Mustache grooming can be tedious, since you’re working within the cramped space between your nose and top lip. There’s also an overwhelming number of mustache styles to choose from, which can make the very act of mustache grooming a bit convoluted.
But really, there’s one mustache style that can teach you the ins and outs of mustache grooming better than all the rest: The Chevron, famously worn by the likes of Tom Selleck and Freddy Mercury. Below, you’ll find a mustache grooming guide built around this mustache style, which will leave you with everything you need to know about how to shave a mustache.
Step #1: Trim your entire mustache using a pair of electric clippers set to the longest setting (or whatever your desired length is)—that way, your mustache hairs will be a single, uniform length.
Step #2: The edges of the mustache should extend just half an inch beyond the corners of your mouth—use a razor to shave any hairs growing further towards your cheeks.
Step #3: Finally, brush the mustache hairs upward using a small mustache comb and trim any stray hairs hanging over your upper lip using a pair of grooming scissors.
That’s it: The basis of mustache grooming. Achieving other mustache styles is simply a matter of leaving a little more hair there and a little less hair here. Take the classic handlebar mustache, for instance:
Step #1: Part your mustache hairs down the middle, then comb each side down and out.
Step #2: Use a small pair of grooming scissors to lightly trim any stray hairs—start towards the middle, cutting less and less hair length as you make your way to the edges of the mustache
Step #3: Apply a wax or a pomade to hold the hairs in place—once applied evenly throughout the mustache, twist the hairs together with your fingers, then curl the still-twisted hairs up and in.
Step #4: Lastly, and most importantly, eye the curls for evenness in the mirror. Make adjustments if necessary.
If the handlebar mustache is a little too hipster for you, the horseshoe mustache is another mustache style that can only be achieved if you have a basic understanding of mustache grooming:
Step #1: Use a pair of electric clippers to trim the entire mustache to your desired length (the #8 or #10 guard are good choices for this mustache style).
Step #2: Put the tip of your finger on the corner of your mouth, making a straight line down to your jaw, and use it as a guide for trimming the bars of hair with your electric clippers—just be careful not to cut your finger.
Step #3: Once the bars on each side of the mustache are even, eye them for your desired length. Make adjustments if necessary.
If you’re interested in other mustache styles—like the slick pencil mustache or the bushy walrus mustache—check out this advice on how to cultivate and care for various mustache styles. Alternatively, if you’re less interested in mustache grooming and more interested in starting anew, read up on the best way to shave that tricky patch of face smooth.
Now get out there, and keep your top lip warm (or bare that subtle skin) in style, bucko.