Men have been blessed with the beard as it’s one of the most powerful style accessories that we can grow for ourselves.
You can tell a lot about a man by how he wears his beard, but regardless of the style you choose, it’ll be nothing if you don’t know how to shape it.
So, how do you shape a beard?
Depending on the style you’re wearing, a beard can be shaped with a few simple tools like a brush, comb, balm, clippers, and a hairdryer. You’ll need to choose a beard shape that suits your face and let it grow long enough to give you enough length to work with.
If you’ve been in the market for a new style of beard or have always wanted to try something out but were too afraid, we’ve got the list for you.
We’ve found 8 of the trendiest beards of the moment for you to experiment with and whether or not they’ll help you show off your best features.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Right Beard Style For Your Face
- 2 Must Have Beard Styling Tools
- 3 Top 8 Beard Shapes of Today
- 4 Related Questions
The Right Beard Style For Your Face
Choosing a beard style is like choosing a hairstyle, and not all of them are going to suit you. Even the most handsome guys won’t suit every type of beard, so don’t be disheartened if your first choice doesn’t work.
Instead, check out our recommendations for the look you should be going for based on your face shape and see the difference it makes.
Keep the lines around your cheekbones sharp to show off your best assets. With a beard that’s shorter on the sides but long in the chin, it’ll make the angles work for you and your square jaw.
Round face men can tend to come off fuller than they really are so if you want a beard that’s slimming, keep as much hair on the chin as possible and as long as you can. Go for a sharp angle along the cheekbones for much-needed contouring.
Men with oval shaped faces are lucky enough to pull off most beard types. If this is you, you can have a bit more fun experimenting as the symmetrical look you have will adapt to short and long styles.
The rectangular face is a masculine one and it should be flaunted with a shorter beard. Avoid the super-long styles except for on the sides, and you’ll be fine.
Must Have Beard Styling Tools
A beard is only as good as the man who styles it, so you’ll need a few good tools in your arsenal if you want to do the job right.
Growing your beard is just one part of facial hair and keeping it in shape and looked after is the rest of it, so equip yourself with these to make it easier to style.
The very same hair dryer you use on your head can be used on your beard. The heat makes it easier to style and can help push all of the hair in the same direction.
The two most important types for a beard are a boar’s hair brush for overall brushing and distributing of oils, and a round brush that helps to style.
A beard or mustache specific comb will get all of the hairs to go the same direction and is crucial for most types of beards.
Clippers and shaver
Electric clippers can keep every uniform and provide easy maintenance. A shaver of your choice is perfect for areas that need something closer.
Having a sharp pair of barber scissors can trim fly-aways, get things even, and save you from plugging in the clippers if it’s not needed.
Top 8 Beard Shapes of Today
The beard is having its moment in the spotlight and you can take advantage of it with a bunch of fun styles to choose from.
We’ve rounded up eight of the most popular beard styles and how to shape a beard to perfection using just a few tools we mentioned and a little bit of practice.
The stubble or scruff look is a style that any man can pull off, regardless of face shape and how your hair grows.
This one looks effortless but does take a little work to shape, as well as regular maintenance to keep it at the stubble length. Stubble can add some roughness to your face and make you look older and more distinguished, without being too clean cut.
- Choose a trimmer attachment that suits the length you’re going for. Most stubble is between 1/8 inch to a full inch so it’s up to you.
- Shave your entire beard and neck to get everything even, going half a millimeter shorter if you plan on shaving the night before.
- Do a closer shave on your neck and cheeks to make it look more defined, either with a shorter attachment or a razor.
- Maintain the stubble look by trimming it back to the desired length every few days or week, depending on how fast it grows.
#2 Circle Beard
The circle beard was major in the 90s but it seems to be making a comeback for men with square shape faces who can pull the look off.
A circle beard is sometimes referred to as a goatee but looks like the classic chin strap and mustache blended together to make a circle shape.
- Start by evening out your facial hair with a trimmer on to get the desired length of the circle beard. If you want a textured look, leave some extra length to do this later.
- Create verticle contours on each side of the mouth, around half an inch from the corners, by shaving them down.
- Shave around one inch above your Adam’s Apple and then create the circular shape that meets up with the previous contours you just made.
- Do a closer shave on the neck and around the cheeks to get rid of the hair that doesn’t make part of the circle.
- Carefully trim the soul patch and mustache down to the required length so it matches the rest.
- Even all of their hair out and then shave in gradients if desired, usually in the mustache or chin area.
#3 Boxed Beard
The boxed beard is one of the most common choices of the moment and it’s usually a little longer than stubble but still quite short.
The cropping and edges are meticulous, it features contours in the right places, and the end result is a literal box shape that can work on many types of faces. Boxed beards can take some practice to get right so don’t expect perfection on your first try.
- Focus on the cheek lines first, using your razor to get a closer shave that leaves you with wide sideburns on either side.
- Use your trimmer on a short attachment to create contours that slope inwards from the sideburns you just made to the cheek lines.
- Perform a clean shave around the Adam’s apple and any hair that remains around the neck.
- Use your electric trimmers to create an even length of the rest of the hair.
- Make an oval-shaped contour using your razor so that it sits around 1.5 inches below the jawline.
- Clean up the rest of the hair underneath the contour and around the neck, then tidy up the mustache.
#4 Full Beard
A full beard is just as the name suggests: full. These beards might look as though they’ve been left to run wild, grow out, and never be groomed, but they do take some work.
A full beard has been in style since the beginning of facial hair and has only ever grown in popularity as one of the most epic beard shapes around.
- Be committed to growth with a full beard and rely on patience to see it reach its potential by about six months.
- Trim down the mustache with your trimmers so that it blends nicely in with the rest of the beard.
- Trim the sideburns down so that there’s an obvious fade between where your hair ends and the beard begins.
- Keep the hairline clean without going over the top. The aim here is to go for a natural look.
- Maintain the length of the beard but keeping it no longer than two inches below the chin, jaw, and cheeks.
#5 Garibaldi Beard
Belonging to the family of full beards, the Garibaldi deserves a mention of its own. This beard style is fashioned after the famous Italian military general, and it focuses on a lot of volume with a shorter length.
It has a mustache that’s brushed to the sides but is usually kept short at around 5 inches.
- Just as you would with any other full beard, commit to six months of growing time to start shaping this one.
- Keep styling to a natural shape ensuring that the hair is the same length overall, except for the jawline where it starts to taper off.
- Round the bottom of the beard so it has an obvious circular shape, being sure to keep the volume.
- Style with a hairdryer and curling brush for the best results and to ensure the right level of volume is present.
#6 Imperial Beard
This is the type of beard you might see if you looked at history books from the 19th century, although it seems to be making a comeback today.
It features some of the best parts of other beard shapes and blends them, more notably the absence of chin hair but with mutton chops and a longer beard down the bottom.
This was one of the first styles to feature sideburns back in early history so if you like this look, you’ll want to try the imperial.
- Work on the cheek lines first, cutting them closely to reduce their height and where they come up to on the face. This will leave you with wide sideburns to work with on either side.
- Create sloping contours in your new sideburns using a trimmer on a short setting or your razor, making them slope down to your cheek lines.
- Working with the natural shape of your jaw, shave off any hair underneath to neaten it up.
- Measure up space on your chin about three inches in width and shave it off completely, underneath your bottom lip. Be careful not to go too far and shave any further than your mouth.
- Trim the mustache and overall beard to keep it even and then get rid of stray hairs on the neck and cheeks.
#7 Pointed Beard
If you’re looking for an impressive style that’s somewhere between a thick full beard and the shorter boxed beard, a pointed beard is the way to go.
These are usually treated in two areas as the beard underneath the chin and the space above it, so it takes some work to groom. You’ll need to grow your beard out for at least two months to get enough to work with as the bottom will need some length.
- Grow your hair into a full beard, according to the instructions above.
- Brush your hair using a boar hair brush and push the hairs down to the natural direction of their growth.
- Use a trimmer on a longer attachment and run it downwards so that you get the general shape.
- Change the attachment to something closer so you can shape the beard. Work one side at a time and sculpt the hair so it goes inward to a point at the bottom, starting at your jawline.
- Clean up the cheek and neckline, leaving any hairs underneath to grow.
- To style, use a balm to shape the hairs into a point at the end or add a curl for more personality.
#8 Balbo beard
The Balbo is a style for men who are a little more daring as they feature a disconnected look that features a floating mustache with a lot of chin hair.
This style if great for men with patchy hair as it helps to cover any spots, and they end up looking like inverted T shapes when done correctly.
- Use your clippers without a guard and go from the ears towards the chin so that everything is symmetrical. Do one strip at a time and slowly so that it remains the same, and continue until everything is uniform.
- Create the break between the beard and the mustache by shaving a space around a quarter of an inch.
- Work on the lower mouth and soul patch separately, trimming them down so they are even and shorter than the cheeks.
- Trim the mustache so it’s neat and uniform in line with the rest of the beard.
- Use your electric trimmer to sculpt contours into the beard if desired, taking only a little at a time.
How you shape your beard is crucial to the final look, so don’t expect that you can just let it grow and the work will be done for you.
For men who are new to facial hair or need a push in the right direction, we’ve answered some commonly asked questions about how to shape a beard to perfection.
Can a Patchy Beard Grow In?
Having a beard with random spots that hair doesn’t grow is normal for most men. The best way to resolve it is to continue growing your beard as the longer hairs will eventually cover the patchy areas.
Otherwise, combing and using a beard oil can strengthen hairs and help to smooth them over to make it less obvious.
How Long Does It Take for a Beard to Grow In?
If your chosen beard style requires you to grow a full beard first, you can expect to spend up to six months growing it out.
The rate of growth and thickness differs for everyone, and some may achieve a full beard in just a couple of months. However, patience is required so give it at least six months to see real results.
Can Shaving Help My Beard Grow Faster?
The myth that shaving creates thicker and faster-growing hairs is an old wives’ tale and has no science to back it up.
The best way to grow a beard is with patience and making sure the hair and your body are healthy. Increase testosterone naturally with exercise and a balanced diet full of nutrients, as this can help boost growth.