Once you’ve decided that you’re going to go for it, that you are going to grow a beard out of your very own face, there are still a few secondary considerations that you’ll want to take into account. Growing a beard, as we discussed in the post on how to trim your beard, is not at all a matter of simply not shaving for an extended period of time and, voila, you’ve got a beard. Yes, well, in essence, this is true, but that’s not the kind of beard that you want, take our word for it. The end result of just not shaving for a lengthy stretch of time will be something vaguely akin to a pirate’s beard, or perhaps a drunken vagrant. Neither is probably the look you want. You will want to trim your beard in some way or another, and deciding how to do that, though it may require some trial and error, will be based on two major factors: personal preference and face shape.
Before we get into the nuances and subtleties of the latter, let us just address the former in a very clear and unambiguous manner. Your beard is exactly that, it’s yours, and if your want it to be a pirate’s beard or a drunken vagrant’s beard, or any other kind of beard, silly, eloquent or otherwise, that is entirely your prerogative. While there are some people who have nothing better to do than criticize or simply comment on the appearances of others, you should feel comfortable enough in your beard that you’re able to wear it proudly without paying those folks any mind. Granted, some beards are liable to draw more attention, of varying pleasantness, than others, but what you choose to have on your face is entirely up to you. There are, however, a few ways that you can go about optimizing your beard shape to find the best beard style for your face.
If and when you final consider adjusting your beard style to best acquiesce with your face shape, then you’ll want to keep this overarching notion in mind. You can allow your beard to enhance or balance the shape of your face, as it exists without any facial hair. That is to say, you can let your beard modify your face’s shape by accentuating certain areas or features and hiding or minimizing others, so that your bearded face looks (as close to) exactly like you’d like it to look.
Let’s look at a couple of examples. If you have a wider or rounder face, then you may benefit from keeping the cheeks trimmed down pretty closely, while allowing the chin area to grow a bit longer and off of your face. This will have a natural tapering effect, compensating for your already rounder face by drawing the eye down toward your now longer and narrower beard. Conversely, if you already have a longer and narrower face shape, then the aforementioned beard will only serve to highlight or magnify the length of your already narrow face. So, if you feel or have been told that you have a long, narrow face, then you may choose to sport a beard that’s more ample on the cheeks and trimmed a bit closer on the chin. This will then have the effect of widening your face without adding any considerable length. Again, it’s all about allowing the beard to compliment your own face shape. You can either let the beard fill in where you’d wish there was more of you, or simply let a beard grow out in the general shape of your face and just keep it relatively tidy.
Ultimately, as we said before, the choice is yours, and far be it from us to tell you which beard to grow. These are merely suggestions intended to give you some direction, should you choose to accept it. It’s your face, after all, so you could, by all means, go out and grow the very same muttonchops-moustache combination made so famous by Civil War general Ambrose E. Burnside, whose name would later be used to coin the term sideburns. You may get some double takes, but who really cares, so long as you’re happy. That is certainly what is most important when choosing the best beard style for your face.