Ultimate Guide to Mustache Styles: Top 12 Must-have Looks

Mustache Styles to Try in 2020 - Start with a curly mustache

Facial hair has made a definitive comeback in the past few years, and mustaches have made an epic re-appearance for modern men.

Celebrities, hairstylists, and models have all been seen sporting several unique mustache styles. If you want to upgrade your look quickly and try something new, then growing and shaping the hair on your upper lip is a fine place to start.

Finding the right facial hair style is the best way to start, as there are several ways to create stylish iconic mustache.

What Mustache Styles Should You Try?

On this list, there are a few different mustaches that are popular, and others that can be styled for your unique face shape. Mustaches can be cut any way you like, but if you haven’t grown out the hair above your lip before, it does require some patience to go from stubble to a full handlebar mustache.

When it comes to iconic looks, these mustache cuts have made their way into Hollywood and Instagram. They can also be seen in street fashion all over the globe. Here are our seven top picks and how to get the look.

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1. Hipster Mustache

The hipster is really a play on a natural mustache that isn’t particularly bushy or thick. Characterized by its full yet wispy quality, the hipster mustache is tailored to the length of the upper lip.

While thinner than a handlebar or cowboy mustache, it’s a well-defined mustache sported by James Franco, Josh Hartnett, and even Brad Pitt.

Get the Hipster mustache

  • Comb out your natural hair above your lip
  • Trim hair just above the line of your upper lip to keep it neat
  • Shave edges to keep it flush with the corners of your mouth
  • Try a soul patch underneath your bottom lip for something extra

2. Ron Swanson Mustache

Named after the iconic character that actor Nick Offerman plays on Parks and Recreation, the Ron Swanson is a trim yet full mustache that fully covers the upper lip and grows slightly past the corners of the mouth.

Sometimes quite bushy and other times trimmed just above the top lip, this look can sometimes be called the Walrus Mustache when particularly thick and bushy.

Ron Swanson Mustache Style
What’s better than Ron Swanson’s Mustache?

get Ron’s mustache look

  • Brush your mustache hair down to keep it growing straight
  • Use a pair of barber shears to trim away longer hair so that your mustache doesn’t curl over the top lip
  • With a quality electric shaver or razor, keep it shaven and clean so that the ends hang just slightly past the corners of your mouth

3. Tom Selleck Mustache

Tom Selleck is known for his rugged masculine look, and his full, thick mustache is part of his style. Also known as the Chevron, this mustache is trimmed so it’s bushy and thick with a slight part in the center.

The corners are flush with the shape of your mouth. It only requires some light maintenance to keep up this look if you have thick hair.

Get Tom’s mustache look

  • Grow out your mustache hair from the bottom of your nose to upper lip
  • Use barber shears to keep your hair flush with your upper lip
  • Shave the edges of your mustache so they extend and elongate your upper lip slightly
  • Keep the bottom of your mustache flush to the same line as your upper lip, otherwise you’ll have a handlebar mustache

4. Pencil Thin Mustache

There are several names for this mustache, but it’s rather slim and trim, which is why we think it’s simple and versatile style. However, it’s best known as the pencil mustache, or pencil-thin mustache, or business mustache. Celebrities like Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Errol Flynn wore with style amazingly well.

This mustache style is characterized by a slight line of thick hair just above the upper lip. There’s a clear separation from the nose to the start of the mustache, and it also doesn’t hang over the top lip. Overall, this is a very neat and easy look to keep up, particularly for professionals. Facial hair has become pretty acceptable in business, after all.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Pencil Thin Mustache
Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Get the Slim Jim mustache look

  • Use a trimmer attachment or razor to shave the hair clean from under your nose and around your bottom lip to the edges of your mouth
  • Try a #2 guard on your trimmer to keep your mustache well-kempt and neat

5. Handlebar Mustache

The handlebar mustache is probably the most difficult to style, but its shape has always been popular for men who love the unique look. Characterized by ends that curl upwards, this style is hard to create without mustache wax and a good comb.

This is an advanced mustache style though, so it may take time to grow out and curl your mustache until it’s perfect.

Handlebar Mustache Style
Cool Handlebar Mustache Style – Image courtesy of Men’s Journal.

Get the handlebar mustache look

  • Trim your mustache hair so it connects to the bottom of your nose then arches out (see picture above)
  • Keep the hair long on the ends for waxing and shaping
  • Invest in a good mustache wax or beeswax to style and curl the ends

6. Cowboy Mustache

This is a longer take on the Chevron or Ron Swanson mustache. The Wild West AKA “cowboy” mustache is a bushy, full mustache that grows slightly over the top lip and long on the ends.

While a bit messy and less groomed, you can still use a comb to keep this mustache’s silky yet long look. The key is to not make any precise cuts and let this mustache grow naturally outward.

Cowboy Mustache Style
Sam Elliot’s famous Wild West Mustache

Wild West Styling Tips

  • Don’t trim with an electric shaver or razor
  • Let your mustache hair grow long
  • Use a comb and a pair of shears to clean up the hair
  • When using shears, try not to make straight, horizontal cuts. Instead, you should trim single hairs and use a vertical shearing approach to avoid any “neat” or precise cuts

7. Horseshoe Mustache

While not a Fu Manchu, the horseshoe mustache made famous by Hulk Hogan and is characterized by a bushy top lip mustache that grows down the sides and past the edges of your mouth.

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You may have seen this look on the actor Michael Cudlitz from The Walking Dead, who has a Twitter handle for his beard. For those who love to grow out their mustache hair a little bit past your lips, this is the look for you.

Michael Cudlitz Walking Dead Mustache
Michael Cudlitz and his best Walking Dead Mustache

Newer looks are faded on the ends and paired with either a clean-shaven chin or a full beard style. In other cases, it’s grown thick and bushy down to the jawline. This mustache requires a bit of upkeep and trimming to ensure that it doesn’t look overgrown.

Get the horseshoe mustache look

  • Grow out the hair above your bottom lip and let it grow past your lips
  • Define the shape of your horseshoe, deciding whether to keep thick or faded down to the chin
  • Shave your chin or connect to chin hair for a goatee look
  • Trim hair across upper lip and down the sides of your chin with a pair of shears

8. Dallas Mustache

This is a slightly tamed cowboy mustache look that’s thicker and masculine. If you want a no-fuss thick mustache, this is the one to go with. You’ll need to trim it about every other day and use a comb to get the right shape. It’s best for strong jawlines and square face shapes.

Dallas Mustache Style
The Dallas Mustache is legendary!

Get the Dallas mustache look

  • Grow out the hair above your bottom lip and let it grow past your lips slightly
  • Define the shape of your Dallas look with slightly long edges on left and right that drop down about a half-inch to an inch below your bottom lip
  • Shave your chin or connect to chin hair for a goatee look
  • Trim hair with shears to keep length but prevent it from getting too bushy

9. Pyramid Mustache

It’s all about the shape with this mustache.  With its thick, triangular shape, this mustache starts at the bottom of the nose and slants down to the mouth. It can be grown bushy or very trim, depending on the style you like.

Pyramid Mustache Style
Pyramid Mustache – Image courtesy of DAMAN Hairstyles.

Get the pyramid mustache look

  • Shave hair clean around the shape of the pyramid, defining a triangle shape from the bottom of your nose to the edges of your mouth
  • Use barber shears to trim it so it’s flush with the edges of your lips or hangs slightly down
  • Shave your chin or connect to chin hair for a goatee look

10. Frank Zappa Mustache and Soul Patch

This is from the man himself. Frank Zappa had a very distinctive, thick mustache that was a slightly longer Dallas mustache with a nice soul patch. It’s best to have a thick, full mustache if you plan to try this style. You don’t have to worry about maintenance, as stubble around the edges and under your lips is acceptable.

Frank Zappa Mustache Style
The Frank Zappa is simple an clean.

Get the Frank Zappa mustache look

  • Grow out the hair above your bottom lip and let it grow past your lips
  • Define the shape of your Zappa stache, letting the corners hang slightly under your bottom lip
  • Define a soul patch underneath the bottom lip using an electric trimmer or shaver with barber shears

11. Steve Harvey Mustache

What mustache list would be complete with Steve Harvey. Super funny and always dressed on point. A must for stache lovers.

Steve Harvey Mustache Style
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12. Blonde Mustache

The blonde mustache is a unique style. Whether you can grow blonde hair naturally or looking to dye blonde, it’s a stylish look.

Ryan Gosling's blonde mustache and stubble beard.
Ryan Gosling’s blonde mustache and beard stubble.

How to Get the Best Mustache

When it comes to styling your mustache, you want to make sure that your hair is well taken care of beforehand. Before trimming and shaving, you should clean your face with a mild cleanser using warm water.

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  • Comb dry your mustache using a fine-toothed comb. Never comb hair when completely wet as it appears longer.
  • Try barber shears or mustache trimming scissors to define shape, cutting along the bottom edges of the mustache and then defining the outer edges according to the style you want to achieve.
  • Work from the middle towards one side, then do the same from the other angle. Look straight ahead when trimming and don’t move your lips too much.
  • Time to trim the length. Comb through your mustache and start with the outside of the mustache, snipping away at hair until you reach the best length. If you decide to use an electric trimmer, then use a longer #3 or #4 guide to start, then move to a shorter guard. You can always trim more if you don’t like the length.
  • Comb through your mustache for a final look and see if there any stray hairs. Use shears to trim.
  • Apply a balm or oil treatment once complete to ensure that your hair stays moisturized and silky, even if you like it a little bushy.

Eric Melillo

I'm the co-owner of B&B. I live in Guilford, Connecticut and I've been obsessed with bald & beard styles & trends for over 20 years..

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