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For the lucky few of us, who came out of Movember with a fully formed lip tickler, there are as many again who decided that a fully formed beard was the way to go. So, with this in mind, with the coming of 2012, what is the best way to wear your beard?
If you have a square face you’re looking to ensure your face is less box like. Growing a light beard is central here, while ensuring it is backed up with an adequate hairstyle. To get this look, simply grow your hair for a couple of weeks and then trim with a beard trimmer to a short length. This is a fairly easily manageable beard, but suitable for the vast number of men with more angular heads.
If you have an oblong, or rectangular face, your shape tends to be quite slender with angles. Beards are great for people with this shape of face as they balance out these features. Beards tend to balance features out by appearing to shorten the length of your face, creating a more oval impression. The shadow is ideal for this shape of face, as longer beards will accentuate the length of the head.
Those with rounder faces, may often feel less masculine looking. Beards can create a feeling of more masculinity and create a more angled appearance. Avoiding strong side burns, and styles is perfect here as otherwise you run risk of your features being overlooked. Circular beards are perfect here around the mouth, with a continuing line up the jaw line. This gives the impression of stronger features. Grow your hair to a length and then get a barber to cut a sharp jaw line, this will then be easy to keep with a clipper. Regular shaving is a must as you will hope for your line to standout from the rest of the face to achieve the sharp look.
Those with triangular shaped faces often have sharp chins. Full beards allow them to look more masculine. Keeping and unkempt style, as much of an oxymoron as that is, is ideal for these people and ensures a masculine jaw line and takes the sharpness out of the chin. Grow your hair long and shave around the chin and top of the cheek areas for best effect.