Everyone will at some time in their lives want to grow a beard (and if you haven't toyed with the idea yet, why not?). But choosing a style or beard type that suits your face makes the decision a little harder to make.
Choosing Beard Style for your Face
What is the best beard style for me?
The widely-considered 'ideal' appearance for a beard is to have a fairly oval shape to the hairline. This means that when growing one on a round or square jaw, you will need to grow it longer and fuller on the bottom respectively (and neatly trimmed) in order to give the appearance of elongating the face, ideally with hard lines on the sides to accentuate a 'clean' and thin look.
If the reverse of the above is true and your face is more rectangular or oblong, you’ll need to focus more on growing a little hair out at the sides and avoiding an excess amount in the center to in order create a similarly even look.
Meanwhile, it goes without saying that with an oval face, the above-mentioned 'ideal' beard shape will require less effort to achieve, so just take normal regular care of an even-length beard to achieve the effect and be thankful that the gods of facial shape have blessed you with such an opportunity.
While someone with no defined chin that wants to look like they have one, for example, is advised to have a thick but trimmed beard in the shape of a more defined chin and jawline, long enough to hide a lack of it but short enough that people don't think something is being hidden. And on a similar note, the best way to disguise a 'triangular' shaped face is to 'fill out' the area under the cheekbones, with similar principles applied but with a little more emphasis on a full beard.
But you can just have fun and simply grow your beard completely freestyle because who cares if it's not considered 'fashionable', no-one ever won a best beard contest by sticking to convention...
If you are not sure what kind of beard you want then we have put together a handy Beard Styles Graphic so you can see if you would look best with a goatee beard, a ducktail, a mutton chops, or something in-between.
We have a dedicated page for each beard type along with more detailed instructions on how to grow, plus styling & maintenance tips for your new face fur. So to help you when you are deciding what Style to choose, here are the most popular beard styles :-
Friendly Mutton Chops