Choosing The Right Facial Hair And Beard Style Based On Your Face Shape
Identifying Face Shapes And The Best Beard Styles
Anyone can stop shaving for a few, start growing some peach fuzz and call it a beard. But, if you’re thinking a shave sabbatical is the only key to a brilliant beard, you’re sorely mistaken. While resting the razor is step one, the next is styling and shaping a beard to fit the contours of your face. Understanding face shape is essential, so we’ve broken it down along with the beard shapes and styles that fit each type of money maker.
Oval faces are exactly what they sound like — oval. Round at both the top and bottom, but slightly long at the same time. There is not too much definition of the jaw line and the cheeks are not too long, making for a rounded face that is just a bit extended.
Best Beard Shape and Style for Oval Faces
Since oval happens to be the most common face shape, it can handle many beard shapes fashionably, as long as it is well-kempt. Try to be consistent with length across the board so that whiskers don’t burst out. Keeping facial hair tidy whether a 5 o’clock shadow or full on facial foliage is extremely important. The best beard styles for an oval face is pretty much all of the below.
A square face is defined by a relatively square jaw line and hairline. Square faces are not very slim as the points of the jaw line form hard angles and a naturally broader hairline create a wider shape. Basically, if you slick all your hair back and your hairline creates slightly squared off corners along with a 90* jaw and small chin, you’re a square.
Best Beard Shape and Style for Square Faces
Square faces tend to look best with more hair on the chin and less on the sides and neck. This means trimming the neck occasionally to keep the look tidy. The focus is keeping hair away from being too full on the cheeks and sideburns—as that can lead to a blocky look. The beard styles that fit this face shape best include anything from a full goatee to a chin strap. This includes the popular Anchor Beard and Balbo Beard. To keep these styles in place, try using our Grooming Lounge Whisker Sauce which helps to soften and style beards while hydrating the underlying skin.
A round face’s defining features are a softer jaw line down below leading to a relatively rounded hairline. Simply said, if your face shows roundness from the forehead to the ears and a non-pointed jaw line, you’re a rounder.
Best Beard Shape and Style for Round Faces
Ideally, gents with round faces should go short on the sides and longer on the bottom. This means keeping burns and cheeks in check while there is a bit more leeway on the chin and neck. Rounded faces fit goatees and chin straps like square faces however, they can go even longer on the bottom and work with a Dutch/Garibaldi style beard. So long as it is kept maintained, there’s a lot of options. Gents that go for the longer look on the bottom should consider a quality beard oil, like one of the Proraso Beard Oils, to keep the entire beard soft and healthy.
Also referred to as the Oblong face, a long face is defined as thinner in the cheeks/jaw and pointed in the chin. Reference Elvis Presley, whose face was slim and ended with a pointed chin at the bottom. Contrary to popular belief, a long face doesn’t always mean you’re a sad sack.
Best Beard Shape and Style for Long Faces
Generally, the best looking beards for a long face are full on the sides and short on the bottom. Grow out the sideburns and cheeks a bit more while keeping the neck and chin maintained. As for beard styling, anything from Mutton Chops to an extended goatee or full beard will work fine. The key is keeping solid length in the correct areas and trimming it down in the others. Try using the Merkur 907 Detailing Beard & Mustache Razor to sculpt these styles easier.
The Five Best Beard Products For Any Beard Style:
Grooming Lounge Whisker Sauce
For the gents that tend to give up on their beard style when it becomes too itchy, Whisker Sauce provides deep moisture nourishing your beard and the underlying skin for a softer, more hydrated beard – sayonara itchiness.
Bluebeards Original Beard Wash
Get the deep down dirt, oil and mustard out of your beard with a gentle wash that cleanses the hair and the sensitive skin underneath for a great smelling, softer beard. No matter your beard style, this wash will clean it up! Available in three versions: Peppermint, Unscented and Original.
Kent 81T Moustache and Beard Comb
This saw-cut, gentle comb is perfect for scalp grooming and taming unruly moustache and beard hairs for more beard styling control and a well-kempt appearance. Pocket-sized, this comb is good to go for a quick run through whenever necessary. Whether you're rockin mutton chops or a full beard, this comb is perfect for any beard style.
Grooming Lounge Beard Master Shave Oil
Even if you’re growing out your beard, you have to maintain your neckline and those wandering hairs on your cheeks for a cleaner look. This shave oil allows you to manage these areas with ease by improving razor glide and utilizing a clear formula for better visibility when shaping those lines for any beard style.
Beardbrand Spiced Citrus Beard Oil
A lightweight, non-greasy formula that uses a blend of natural oils to condition and style any beard, any length. Leaves otherwise coarse beard hairs soft and shiny for maximum beard style options. Also features a sweet and subtle spiced citrus scent of grapefruit, vanilla and clove.