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A Guide to Different Beard Styles and How to Choose One

Choosing a beard style can become a difficult task due to all the different options there are. However, with a bit of information, it can be a lot easier to find the one that matches the natural traits of your face in order to get the most suitable look.

5-Minute Crafts will show you some of the main beards styles you may find and which are the most appropriate ones for your face shape.

Beard styles

  1. 3-day stubble: It consists of a closely trimmed beard that resembles the look of three days of stubble.
  2. Balbo: It has a floating mustache and no sideburns.
  3. Chevron: It’s basically a mustache that covers the top lip completely.
  4. Chin curtain: It extends from the sideburns, covering the portion underneath and along the chin.
  5. Chin strap: It rounds the chin and doesn’t have a mustache.
  6. Circle beard: It has a chin strip that is connected to a mustache by a rounded portion of hair.
  7. Extended goatee: Also known as the Hollywoodian or the tailback. It has a beard connected to a mustache but without sideburns.
  8. Full beard: It consists of a mustache, whiskers, and a beard. They all grow together in order to cover your neck, chin, and cheeks.

9. Gunslinger: It has flared sideburns accompanied by a horseshoe mustache.

10. Goatee: It’s a small beard that rests on the chin.

11. Horseshoe: It’s a mustache that resembles a horseshoe. It covers the upper part of the lip and reaches the chin in the form of bars.

12. Mutton chops: It has long sideburns that meet a mustache, leaving the chin and lower lip areas fully bare.

13. Royale: It has a chin strip that anchors a mustache. It’s also known as the royale goatee.

14. Short boxed: It looks similar to a full beard. However, it’s trimmed on the sides giving it a thin and neat appearance in this area.

15. Van Dyke: It’s a goatee beard with a detached mustache.

How to choose a beard style for your face shape

Square face

  • A square face is characterized by a well-defined square jaw that goes up to a forehead that is equally wide.

💡 Here, the goal is to bring attention to the cheekbones and the jawline instead of hiding them. Therefore, the best styles recommended are the circle beard, the royale, and the goatee.

Rectangular face

  • Rectangular faces are very similar to square faces. However, they are vertically longer.

💡 In this case, the best idea is to opt for styles that make your face look fuller, like the mutton chops. Moreover, the gunslinger and the chin strap beards are also good options.

Round face

  • A round face is characterized by having wide cheekbones and a wide jawline along with a short chin.

💡 For this face shape, go for styles that are longer on the chin area and shorter on the cheeks, such as the goatee and Van Dyke beard. At the same time, you can also try the short boxed beard to get an angular look on your face.

🚫 Avoid beards that are thick and long as these will make your face appear rounder.

Oval face

  • An oval face has a rounded jawline, along with jawbones that are slightly narrower than the cheekbones.

💡 You can try any beard style since they all will suit your traits just fine. However, the horseshoe mustache, a 3-day stubble beard, and the Chevron are especially good styles for oval faces.

Diamond-shaped face

  • In a diamond-shaped face, the cheekbones are the widest area of the face. Moreover, it has a narrow jawline and forehead that are almost symmetrical.

💡 Here, it’s advisable to keep some hair on the chin to prevent your cheekbones from appearing too prominent. You can opt for styles such as the Balbo beard and the full beard. If you want to add some length, you can also try a goatee or a circle beard. However, avoid making them pointy.

Heart-shaped face

  • A heart-shaped face has a pointed chin along with a forehead that is wider than the jawline and cheekbones.

💡 Here, it’s advisable to opt for a long and thick beard that makes the jawline look square and full. Beard styles such as mutton chops, an extended goatee, or a chin curtain are the best options for this face shape.

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