Face Shaving Tips

How to Get a More Defined Jawline

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A strong jawline can bring definition and character to your face. Although not everyone has a naturally chiselled jaw, there are plenty of simple ways to create the illusion of more definition. So, discover how to get a sharper jawline, with Gillette’s expert grooming guide.

It’s easy to compare ourselves to famous pop or film stars when looking in the mirror, but we can’t all be Brad Pitt or Timothée Chalamet! As much as these Hollywood actors are blessed with an ultra-defined, smouldering jawline, you never know… in their early acting days, they might have read up on how to get a more defined jawline the same way you’re doing now.

The best way to be happy with your natural jawline is to treat it with the same care as you would with other parts of the body – and sometimes, that involves giving it a bit of extra TLC.

There are four main ways to make your jawline look and feel more defined:

• Facial and body exercises
• Growing out a beard style that defines your beard jawline
• Achieving an ultra-close shave and using shaving balm
• Choosing clothing that flatters your jawline and face shape

With this in mind, here’s how to get a more defined jawline and top tips for achieving a totally chiselled look.

Which Facial and Body Exercises Can Help Me Get a More Defined Jawline?


East Asian man performing jawline exercises

You might have heard that jawline exercises can give your face more defined edges. Whilst at Gillette, we believe grooming is the simplest way of creating a more defined jawline, we’re as keen as you to find out what facial exercises work.

Just like you exercise your body at the gym, there are exercises that can help you tone your jawline too. Although you won’t find any gym machinery for your jaw, here’s a few facial exercises you can try:

Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, behind your teeth, with your mouth closed. Make a humming sound for 15 seconds, before relaxing your muscles and doing the same twice more.

The tightening and untightening of your jaw, and the vibrations resulting from the humming, are believed to give your facial muscles a good workout. To see results, you’ll have to repeat this exercise regularly.

Another beard jawline exercise to try, which you could easily integrate within your gym workout, is the abdominal curl. Just remember, when brining your chin to your chest, press your tongue to the roof of your mouth – this helps activate the front neck muscles.

Beard Styles to Create the Illusion of a Defined Jawline

Smiling Asian man with short defined beard


Your facial hair – or lack of it – can play a big part in how chiselled your jawline appears. Styles such as a chin strap beard, goatee or soul patch will instantly draw people’s eyes towards your beard jawline, helping it to appear more defined.

Using a beard trimmer such as the Gillette All Purpose Styler can help you to create precise, defined lines around your chin to give the illusion of a more chiselled jawline.

Growing your facial hair out a little bit, perhaps in the style of a 3-day stubble beard or 5 o’clock shadow, can be another clever way to let your jawline stand out. If you don’t want to be completely clean-shaven but don’t want a full beard either, then a designer stubble could be the answer.

Growing Out A Beard Style To Define Your Jawline

Young man combing beard


Now that you know how to get a more defined jawline and which beard styles work best to highlight your natural angles, it’s time to brush up on some top grooming tips to keep in mind while you’re growing out your new look.

Maintain clean lines – while facial hair can add a rugged edge to your look, keeping growth under control with regular trimming will add clearer definition to your beard jawline.

Clean & brush your beard – our King C Gillette Beard and Face wash will cleanse your beard and nourish the skin underneath. To avoid your beard becoming tangled and hard to style, brushing your beard everyday will also give your growth shape and cleaner edges.

Match your hair style to your beard look – your whole appearance can help you to get a defined jawline and a trim with tight back and sides can add extra sharpness to your look.

When to Highlight Your Neckline vs Your Jawline

For most guys, the jawline is a few inches higher than the beard neckline, so think about what your strongest feature is and which you’d like to highlight.

How to get a more defined Jawline

Certain shirt styles can also help to flatter a softer chin and create the appearance of a more defined, sharp jawline. If you’re a fan of collared shirts, try undoing one or two buttons and consider wearing a pointed collar shirt, as this will draw more attention to your jawline.

Avoid turtlenecks and V-neck t-shirts if you can, as these will simply make your chin appear longer and draw eyes away from that jawline you want to define!

If your jawline isn’t as chiselled as you’d like, choosing a longer, fuller option from our top beard styles can help to cover this area. Check out our guide to growing a hipster beard for more advice.

Your Toolkit for a More Defined Jawline

• The Gillette Styler should be your go-to tool for neat trimming, close shaving and precise edging when you’re trying to highlight your jawline with ideal facial hair styles.

• There are three beard trimmer comb lengths to choose from (2mm, 4mm and 6mm), and each shaver comes with a ProGlide Razor Blade for an ultra-close shave.

• Try using a sensitive razor and shaving gel will help you to avoid ingrown hairs, shaving rash and other ailments that can detract from an otherwise ultra-defined jawline.

• Shave sensitive skin with the specially designed Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Razor. Thanks to extra protection in between your razor and your skin, making razor burn, ingrown hairs and razor bumps less likely.

• Always use a shaving cream that’s suitable for your skin type too. This will help to guarantee the smoothest possible razor glide for extra comfort and a beautifully smooth finish. Our transparent King C Gillette Transparent Shave Gel hydrates skin before shaving and allows the razor to glide smoothly over your skin.

• Take care of your hair and skin after you have trimmed/shaved by using a dedicated post-shave moisturiser or balm.

Finding Clothes That Flatter Your Jawline And Face Shape

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Wondering about the best way to make sure that your wardrobe is bringing out your best? To step out with an outfit that’s going to match all the effort you’re putting into your grooming, here are our tips for each type of guy.

Round face – if you’ve got a face that’s wider than it is long, we’d suggest going for narrow collared shirts that will add sharp lines to your outfit and complement your beard jawline

Square face – with the harder lines of a square face shape you can feel free to take your pick of wider collars as these won’t get in the way of your sharp jawline

Angular face – when it comes to choosing the right neckline, your choice of garment will accentuate your natural features. This means that if you’ve got a sharp and longer jaw already you can go for more crewnecks and might want to avoid v-neck styles!

Want to know more about face shapes? Check out our guide to grooming with your natural contours in mind!

Achieving An Ultra-Close Shave and Using Shaving Balm

man with stubble beard applies moisturising balm

So, you’ve styled and trimmed a sharp and eye-catching beard jawline that’s going to complement your natural look – what next?

We recommend that you finish up with a post-shave product like our Gillette Aftershave Balm to keep your skin smooth and hydrated. Applying this little extra moisturising balm to your jawline before heading out is a great way to highlight and glow up this area, creating the appearance of a well-defined jawline.

Ready to shape the ideal beard style to show off your sharp jawline? Discover great grooming products from Gillette now!



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