The Perfect Facial Hair Style for Each Face Type
Whether you’ve been sporting a beard, mustache, goatee, or something in between, the good news is the days of facial hair being a trend are long over. It’s here to stay. Even better? Because it’s now the norm for guys to have facial hair, it’s as good a time as any to take the plunge – especially if you’re someone who is considering the look but is too afraid to try.
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Here’s what you might not know about facial hair, though. While it is a clever and convenient way to mask or minimize things you don’t love about your face – say, a high forehead or round jawline – it can (and should) be used to accomplish the opposite and enhance what you like.
Keep in mind facial hairstyles aren’t universal to all face shapes, so choosing the one that fits you best can take some time. Go for something that makes you feel comfortable and confident and is prominent to highlight your facial features, such as your cheeks, jawlines, and chin. Additionally, this also implies being sure to minimize features you are not fond of.
So the next time you’re looking to trim your facial hair keep this guide in mind to match your face shape with a facial hairstyle to optimize your look.
Best Facial Hair Style for Oval Faces:
Face Shape: Longer than it is wide.
Best Facial Hair Style: If you’re blessed with an oval-shaped face – George Clooney is a prime example – consider yourself one lucky guy because you’re able to rock just about any facial hairstyle, like mustaches, goatees, beards, or even full beards. Just remember to keep those cheekbones smooth and fuzz-free.
Best Facial Hair Style for Round Faces:
Face Shape: Length and width are the same with soft edges.
Best Facial Hair Style: If you’re someone with a round face, it’s best to keep your facial hair clean on the sides while having some length to the bottom. It also looks great with a haircut with some volume on top and a short, clean side and back.
Best Facial Hair Style for Square Faces:
Face Shape: Strong angles with a similar width cheekbones and jawline.
Best Facial Hair Style: If you have a square-shaped face like David Beckham or Brad Pitt, it’s recommended to have a short full beard, which can help accentuate that sexy jawline. A mustache or goatee will also be flattering, but do not forget to keep the neck clean.
Best Facial Hair Style for Diamond Faces:
Face Shape: Similar to long face but with strong angles and wide cheekbones.
Best Facial Hair Style: For this particular face shape, it’s good to keep facial hair on the chin; opt for a short, full beard or goatee to help cover and broaden the chin. Either one of those facial hairstyles will balance and offset your cheekbones, the widest part of your face.
Best Facial Hair Style for Triangle Faces:
Face Shape: Jaw is wider than cheekbones.
Best Facial Hair Style: To keep the forehead and jaw looking balanced and proportional, with a triangle face shape, tend to go for a short beard. A short beard will keep things tight and clean on the neck and jaw.
Best Facial Hair Style for Heart-Shaped Faces:
Face Shape: Pointy chin with wider cheekbones.
Best Facial Hair Style: If you’re a man with a heart-shaped face, it’s best to have facial hair with a bit of volume, but not too much. Be sure to keep the beard overall short as well as your sideburns. This will help distinguish your jawline and chin.
Best Facial Hair Style for Long Faces:
Face Shape: Similar to oval but with a longer chin.
Best Facial Hair Style: If you have a face that is a bit long, it’s best to have a fuller beard, or something even covers your face. A longer beard can make your face appear shorter in length because your facial hair is covering it.
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