We know that a beard can drastically change the shape of one's face, and that may be why you want to grow a beard. Not everyone is blessed with Herculean DNA with the perfect chin; some of us weren't born with the facial shape we might want. The great news is we can alter the dimensions of our faces with a bit of facial hair.
This article will help you understand the different types of face shape and some of the beard styles you can utilise to compliment your features. Please remember that these are also personal opinions, and not everyone's style preferences are the same.
So, let us look at some of the face shapes.
There are five leading men's facial shapes: oval, where the face is longer, but the features remain soft; square, which instead is defined by a strong jaw; round, with no angular lines and nearly equal length and width; diamond, with a strong jaw and cheekbones; and inverted triangle, which has a broad forehead and narrow or pointed chin.
In some cases, it is enough to consider your own features when looking into a mirror to discover your own facial shape. In others, it is more complicated, so it is necessary to use a measuring tape to measure the length of your face (from the hairline to the chin) and the width of the forehead and cheekbones and then compare them.
I have a round face; therefore, my current beard goal is to elongate my face shape slightly. What face shape are you? Are you one of the listed below? And does your beard shape or beard goal match the description?
An oval-shaped face, with rounded features at both the top and bottom and a slightly elongated appearance, lacks a pronounced jawline definition. This facial structure can adapt to various hair and beard styles, making it a versatile canvas for experimentation.
That said, the lack of a pronounced jawline may be the reason for a beard fix here.
If you want to go big or go home, consider growing a spade-style beard if you want to square off your jaw. The spade or a Dwarven style can be one of the more challenging styles to grow and requires patience. It would help if you focused on increasing the length on the sides and the front.
For men with square faces, beard styles that accentuate more hair on the chin and less on the sides and neck are usually the most flattering. However, keeping a watchful eye on the neckline is crucial to maintain a neat appearance. The key is to avoid excessive hair growth on the cheeks and sideburns, which can create a harsh and angular appearance. Sticking a balance and avoiding an overly blocky or squared-off look is essential.
Round Face Shape
If you have a round face shape, you may notice that your jawline is less defined than those with other facial structures, and your hairline has a more rounded appearance. To complement your features, opting for beard styles that are shorter on the sides and longer on the bottom is recommended. Keeping your sideburns and cheeks well-groomed is also essential to prevent excess hair growth, which can further soften your facial features. By maintaining a well-proportioned style, you can enhance the appearance of your jawline and create a more defined look.
Although the beard shape may be similar to those with an oval face shape, you may likely have a longer beard at the front than the sides.
The cheekbones are the defining feature of a diamond-shaped face. When growing and shaping a beard for this facial structure, it is essential to maintain some hair on the chin to balance out the prominence of the cheekbones.
However, it is crucial to avoid letting the hair on the chin become too pointed, as this can accentuate the angularity of the face shape more than desired. You can highlight your cheekbones by striking a careful balance while maintaining a well-proportioned and flattering beard style.
The inverted triangular face shape, known as the 'love heart,' is characterised by a narrower chin and broader forehead. This facial structure is well-suited for a musketeer-style beard, as it can help create a fuller appearance on the lower portion of the face. Alternatively, a goatee-style beard following the natural jawline can be flattering if trimmed and well-maintained. You can create a more balanced and proportionate look for this facial structure by emphasising the chin area.
If your face shape is not mentioned above, feel free to leave a comment with your facial structure, and I will offer my assistance in finding a suitable beard style for you. Maybe you have your own opinion that differs from mine; I'd love to hear it.