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.
Types of Beards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A short boxed beard has thin, neatly trimmed sides.
For the short boxed beard, use a trimmer to maintain a clean line on the underside of the jaw so the beard wraps around just slightly.
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.
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
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A chevron moustache covers your entire top lip.
Just as its name implies, this popular look is a simple moustache shaped like a chevron.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A soul patch is just a small patch of hair underneath the centre of your lower lip.
Need more inspiration? Check out our top moustache styles for men.
Want a beard? Check out our how to grow a beard post.