Cool Beard Styles

Sharon Lynn
Five o'clock shadow circle goatee

Five O'Clock Shadow Circle Goatee

This sexy, almost see-through goatee projects masculine sophistication with an edge. This look is ideal for all face shapes, but it works especially well for a younger man who wants to look a little older.

To create this style:

  1. Shave away the excess facial hair to define the area where you want the beard to grow.
  2. Use a cordless trimmer to define the beard's edges.
  3. Once you've created the outline, attach a #1 guard to the trimmer and run it over the beard hair and mustache to achieve the proper length.

Maintaining this look requires:

  • Daily shaving and edging with a guard-free trimmer to keep the outline defined
  • Trimming daily or every other day to keep the length in check
  • Occasional application of beard oil, a leave- in product that keeps the beard soft and shiny

Ultimately, this style is best for someone who doesn't mind spending time sprucing up.

Bottom of the chin beard

Bottom of the Chin Beard

This bottom of the chin beard speaks volumes. It's a much more out-of-the-box facial hairstyle that may suggest you're a man who doesn't follow mainstream thinking. This style works with most face shapes and would most likely be appropriate for an individual who works in a creative occupation, such as an artist.

To create this look:

  1. Shave the face clean except for the spot where the beard will grow.
  2. Use a trimmer without a guard to define the edges around the beard.
  3. Use the scissor-over-comb technique to trim the length. First, comb the beard in the direction it grows, and then begin combing it in the opposite direction with the comb in contact with the skin, and scissor away the excess hair that sticks up through the comb.

Maintaining this beard requires:

  • Daily shaving
  • Edging and trimming one to three times a week to maintain the length and shape
Goatee strip

Goatee Strip

Full of charm and allure, this semi "soul patch thread" projects an intelligent, artistic aura, and it looks good on any face shape. If you'd like to add a touch of mystery to your look or try something different without shaving your beard completely, give this style a try.

It may be easier to let your barber create this beard style for you, and then you can maintain it at home. If you prefer to do it yourself:

  1. Shave away the excess hair outside where the beard line begins, which is mainly around the bottom edge of the chin, but leave a strip of hair in the center that runs from the bottom lip to the chin.
  2. Use a cordless trimmer without a guard to define the outer edges and clean up either side of the center strip.
  3. Attach a #1 or #2 guard to the trimmer, and run it down over the strip and beard to trim the hair to the proper length.

Maintaining this look requires:

  • Daily shaving around the beard to keep the rest of the facial hair from filling in
  • Daily trimming to keep the edges defined and the length just right
 Outdoorsman beard

Outdoorsman Beard

This lumber jack-style doesn't suit everyone, but it's still a classic. It's most suitable for an outdoorsman or someone who isn't required to have a tailored or conservative appearance for his occupation.

To create this style:

  1. Let your beard, sideburns, and mustache grow out to the desired length.
  2. Comb the beard daily and shape it once or twice a week using the scissor-over-comb method. You want to take off just the very ends of the hair so the beard doesn't become ragged as it grows out.

Maintenance and styling requires:

  • Trimming once or twice a week to keep the shape
  • Daily shampooing and conditioning
  • Applying beard oil lightly for a healthy glow
  • Applying a touch of mustache wax to your fingers to flip the ends of the mustache up (optional)
Cosmopolitan full beard

Cosmopolitan Full Beard

This is a popular style that requires less maintenance, yet still leaves you with a quaffed, cosmopolitan look that's not overbearing. This timeless beard can be worn by most men.

This is another beard that you may want to let a barber create for you so you can simply keep up the pattern. To create it yourself:

  1. Let your facial hair grow out about an inch.
  2. Using a cordless trimmer without a guard, cut in the edges of the beard, letting the ends of the mustache and sideburns join with the top of the beard.
  3. Trim out a half moon shape from the chin, but leave a small soul patch.
  4. Use the scissor-over-comb technique to even the length, or attach a #3 or #4 guard to your trimmer and run it over the beard.
  5. Use scissors to give the mustache a neat trim.

Maintaining this look requires:

  • Trimming once or twice a week to keep the lines clean and the growth in check
  • Applying a small amount of beard oil a couple times a week for conditioning
Circle beard

Circle Beard

The circle beard is a super-popular style that adds a bit of chic to most faces. It adds depth, dimension, and a sex appeal to most face shapes.

This beard is fairly easy to create.

  1. Shave all but the chin and mustache.
  2. Use a trimmer without a guard to create well-defined edges around the outside of the beard.
  3. Leave a large patch in the middle of the chin, and trim out a small area on either side, leaving the ends of the mustache joined to the beard.
  4. Depending on how long you want the beard to be, attach a #2, #3, or #4 guard to the trimmer and run it down over the beard.

Keep this style looking good by:

  • Shaving daily
  • Trimming and edging two to three times a week
  • Rubbing a drop of beard oil between your hands and lightly wiping it on the beard fpr conditioning
Full short beard

Full Short Beard

This beard has a mature, masculine look. It can be worn by any man who has an even facial hair growth. but men with patchy growth should try a different style.

To create this style:

  1. Let your beard grow to the desired length.
  2. Keep the edges as natural as possible with higher growth on the cheeks than more defined beard styles.
  3. Use the Scissor-over-comb technique to keep the length consistent.

To maintain this look, plan on:

  • Trimming two to three times a week
  • Shampooing and conditioning as needed
Sideburn chin strap beard

Sideburn Chin Strap Beard

This sideburn chin strap beard looks lean and clean, and it can be worn by most men. However, it's best suited for someone who does not mind a lot of maintenance.

A professional stylist can create these fine lines for you, but if you're skilled at using a trimmer:

  1. Let your beard fill in around the jaw line from sideburn to sideburn.
  2. Using a trimmer without guards, create precise edges along the top and bottom of the beard.
  3. Attach a #1 or #2 guard to the trimmer and run it down over the beard to keep the length short and even.
  4. Wear this beard with or without a well-trimmed mustache.

Maintain this style with:

  • Daily shaving
  • Excessive trimming and edging
The soul patch

The Soul Patch

Known as the soul patch, this small patch of beard just below the lip denotes a smooth, smart style. It became very popular with musicians during the jazz era of the 1940s, and it's still a great urban look for young men today.

Creating and maintaining a soul patch is very simple. Just shave as usual, but leave a small patch of hair centered beneath your lower lip.

Youthful shadow beard

Youthful Shadow Beard

This beard is perfect for the young college man. It adds a touch of maturity without coming on too strong.

To get this look:

  1. Let your beard grow from ear to ear so it becomes one with your sideburns.
  2. Keep the outline as natural as possible with very light trimming.
  3. Use the scissor-over-comb method or a trimmer equipped with a #2 guard to trim the length of the hair.
  4. Wear the beard with or without a thin mustache.

To maintain this style, simply:

  • Comb and scissor as needed
  • Trim edges occasionally
Pencil line beard

Pencil Line Beard

This skinny, pencil-style beard will suit any man who has a fairly strong chin. Just be aware that this look requires a lot of maintenance, perhaps more than you might expect for such a small beard.

To create your pencil lines:

  1. Let your beard grow in for a few days.
  2. Use a trimmer without a guard to cut very precise lines for the beard and mustache as pictured.
  3. Trim the rest of the face clean.
  4. Attach a #1 guard to the trimmer and run it over the pencil lines to trim them very short.

This high-maintenance style requires:

  • Daily shaving to keep the rest of the face hair free
  • Daily trimming to keep the lines looking sharp
Handsome stubble

Handsome Stubble

Stubble or not, this beard looks sexy, and it's not too difficult to achieve. This grubby look may not be suitable for all occasions, but why not give it a try when you have some down time to see how it looks on you.

All you have to do to get this look is let your beard grow for a few days. There's practically no maintenance involved except for an occasional trim using a #2 guard to keep the stubble from growing too long.

The best thing about stubble is that you can use it as a starting point for any beard style you want to try. So go ahead and let it grow!

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Cool Beard Styles