Best Mustache and Beard Styles Pictures & Styling Guide

Facial hair is a great way to change up your appearance. Whether you want to go for the dapper gent appearance with a full beard or want to keep it cool and professional with shorter, neater beards, there’s a facial hair style for every man out there.

So, if you’re looking for some mustache and beard styles pictures and ideas for your own face, look no further. Here’s a list of some of the best facial hair styles available today!

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Full Beard Styles

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. The full beard is a rich, majestic mane of facial hair that projects an aura of masculinity, power, status, or just plain old class. And while full beards do require a lot of maintenance, they’re second to none when it comes to making a statement.

Just because they’re classified as full beards doesn’t mean that these beards eschew the use of mustaches. On the contrary – mustaches are much more distinct when combined with a beard, and many full beards make use of both a beard and mustache to complete their look.

Full Beard

Full Beard Style

Yes, there is a full beard style just called “full beard.” And as its simple name might suggest, the full beard is a relatively simple style – just let your beard grow out and trim it in any way you wish!

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the full beard. Just remember that any beard – even the ones that are left to grow on their own – require constant maintenance and care!

Verdi Beard

Verdi Beard

Named after the Italian composer Giuseppi Verdi, the Verdi beard delivers a one-two punch with a rich beard and a dapper mustache – while keeping the two as separate entities. This full beard style is great for men who want to sport thick facial hair without dipping into the realm of wild or overly rugged. It’s also a great choice for men with patchy facial hair.

The beard is left alone to grow along the sideburns and chin without being too long. The mustache, on the other hand, is kept entirely separate from the beard and is often styled into a handlebar. As the mustache serves as a poignant counterpoint to the beard, it must always be well-maintained and tidy.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the Verdi beard. Whether you want to keep your beard close to your jawline or let it grow out is entirely up to you.

Garibaldi Beard

Garibaldi Beard

Giuseppi Garibaldi was an Italian general who was a key player in the creation of a unified Italy. He was also known for his very distinct beard, which remains very much in style.

The Garibaldi beard is a fantastic choice for larger men as it’s very imposing and simply exudes masculinity and power. This type of beard is distinct in its careful approach to the beard – it should be allowed to grow out, but not longer than 20cm. You’ll also need to ensure that the beard maintains its rounded shape, lest it looks haggard.

Fork Beard

Fork Beard

This beard is also known as the French Fork Beard, despite actually originating in Iran. This beard is characterized by its separation into two distinct tines, mimicking the appearance of a French fork.

As its appearance may indicate, this beard requires a lot of maintenance. You’ll not only need to be able to grow a long beard in the first place, but you’ll also need to carefully trim your beard to ensure that it grows out properly. This is best done via the use of holding balm or wax to ensure that your beard stays in the fork shape all throughout the cleanup session.

Ducktail Beard

Ducktail Beard

The Ducktail beard is, unsurprisingly, shaped like a duck’s tail. This rounded beard may look simple, but have a look at it from the side, and you’ll see that the beard actually hangs out from the chin. This gives the Ducktail its pointed appearance.

Whether you want to wear it pointed or rounded, the Ducktail’s chin beard is the focal point of the whole style. Keep the rest of your beard neat and tidy without too much fuss, but focus on honing your chin beard to give your face the character you want.

Hollywoodian Beard

Hollywoodian Beard

The Hollywoodian beard is one of the neater full beard styles. While it doesn’t quite have the visual impact of a full-blown beard, it’s very tidy, professional, and sharp. This combination has led to its prominence among Hollywood actors and celebrities.

The Hollywoodian combines several types of facial hair: a chinstrap, an extended goatee, and a full mustache. The key difference in the Hollywoodian is that all hair on the upper cheeks and sideburns is removed, leading to its neater appearance. There’s a lot of wiggle room in this style, too. Some men choose to trim their chinstrap to the point that their Hollywoodians are more akin to a circle beard, while others prefer the wilder look of a carefully-unkempt beard.

While growing this beard out does admittedly take a while (as you will need to maintain each part), once it’s fully grown, the Hollywoodian is easy to maintain.

Van Dyke Beard

Van Dyke Beard

Named after 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck, the Van Dyke beard is a mainstay in modern male grooming. Similar in principle to a Circle beard, the Van Dyke beard combines both the mustache and a goatee (and they can be connected or separated) to create a noble, refined look. This beard forgos hair on the cheeks, though there aren’t any strict rules when it comes to facial hair.

Among full beards, the Van Dyke is particularly notable as it’s much easier to maintain while still keeping most of the impact of a full sideburn and cheeks beard. It’s also a lot more versatile than other full beards, as you can experiment with different lengths of beard, as well as different styles of mustache. Some men even choose to wear the Van Dyke with sideburns or an extended chinstrap.

Dutch Beard

Long Dutch Beard

And now for a full beard that doesn’t use a mustache. The Dutch beard (also known as an Old Dutch) is simply a chinstrap that’s been allowed to grow out. However, it’s important to keep the rest of your facial hair trimmed: that means no goatees, mustaches, or sideburns. It can, however, work with a soul patch if your chinstrap grows low. 

While this beard has a ton of personality, be warned that it’s high-maintenance. Not only do you have to regularly maintain the beard itself, but you also need to be on the constant lookout for stray hairs on your mustache and face, as the Dutch beard thrives on being the sole spectacle on your face.

Shorter Beards

Full beards are great, but for some men, they’re too high-maintenance. If you want a beard that’ll add that extra oomph to your look without being too demanding, here are some shorter beard styles for you to consider.

Balbo

Balbo Beard

The Balbo beard is characterized by its free-floating mustache; in this regard, it’s similar to the Verdi. However, it also has a chinstrap that flares out to the sides, but not to the entire length of your jawline.

The Balbo beard is a great choice as it combines the strengths of a beard with the low maintenance of an easier style. While it may not be quite as imposing as a full beard, it has an approachable yet professional appearance.

Circle Beard

Circle Beard

The Circle beard is one of the simplest beard styles out there. Don’t mistake this simplicity for lack of impact though, as a well-cultivated Circle beard can greatly enhance your appearance. This beard is also extremely versatile, easily finding its place in both professional and casual environments, and is very easy to maintain.

To grow a Circle beard, just grow your mustache and goatee out until they join together in a circle. Chinstraps are optional, and whether you want to keep or get rid of them depends on the look you’re going for.

Boxed Beard

Boxed Beard

The best way to describe a short boxed beard is “a short full beard.” This beard is great for creating a professional, refined appearance while being lower maintenance than a full beard.

The short box beard gets its name from its appearance. By combining sideburns, a goatee, a mustache, and a chinstrap, you create a box shape that’s excellent for framing your face while remaining neat and tidy. There’s also a lot of wiggle room with this look, and you can keep or ditch its individual parts to create a look that suits you.

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Mutton Chops

Mutton Chops

I can’t talk about shorter beards without mentioning mutton chops. While they’re not as extravagant as they were in the nineteenth century, mutton chops are still one of the most distinct and visually impactful styles today.  

This wild and rugged style is also quite simple to cultivate. All you really need to do is let your sideburns grow out. A chin beard and mustache are nice to have but aren’t required. Mutton Chops have a framing effect that makes your face look wider. And the way that hair grows along your cheeks can draw attention to your jawline, as well as make it look stronger.

Goatee

Goatee

A goatee is a catch-all term for hair that remains firmly on your chin and nowhere else. What makes the goatee great is that it’s incredibly easy to grow – just leave your chin hair alone, and presto, you’ve got a goatee!

While a goatee by itself is very simple, it’s this simplicity that gives the beard its versatility. Goatees can be combined with many other styles to create a new look – you can grow out your mustache, you can opt for sideburns, or you can even go for a Circle beard.

Stubble Beard

Stubble Beard Style

Yes, stubble is a style. It’s a great in-between when you’re still searching for your perfect beard, mustache, or goatee style. But if you like the easy, rugged look, stubbles is another beard style that you can flaunt. Young men, in particular, may be interested in this beard style as it can give off an air of maturity and make the wearer look older than he actually is.

Despite the apparent lack of maintenance, stubble styles do need maintenance as you don’t want your beard to grow out. To that end, you’ll need a trimmer with length guards so that you can maintain a clean and uniform appearance.

Mustache Styles

The humble mustache, when styled properly, can be both striking and attractive. If you’d like to focus on the mustache this coming Movember, here are some styles that you might like.

Dallas Mustache

Dallas Mustache 1

The Dallas mustache is wild yet refined. This cowboy-looking mustache requires careful cultivation and maintenance; not only do you need to keep its slightly droopy shape, but you’ll also need to wash, shampoo, and even moisturize it.

Handlebar

Handlebar Mustache

Ah, the Handlebar mustache. This is the mustache that most likely comes to your mind when someone says the word “mustache.” With its unique appearance, upward curve, and twist that gives it its name, this dapper style is best when used together with a beard – though it’s plenty impressive on its own.

Handlebar mustaches are great, but you’ll need to put in a bit of work to get them. Not only will you need to carefully trim, shampoo, and even moisturize your beard, but you’ll also need another product – such as wax – to help lock it in place.

Horseshoe Mustache

Horseshoe Mustache

It’s not hard to see where the Horseshoe mustache gets its name from. Its long, droopy sides are excellent for men with long faces and is a great canvas to start a beard (if that’s what you’re going for).

While the Horseshoe mustache looks great, this one is tricky as it requires a bit of technical skill and a steady hand so as to not accidentally shave off the sides. You’ll definitely want a steady beard trimmer by your side if you’re attempting this – and I suggest getting a lot of practice in before doing this yourself.

Chevron

Chevron Mustache

The Chevron mustache is a careful blend of controlled growth and wild abandon. This simple mustache works by allowing hair on the upper lip to grow thickly, ideally to the the point that it covers the vermillion line (the part of your skin that just touches your upper lip).

While it’s a simple mustache, don’t underestimate the Chevron’s efficacy. Men with small faces can benefit greatly from the size that the Chevron offers. Those looking for a more masculine look without going to beards can also opt to wear stubble alongside a Chevron mustache.

Pencil Mustache

Pencil Mustache

For those who aren’t a fan of big, thick ‘staches, there’s also the pencil-thin approach. A Pencil mustache is a very thin yet very dashing mustache that can be used to sharpen your features and lend you an air of daring roguishness.  

Cultivating this mustache is both simple and tricky. For one, you’ll need a very steady hand to ensure that you only shave away unnecessary hair. Second, the hair on a Pencil mustache is actually quite thick; this is what gives it its sharpness and quality.

FAQs about Mustaches and Beards Styles

Why is mustache and beard grooming important?

Your facial hair requires constant maintenance, just like the hair on your scalp. By regularly washing, shampooing, oiling, and conditioning your mustache, you can keep your skin and beard free from dirt and contaminants. Regular maintenance also prevents issues such as itching, flakiness, or redness.

I’m growing a new beard. When will the itching stop?

New beards usually stop itching after around 3 weeks.

Is beard oil important?

Yes! Beard oil helps moisturize your beard and gives your hair and skin the moisture it needs, preventing your hair from going dry and wiry.

Now, Style Your Beard Like a Boss

Whether you’re a beard man or a mustache man, there’s a beard for every occasion. And with this beard styles guide, I hope you’ve found a style that matches the you, that you want the world to see!

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