Many beards are integral to your overall identity and personal style, but it may take months before a full, thick beard takes shape. So, it’s important to select the best beard style for your face.
Beards come in a variety of styles, and you can shape them with the help of a comb, beard oil, trimmer shaver and edger. In fact, you can look at a face shape chart to see what hairstyle suits your jawline and cheekbones.
In the beard community, there are those who grow freely and like a bit of a wild look, but you can still maintain its cleanliness and trim up areas so it achieves the shape you want. This guide shows you different ways to groom, manage and care for your beard so it grows in thick and complements the shape of your face. Find the perfect shape below.
The Beard Shape Guide
First off, figuring out your face shape is a good place to start if you’re headed in a technical direction. While you don’t have to measure your face with a tape measure to get the exact size, have a forward-facing photo taken to see your jaw, forehead, and cheekbone shape.
Then match with these shapes below. Each one has a preferred beard style, though you don’t have to use this guide. We go over each of the beard styles in greater detail underneath this face shape guide.
Determine your ideal face shape
- Rounded Rectangle or Round
You have a wider jawline and round cheeks. Your cheeks and face length are similar in width and height. Your jaw may not be as defined. Rounded face shapes go best with a triangular beard shape.
Your face length from forehead to chin is very long, and you have a squared jaw. You should go with a beard that’s fuller on the cheeks. Men with longer faces should avoid triangular, pointy beards.
It’s all angles with a square face, and they can typically pull off a variety of styles. However, experts say to ensure that the chin hair is rounded or triangular. You can make your chin look longer with a goatee-style beard and soul patch.
The forehead is generally smaller, and the chin is a bit larger with these face shapes. The beard and mustache combination is the best look for those who want to balance out their face length and disguise their jaw. If anything, barbers say to keep hair away from cheek bones.
In this case, the forehead is stronger than the chin. You don’t want to lose your chin in a beard, but you can add “designed stubble” fade into fuller beards that strengthen your bone structure. You can have a mustache and chin hair that gradually fades into stubble on the sides.
These faces are widest in the middle or at the cheekbones. You have a narrow forehead and jawline that are nearly symmetrical. The goal should always be to keep some hair on the chin to offset your cheekbones.
A number of beard shapes work for this face, but if you want to create chiseled cheekbones and square jawlines, then you should opt for short on the sides and cut underneath.
Top Beard Styles for Men
Even with our guide and tips from barbers, choosing the right style to match your face shape requires a keen eye. So, suggest trying different beard style to achieve a look that matches your aesthetic.
Every face has prominent features, and you can use your facial hair to accentuate what you love when you look in the mirror. These different beard styles show you different ways to achieve the look.
1. The Full, Messy Beard
This one is always at the top because it’s the epitome of beard growth to achieve. If you have a long, luscious beard that connects to a well-developed mustache, you often won’t spend a ton of time grooming. Rather, the rugged appeal of the beard makes it desirable.
2. Short, Trim Beard with Mustache
This is also known as a “W” mustache, as you’ll likely have hair that drops from the middle of your bottom lip and goes up your jaw about two to three inches up the side. These beards tend to connect mustache hair to the chin hair, but there may also be a separate line of hair that’s trimmed up alongside the hair connecting the beard to your mustache on both sides.
3. Patchy Beard Fade
Patchy styles are actually quite popular because you can trim and fade the beard so that your patches aren’t as prominent. You can also comb and brush your beard with a balm to promote growth in patchy areas.
4. Long Stubble with a Curve
These beards tend to have varying degrees of thickness, which makes it perfect for those who want to bring out their chin more. Inverted triangle, oval, and smaller chin shapes can use this neat, short beard to define their jawline and cheekbones.
5. Square Goatee
If you want to grow your hair around your mouth to the bottom of your chin, then this is a twist on a typical goatee. The rest of your face is clean-shaven. You’ll need to maintain this clean look like Brad Pitt (below).
6. Goatee with Full Mustache and Longer Sides
This is a good beard to try if you want to highlight your chin and balance out a larger forehead shape. This is also a superb look for triangle and heart shapes. These beards typically have a thicker mustache style that connects with two thin strips to a short chin beard that is slightly longer up to the mid-jaw line. Then, it’s cleanly shaven up to the ears and your natural hairline.
7. The Stubble Patchy Beard
If you want that brooding look like Ricky Martin, patchy stubble actually works in your favor. You can allow your hair to grow naturally on your face including into the hollows of your cheeks. You’ll use a beard trimmer to keep your beard hair short along the jawline and underneath.
9. Groomed Stubble Beard
If you want to grow your hair but also keep it neat while you grow it out, you can go with a styled stubble beard. This beard is defined by clean, straight lines under the cheekbones and mustache. It’s kept short along the jaw, and with all stray hairs trimmed.
11. Box Cut Beard
This is a full beard shape that’s neatly trimmed to look more square from the jaw hinge to the length under the chin. You’ll trim the stray hairs from the bottom and sides to make it angular. If you have a rounder face, you can achieve a mature, chiseled look with this beard.
11. Short Box Beard
This is a fuller-looking beard shape that’s more neatly trimmed to reduce the weight and volume. The short boxed beard is perfect for those looking for a full beard look without the overall bulk.
13. Pointed Beard
Want to elongate your face shape? This is the beard for you. These beards are trimmed, so the hair is shaped to a point. This brings the focus down your jaw.
14. Ducktail Beard
The ducktail beard is basically a full beard that concentrates its shape on your chin’s facial hair. With being fuller on your chin, the shape resembles a duck’s tail, and essentially where it gets its name. See Leonardo DiCaprio stylish Ducktail Beard.
15. Straggly Beard
For a hipster look, this beard is perfect. It’s a bit messy and long, and it connects to a bit of an unkempt mustache.
16. Higher Cheekbones
For a model with chiseled cheekbones, you can highlight a good bone structure by growing hair up closer to the apples of your cheeks. This means growing the hair out in the hollows of your cheeks.
17. Chin Strap Beard
The angled chin strap beard a very angular beard that follows the structure of your jaw. It’s a close-shaven beard that helps to square off your beard more.
18. Chin Beard and Mustache
If you are trying to grow longer facial hair on your chin, then style with mustache you might find yourself with a new style. This style is easy to grow it out and maintain.
19. Full Beard with Tapered Sides
This full beard tapers at the edges, but it’s fuller around the lower parts of the chin (like the ducktail). This leads up to your thinner areas in the hollows of your cheeks. Lines are cut and trim under the cheeks to the ear.
NOTE: many consider the taper similar to a beard fade. They are different.
20. Barely There Beard
Not ready to commit to a beard, but like the lines it creates along your bottom jaw? This beard is mostly clean shaven with a line of hair along the jaw and chin. You may have a slight mustache, but it does not connect to the beard similar to the Van Dyke.
21. Thicker Stubble with Short Back and Sides
You can maintain thick stubble with a short back and side cut. If you have short hair on the sides of your head, then it will make your face look a bit more square and put emphasis on your cheeks.
22. Buzz Cut Beard
Want to keep your beard even as it grows in, then you can buzz it with a guard. These beards typically evolve with the growth of your hair along the jaw and up the sides. It’s a low maintenance beard for all facial hair styles if you have a great trimmer.
23. The Yeard Beard
The Yeard Beard is the ultimate in full beard growth. Grow your beard out for 1 full year and be the envy of all other beards.
24. Tony Stark Beard
The Tony Stark Beard is the very definition of cool! This style looks great and is one of my personal favorites that Robert Downey Jr. wore in the Marvel classic Iron Man and Avengers.
25. Johnny Depp Beard
The Johnny Depp beards have take many shapes over the years and in his movies. From traditional, to classic, to ultra-modern – Johnny Depp always keeps his style fresh.
26. Beard Fade
The beard fade is a hot trend among modern barbers. It creates a smooth transition from longer to shorter facial hair that adds contrast and dimension to your face.
27. Patchy Beard Styles
For those less gifted with thick beard hair, don’t let that stop dreams of a beard. Patchy beard styles can be cool too and shows your confidence.
What are the best beard styles?
Beards are a highly personal choice, and the best beard style should enhance your overall look. A great beard will emphasize your best facial features while softening the ones you don’t like. So, grow a beard that reflects your personality and sense of style. Short beards a sexy and stylish, while long beards are big and bold, then goatees are trendy and badass.
How to choose the right beard style?
Choosing the right style of beard depends largely on your face shape and your ability to grow facial hair. First, determine your face shape using this face shape guide and lock on your first style. Then, based on how your facial hair grows, lock on your target length. If you have a thin or patchy beard, a shorter length like a stubble beard or goatee are good choices. If you have thick hair, then a full beard style may be a solid ambition.
Are beards attractive?
Research has shown women are more attracted to bearded men, especially with a trendy stubble beard. A beard has an outwardly rugged appearance and is a positive sign of masculinity.
Do beards make you look older?
A beard has a unique way of making a young man or man with a “baby face” look older. The manly appearance of beard hair has a direct result on a person’s perception of the beard wearer’s age. Conversely, shaving a beard can make an older man look younger.