Troubleshooting How do I evenly trim my beard with my Philips trimmer? To ensure that you get a precise and even cut with your Philips trimmer, it is essential that you hold it at the right angle as shown in the image below. How to hold your Philips trimmer: If you tilt the trimmer too far forward, the teeth of the cutting element cause a shorter cut and could nick your skin. If you tilt the trimmer too far backward, trimming will not be effective. If you change the angle while trimming, you will end up with an uneven result. Please take special care when moving the trimmer from neck to cheek or vice versa and around your jaws and chin.