintain your mustache
  • Use mustache wax for styling


  • Don’t trim a wet mustache
  • Don’t use a trimmer without a guard
  • Don’t trim too much at once
  • Don’t forget to trim the hairs under your nose


1. How often should I trim my mustache?

It depends on the length of your mustache style and the growth of your facial hair. As a general rule, trimming once every two weeks should be enough. But you will have to trim more frequently if you have a shorter mustache style. As a general rule, trimming your mustache once a week should be enough to maintain your mustache.

2. Should I trim my mustache while growing a beard?

It is your personal choice. Trimming a beard won’t make your beard grow faster. If you want to grow a beard without a mustache like the Amish people you should trim or shave your mustache.

3. Can I trim a mustache with a razor? 

Razors are not designed for trimming. The main purpose of a razor is shaving and using a razor on a long mustache might cause a weird mustache shape. So, before trimming your mustache with a razor, it’s best to use trimmers to get it to the desired length.

4. Does trimming make mustache grow faster?

Trimming your mustache does not make it grow faster. Regular trimming can help to maintain a neat and tidy appearance and prevent split ends, which can lead to breakage and make the mustache look thinner.

That is everything you need to know for trimming a mustache. Remember to take your time, go slowly, and be patient with yourself.

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