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If you’re growing a beard without taking your face shape into account, you’re missing out on, well, the whole point. Nowadays you’ll find lots of beardspiration on social media and the interwebs, from full lumberjack beards to creative Van dykes. But ultimately you need to sculpt a beard shape that looks good on YOU. How do you do that, you ask?

The first step is to determine your face shape. There are two ways of doing this, depending on how much time you want to devote.

The Long Way (via BirchBox):

Part 1

Grab a flexible tape and take some measurements:

Forehead – Measure from the peak of one eyebrow to the peak of the other.

Cheekbones – Measure across your upper cheeks, starting and ending at the sharp bump below the outer corner of each eye.

Jawline – Measure from the top of your chin to the point below your ear where your jaw angles upward. Multiply that number by two.

Face Length – Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.

Part 2

Once you’ve jotted down the measurements, note which measurements are longest to determine face shape.

Round – Cheekbones and face length have similar measurements, and are longer than the forehead and jawline. The forehead and jawline have similar measurements.

Square – All measurements are nearly the same, and the jaw angle is sharp.

Oblong – Face length is the largest measurement. The forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.

Diamond – Face length is the largest measurement. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and jawline.

Triangular – Measurement lengths in descending order: jawline, cheekbones, and forehead. Face can be any length.

Oval – Face length is longer than the width of the cheekbones, and the forehead is longer than the jawline.


The Short Way

Stand in front of a mirror and trace the outline of your face with a dry-erase marker. Follow the curve of your hairline and try not to move. Stand back and voila – you should have a good representation of your face shape. (Remember to wipe the marker stains off.)

Beard Shape Selection

Once you’re nailed down your face shape, it’s time to find a beard that will enhance your features.

Reference the below visual guide to sculpting a beard for your face shape. And should you have further questions about what beard will look good on you, leave us a comment or reach us on Facebook or Instagram!

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