Everyone is different so finding the right beard to suit your face is very important. Some people have round-shaped faces, oval-shaped faces, triangle-shaped faces, and rectangular shaped faces. Everyone is completely different but please see below what generally suits the different types of faces mentioned above. Ultimately whatever beard you feel most comfortable with is the beard that suits you the most.
Finding out what type of face shape you have can be done by following the steps provided below. This will help you choose the right beard grooming style:
- The first step is to get a ruler or tape measure
- Take a measure across your forehead at its widest point – record the measurement.
- The next step is to measure your jawline at its widest point – record the measurement.
- Measure the cheeks below the outer corner of each eye.
- Finally, measure the length of your face from the center of your hairline to the top of your chin – record the measurement.
I am going to talk about 5 different face shapes. The Square-shaped face, Round-shaped face, Diamond-shaped face, Triangular-shaped face, and an Oval-shaped face.
If all measurements are similar and the angle of the jaw is sharp – then you have a Square-shaped face.
Cheekbones being the widest part of your face and having a wide chin means you have a Round-shaped face.
Face length is the largest. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, with the jawline being the smallest and the chin pointed – this points to you having a Diamond shaped face.
A large jawline, smaller cheekbones, and a small forehead where the face can be any length is a Triangular shaped face.
Face length is larger than the width of the cheekbones, and the forehead is larger than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded making this an Oval shaped face.
Square Shape Face
As your face is already square then having a beard with straight lines might have you looking like a perfectly square cardboard box. It might be best to have a beard that softens the straightness of your face especially your jawline with a rounded chin. This will help complement the face, especially the jawline area. Styles that suit a square face are:
The circle beard – This beard style connects the goatee with the mustache leaving the rest of the cheek and jawline shaven or very light stubble.
The goatee – the goatee is left in its entirety with the cheek and jawline clean-shaven or light stubble
Rounded Shape Face
If you have a rounded face then your cheek and face length will have a similar measurement and are larger than the forehead and jawline. The style that could suit you could be to have an angled shave coming down your cheeks and then have more hair on your chin. This will give your face a more slim look. Styles that suit a rounded face are:
Van Dyke Beard – This is a full goatee with a detached mustache. The Van Dyke beard is a style of facial hair named after the 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck.
Anchor beard – A pointed beard that follows the jawline paired with the mustache. The anchor beard literally likes like an anchor which is where it gets its name from.
Diamond Shaped Face
A diamond-shaped face is a narrow forehead that is widest from cheekbone to cheekbone. The jawline is also narrow and roughly symmetrical in width with the cheekbones. Squaring off the chin will help the face to have the look of a more balanced bone structure. Styles that suit a diamond-shaped face are:
Full Beard – The style is in the title. This includes facial hair on the sideburns, cheekbones, chin, and mustache. You can choose to have this at any length.
Balbo – The Balbo has clean-shaven cheekbones on both sides of the face. A mustache that is unconnected to the beard. Then at the bottom of the jawline, the face hair runs along the chin and connects to the other side
Triangular Shaped Face
If you have a prominent jaw that is wider than the cheekbones then this is a triangular-shaped face. If you have a triangular-shaped face then clean-shaven on the cheeks with a rounded medium beard on the goatee and mustache will take the pointy look of the chin away. The below styles will suit your face:
Chinstrap and mustache – The sideburns are thin and connected along the jaw along with the mustache.
Goatee and mustache – It is in the name. It can be done in various styles with the goatee and mustache connecting or not connecting.
Oval Shaped Face
The most common shaped faces are oval-shaped faces and this is the face that suits most styles. With the jawline being rounded you are able to choose a variation of beards. The following beards suit the face:
The original mustache – With this, you are able to show your chin and have a smart mustache as the angles of your face allow you to do that.
Low stubble – Again as you have a face that has good angles a low stubble beard will suit you.
At the end of the day, you could choose a style that matches your face which is totally the opposite of my above suggestions that make you feel happy and comfortable. The most important thing is that you feel happy and confident. The above are just guidelines and opinions about what has worked for other people. It is down to you to experiment with different styles until you find the one that you feel happiest with.
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