Step One: Find your shape
The first point of departure is to determine what face shape you have. There are four general categories that most faces fit into:
1. Square face – this face shape is categorised by a broad and angled jawline, kind of like Brad Pitt.
2. Round face – if you have a round face shape, then you most likely have a fuller face with a soft-angled jawline (think Gerard Butler)
3. Oval face – this type of face gets more narrow and longer in appearance towards the chin, like Ryan Gosling.
4. Rectangular/Oblong face – this face shape is relatively symmetrical with forehead, cheekbones and jawline measuring about the same, like Adam Levine.
Step Two: Know the basics
Now that you’ve found your face shape, there are a couple rules of thumb to learn about your beard style that will get you started on the right track:Now that you’ve found your face shape, there are a couple rules
If you have a square face shape…
Then you’ll want to grow your beard fuller and/or longer around the chin, and less so around the cheeks and jawline so create the appearance of softer facial angles. Use a handy razor like the customisable Merkur Solingen Progress Adjustable Safety Razor Long Handle to shorten the sides, and comb the longer hairs with the Kent Beard & Moustache Comb 73mm.
If you have a round face shape…
Then you’ll want your beard to make your face appear slimmer and longer. Create this illusion by keeping your beard short on the sides and longer at the bottom. Longer beards tend to get knotted easily, so keep it soft and tangle-free with the Pureman Special Pack Beard & Moustache Kit which includes Prospector Co. Burroughs Beard Oil, Captain Fawcett’s Lavender Moustache Wax, and a Redecker Beard Brush.
If you have an oval face shape…
A well-groomed beard can make your face look slightly fuller and more even. To achieve this kind of look, keep hair longer on the sides to create the illusion of a fuller face, and then trim the bottom short for balance.
If you have a rectangular face shape…
Then your beard can give your face angle and dimensions by leaving it longer on the sides to soften your jawline, and keeping the bottom short for a more square-looking jaw.
A few top tips…
Let your beard grow out: There’s only one way to find out what looks best – grow a beard and spend some time in the mirror. Remember, the rules aren’t cast in stone, so play around to find your perfect style.
Ask the experts: If you’re totally lost on what beard style will work best with your look, then be sure to see the professional grooming experts at Pureman Salon located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD for the best beard guidance.
Always go back to the basics: No matter what style or length you settle on, the basics remain the same: Keep your beard clean and soften stiff hairs with a moisture boost from a product like the Proraso Hot Oil Treatment that is left on the beard for two minutes to refresh the facial hair and replenish lost moisture.