n this post, we’re going to show you the best men’s facial hair and beard styles and types for your face shape. Why is this important? Choosing a men’s facial hair style that works for his face shape ensures any man will look his best all the time. If you haven’t gone through our definitive guide about how to find a man’s face shape
once and for all, then this post will not make much sense. So head over there first and figure out your face shape, then come back here.
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Rectangle or Oblong
Rectangular and Oblong face shapes are longer so you don’t want to exaggerate it with beard styles that are long, triangular or pointy at the chin. So opt for a beard that’s very full and let the facial hair grow higher up on the cheeks to stop it from looking so elongated.
You categorically want to avoid goatees and Van Dykes because they will elongate the face. Instead, try facial hair that ranges in length from clean shaven, stubble to a short beard to accentuate your features because this face shape doesn’t need facial hair to balance out any disproportionate areas like other face shapes.
You can get away with a variety of facial styles 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.
You can go with clean-shaven, stubble, chevron mustache, goatee, Van Dyke beard or any length of beard, so the facial hair wold is your oyster, friend!
If going for a beard, you want it to be squared at the jaw, with clean lines on the cheeks, short length on the sides and cut underneath the chin. This balances your oval shape and combines the weight of a full beard with the definition of a well-groomed beard most guys miss. Keeping a rounded, not well-shaped beard will make your face extra oval, which you want to avoid.
Unlike other face shapes, you want to use your facial hair to balance out the square shape of your face. So think long or rounded styles with your facial hair choices.
Clean shaven or stubble will work, but if you want a mustache, go with a horseshoe stache, rounded goatee or even a Van Dyke beard.
For longer beards, avoid a square beard with sharp lines and right angles because it’ll make you look like a lego figurine. Instead, go for a beard where the chin area is rounded or triangular/pointy to offset the square shape of your face.
With the sharp features of this face shape, clean shaven is best, because given the prominence of the jawline, most other facial hair styles will make your jaw even wider, which you want to avoid. This is when your head hairstyle will really play a much bigger factor for how you look. See our other video and article about this.
However, if you are dead-set on having some facial hair, go with a ‘beardstache’ – a moustache with a short beard or stubble as pictured above. With this hybrid style, avoid anything too full and thick on the cheeks, which will give the unwanted impression of an even wider jawline. Instead, square off the edges of the stache at the bottom.
The best facial hair styles for you are going to counter the roundness of your face shape. A large, unkempt, rounded beard or rounded edge goatee will make your head look like a bowling ball, so don’t do that.
Instead, go for a goatee with stubble on the cheeks or a Van Dyke beard. This will create the impression of a longer and more pronounced chin.
For a beard, go for a full, square beard – short or long – which is shorter on the cheeks and longer towards the chin to give the appearance of a more chiselled, elongated jaw.
The goal should always be to keep hair on the chin to offset the cheekbones to create the illusion of having more balanced bone structure.
So that means you can go with some stubble to give the appearance of adding some size to a narrower chin or even a goatee to fill in the narrower area below your nose. A mustache may accentuate your pointy chin so it’s not advised, but you may be able to get away with one as a beardstache (pictured for Triangular face shapes above), but at that point, you might as well have a beard.
If you’re going to go with a beard, grow it so it’s wider on the cheeks and jawline and squared off on the chin to give the appearance of a fuller face – see the Oval face shape picture above for this type of beard.
Like a diamond face shape, you want to use facial hair to add some much-needed bulk to a narrow chin and jawline.
So you can go with some stubble all around. Mustaches and goatees will make your face look smaller than it is, so avoid those.
For a beard style, go with one that’s closer on the cheeks but leave more length in the chin and mustache area to add depth and volume to your jawline.