Before you grow a beard, it is best to know how to find the right style for your face. Properly trimmed and shaped facial hair can go a long way to enhance your favorite facial features and take the emphasis off whatever you're not as into.
Choosing the right beard shape for your face will depend on a few factors. While every face has its own special considerations (the size of your mouth, nose, and jawline), there's some general advice you can follow to find the best-suited beard for you.
The Round Face
When shaping the beard for a round face, go a bit longer at the chin to add length. Avoid bushy sideburns and keep the sides of your beard short. In lieu of a full beard, a goatee is often a good option for a round face. The idea here is to make your face appear leaner. Stick with an elongated beard shape with closely cropped sides and more length at the chin.
The Long Face
For those with longer faces, a beard that's fuller at the sides and shorter at the chin is a go-to. The goal here is to add width to the sides. Make sure to avoid abrupt changes in length so the shaping is not obvious. A good barber can show you how to trim and shape your beard so it look exactly as you'd like it to.
The Square Face
Similar to shaping a beard for a round face, the beard for a square face should be shorter at the sides and longer at the chin to add length to your face. You may also want to keep the shape a bit rounder at the bottom and not too square.
The Large Face
Keep your beard fuller and the mustache larger. That way, the details of the beard won't look out of proportion.
The Small Face
Larger, fuller styles will make your face get lost and appear out of proportion. Keep things trimmed to best accent your face.
The Oval Face
According to barbers, an oval face requires no special shaping to balance facial features. Do whatever you like and you'll look great.
Still Need Help?
The nice thing about beards is that you can switch up your style rather quickly if you're not happy. A quick shave or the avoidance of one can easily give you a clean palette to work with.
If you're really stuck and are looking to make a change, head to your barber or stylist and ask them for advice. They might even know you well enough by now to understand your personal concerns and give you a new facial hair style to work with at home. Also, be sure to ask them for any tips about beard care while you're there.