How To Pick The Right Beard For Your Face Shape
If you recognise yourself in this shape, try not to look too smug as you read on. With an oval face, you can get away with a variety of beard types that other men can’t. This versatility comes from being the owner of both square and round features, meaning you don’t really need to balance anything out. All you need to focus on is .
Rather than using this as an opportunity to change styles as often as Paul Pogba changes his hair; opt for a timeless, classic style every other face shape wishes they could foster.
“The beard you want is squared at the jaw, with clean lines on the cheeks, short on the sides and cut underneath,” explains Joe Mills of in Soho. This look combines the weight of a full beard with the definition too often lacking from a hipster thatch.
There’s no need for the long face. Especially when you consider that a rectangular face shape allows you to throw caution to the wind and see just what your facial follicles can achieve (providing it also ).
“A rectangle is a longer face shape. Therefore, having your beard styled long, triangular or pointy at the chin will do you no favours,” says Lilybelle Louis of in Bishopsgate. “Having fuller cheeks on a beard will give the impression of a slightly wider jaw, ensuring the attention is taken away from the length of the face altogether.”
You don’t want to exaggerate the shape you already have. So give it some width and, if you can, let the beard grow in higher up the cheeks, too. Doing so will stop your face looking too elongated.
With a triangular face, which is essentially the opposite of a ‘heart’ shape (see below), the aim is to take the attention away from a more prominent chin.
The easiest way to do this is with a beardstache. Once the preserve of Victorian strongmen, now a seriously cool look that’ll draw attention higher up the face.
With this hybrid style, avoid anything too full and thick on the cheeks, which will give the unwanted impression of an even wider jawline. “Keeping hair off the cheeks does allow you to bring some well-established sideburns further down your face,” advises Mills. “I’d be loathed to go too long on the chin. Instead, square it off at the bottom.”
Cultivating a large, will, in this case, only serve to turn your head into a bowling ball. So to combat this, you need to work the angles.
“A rounded face shape benefits from having a triangular-shaped style,” advises Louis. “Opt for a beard that is shorter on the cheeks and longer towards the chin for a look that’s truly flattering.”
For instance, a goatee – still with stubble on the cheeks – will create the impression of a longer and more pronounced chin. Pensive stroking of this style in meetings comes as standard.
No man ever wants to be accused of having a weak chin. Fortunately for those with a heart shape face, there is a way to add ballast with a beard.
That said, don’t invest in oil, combs and clippers just yet. “This is a smaller face shape, so a beard will only make your face appear smaller,” warns Louis. The risk, therefore, lies in growing a beard and becoming, well, just a beard.
Instead, opt for designer stubble on the sides that will afford you the rough-and-ready look without overpowering your natural bone structure. Meanwhile, leave more length in the chin and moustache to add depth and volume to your jawline.
While a strong, square jaw is something many men would gladly trade their for, it does have its limitations when choosing to extend a five o’clock shadow into something more serious.
You don’t want a beard that is going to over-exaggerate what you already have and turn you into Johnny Bravo. “A square beard with sharp lines and right angles will not be flattering with a broad jawline,” says Louis. “To complement this face shape, you need to ensure that the chin area is rounded or triangular.”
Lengthening the chin with a goatee-style beard helps softens thick, wide jawbones, while still creating a chiselled look. This will also focus the eye on other features of the face, giving those bright blues a chance to shine.
The diamond face shape is widest at the cheekbones, with a narrow forehead and jawline that are approximately symmetrical in width. Therefore, the goal should always be to keep hair on the chin to offset the cheekbones. Ideally, you want to square off a prominent chin, to create the illusion of having more balanced bone structure.
“Be mindful of length,” says Mills. “I wouldn’t advise going too long on the chin – anything too pointy tends to accentuate this face shape. You can go wider on the cheeks and wider on the edge of the jawbone, however, so it squares off the bottom half of your face.”
Going lighter on the moustache, meanwhile, will give further emphasis to your cheeks and jawline.
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