If you're part of the beard community, you're probably well aware that facial hair is a trend that never really went anywhere. And while it may feel strange using shapes and the power of symmetry as the determining factor of what beard style to sport, knowing the basics can go a long way on your quest to enhancing your features.
Of course, choosing the right beard shape for your face will depend on a few factors. While every face has its own unique considerations (such as the size of your mouth, nose, and jawline), there's some general advice you can follow to find the best-suited beard for you. We're outlining different facial shapes below along with what beard style would work best for them. You're welcome in advance.
The Round Face
When shaping the beard for a round face, your goal is to add length. Do this by opting for an elongated beard shape with closely cropped sides and more length at the chin (no bushy sideburns here). Or, in lieu of a full beard, a goatee is often a good option for a round face.
The Oval Face
Unlike the round face shape, the goal for those with a longer face shape is to make the face appear fuller. Add width to the sides and keep the chin area shorter—a mustache or a chinstrap style is a good option.
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. To add proportion, keep the shape a bit rounder (versus square) at the chin.
The Diamond Face
If the widest part of your face is your cheekbones, opt for a beard style that covers the chin: a chinstrap, full beard, or goatee. The idea is to make the face appear more symmetrical by drawing the eye to the chin.
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 skipping one (or a few) 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. Be sure to ask them for any tips about beard care while you're there.