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The Best Beard Styles for Your Face Shape

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Your Guide to the Best Beard for Your Face Shape

Your face is what makes you unique, a one-of-a-kind, it’s what makes you, you. For guys, facial hair is an extension of this. But beards and mustaches aren’t always one-size-fits-all. Depending on your face shape, some facial hair styles can be more flattering than others.

How do you find the best beard style for your face shape? Fire up your Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Trimmer and check out these five face shapes and some of the best styles for each.

1. The Round Face Choosing the best beard style for your face shape infographic.

Guys with a rounder face shape have wide cheekbones paired with a wide jawline and a small chin. To make a round face appear slimmer, try the Van Dyke Beard. This beard style for round faces focuses attention on the center of the face. Keep the style trimmed in a narrow, compact style with hairs longer on the bottom and shorter on the sides.

For those looking for a more facial hair style, the Tight Beard can also be flattering on men with a  rounder face shape. Just make sure to keep the sides tight and hair on the chin a little longer.

2. The Triangle Face

A triangular face (also known as heart-shaped) has wide cheekbones and a pointy, angular chin. A long, full beard, like the Olde English, can look best with this face shape. Let the beard fill out below the chin to make the chin appear larger. Another option is a bit of 5 o'clock shadow stubble.

3. The Long Face

Why the long face? Facial hair options for this facial shape can draw attention to the center of the face and cause the cheeks to appear full. A long face includes wide jawbones and a squared chin. The long face shape looks good with a chin strap or a nice, boxed beard with full hair on the sides and a bit shorter on the bottom.

4. The Square Face

The square face is noted by the distinct square jaw. The strong jawline should be complemented but not highlighted by a beard with sharp right angles. A full goatee with a mustache will elongate the chin, making the face look more rounded. If beards aren’t your thing, a chevron mustache will look good alongside wider facial features typically present on a square face.

5. The Oval Face

The oval face is the most proportional of the face shapes—lucky you. There isn’t really any way to go wrong with the oval shape. Someone with an oval face has nice cheekbones that extend slightly past the jawbone. The chin is balanced and symmetrical with the forehead.

One thing to keep in mind when considering the best beard for oval faces is to use clean lines no stragglers on the cheeks or neck. Consider the clean look of an anchor beard or the more rustic choice, the lumberjack.

Wahl’s collection of grooming tools has been shaping the world’s facial hair for decades. Get your desired beard style with Wahl Grooming products. Make sure to style after you shape with Wahl beard care products.

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