The Best Beard Styles for Different Face Shapes

Beards have surged in popularity in recent years, and for good reason—they offer a fun way to try out different looks and can even be used to enhance the shape of your face. However, with so many different beard styles to choose from, it can be hard to determine which one is right for you. Should you opt for a long, full beard, or a simple goatee? The “three day-old stubble” look, or a carefully sculpted classic style? What about mustaches? One of the main considerations when selecting a beard style is the natural shape of your face.

At Men’s Spa Salon, our team of men’s grooming experts is here to help you determine the right configuration of facial hair to enhance your features. No matter which style you choose, we will keep your beard looking well-maintained and complementary to your unique aesthetic. Here are some ideas for beard styles depending on the shape of your face:

Beard Styles for Round Faces

Round faces are characterized by a broad jawline, wide cheekbones, and a short chin. If your face is on the round side, a beard that is longer on the chin and shorter on the cheeks can be used to emphasize your chin, giving it a more angular appearance. For example, the short boxed beard—which is a popular alternative to a full beard and has thin, neatly trimmed sides—might work well with your features. Another option is the Van Dyke beard. Named after Anthony van Dyck, the 17th-century Flemish painter who made this style famous, the Van Dyke beard features a full goatee that is not connected to the mustache.

Beard Styles for Square Faces

If you share the same square-shaped face that distinguishes many male actors and models (lucky you!), beards can be used to highlight your strong jawline without exaggerating it. Avoid beards that have sharp right angles and opt for those that are short on the sides and add fullness to the chin. Great choices for your face shape may include the circle beard, which features a chin patch and mustache that join together to form a circle, and the Balbo beard, which has a trimmed mustache, hair on the chin, and no sideburns.

Beard Styles for Oval Faces

The aesthetically pleasing oval shape works well with nearly any beard style. To maximize your good looks, opt for a short, trimmed beard, such as the three-day stubble beard. This type offers a rugged, masculine look while still appearing well-maintained, and does not require you to commit to growing a full beard. Another idea is to skip the beard altogether and experiment with different varieties of mustaches!

Beard Styles for Rectangular Faces

If you have a long face with a wide jawline and a prominent, squarish chin, the right beard can help make your face appear fuller while highlighting your strong bone structure. One great option for rectangular faces is the chin strap beard, a unique style with no mustache and a thin, clearly defined strip of hair along the jawline. Alternatively, try the “mutton chops” beard. This classic beard style involves long sideburns that connect to a mustache, with no chin hair.

Want to try a new beard style to enhance your facial features? Call Men’s Spa Salon today at 612.339.2222 to book an appointment!