Gallery of Mustache Styles

Sharon Lynn

Chevron Mustache

With so many different mustache styles, it's easy to find one that matches your personal preferences. This chevron mustache is thick and wide, covering the top lip.

Creating the Look

  1. Shave your face, but allow the top lip hair to grown to desired length.
  2. Allow the top lip hair to grow so it extends a tad outside the corners of the mouth.
  3. Trim around the edges of the mustache with scissors or a trimmer with a no guard, leaving it full in length. Do not allow it to grow over the top lip.
  4. When hair reaches the same length across the lip, trim with scissors. To ensure an even line, start in the middle and trim out to one side, then trim back to the middle and to the other side.

Maintenance

  • Shave daily around the mustache.
  • Use a comb and scissors to trimming your beard two to three times per week.
  • Keep the shape crisp by using the trimmer along the edges without a guard.

English Mustache with Soul Patch

This is a thin mustache with a distinct part in the middle of the top lip and a soul patch centered below the bottom lip.

Creating the Look

  1. Shave daily but allow lip hair and hair in the soul patch area (center of chin) to grow. (Note: The soul patch area should be kept to a small area the size of your thumbnail.)
  2. Shave above and below the mustache area so it is centered, keeping the center solid until hair reaches the desired length.
  3. For the soul patch area, trim with a trimmer using no guard, leaving hair the same width as the center of your nose cartlilage. The shape should be clean, but should not be a defined square or rectangle.
  4. Keep the outline crisp by using the trimmer along the edges without a guard.

Maintenance

  • Shave daily.
  • Trim with a comb and scissors two times per week.
  • To keep edges crisp, use a trimmer with no guard.

Handlebar Mustache

A handlebar mustache can be worn short or long. The name handlebar is descriptive of the ends, which curve up.

Creating the Look

  1. Shave daily, allowing the mustache hair to grow to the desired length (about half an inch at a minimum).
  2. Shape edges with a trimmer using no guard.
  3. Comb mustache hair down the middle and to the sides.
  4. Apply mustache wax by rubbing a dab between fingers and running along hair to turn the edges up.

Maintenance

  • Shave daily.
  • Trim two times per week using a comb and scissors.
  • Use a dab of mustache wax daily to get edges to flip up and to keep the style in place.

Horseshoe Mustache

The horseshoe mustache or 'u' shaped mustached is typically a thick mustache with whiskers grown down the side of the mouth.

Creating the Look

  1. Allow facial hair to grow out for two to three days.
  2. Shape edges using a trimmer with no guard, leaving hair to extend slightly outside the corner of the lips and down like a pipe.

Maintenance

  • Shave daily around the lines of the 'u' shape.

  • Trim twice per week either using a comb and scissors or or trimmer with a #3 guard.
  • Keep the outline crisp by using the trimmer without a guard along the edges.

Imperial Mustache

This large style mustache is an upper lip-cheek combination which is worn fairly long and styled upward.

Creating the Look

  1. Allow facial hair to grow to desired length across the upper lip and cheek area. Depending on the hair growth and texture, this may take about four to six weeks.
  2. Make sure there is no divide between the cheek and mustache hair as you allow it to grow out.
  3. Use the scissor-over-comb method to shape the hair.

Maintenance

  • Wash daily with shampoo and conditioner.
  • Apply beard oil to keep the hair soft and shiny.
  • Trim once a month to keep the shape using the scissor-over-comb method.

Mustache and Goatee

This timeless mustache goatee combo features a thick style mustache that covers the top lip paired with a bottom style beard.

Creating the Look

  1. Grow mustache hair to desired length.
  2. Shape the mustache using a trimmer with no guard.
  3. Apply mustache wax to the top lip's outer edges to form slight curl.
  4. Allow a three to ten day growth for the beard, depending on how quickly your facial hair grows.
  5. When the hair is long enough, use a black eyeliner or brow pencil to outline the beard shape.
  6. Shave away the hair around the outside of your outline with a shaving razor or a trimmer using no guard.

Maintenance

  • Shave daily.
  • Shampoo and condition daily.
  • Apply mustache wax to the ends of the mustache daily to turn them up.
  • Use beard oil daily to give the beard a soft and shiny texture.
  • Trim twice weekly using a comb and scissors or a trimmer with a #3 or #4 guard.

Pencil Mustache

This closely clipped facial hair look is a pencil-style mustache, a look also known as the 'mouth brow'.

Creating the Look

  1. Grow top hair to desired length.
  2. Trim hair above and below below the mustache with trimmer using no guard. Ideally it should be slightly above the lip like a 'brow'.
  3. The key to shaping this style is keeping crisp edges and a very short length so that it is almost see-through. Use a trimmer with a #1 guard to accomplish this.

Maintenance

  • Shave daily.
  • Trim daily. Use a trimmer with a #1 guard for a closely clipped style and a trimmer with no guard to keep the edges defined and crisp.

Toothbrush Mustache

This Charlie Chaplin style mustache is usually thick and covers about one inch in the center of the lip.

Creating the Look

  1. Allow top lip hair to grow to desired length.
  2. Shave the rest of the face and keep the hair above the lip to about one inch in diameter.

Maintenance

  • Shave daily.
  • Trim mustache edges one to two times per week using a trimmer with no guard to keep the edges defined.

Walrus Mustache

This very large, long, thick mustache hangs over the lip and curls up at the edges.

Creating the Look

  1. Allow lip hair to grow long so it droops over the lip and out from the corners of the mouth about 1/4".
  2. Using the outside edges of your nostrils as a guide, allow the hair to grow out and down.
  3. Shape using a comb and scissors or shaving razor.
  4. Tame the facial hair to lie flat by combing it daily.

Maintenance

  • Shampoo and condition daily.
  • Shave daily around the mustache.
  • Apply beard oil daily to keep the mustache soft and shiny.
  • Keep the beard tame by using the scissor-over-comb trimming method about four times per month.
  • Regular combing will keep this style looking great.

Find Your Perfect Look

Choose the mustache style that reflects your personality and style, being sure that you are willing to spend the necessary time to trim and maintain the look. While the styles shown here can be done at home, some are challenging to create. If you're new to wearing a mustache, you may want to visit a salon, at least for the initial shaping.

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Gallery of Mustache Styles