I am sure you would love to read it! Beard style for me.
These days, if you’re not a pogonophile yourself, there is every possibility that you must know one or the one you follow. Some men befit a beard, looking noble and wise and distinguished. Others just look a bit odd, a bit disjointed, as if they’re wearing someone else’s beard. Which might just be the problem, because hardly anyone ever takes the risk to work out what sort of beard would suit them best.
Which Beard Style Suits Me? – Lets Discover More
Brushing off every claim that peak beard has been and passed – the facial hair trend is here to stay for long. And with beards now a firm part of men’s facial furniture, the emphasis has shifted to ‘how’, not ‘if’, you should too grow yours.
It is a known fact that every man looks better with a beard, but which beard style best fits YOUR face? A beard can dramatically change the whole way you look. It can cover your acne or bad skin, hide chubby cheeks or give you a more distinguished jawline.
It is however, important to choose the right beard style based on your face shape to get the perfect edgy look. The following guidelines will help to ensure you that not only are you growing an epic beard, but that you’re growing an epic beard that is best for YOU particularly–or as we like to call it, a “fully optimized beard.”
When considering which beard style to grow, it is absolutely essential for you to keep in mind that your beard and jaw should work in tandem. But first, take a look in the mirror and use the guide below to identify your face shape and make all future grooming decisions clean-cut.
What Face Shape Am I?
How do you determine what shape your face is? It’s easy. First, arm yourself with a flexible tape measure. Then, take the following measurements, recording each as you go:
Forehead: Measure across your face from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite arch.
Cheekbones: Measure across your cheekbones, starting and ending at the pointiest part below the outer corner of each eye.
Jawline: Measure from tip of your chin to below your ear at the point at which your jaw angles upwards. Multiply that number by two to get your jawline measurement.
Face Length: Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.
Once you’ve taken these measurements, note which is the largest of the four, and then compare to the below profiles to see which best describes your face shape:
Oval: Face length is greater than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is greater than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded rather than sharp.
Rectangle: Face length is the greatest measurement. Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.
Different types of beard styles
Triangular: Jawline measures greater than cheekbones, which measure larger than forehead.
Round: Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft and much less defined.
Heart: Forehead measures greater than the cheekbones and jawline. The chin is pointed.
Square: All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp rather than rounded.
Diamond: Face length measures largest. Then, in descending order cheekbones, forehead, and smallest are jawline. The chin is pointed.
If you recognize yourself in this shape, you are the lucky SOB! The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape for nearly any beard style and requires minimal shaping to balance your facial features. Consider it your duty to grow a beard try not to look too smug as you read on. With an oval face, you can get away with a variety of beard types that other men can’t. Dan Bilzerian is a great example of having beard on oval face.
This versatility comes from being the owner of both square and round features, meaning you don’t really need to balance anything out. All you need to focus on is keeping your beard looking its best.
“The beard you want is squared at the jaw, with clean lines on the cheeks, short on the sides and cut underneath,”
explains Joe Mills of Joe & Co Barbers in Soho. This look combines the weight of a full beard with the definition too often lacking from a hipster thatches. Fortunately for you, your facial hair grows back quickly. Changing your beard is a great way to change your personal style, so don’t be afraid to play around with different styles and see what you like best.
There’s no need for the long face. Especially when you consider that a rectangular face shape allows you to throw caution to the wind and see just what your facial follicles can achieve (providing it also suits your hairstyle). You don’t want to exaggerate the shape you already have. So give it some width and, if you can, let the beard grow in higher up the cheeks, too.
Doing so will stop your face looking too elongated. If you have a larger face, you’ll want your beard to match. Any small amount of facial hair will only make your face appear larger and out of proportion. This gives you the right to grow it BIG!
“A rectangle is a longer face shape. Therefore, having your beard styled long, triangular or pointy at the chin will do you no favors,” says Lily belle Louis of Pall Mall Barbers in Bishopsgate.
“Having fuller cheeks on a beard will give the impression of a slightly wider jaw, ensuring the attention is taken away from the length of the face altogether.”
With a triangular face, which is essentially the opposite of a ‘heart’ shape (see below), the aim is to take the attention away from a more prominent chin. The easiest way to do this is with a beard Stache. Wolverine is a great example of triangle face.
Once the preserve of Victorian strongmen, now a seriously cool look that’ll draw attention higher up the face. With this hybrid style, avoid anything too full and thick on the cheeks, which will give the unwanted impression of an even wider jawline.
“Keeping hair off the cheeks does allow you to bring some well-established sideburns further down your face,” advises Mills. “I’d be loathed to go too long on the chin. Instead, square it off at the bottom.”
Cultivating a large, unkempt beard will, in this case, only serve to turn your head into a bowling ball. So to combat this, you need to work the angles. “A rounded face shape benefits from having a triangular-shaped style,” advises Louis. “opt for a beard that is shorter on the cheeks and longer towards the chin for a look that’s truly flattering.”
For instance, a goatee – still with stubble on the cheeks – will create the impression of a longer and more pronounced chin. Pensive stroking of this style in meetings comes as standard.
When shaping a beard on a round face, add length to the chin to stretch the appearance of the face to appear less round. Avoid thickness of sideburns and keep the sides of the beard trimmed shorter. Too much length or thickness on the sides will make your face appear even more round (fat). Drake is a perfect example of having a beard on round face.
No man ever wants to be accused of having a weak chin. Fortunately for those with a heart shape face, there is a way to add ballast with a beard. That said, don’t invest in oil, combs and clippers just yet. “This is a smaller face shape, so a beard will only make your face appear smaller,” warns Louis.
The risk, therefore, lies in growing a beard and becoming, well, just a beard. Instead, opt for designer stubble on the sides that will afford you the rough-and-ready look without overpowering your natural bone structure. Meanwhile, leave more length in the chin and moustache to add depth and volume to your jawline.
While a strong, square jaw is something many men would gladly trade them patch-filled beard for, it does have its limitations when choosing to extend a five o’clock shadow into something more serious. You don’t want a beard that is going to over-exaggerate what you already have and turn you into Johnny Bravo. I am sure you will King Leonidas beard as well.
“A square beard with sharp lines and right angles will not be flattering with a broad jawline,” says Louis. “To complement this face shape, you need to ensure that the chin area is rounded or triangular.”
Lengthening the chin with a goatee-style beard helps softens thick, wide jawbones, while still creating a chiseled look. This will also focus the eye on other features of the face, giving those bright blues a chance to shine.
The diamond face shape is widest at the cheekbones, with a narrow forehead and jawline that are approximately symmetrical in width. Therefore, the goal should always be to keep hair on the chin to offset the cheekbones. Ideally, you want to square off a prominent chin, to create the illusion of having more balanced bone structure.
“Be mindful of length,” says Mills. “I wouldn’t advise going too long on the chin – anything too pointy tends to accentuate this face shapes. You can go wider on the cheeks and wider on the edge of the jawbone, however, so it squares off the bottom half of your face. Going lighter on the moustache, meanwhile, will give further emphasis to your cheeks and jawline.
Men's long beard styles
Before you Head to the Barber
There are a couple of guidelines that can help all men with their facial hair.
The first: Proportion and balance are keys to enhancing a man’s facial structure. “One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to bring pictures into the salon,” Cherucheril says. “Find someone with a similar face shape and hair texture to get a real feel for what’s attainable. Stylists love photos because hair ‘language’ is often lost in translation.
“Experimenting is fun, and I encourage men to try different looks and go with what feels good,” Cherucheril adds. “Don’t forget to care for the skin and hair with moisture, conditioner and serums can keep things tidy and looking healthy.” And if you don’t like the look, just wait—facial hair grows back!
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