Encinitas, CA – Beard grooming is an artform. When a beard is conditioned, groomed, and shaped, your facial hair is transformed from a scraggly, hairy mess to a sculpted work of art.
It's every manly man's dream to achieve what we like to call the “ideal beard.” To obtain this, you first need to understand that distinct face shapes call for separate beard styles. After reading this, be sure to check out our Beginning Groomers Tips to get you started on your way to having healthy, hearty facial hair.
When it comes to facial hair styles, use this principle as your guide: Your jaw and your beard should work together to achieve a nicely graded, oval shape. This means that before you can settle on a beard style, you must first consider the shape of your face.
Let's Get Started: Every man should know his face shape. It's a vital component of choosing hairstyles, beard styles, or even a new pair of sunglasses. Why? Because the style that looks so great on the guy from your favorite TV show may not complement your face in quite the same way.
Identify Your Face Shape. So grab one of those flexible tape measures and take the following measurements:
- Forehead: Pull the tape measure from the highest point of one eyebrow arch to the same position on the opposite brow. Record that number.
- Cheekbones: Find the outer corner of your eye, then follow that down until you locate the sharp bump just below on your cheek line. Measure from one upper cheek to the other and record your finding.
- Jawline: Measure from the very tip of your chin to the point just below your ear where your jaw changes directions and heads upwards. Double this number and write it down.
- Face length: Lastly, measure from the middle of your hairline to the bottom of your chin. Take a look at your notes and determine which is the largest. Now, let's use that information to determine your face shape
Round: Cheekbones and face length have measurements that are very similar and are both larger than your forehead and jawline, which also have close measurements. Additionally, the angle of the jaw is soft.
Square: All measurements are pretty close to each other, and your jaw has a very sharp angle.
Oblong: If you have this face shape your "face length" will be the largest measurement. Also, your forehead, cheeks, and jawline will be very similar in length.
Diamond: Like oblong, your "face length" will be the highest number recorded. However, with a diamond face shape, your measurements will decrease in this order: cheekbones, forehead, and finally jawline. Your chin is pointed.
Triangular: Large jawline, then cheekbones, and smallest of all is your forehead. Your face length can vary in comparison.
Oval: With oval faces, the length is always longer than the width of the cheekbones. Likewise, the forehead will also be wider than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is more rounded than pointed.
Ok men, now that you’ve got your shape figured out, it's time to enter a new era of informed styling decisions. Check out part two of this tutorial to discover the best beard style for your face shape, then follow our blog for lessons in everything from the importance of using an organic beard pomade to picking out sunglasses.
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