How to Shape a Beard: According to Style And Face Shape

Are you ready to spice things up with a new look, but don’t know where to start? Fear not, bearded brethren, because shaping your beard is easier than you think! With a bit of creativity and the right tools, you can transform your beard from drab to fab in no time.

Whether you’re looking to create a simple goatee or an anchor beard going to a professional will cost you a lot. If you don’t know to shape your beard you may visit a salon twice a month just for regular maintenance. 

You can frequently rock different dapper beard styles if learn the process of shaping a beard that complements your features.

So don’t settle for a boring beard. With a bit of creativity and the right tools, you can shape a rocking beard that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

Tools for Shaping Beard

beard shaping tools

To shape and maintain your beard, you will need the following tools:

1. Beard trimmer

2. Scissors

3. Beard comb or brush

4. Razor

5. Mirror

How To Shape Your Beard

If you have collected all the tools you need, follow this 7-steps to shape your beard: 

1. Prepare your beard for shaping

preparing beard for shaping – Yuri A/Shutterstock

Shaping your beard is not only about your trimming skill. To shape a beard correctly you will have to find a suitable beard shape for your face. Whether you have a round, slim, or square face, there are beard styles that will suit your face shape perfectly.  

Do not trim your beard in the early stages. Depending on your preferred beard style let it grow for 1-2 weeks. If you have a slower beard growth than the average you may have to give it more time to understand its natural shape and growth pattern.

You should maintain your beard care routine until your beard reaches the desired length. 

2. Shape the beard length

From this step, you can show your how to trim beard– skills. To trim your beard length evenly and with precision, use a sharp scissor and a comb together. Start at the sideburns and work your way down the jawline, cheeks, and chin.

Hold the comb with the teeth placed into the beard, and gently pull it through the hairs to separate and lift them away from the skin. The comb should be parallel to your face, acting as a guide for your scissors.

As you trim, position the scissors to cut along the comb’s teeth, snipping off the hairs that protrude above the comb. This method ensures an even and consistent length throughout your beard.

Be patient and take your time. Avoid cutting off too much hair. Working with a comb and scissors together allows for greater precision and control than using a beard trimmer alone.

3. Blend your sideburns

blending sideburns to shape beard

Shape your sideburns to create a refined and cohesive look that connects your beard to your hair. Use a trimmer to carefully blend your sideburns into your beard, ensuring a seamless and polished appearance.

4. Shape the edges and remove stray hair

Stray hairs can make your beard appear dirty. Use a trimmer or small scissors to remove any stray hairs above your beard line on your cheeks. This will create clean, defined edges.

5. Craft your jawline to define the beard shape.

Before you start trimming your jawline and neckline, decide whether you want a rounded or squared-off beard shape. Use a razor or a close-cutting beard trimmer to carve out a neckline, following the natural curve of your jaw.

Use a razor or a close-cutting beard trimmer. Carefully carve out your beard following the jaw. For a rounded shape, gradually curve the line to match your jaw’s contours. For a square shape, create sharp angles at the corners of the jaw.

6. Shape the neckline

To find the right neckline for your beard, place two fingers above your Adam’s apple. This point will serve as the center of your neckline. Next, imagine a U-shaped curve that connects both earlobes, passing through this center point.

This curve should be the lower boundary of your beard. Trim any hair below your neckline.

7. Perfecting the Details

It’s time to assess the overall beard shape. Inspect your beard closely to identify any stray hairs that may have been missed during the trimming and shaping process.

Use scissors or a trimmer to carefully remove any stray hairs for a cleaner, more refined look. Make sure your neckline and jawline are cleanly defined, with no uneven spots or irregularities. 

Now step back and take a look at your beard as a whole. Make sure it’s shaped consistently and evenly, with no patchy or uneven areas. If you spot any issues, make any final adjustments with your tools.

If everything looks good, you have shaped your beard successfully. Wash your face, make your beard dry and apply some beard oil or balm to moisturize your beard.

Types Of Beard Shape

square beard shape
Square Beard (Shift Drive/Shutterstock)

Different beard styles have different beard shapes but depending on the natural growth and shaping directions of the beard along with your chin we have found there are mainly 6 types of beard shapes.

  • Round Beard: This beard style has a rounded shape that follows the contours of the jawline and chin, and often includes a connected mustache. It’s a great option for men with round or square face shapes.
  • Square Beard: For a more angular and structured look, the square beard is a great choice. It features sides that run parallel to the jawline and a defined edge along the bottom, creating a stronger jawline. This style works well for those with oval or round face shapes.
  • Pointed Beard: Tapering to a point at the chin, the pointed beard creates an elongated appearance and helps balance out square or round faces.
  • Curved Beard: The curved beard also known as a wavy or curly beard, curves in any direction from the middle. This versatile style suits a variety of face shapes, including oval, square, and heart-shaped faces.
  • Straight Beard: Growing downwards with little to no curvature along the jawline and chin, the straight beard can elongate the face and works well for men with a strong jawline.
  • Circled Beard: If the mustache connects with the edges of the chin beard it creates a circle. This type of beard shape is called the circle beard. It basically a full goatee style. If the edges of the mustache connects to a beard that extends to sideburns then this shape of beard is called the boxed shape.    

Beard Styles for Face Shapes

These recommendations are just guidelines. The best beard style for you will also depend on your personal style, hair growth patterns, and other factors. 

    • Oval: Full beard, stubble, ducktail, Verdi
    • Square: Short boxed beard, goatee, extended goatee, circle beard
    • Round: Anchor beard, chin strap, chin beard, sparrow
    • Rectangle: Mutton chops, friendly mutton chops, Hollywoodian, Garibaldi
    • Diamond: Soul patch, chin curtain, Napoleon III Imperial, chin beard
    • Triangular: Corporate beard, Balbo, Van Dyke, Yeard

Feel free to experiment with different beard styles and shapes to find the one that looks good on you.

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