Nobody teaches you how to grow a beard. It just grows however it’s genetically designed to grow. And for many of us, nobody jumps in to give a beard grooming lesson, either. Sure, dad is there to teach you how to shave, but you’re likely out of the house and on your own by the time you need some beard trimming tips. Plus, since beards are generally a generational fixture of the past 10-20 years, dad might have never grown a beard for himself. So you’re on your own. But you’re also not alone. At GQ, we’ve all given it a go, and over half of us wear a beard pretty much full time. That means we get to sample the best beard products, test the best beard trimmers, and try a few new beard styles along the way—and we get to call it research. In all that “studying”, here are the most important beard grooming tips and tricks that we’ve learned, and that should help you maintain something neat and grandiose—whether it’s stellar 5 o’clock shadow or a 5-month stallion. If you’re going to grow a beard, then you need to know how to trim a beard—whether you’re maintaining its length or just cleaning it up. First, though, you should learn which kind of beard style flatters your face shape. See ...