Hairdressing techniques

Beard and mustache styles for every face shape

Beards are growing! They have started to become more and more popular lately, that's why you should develop your skills as a professional to make informed recommendations on which styles of beard and mustache can suit them according to their face shape.  

First, let's discuss the two most important elements with which you can harmonize, highlighting certain features or disguise any unwanted details such as a double chin or acne. The natural hair growth of your client will do the rest since not everyone can grow a beard or mustache, sometimes they grow little or patchy areas. Of course, other factors also come into play: whether they wear glasses, what their eyebrows look like, how they wear their hair, amongst other things. 

Face shapes and their beards. 

When analyzing your client's face shape, take into account that you will not radically modify their image, you will only take their best features as a starting point to enhance them using the hair that already grows naturally on their face. 

Oval: The most symmetrical of all, any style of beard and mustache can suit them. 

Round: When shaving your client, try to draw a straight angle with the beard line, and remove any hair above and below the delimited area. You will visually change the circular outline of the face. If your client likes it, you could recommend a bandholz beard or full beard that takes more or less 1 year to grow, with long hair in some cases up to their chest, the good thing is that it needs little maintenance and can hide a double chin. 

Elongated: according to the shape of the face, having a 3-day beard will soften the length of the face, which requires maintenance because they would need to trim the beard frequently and also shave the cheeks and the neck.  

Square: a goatee with a mustache can look very flattering on these kinds of faces. Another way to disguise this square shape is to style a circle-shaped beard around the jawline, without following the naturally angular lines of the face. Another style to consider is a faded beard that gradually blends in with the sideburns. 

Rectangular: simply style a nice mustache and get rid of the beard, thus creating an imaginary line that divides the face in two, visually shortening the rectangle. 

Inverted triangle: since the people with this face shape have a very pointy chin, a Van Dyke beard, which covers only the center and the lower part of the chin, would definitely suit them. A Goatee can also look flattering, leaving hair only on the chin, both styles require quite a lot of maintenance and there are a few different mustaches they can be combined with. 

And while we're on the subject of mustaches... 

The style of mustache that will favor the shape of your client's face depends on whether they grow enough hair in that area, you have various mustache options like: 

  • The revolutionary Zapata mustache is bushy, extends to the sides, and ends in an upward curve, it is ideal for square faces. 
  • The 3-day mustache, combined with a 3-day beard suits round faces and hides large cheeks. A very bushy, long, and wide mustache like the Walrus, which hides the upper lip, could also look very flattering for people with these face shapes. 
  • The Chevron, which is thick and goes down to each corner of the mouth, looks great on triangular faces. 
  • The horseshoe mustache is another thick mustache that borders the entire mouth and goes straight down to the chin, it suits square or rectangular faces. 
  • And last but not least, all mustache styles suit the oval face shape. 

If you want to learn how to personalize each beard and mustache style, we recommend following these training videos step-by-step: