Grooming your beard can be a pain in the ass, and everyone is familiar with failed attempts: the whack beard trim or the epic pseudo-jawline fail. But there is hope for achieving a better beard line. That’s why we thought it’d be a good idea to list a few easy tips for trimming and sculpting your beard line. Unfortunately we don’t have visuals for you so you’re gonna have to use your imagination, or take a look at the link or the watch the video we’ve posted below.

Beard Trim: Jawline

When you’re sculpting your beard near the neckline, it is best not follow your actual jawline unless you’re going for a “chin strap” or fancy goatee. Instead, follow the hair down to where the curve of your jawline and neck meet (where your jaw and neck become one). Think of it as the shadow that your chin casts on your neck. For the most part, beard hair generally grows this way; the shadow is more of a guide to help you in grooming and shaping your beard properly. However, some of you might grow hair like a beast and, if this is the case, you can take your razor and trim from the neck down. This separates the hair growth between the neck and the collar bone.

Beard Trim: Cheeks

When it comes to your cheeks, the basic rule of thumb is to pick a line that complements your beard. This is only if you want to go for a more groomed or trimmed cheek line rather than the natural growth. So if the natural isn’t right for you, here is how you get a nicely defined line.

Naturally, you’re going to have to let your beard grow and fill out before going all Edward Scissor Hands on your beard. To sculpt it, imagine a line from the sideburn to the mustache (start where the mustache and cheek hair meet then end at the sideburn). After you’ve set your “mark,” trim the hair above that line. Remember: you can always take away more if you’re not happy with your first attempt, but you can’t undo what you’ve already. After you’ve found the trim that best suits you, round off the area where your cheek line meets your sideburns. This will soften the lines and give you a more finished and complete look. There you go–bada-bing-bada-boom–you are now the owner of brand new beard.