Choosing the right beard style can be difficult, involve a ton of trial and error, and countless visits to the barbershop. Although it seems like this is the only way to truly find the right style for you, there are other factors that play into what beard style will look best on you... including your specific face shape. This is by no means the end all be all for styles that you can attempt, but it should get you on the right path. Other factors that come into play could be your lifestyle, occupation, or even a special style for a special occasion. Without further ado, below we’ll look at the different face shapes, help you figure out what shape your face is, and then recommend some styles based on the face shape you land on.
What Shape Is Your Face?
In order to find out exactly what shape your face is you’ll need measuring tape, a mirror, and something to jot down your measurements on. Once you have those three items we’ll need you to take the following quick measurements…
- Face Length - Take a measurement from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your chin
- Cheekbone Width - Take a measurement from the outside of the left cheekbone to the outside of the right cheekbone
What Beard Style Suits My Face Best?
Long FaceIf your face length is longer than your cheekbone width you would fall into the long face shape category.Recommended Styles: A shorter more squared-off beard that extends all the way to the end of the jaw bone will help the face look more neutral than long.
Wide FaceIf your cheekbone width is longer than the length of your face you would fall into the wide face shape category.Recommended Styles: A tapered look at the bottom of the beard (pending you have length to your beard) would be ideal to help the face elongate and look a bit more balanced.
Neutral FaceIf your cheekbone width and your face length are the same or even nearly the same you would fall into the neutral face category.Recommended Styles: The jack of all trades of face shapes. If you’ve fallen into the neutral face category after taking your length and width measurements you have free reign over styles. If you want your face to look a bit longer, go with the tapered look, but if you want to the shorter look then square it off.