In this article, we’re going to help you pick a beard style that is suitable for your face because these are the eight beard styles that every man should know.
1: The Tapered Beard
Now this is a beard style that is tapered down in the sides or faded down all the way to zero, it is really ideal for people with a wide face shape because it creates a really narrow exterior, it’s usually a good choice for short to medium-length beards, it is not an ideal beard shape for people that have sparse or patchy beards because the short nature in the sides will expose the patchy areas, it’s also not always great for long beards because traditionally in a longer
beard you want to preserve as much growth area as you possibly can and taking the top area of your beard shorter is going to reduce the bulk of the rest of the beard, as far as care goes for these sorts of beards it is a bit higher maintenance and you do usually need to see your barber a lot more regularly almost every two weeks to keep that taper or fade nice and tight and clean, it also benefits from a clean outline, at this point, you can use beard oil but only in the longer parts.
2: Shaped Stubble
In recent years this type of beard has become a lot more acceptable and it’s no longer seen as unkept or unprofessional, the hair is kept short using a clipper usually set to somewhere between a 1 or a 1.5 to get that look of perfect stubble, the important thing to remember about having shaped stubble is it’s not just the absence of shaving what makes a beard, a beard is its outline so maintaining the outline of your shaped stubble will, in fact, create the look of a beard, this type of beard is extremely easily achievable, you can usually see results in just two to three weeks and is easily maintained at home, the great thing about it is it emphasizes the jawline and it’s suitable for any face shape, do not use beard oil on shaped stubble, beard oil is meant for longer beards, the type of beards that draw moisture away from the face, and shape stubble if you apply beard oil to it will likely lead to breakouts, now this can be a decent choice for somebody with a patchy beard although extremely low-density beards are going to have a hard time creating a solid outline that this style requires.
3: The Brogue
This is a shape I call the brogue, now this is the type of beard where the cheeks chin, and neck are cut much shorter and the mustache is allowed to grow thicker and fuller, if you look at the shape it almost looks
like the pattern on a brogue shoe, this type of beard has a definite old-time appeal, you kind of look like a bartender from an old west saloon, this is not necessarily the best type of style to choose if you have a full or rounder face shape, because the chin is cut quite short, usually, guys with that face shape benefit from having a little more length in the chin to elongate the face and make it look leaner, this type of beard usually requires somebody that grows a relatively dense mustache, it’s also perfect for somebody that already has a very strong jawline.
as far as care goes this style can benefit from a decent beard wash as well as a mustache wax to tame that surly stash.
4: The Long Beard
This has often been referred to as the hipster beards, the beard that makes you kind of look like an old-timey prospector ? that one, this type of beard is often wider at the sides and at the bottom and is groomed with a pair of scissors rather than clippers and a guard, it’s great for covering up a weak jawline and it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance for trimming but it does require a lot of care needs using a dedicated beard wash to keep it clean and soft, using a beard oil to make sure you maintain the moisture in the skin and a pick or a brush to keep it detangled is going to be a daily regimen for this type of beard,
it’s ideal for somebody with a narrow or standard face shape but because of its width, it’s not always ideal for somebody with their round or fuller face shape, or somebody that has a job title that doesn’t have the word craft in it.
5: The Van Dyck
This beard and mustache combo has been made famous by Anthony van dyck the Flemish painter, everyone knows that, and his portrait of Charles the first had this beard style in it, everyone knows that too, it caught on as a sensation and has been popular on and off ever since the 17th century, you probably already knew that, this beard features a diamond shape on the chin with a disconnected mustache, this is technically a goatee style but it doesn’t have that cool hip youth pasture look, the vibe of this beard is more of an old-timey villain or a musketeer, so bone up on your sword plate, it’s usually something you can take care of at home if you have a good trimmer and a decent mustache wax, now this type of beard style is kind of ideal for people that have patchy cheeks, it can be worn shorter or longer and
more pronounced and this can be a great way to give your face a little bit of shape in a very short amount of time, this is not necessarily the best type of beard style for people that have very dense growth on their face, largely because of the amount of maintenance required to keep this style minimized is almost the same as shaving and I mean that’s one of the best parts of having a beard is less shaving, basically what we’re going for here is less maintenance and more sex appeal.
6: The Goatee
The goatee is kind of like a training beard, it’s a great way to explore whether or not you want some facial hair, get a little benefit from it without really having to fully commit to growing all the way, it’s a beard that encircles the mouth and essentially makes you look like a 90s angst-filled grunge rocker, this style can be maintained with just a trimmer and is ideal for sparse or low-density beards, and it can usually be grown in only two to three weeks depending on your density, it is a great choice for somebody with a fuller face shape because it creates a slightly longer looking chin and a leaner appearance overall, but for that same reason it’s not always great for narrow face shapes because if it makes it look longer and leaner you’re likely going to start looking like a creepy magician at a kid’s party.
There are several different beard shape that you can choose for a goatee that will suit both your face shape and your hair growth so play around with the different ones and decide which one is right for you, this type of beard does not have a lot of care requirements because it’s very short but I do recommend a good face and beard wash as well as a decent aftershave bomb.
7: The Sole patch
The sole patch is usually a little triangular or square-shaped directly underneath the lip I’m sorry dude this is just not a beard okay ? it’s a garnish, I mean it’s like the cherry on the top of a sundae when people are thinking about sundaes they’re not thinking about the cherry you’re missing a whole lot of ice cream there.
8: The Full Beard
The full beard is usually broken down into three shapes, the garibaldi which is a round-based full beard, what I call the lumberjack, which is more of a square-based full beard, and the ducktail, which base is a little bit more triangular and pointy.
now, this is a long to medium length beard that is highly manicured, this type of beard is suitable to almost every face shape but does usually require a medium to thick density growth, it requires semi-regular grooming which can best be achieved by your barber but if you’re really in a bind you can do it in home, maintaining this type of beard requires a strong care regimen, I suggest a dedicated beard wash, it’s designed to keep the hair and skin in optimal condition, a nourishing beard oil that will keep moisture replenished in the skin underneath the beard, and a natural bristle brush that will help stimulate blood flow and detangle the beard while making it smooth and polished.