Facial Hair Styles

How to Get a Van Dyke Beard

The Van Dyke beard was once best associated with 17 century Flemish painter Sir Anthony van Dyck, who gave the style its name; today it’s often sported by Hollywood stars including Pierce Brosnan.

A Van Dyke beard is a bold look, so you need a certain amount of confidence to pull it off – not to mention a well-honed shaving technique.

Here’s everything you need to know about growing and styling a Van Dyke beard:

What is a Van Dyke Beard?

The Van Dyke beard style features a floating moustache with a goatee – technically, the two shouldn’t touch, otherwise that’d be a straightforward goatee. All of the hair on your cheeks should be shaved off for an authentic Van Dyke style.

The moustache accompanying your goatee could be a classic one, or it could be a more flamboyant handlebar moustache – whatever suits your personality best.

How to Grow a Van Dyke Beard

To grow a Van Dyke beard, you need to let your facial hair grow out for a few weeks. You might have to put up with a much fuller beard than you’re used to, until your beard and moustache are both the same length.

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Wash your beard regularly – use shampoo and conditioner on it every time you wash the hair on your head – and use a beard oil to help keep it in the best possible condition.

How to Trim a Van Dyke Beard

Your beard trimmer will be your best friend when it comes to styling a Van Dyke beard; with three interchangeable comb lengths (2mm, 4mm and 6mm) to choose from and the ability to trim, shave and edge your facial hair, the Gillette All Purpose Styler is a great option.

Use the Styler’s beard trimmer function to trim down longer hair to create a goatee and moustache that you’re happy with.

Every Gillette Styler comes with a ProGlide razor blade, and you can use this to shave neat gaps in between your beard and moustache to create that distinctive Van Dyke look.

If you have more sensitive skin, keep it free from razor burn and shaving rash by using the Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Razor, which will provide your cheeks with extra protection during shaving for a super smooth finish. Don’t forget to change up your shaving cream too – our SkinGuard Men’s Sensitive Shaving Gel will deliver the perfect smooth razor glide for an even more comfortable shave.

Whether you prefer the close shave a Fusion5 ProGlide blade offers or want the added protection of SkinGuard Sensitive, you can sign up for a Gillette shaving subscription to make sure you’ve always got a supply of fresh, sharp blades to choose from – the best way to avoid shaving cuts.

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Van Dyke Beard Variations

Not sure whether a Van Dyke beard is right for your face shape? Try an anchor beard instead, which involves a slightly shorter goatee and moustache, with the beard tracing your jawline.

A Balbo beard is another variation on the Van Dyke style; this facial hair style features a fuller beard, detached from a floating moustache with smooth cheeks and sideburns.

Whatever your face shape and personality, find the perfect beard style for you with a helping hand from Gillette.

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2019-01-03 22:06:48By King C Gillette



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