Many men prefer their faces to look fresh and clean-shaven. Other guys, however, believe that sporting a beard can add to their sex appeal. If you’re going for the latter group, then grow a beard, by all means!
However, you may be wondering, “what type of beard style looks best for me?” Will you let your beard grow wild and as intended by nature? Or will you sport a clean and neatly trimmed beard?
One of the helpful ways to determine whether that particular beard style will suit you is your face shape. Find your face shape first and learn which of the following beard styles will suit you best:
1. Oblong or Rectangular
An oblong or rectangular-shaped face typically consists of wide jawbones sitting above your mouth and a deep, square chin.
If you have this face shape, you can choose a chinstrap beard or mutton chop beard. You can also go for a mustache-style beard that will break your face vertically, such as the horseshoe mustache or the chevron mustache (like Tom Selleck’s iconic facial hair).
If you have an oval-shaped face, lucky you – oval is the ideal face shape, which plays a happy medium among all the face shapes. An oval face consists of cheekbones that are a bit wider than your jawbones and a rounded jawline.
Men with oval-shaped faces can get away with any beard styles, actually.
A round face consists of a wide jawline, a short chin, and full cheeks.
Men with round-shaped faces can create an illusion of a more angular face by wearing a beard that emphasizes the chin, such as a goatee. You can try any style that looks shorter on the cheeks and longer on the chin, like a Van Dyke beard (plus goatee).
Men with strong square jaws are a desirable trait among several models and Hollywood male celebrities.
If you have a square-shaped face, look for a beard style that highlights your strong jawline rather than exaggerate it. Choose a beard style with sharp right angles and complete the look with a narrower, softer beard in the chin area. This style will help accentuate your jawline while making your chin appear longer. You can also try a Balbo beard – a beard without sideburns and a trimmed, floating mustache.
5. Diamond or Triangle
If you have wide cheekbones, a narrow forehead, and a jawline of approximately equal widths, then you have a diamond-shaped or triangle face.
Keep your hair on the chin that will help minimize the prominence of your cheekbones, going a bit wider on the cheeks and sides of your face. Try several beard styles that will help hide such imperfections, such as a full beard, a combination of chin strap and mustache, or the Balbo beard.
A heart-shaped face consists of a forehead that’s wider than the cheekbones and jawline, and a narrow, prominent chin.
To create the illusion of a strong, squared jawline, choose a long, thick beard, a chin curtain, mutton chops, or a long goatee.
You can also watch this video for a more detailed guide towards getting the perfect beard style for your face shape: