When it comes to mustaches, the golden rule is to find a style that fits with your face type. Trying to fit a full handlebar mustache onto a skinny, bony face will probably make you look like an outdated, cartoon version of Wyatt Earp. Growing a custom Chevron mustache on a muscular face with a high jaw line, however, could turn your whole appearance around and leave you looking like a more modern version of Tom Selleck.
Learning how to find the right mustache for your face begins by understanding the different shapes of faces and how different facial hair can affect your overall image when combined with that face type. A triangular face with a pointed chin, for example, would benefit from having a fuller beard to make your face look weightier, more masculine, and better balanced.
In this brief article we will look at four basic face types and which styles of mustaches best complement those facial features.
Mustache Styles For Oval Face
Men with long, oval-shaped faces should look for a way to add volume and weight to their image. Oblong shaped faces tend to look out of balance, and while many men opt for a full grown beard to add the depth needed to visually balance things out, a mustache can do the same thing.
If you are the artsy or intellectual type, a wispy “artist” mustache is a great way to add a level of sophistication to your look. Make sure to keep the stache thin and keep the mustache hairs no longer than the end of your lips.
If you want a more eccentric look, try adding a little bit of mustache wax and curve the ends slightly upward for a Dali mustache. While this mustache type won’t necessarily add volume to your face, it will give you an air of being a distinguished, intellectual gentleman.
Mustache Styles For Square Face
Square faces are perhaps the most common type of face amongst men. In extreme cases, square-faced men can look a little chubbier than what they wish to appear. While any type of beard will accentuate the box-like appearance of your square face, a simple Chevron mustache can give you a classic, notable, look.
The Chevron is perhaps the most common of the mustache types. While some people equate it with the disco decade of the 1970s, a well-groomed Chevron can add a matured and well established aura to your image.
One of the good things about a square face is that the length and bushiness of your mustache is pretty much up to you. A Chevron shaved close to the lip goes just as well with square faced men as does a fuller and bushier style. However, Men´s Fitness Magazine gives this stache style a level 10 on the difficulty meter. If you haven’t been blessed with the facial hair genes of your ancestors, you might want to opt for a different option.
Mustache Styles For Round Face
The round face means that any and all sideburns are off limits. With a round face, you want to try and use facial hair to give the appearance that your face is more oval shaped than rounded. Sideburns or longer, bushier hair may make you looking like you were born with an oversized head like the “Hey Arnold” cartoon character with a football sized head.
To avoid that rather unfortunate comparison, you will want to opt for a mustache style that draws your face longer. A close shaved Fu Manchu is a good option that can easily be combined with various goatee styles.
To grow the Fu Manchu, simply let the edges of your mustache grow downwards past the edge of your mouth. While the traditional, Asian version of this stache was left to grow until it reached a healthy couple feet in length, a more modern version can simply be grown down to the chin.
Mustache Styles For Triangular Face
Men with triangular faces almost universally have pointed chins as well. While a mustache usually won’t do much to help you cover up your protruding jaw, a mustache can easily be combined with a fuller beard for a quality look. A little bit of facial hair can go a long way in adding needed weight and emphasis along the jawline and chin.
Combining a thin mustache with a full, stubble beard is a great way to draw attention away from those pointed protrusions and add a healthy dose of masculinity to your overall image.
What Mustache Styles Works Best for You?
One of the great things about experimenting with different mustache styles is that trial and error is permitted. Whereas it might take you months to grow out a full beard before realizing that you’ve scared off half the neighborhood, a mustache that makes you look creepy can be there and gone in a matter of days.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles until you find the best match for your facial type. For more information and tips about shaping and trimming the stache, click on the link.
Aron James is the founder of StubblePatrol.com. Stubble Patrol is a site on male grooming. He loves to write about his personal experiences.