How to Trim Sideburns with a Beard (A Step By Step Guide)

We all know that properly trimmed sideburns can enhance the overall appearance of a beard, giving it a polished and sophisticated look.

When done right. It looks great, but when done wrong, you can be left looking a little odd. 

That’s why in this article, we’ll go over how to trim sideburns with a beard. 

We’ll go over:

  • The simple process of setting up and deciding the lengths 
  • An easy-to-follow guide on how to trim your sideburns 

And finally, I’ll provide you simple maintenance tips to keep your trim looking its best for as long as possible. 

So with that said, let’s get into it.

Preparing for the Trim

Before diving into the trimming… 

It’s essential you gather all the necessary tools needed. Fail to do so and this process becomes more difficult. 

 You will need a reliable beard trimmer with an appropriate guard or attachment, a comb, and a pair of scissors(if you have very long sideburns).

Below are some of the best beard trimmers with vacuums (if you hate creating a mess).

Remington Vacuum Beard Trimmer Best overall

. Remington Vacuum Beard Trimmer: a smart, innovative, and efficient trimmer that sucks up the trimmed hairs. No more mess, no more stress.

Wahl 2-1 Vacuum Beard Trimmer Best on Ergonomics

Wahl 2-1 Vacuum Beard Trimmer: a comfortable, easy-to-use, and ergonomic trimmer that fits your hand and face. T

Remington HKVAC2000A Best on capacity

Remington HKVAC2000A: a space-saving, convenient, and powerful trimmer that cuts and vacuums your hair in one go. No more mess, no more fuss.

Once you have your tools in hand… 

We can now move on to your face. 

You’ll need to cleanse your face and beard thoroughly.

This will remove any dirt or excess oil that may hinder the trimming process. 

Use a gentle facial cleanser or beard shampoo to cleanse the beard, paying special attention to the sideburn area.

After cleansing, comb through the sideburns and beard to ensure they are untangled and straight. 

Then dry with a cloth. 

You’re doing this because you simply don’t want any knots affecting your trimming. 

Now… let’s decide on what you’re actually cutting. 

Determining the Desired Sideburn Length

Before you start trimming, you need to determine the desired length of your sideburns. 

You need to determine whether you’re going to keep your trim your sideburns all to one level. 

Or are you going to add a little bit of a fade as it transitions into your beard? 

Consider your personal style preferences and the overall length of your beard

Once you have determined the ideal sideburn length, get your tool and get ready to cut. 

Next, we’ll delve into the actual trimming process, providing you with step-by-step instructions on how to trim your sideburns with a beard effectively.

Trimming the Sideburns

Now that you have prepared for the trim and determined the desired sideburn length, it’s time to start trimming.

These steps will be how to trim your sideburns into your beard with a fade effect! 

Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to effectively trim your sideburns with a beard:

  • Start with a larger guard: Select a “large” that leaves plenty of hair, this will give you more freedom as you don’t just instantly cut all of your hair. Here’s is a guide on what the guards on beard trimmers cut to against clippers

You don’t want to dig into your beard, just gently pass over it, the cutting should be done to your sideburns, nothing else 

Now, go over your sideburns as a whole and cut them down to that specific length. Close your clippers lever if you’re using clippers. 

This will allow your clippers to cut to the specific length of the guard you selected. 

Then as you do this, if you find you want a shorter length, just change to the #2 guard, the #1 guard, and follow the same process.

If you wanted your sideburns to be all at one level, this should be enough, if you want more of a blending effect, read on. 

  • Fade: If you’re looking to add some fade effect to your sideburn as you trim into your beard, you first want to start at the base of your beard (where the bottom of your ear lobe lines up with your beard.
How to Trim Sideburns with a Beard
  • Select the guard that cuts to the level of your beard, let’s say the main bulk of your beard is at the 1 ½ guard level (4.5mm)
How to Trim Sideburns with a Beard

You want to start there and trim all the way up up to your head hair. 

Then, take the one guard, go slightly up from where started with the 1 ½  guard, then trim all the way up from there. 

And if you want to go one step further, get the ½ guard, go slightly up from where you started with the #1 guard, and go all the way up. 

After this, you should come out with a fade. Your sideburn is either at the level you want or blended into your beard!

The video below detailed this full process visually. 

By following these steps, you can achieve well-trimmed sideburns that perfectly complement your beard.

 Remember to take your time and make gradual adjustments to ensure the best results. 

Next, we’ll discuss the final touches and maintenance required to keep your sideburns and beard looking their best.

Final Touches and Maintenance

Now, let’s focus on the final touches and maintenance to ensure your sideburns and beard continue to look their best:

Apply beard oil or balm

To moisturize and style your beard, apply a few drops of beard oil or a small amount of beard balm. 

Massage it into your beard, focusing on the sideburns and the rest of your facial hair. This will help nourish the hair, reduce itchiness, and stop the dreaded beard dandruff! 

Regular maintenance

To keep your sideburns looking sharp, it’s important to regularly maintain them. 

Monitor the growth and make adjustments as needed to maintain the desired length. Trim any stray or longer hairs that may appear to ensure a clean and polished look.

Experiment with different styles

 Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sideburn and beard styles to find the perfect look for you. 

Play around with different lengths, shapes, and thicknesses to discover what suits your face shape and personal style best. 

Remember, grooming is all about expressing your individuality.


In this article, we went over how to trim your sideburns with your beard. 

By following the step-by-step guide outlined in this article, you now have the knowledge and tools to effectively trim your sideburns with a beard. 

Remember to prepare properly, determine the desired length, trim with care, blend seamlessly, and maintain regularly for optimal results.

If you found this article helpful, check out other articles on this topic. 


How should I determine the appropriate length for my sideburns when trimming with a beard?

Generally, align your sideburns with the midpoint of your ear. Adjust the length to achieve a balanced and harmonious look with your beard.

What tools do I need to trim sideburns along with my beard?

A quality beard trimmer with adjustable settings, a comb, and precision scissors are essential for trimming sideburns. These tools offer control and precision.

Should I trim my sideburns differently based on my face shape?

Yes, face shape plays a role in sideburn trimming. For round faces, longer sideburns can create a slimming effect, while shorter sideburns complement angular faces. Adapt accordingly.

Patrick Boulang

Patrick Boulang

Patrick is the Primary editor for Clipphub. He has sales background however has always had a passion in barbering and personal self grooming. He now he spends most of his time giving information to hair clipper users to get them comfortable with personal grooming and improve their work on clients as he believes anyone can become skills with their blades.