How to Pick the Right Beard Style for Your Face Shape

Goatee? Scruff? Full-blown fisherman’s beard? With so many options, choosing the right beard can feel a bit daunting. But not to worry – following on from our guide on how to pick the right haircut to suit your face, we’re back to show you how to do the same with your beard. 

If you don’t already know what your face shape is that take a look in the mirror and assess which of these categories it most closely resembles: Oval, circle, square or heart.

Beard Mandatory Credit: Photo by VILLARD/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock (5746843ah) Kanye West 'The Art of Giving' Love Ball Naked Heart foundation, Paris, France - 06 Jul 2016

Photo credit: VILLARD/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

Facial Hair Advice for Round Faces
Round characteristics: a circular shaped face with a rounded chin.
If you aren’t blessed with the chiselled, angular jawline of a Greek god (who is?….except Greek gods) then you can counter balance your curved face shape with a masculine beard shape. A great option for striking this balance is the circle beard. You’ll notice it’s a firm favourite of other round faced men such as Kanye West who is always rocking one. A goatee can also work well on rounder faces as it helps to draw your face to a point at the chin.

Beard Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (4080796ag) John Hamm 'Million Dollar Arm' film screening, London, Britain - 21 Aug 2014

Photo credit: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

Facial Hair Advice for Square Faces
Square characteristics: a face that’s similar in width to length, with a strong, defined jaw.
The square face shape boasts a very strong, masculine jaw line. The trick with this face shape is to pick a style that softens your bone structure. A good bet is a full beard, cropped short and close to the face. This is a versatile style that works well in the office and everywhere else too. If you’re feeling brave you could try a moustache instead.

Beard Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock (5625433d) Andrew Garfield The GQ Gentleman's Ball, New York, America - 22 Oct 2014 The Gentleman's Fund and GQ Celebrate the 7th Annual GQ Gentleman's Ball Hosted by Andy Cohen

Photo credit: Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock

Facial Hair Advice for Heart Shaped Faces
Heart shaped characteristics: with a pointed chin, your forehead is larger than your cheekbones and jaw line.
Because the heart shaped face is much wider at the temples, to ad balance you’ll want there to be a lot going on round the chin. The best way to achieve this is with a full beard, and you can basically feel free to go as bushy as your heart desires. If the full beard doesn’t tickle your pickle then another good bet is some thick but structured sideburns.

Beard Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andrew Walker/REX/Shutterstock (5064933f) Jake Gyllenhaal 'Demolition' Premiere, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada - 10 Sep 2015

Photo credit: Andrew Walker/REX/Shutterstock

Facial Hair Advice for Oval Faces
Oval characteristics: essentially, your face is longer than it is wide.
If you’ve been blessed with an oval shaped face then rejoice, because no matter what you decide to don your face with it will work…within reason obviously, we’re not suggesting you do a Billy Connelly. If you still need some suggestions then a bit of stubble/a scruffy beard can work really well and as long as you keep it trimmed short will lend you a relaxed look. Just don’t let it get to wild, there’s a fine line between relaxed cool and ‘I forgot to shave all week’.


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