Social gatherings are more intimate occasions. That’s true not just emotionally, but also physically. People stand close together, and aren’t super distracted by their phones or papers, and tend to notice more features on someone’s face. Including your own.

That makes this the perfect time of year to fix some common grooming mistakes. Don’t feel bad if you’re making any or all of these — just take steps to fix them! Most are needs that don’t develop until after puberty, so none of us really got a chance to build the good habits early in life. Play catch-up now by identifying and eliminating these common grooming mistakes!

There’s nothing wrong with a sweet ‘stache or a big ol’ beard, at least as long as your workplace allows them, but a messy one? You’ll want to avoid that so you can maintain that professionalism. Trim the edges of beards and mustaches into shape on a daily basis. You know how guys without beards look scruffy and scraggly if they skip shaving for more than a day? That’s happening to the edges of your beard, too!

You don’t need to do anything fancy on this one. Just go lightly over the edges of your facial hair with a trimmer and the appropriate guide comb, cutting everything back to a uniform length and making sure the outline (where the hair ends and naked skin begins) is nice and crisp. It’s the difference between “sexy lumberjack,” which is a fantasy, and “hobo” which is more realistic, but decidedly less alluring. You want to look like you’d be natural holding an axe, not a shiv made with a thrown out plastic fork.

Should you trim your stubble?  Yes, men who sport the stubble look need to know how to keep it in check. Contrary to popular belief, the stubble and five o’ clock shadow is now an appearance men can use! However, men who prefer this look must know how to maintain it.  To make stubble work, keep it trim. Just because you have stubble doesn’t mean you are off the hook for maintaining it. That’s what causes you to look sloppy. To avoid the look like you partied too hard the night before, well-kept stubble is a must.  Use a stubble guard or a shorter guide when trimming your stubble.

Now… about those eyebrows. Does this one sound really pathetically nit-picky to you? Think again, what is one of the first things someone notices about your face? Usually the eyes, right? What are right above them? Human beings use them to express a wide range of emotions, and people will take notice. That makes a couple minutes of at-home trimming one of the best time investments you’ll make this year. Eyebrow threading can do an even better job, but at the very least use some trimmers to tidy up the outline of each brow and make a clear separation above the bridge of your nose.

Remember how Bert of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street always came across as the more fussy, easily flustered one? Yeah, part of that visual coding was his oversized, drawn-together eyebrows. Think about it.

There are more grooming mistakes and fixes coming soon!