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Top 18 Beard Styles For Men to Add Contrast and Dimension to Your Face

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If you’re looking to take your face-game to the next level and try out a new stylish beard style, then look no further. Re-shaping your facial hair has never been easier with our beard styling tips and advice. Choose from one of our 18 styles and find out how to shave the beard style you want.

Make sure you have the right tools for the job, like the King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer Kit – it comes with 3 combs and 11 different length settings, allowing every guy to find their perfect men’s beard style.

Why add dimension to your face?

Facial hair is a great way to add character to your look, with the right stylish beard style, you can express your personality by adding dimension to your face. But be careful, though, different beard styles suit different face shapes, so it’s always best to have a look at a variety of beard ideas to get a feel of what you’re after!

It may be that you like a particular men’s beard style , but it may not be for you, remember, your beard can either make or break your look, so why not get to know the styles that suit your particular face shape?

Understanding your face shape

Every individual has a different face shape, from triangle and square to round and oval. It’s best to choose how to style your facial hair according to your face shape. That’s why we’re here to help you with the best face shape beard styles to suit all kinds of silhouettes!

From men’s beard styles that make your face look thinner to beard styles for heart-shaped face, find the perfect beards to suit your face shape that’ll leave you feeling confident and expressing your personality in a style that compliments you!

Choose the Right Beard Style

The ultimate goal of your beard style is to add contrast and dimension to your face. Different face shapes should highlight certain facial features, and not every type of beard looks great on every guy. Here’s how to choose the right style for your face. Make sure to keep your freshly trimmed beard in top condition and wash regularly to get rid of problems like beard dandruff.

Square Styles
Round Styles
Oval Styles
Rectangular Styles

Top Beard Styles for all Types of Face Shapes

Square Beard Styles

Shave or trim with sharp, precise lines near your cheekbones. Keep your beard short on the sides and fuller on your chin to take advantage of your square jawline.

The Goatee

Goatee Beard

Sometimes known as a “Circle beard“, the goatee is formed by a chin patch and a moustache.

Easy to maintain, the circle beard requires using a trimmer to define the Goatee shape, before using light, gentle strokes to shave the remaining parts of your face completely bare.

The Royale Beard

Royale Beard

A moustache anchored by a chin strip is a royale beard.

To achieve this look, use a trimmer to define the beard shape, before removing the hair connecting the chin strip to the moustache.

Goatee without Moustache

Goatee without moustache

A goatee is a small beard that elongates the chin.

Like the circle beard, a goatee without moustache involves using a trimmer to outline the shape of the beard. However, once you’ve achieved the shape you’re looking for, remove the hair above your lip before closely shaving the rest of your face.

The Petite Goatee Beard

Petite Goatee

A petite goatee is a small beard that elongates the chin.

The petite goatee is styled using the same process you would use to achieve the regular goatee. The only difference is that the petite goatee involves removing the moustache.

Round Beard Styles

Slim your face with an angled shave along your cheekbones. Keeping hair full on your chin will also help.

The Van Dyke Beard

Van Dyke Beard

A Van Dyke is a full goatee with detached moustache.

To achieve this look, simply disconnect your chin beard from the moustache, leaving the skin around the soul patch smooth as possible.

Cleanly styled short boxed beard

Short Boxed Beard

A short boxed beard has thin, neatly trimmed sides.

For the short boxed beard, use your beard trimmer to maintain a clean line on the underside of the jaw so the beard wraps around just slightly.

Balbo Beard

Balbo Beard

A Balbo beard is without sideburns but with a trimmed, floating moustache.

Not dissimilar to the Short Boxed beard, the Balbo leaves hair fuller on the chin while keeping the sides tidy with an angled shave along the cheekbones.

Anchor Beard

Anchor Beard

A pointed anchor beard traces the jawline and is paired with a moustache.

When shaving an anchor beard, define its shape before shaving the rest of your face completely bare.

Oval Beard Styles

You have the ideal face for almost any beard style. Try one, try all 18, and tweet us @GilletteUK to let us know which beard style is your favourite.

Chevron moustache styling with a clean look


A chevron moustache covers your entire top lip.

Just as its name implies, this popular look is a simple moustache shaped like a chevron.

3-Day Stubble Beard

3-Day Stubble Beard

A closely trimmed beard that simulates 3 days of stubble.

The “scruff” look is easily achieved with some simple trimming that keeps the hair shorter on the neck and cheeks.

Well-groomed horseshoe moustache

Horseshoe Moustache

A horseshoe moustache has long bars pointing downward.

The horseshoe is just like a regular moustache, but it includes two strips of hair that often extend all the way down to the chin.

The Original Moustache

Original Stache

A trim original moustache that sits just above the top lip.

When styling an original stache, be careful not to trim too much off in an effort to make it look symmetrical.

Rectangular Beard Styles

Keep your beard shorter on the bottom and longer on the sides to show off your strong facial structure. To keep your skin hydrated around your moustache, the King C. Gillette moisturiser will help to maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier after shaving.

Mutton Chops Beard Guide

Mutton Chops Beard

Long sideburns that connect to a moustache form the traditional mutton chops beard.

Before shaving in your mutton chops beard style, allow you facial hair to grow to around half an inch long so you can get an even length before shaping. Consider using the King C. Gillette Trimmer Pro, which has two brushes and different length setting to help your achieve the shave and shape that you want!

Gunslinger Beard

Gunslinger Beard and Moustache

Flared sideburns paired with a horseshoe moustache form the gunslinger beard.

This look is close to the classic mutton chops, but it adds a little extra flair. Just be sure to keep the hair shorter on your neck and cheeks.

The Chin Strip Goatee

Chin Strip

A chin strip is a vertical line of hair across the chin.

To get the chin strip look right, try to shave the remaining parts of your face as closely as possible.

The Chin Strap

Chin Strap Style Beard

A beard with no moustache that circles the chin is a chin strap beard.

When styling a chin strap, start by trimming the neck – but don’t go too high, as you want the beard to extend just below the chin line.

soul patch beard

Soul Patch

A soul patch is just a small patch of hair underneath the centre of your lower lip.

hipster beard

Hipster Beard

A hipster beard can be a great way to make a bold, alternative statement with your look.

To keep your thick hipster beard feeling soft and comfortable, try the King C. Gillette Beard Balm, which has a lightweight creamy texture and is perfect for applying onto any beard style.

Choosing the right men’s beard style is all about enhancing your unique features. So, whether you’ve got a square jaw or a heart-shaped face, Gillette’s got your back. Explore our wide range of grooming essentials, from beard shaving kits to 5 bladed razors and more, all designed to help you achieve the perfect stylish beard tailored just for you !

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