A full beard makes an immediate statement.It might not be the one you want if it isn't properly groomed.There are a few simple tricks you can use to figure out how to wear facial hair.A beard shape that accentuates your facial features will help create a look that's both mature and masculine.Once you've decided on a style, you can keep it trimmed to a neat length and touch up the areas that are important to you.
Step 1: Pick your face shape.
Take a look in the mirror to see what stands out to you.Do your cheeks protrude slightly or do you have a chiseled jawline?Does your head look like an inverted pyramid?You can use a visualization to figure out what changes are needed to get a more proportional appearance.If you want to do your homework, you need to know the distance between your crown and chin.How your head and face are structured will be determined by the longest measurement.Zeroing in on the ideal beard style is dependent on knowing which features to highlight and which to ignore.A beard can help balance out your nose, draw attention to your eyes, and make your chin look more defined.
Step 2: If you have a round or blocky head, you should wear a beard.
Crop the growth on your cheeks and sideburns closer to the skin and let the hair gradually get longer as it reaches your chin.Each of your features will look more balanced with a sleek taper.A small amount of beard oil or a pomade will help you maintain your beard shape throughout the day.
Step 3: To fill out your face, keep your beard on the sides.
A long, slender head shape is a problem for some men.If you are one of these men, you can trim the hair on the tip of your chin, but leave the tufts around the cheeks and sideburns intact.It will add volume to the sides of your face.To sculpt a smooth, subtle curve of the jawline is your goal.Don't let your beard grow out too much on the sides, or it may push your face shape in the other direction.
Step 4: Draw on more unique styles to hide patchy areas.
If your mustache doesn't grow into your chin hair, you can go for a swashbuckling style beard with a disconnected mustache and soul patch.A no-man's-land between your goatee and the hair on your cheeks can be dealt with by leaving a strip of extra space on either side of your mouth.Your facial hair isn't thick and full all the way around, but you can still make it work in your favor.
Step 5: You need to remove your beard.
Run a beard comb or hair brush with flexible bristles through your facial hair.If you want the hair to stand up in one direction, remove it from your face.This will give you a better idea of how long your beard is and will make it easier to trim it.Daily combing is needed to identify areas that need trimming.Keeping your beard brushed out is a good way to make it look bigger.
Step 6: Control how much you take off with a beard trimmer.
Light pressure is used to glide the head of the trimmer over your face.If you want to thin out a bushy beard, use upward strokes so that the blades of the trimmer cut across the hairs.If you want to preserve the bulk of your hair, move the trimmer downward in the same direction that the hair grows naturally.If you want to go shorter, set the guard to about a 3 and switch to a lower setting.It's possible to accidentally shave too much at once.The ability to cut hair to a consistent length with every pass is what distinguishes beard trimmers from scissors.
Step 7: Work from the outside in.
The desired balance between volume and tidiness can be struck by buzzing both cheeks.If the sides look good, move the trimmer inward and go over your chin and mustache.Double check that both parts of your face match each other.If you want your beard to come out even without having to go shorter on the sides, you should start with the cheeks. Most men's facial hair tends to be thicker around the goatee.
Step 8: Sideburns can be used to create transition.
Sideburns are tricky since they can either be extensions of your beard or your head hair.If your head hair and facial hair are the same length, you can let it flow into what's underneath.If one is longer than the other, try fading your sideburns using smaller guards so that the difference isn't too noticeable.If you have buzz cuts or bald domes, blend your sideburns until they disappear around the top of your ear.Longer locks are easier to open.Leave everything above and below your ears as shaggy as you please, just keep your sideburns clean and neat.
Step 9: Place two fingers on the apple.
To lay your fingers across your throat, hold the fingers sideways.This is where you should start your neckline.You will be leaving enough growth beneath your jaw to make a natural transition without it getting out of control.If you can't find the exact point, feel for the lump in your windpipe, then slide your fingers up until they rest in the little grooves at the top.A beard should be 1– 1.5 inches above the center of your neck.
Step 10: The hair needs to be shaved below the finger.
To serve as a reference, take a mental snapshot of the exact point, or make a small mark with your clippers.Remove the beard's lower limbs so that it forms a clean line.The rest of your facial hair is more important than your neckline.A sloppy-looking neckbeard can sabotage an otherwise sophisticated style.
Step 11: A curve from ear to ear is how to shape your neckline.
It is time to apply the finishing touches.Imagine a line running beneath your chin.You can chip away at the remaining hair on Adam's apple with your clippers.When you are done, your neckline should match the shape of your jaw.Don't start your neckline too high.A beard that is completely hairless can look like it lacks coverage.
Step 12: The stubble should be removed with a manual razor.
You can cut the hair down to the skin by going back over the area you just buzzed.It will leave your neckline looking pristine, and it will also keep unwanted growth from returning so fast.Make your strokes with the grain, not against it, if you want to prevent razor burn.
Step 13: Your beard should be washed and dried before being shaped.
Take care of your facial hair with a cleanser and conditioner.Wait until your beard has had time to fully dry before trimming or styling it.It will have a little more volume and look like it will when you are walking around.A few passes with a blowdryer on a low heat setting can help speed up the drying time.Trying to shape a wet, limp beard is risky because the hairs will change shape as they dry.
Step 14: Remove the lines of your cheeks.
To get rid of the fuzzy edges on your beard, guide your clippers along the upper perimeter.If you want your facial hair to be thick, it should be at the top and the bottom.Even if you trim it closer to your face, the same rules apply.It is best not to let your beard climb higher than the points of your cheeks.It is possible to see a line from the top of your mustache to your sideburns.When it comes time to manicure the top half of your beard, you want to follow your natural shape rather than choosing an approximate stopping point like you did with your neckline.
Step 15: Take stray hairs to an even length.
If you have scraggly strands that have escaped your clippers, use a pair of scissors to cut them.If you tilt your head, you can see hairs that are sticking out.The length of your facial hair should be uniform.To make it easier to clip, tease out longer sections with a comb.It is perfectly acceptable to have a mustache or goatee that is longer than the rest of your beard, as long as these sections are a consistent length.