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The time has come, as it has come into the lives of many good and noteworthy men before you.
An act that changes you from a thin-faced, pimple-speckled teen (or a thirty-something java-drinking Joe Average) into the rugged embodiment of manhood.
And we know that you’ve thought about the style you want. Maybe it’s inspired by that movie you saw last week, where the hero is practically a social magnet. Or maybe you want to look just like your Dad did … or not.
Whatever the case, before committing to a life of whiskers, you should investigate which is the best beard for your face showing off your features and matching your personality. Read on to find out the right beard style that suits you based on your face shape.
The Basic Face Shapes
- The Oval Face Shape
“Egg-shaped”, somewhat oblong, with rounded cheeks and pointed chin. The cheekbones are the widest part of your face your the face is longer than wider. Usually, there are no sharp angles.
- The Round Face Shape
Circular, consistent length at both the head and chin. Meaning that your cheekbones and the length of your face are the same and at the same time they are bigger than your jawline and forehead.
- The Long Face Shape
Noticeably larger in length than in width. Meaning that your face is noticeably longer than wider and you might have a sharp jaw.
- The Square Face Shape
Generally consistent all around, with a broad chin and forehead. Meaning all the main characteristics of your face have the same width ( cheekbones, forehead, jaw).
- The Heart Face Shape
It is quite similar to the round face but your forehead and cheekbones are the widest parts of your face. As you go down to the jaw your face becomes less and less wide.
- The Diamond Face Shape
Your cheekbones are the widest parts of your face and the forehead and chin are noticeably narrower.
First, you need to find out the shape of your face. If it isn’t obvious, look straight into a large mirror, and trace the outline of your face with a washable marker (or borrow some lipstick.)
Don’t include your ears or neck, just your face (including your chin, cheeks, and top of your head.) This should make it easier to tell.
Or, if you visit a professional barber or stylist, ask their opinion. There are basically four facial beard styles: full beard, scraggly beard, mustache, and goatee. Each of these can be broken down into more specific styles.
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The Basic Beard Styles
Full Beard Styles
- Chin Curtain – is a full beard that extends from ear to ear, but not connected by a mustache or neck hair. It’s sometimes known as a “lion’s mane.”
- Shenandoah – a full version of the chin curtain, allowing all the hair on the neck and chin to grow out. Results in a very Amish look.
- Side Whiskers – a long beard connected to sideburns and a mustache, but with the chin shaved clean.
- The ducktail beard – a long beard style that is shorter on the sides and longer on the chin.
Scruffy beard styles
- Chinstrap Beard – a thin beard cut straight along the jawline and not connected by a mustache, resulting in what looks like the chinstrap of a helmet.
- Neck Beard – a beard that is only grown out (where else?) on the neck. The face is shaved clean.
- Stubble – also known as a “five o’clock shadow,” a day’s growth of close-trimmed facial hair.
- Friendly Muttonchops – full sideburns connected by a wide mustache, with no hair below the upper lip.
- Fu Manchu – a thin, long mustache grown alongside each mouth. Named after the fictional villain Dr. Fu Manchu.
- Pencil Mustache – very thin mustache hairs just coating the upper lip.
- Toothbrush Mustache – a thick, comb or toothbrush like bunch of hair on the upper lip. It was made popular by Charlie Chaplin and made unpopular by Adolf Hitler.
- Walrus Mustache – A thick, bushy mustache that drapes slightly over and on either side of the mouth, looking supposedly similar to a walrus’ whiskers.
- The Zappa – a short, bushy mustache coating the upper lip, reflected with a similar growth on the bottom lip. Named for the musician Frank Zappa.
- Handlebar Mustache – a long mustache that is usually curled and tapered at the tips.
- Balbo – a bushy goatee covering the chin, with a thick mustache on the upper lip.
- Goat Patch – a strip of hair in the middle of the chin, of various lengths with a goatee (circle beard).
- Van Dyke – also known as a “French Beard”, it consists of a single pointy goat patch and a wide, pointy mustache.
- Horseshoe Mustache – a horseshoe (or “U”) shaped mustache, looping downwards on either side of the face.
- Soul Patch – a small, closed shaved patch of hair directly below the lower lip in the middle of the chin.
Once you know your face shape and the basic facial hairstyles, you can easily decide the style that’s best. A general description, recommendations, and general suggestions are listed below.
Best Beard Styles For Oval Face
Touted as the “perfect” face shape, the egg-shaped oval shape is the easiest to accommodate and upkeep, since it has the right balance of smooth and sharp features. Almost any style can be made to suit an oval face, including:
- GOAL:To enhance your natural face shape.
- DO: Try various styles! The oval shape is very flexible, easily covering beginner’s mistakes.
- DON’T: Do anything that would distort the face line. For example, Dickenson period sideburns, a Mohawk, or a very long beard with a bald head.
Best Beard Styles For Round Face
A roundish face can be hard to figure out, as it tends to be seen as youthful and “cute” than rugged. However, some options are still available that will help you look better.
- GOAL:To elongate your face, making it more oval.
- DO: Keep all hair fairly close-shaven. The thickest points should either be at the top of your head, or the point of your chin.
- DON’T: Do anything that would widen your face; sideburns, bushy beards, or a drooping mustache.
Best Beard Styles For Long Face
Similar to the oval shape … but just a little on the long side. Instead of keeping most of the hair equal on your head and chin, as for round faces, you’ll try to shorten your profile slightly by emphasizing one or the other.
- GOAL:To shorten the face slightly, without changing the overall shape.
- DO: Experiment to see whether you prefer fuller hair with a short beard, or cropped hair with a longer beard.
- DON’T: Do anything to elongate your face. For example, a pointed beard.
Best Beard Styles For Square Face
A square face is similar to the round in size but tends to have a broader forehead and chin, with a boxlike shape overall. For this one, you’ll soften the edges by keeping a nice, smooth cut on everything.
- GOAL:To round out the edges of your face, making a more ovular shape.
- DO: Keep your beard trimmed close at the cheeks, becoming fuller near your chin.
- DON’T: Make the chin hairs too long or two pointed, elongating your face too much.
Best Beard Styles For Heart Face
A heart-shaped face is somewhat a combination of long and oval, where the chin tends to jut out longer than the cheeks. Your style option should try to make the cheek and chin appear flush and slightly broader.
- GOAL:To cover the chin, and make it appear even with the rest of your face.
- DO: Go for flat, straight-cut edges, making your profile a little broader and squarer.
- DON’T: Do a mustache without a beard. This will frame your chin, making it even more obvious.
Best Beard Styles For Diamond Face
A diamond face (triangular face) is widest at the cheekbones, tapering off into a pointed chin. It can be a difficult match, but try to create a more oval shape by choosing a square-cut style.
- GOAL:To soften sharp cheekbones, round out the chin and forehead.
- DO: Keep all hair on the cheekbone shaved close, allowing the hair below to grow fuller.
- DON’T: Do sideburns. Just don’t. This will have the effect of widening your cheekbones, without compensating elsewhere
Feel free to experiment
So, there are the six basic face shapes, along with the recommended (and not recommended) styles of beards, mustaches, and hair for each. Feel free to experiment – some.
Know your hair’s thickness and general growth speed before making drastic changes, and be sure to consult a barber or a stylist for expert and personalized advice.
Keep in mind that certain styles will look and feel different at different ages. Generally, between the late teens to mid-twenties, facial hair tends to be sparse and somewhat soft; it’ll be unlikely to gain a full beard or stiff mustache.
Middle-aged men tend to get the best results and usually find their favorite style at this time.
By the time men reach their upper fifties, face shapes may have changed some, the hair is thinner and color might change. You can always dye your beard, read about the best beard dye here. Each point may require a completely different look for some, while others may notice very little change.
In general, the goal is to achieve an equal, oval-shaped face, and to provide a natural frame that draws attention to your eyes.
With time and practice, you’ll discover a number of options that will help change up the ordinary while still enhancing your best and boldest features.
~ Growing a beard can be a tricky but worthwhile endeavor if you enjoy the manly look and feel of a beard, or if that special someone in your life does.
Many well-known and renowned individuals have had beards or mustaches, or some creative combination on therein.
Beards can be worn handsomely in any color, from blonde to black, to brown, to red. As long as you choose a style to complement your face, you are certain to receive numerous accolades from the less fortunate.
Also, be sure to groom your new style regularly.
Be careful and do your homework before buying any beard products.
It would be wise to receive input from several sources before settling on one style. Friends, family, and speaking acquaintances are one. Books, magazines, websites, and other inspiring media are another.
However, do keep in mind that media can often present an unrealistic view of life and should be approached cautiously as a source of advice. You should also consider whether you truly desire the expense and upkeep that a well-maintained beard requires.