Designer stubble, how to shave the hair on the back of your neck

27 best beard styles for men that will make you look gorgeous

So you want to grow a beard or change the beard that you already have? Good man. Now all you have to do is choose a style and it may not be as easy as you think. We have your back, however, and we're going to bring you a full list of all beard styles.

We also developed a table that includes all 27 beard styles, but also all 15 goatee styles - as many people consider goatees to be beards. The table is a handy reference that you can and should consult frequently.

So, browse, enjoy, and consider the many options for your great future or present beard.

The complete beard style diagram

(This guide also includes the full list and instruction of all facial hairstyles, goatee styles, and mustache styles.)

The list and guide of full beard styles

a 5 o'clock shadow (designer stubble)

What is it?The 5 o'clock shadow is also commonly referred to as the 'designer stubble' another hit with the ladies. It's basically a full beard with stubble - although designer stubble has a defined neckline and cheek line.

Both come with an easy to maintain quality stubble cutter.

For whom is that?Works well with round or heart-shaped faces.

Who wears itThe late pop star George Michael had an iconic designer stubble look. Football star David Beckham also helped make the style known.

two light stubble

What is it?It's a popular style (which many women prefer) that is easy to maintain and only takes less than a week without a shave.

For whom is that?The light stubble is particularly effective for men with round faces.

Who wears itActors George Clooney and Brad Pitt helped put the light stubble look into the spotlight.

3. Heavy stubble

What is it?Let your beard grow out for about 10 days and you will get the heavy stubble look. It's heavier than a 5 o'clock shadow, but not a full beard yet.

For whom is that?Heavy stubble is a bad look for a lot of men, but it works very well on guys with square and heart-shaped faces.

Who wears itBradley Cooper has shown - very successfully - the heavy stubble look, as well as the always stylish Mr. Clooney.

Four. Company mustache

What is it?The corporate beard is the most common type of beard there is; It's full, completely covers the skin, and is office friendly.

Depending on your genetics, it will take you around two weeks to two months to grow it properly (and before it evolves into something completely different).

If you are working in a formal setting, make sure that your cheek line and neckline are cropped for the "professional" look. If you have the genetics to grow a fuller beard, the corporate beard is a great option.

Who is it forA fuller beard like the corporate beard works well for men with a triangular face as it draws attention away from your pointy chin. It's also good for oval faces as most beard styles work with oval faces.

Who wears itWho wears it Lots of people, but former Daily Show host Jon Stewart has a high-quality full beard in his retirement. So does another former television presenter - David Letterman - although Letterman's has since grown beyond the confines of a “corporate beard”.

5. Full beard

What is it?Just the epitome of masculinity, that's what. OK, more to the point, a full beard is exactly what is suggested - hair growing all over your face. Usually, you reach full beard status after you've stopped shaving for about six weeks.

For whom is that?Everyone should at least try a full beard, right? However, when it comes to face shapes, it could be argued that this works best for face shapes with diamonds, triangles, or inverted triangles.

Who wears itCheck out actor Zach Galifianakis in the Hangover film franchise. Or Galifiniakis in almost everything (“Between the Ferns” is absurdly funny). And don't forget Al Pacino in 'Serpico'.


What is it?Ah, the Hollywoodian. Many famous actors have turned to this look at different stages of their careers. To do this, grow your beard but remove the sideburns completely.

For whom is that?The focus of your growth with a Hollywoodian should be on your chin. It looks great when you have a square face with or without a mustache or sideburns.

Who wears itA good mix of current celebs has sported the Hollywood look, including Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale.

7. Short boxing beard

What is it?The Short Boxed Beard style is acceptable in just about any workplace and allows you to grow your beard out a bit. However, be sure to shave the hair under and around your beard area regularly.

For whom is that?The Short Boxed Beard is another style that works well with a rectangular face.

Who wears itThe eternal best-suited bachelor, George Clooney, has sported a beard that falls into that category.

8. Chin strap

What is it?The chin strap beard (or strip) is a sparse beard that has been described in several ways. 1) It's like a, um, thong that's on your face and 2) a long soul patch that extends to the tip of your chin.

For whom is that?If you have a round face, you can use the chin strap to draw attention to your chin.

Who wears itAbraham Lincoln wore a version of the chin strap, but with a much wider beard. Kind of funny to think of Honest Abe with a thong on her face.

9. Chin curtain / Amish beard

What is it?The chin curtain is made up of facial hair that grows along the jawline before breaking out into a full beard on the chin. A chin curtain and an Amish beard are the same as the Shenandoah beard.

For whom is that?A chin curtain will suit you if you have a rectangular face with lots of right angles. If you are Amish this is mandatory.

Who wears itRecently retired baseball star David Ortiz sported a distinctive chin-curtain beard.

10. Neck beard

What is it?A neck beard is exactly what it says on the tin - a beard that is confined to the neck area. No hair grows over the jaw or comes into contact with the sideburns.

For whom is that?Given that a neck beard is strictly limited to your neck, face shape isn't as important as it is with other beard styles.

Who wears itActor Jonah Hill has worn a neck beard from time to time.

eleven ducktail

What is it?The duck tail is fuller than a normal beard and has been described as a compromise between a rebel and a well-groomed gentleman. The top of the beard is shorter while you can let go of the bottom, at least to a point where it's still comfortable.

For whom is that?The duck tail is great for rounding off a rectangular face.

Who wears itLeonardo DiCaprio carried the duck tail and carried it well.

12. French fork

What is it?Also known as Alfred Von Tirpitz (let's face it, French Fork sounds a lot better). It's not easy to achieve, but here are the basics: Grow your beard to 3 to 7 inches in length while trimming your cheek lines with a razor.

Once your beard is the length you want, shape it into two forks.

For whom is that?It's a good shape for guys with rectangular faces, as you'll want to round those right edges.

Who wears itThe German Grand Admiral Alfred Von Tirpitz may not have been the author, but he has taken it to new heights. Brad Pitt currently has a French fork.

13. Lamb chops

What is it?Mutton chops add a dramatic and distinctive look to your face. The sideburns of mutton chops are full (to full) and resemble a strip of hair on your face. The chin remains cleanly shaved.

Who is it forMutton chops are best for men with round (oval) faces, not so good for men with pointy chins.

Who wears itThe late great John Lennon wears a lovely array of mutton chops. Civil war hero and industrialist Ambrose Burnside is rightly or wrongly considered the originator of this style.

14. Friendly mutton chops

What is it?Technically, friendly mutton chops are the result of allowing your sideburns to grow into the corners of your mouth while allowing your mustache to grow at the same time. Let the sideburns join with the mustache.

Who is it forIf you have an elongated face, make the most of its shape with mutton chops, kindly or otherwise.

Who wears itOur husband Ambrose Burnside, like actor Hugh Jackman in Wolverine, wore friendly mutton chops. But wait, Jackman's style has a category of its own that will be addressed a little later.

15. Hulihee

What is it?Grow These Mutton Chops! After all, the hallmark of the Hulihee style are chops that look like wings.

For whom is that?Lucky you guys with oval faces. Virtually any style will work on your mug, including the Hulihee.

Who wears itTo be honest, hardly anyone these days.

16th year

What is it?As the name suggests, a year is a beard that exceeds one year growth (a "Tweard" exceeds two years growth). With this beard, you don't have to do much - if at all - when it comes to trimming and shaping it. Just let it go

However, be careful when working in a company. A year may not be considered suitable for a more formal setting in which to make a living.

Who is it forMen with round faces do well for vintages as the goal is to increase the length of the floor.

Who wears itActor Russell Crowe has been wearing a mass of facial hair for years.

17. Garibaldi

What is it?The Garibaldi is a broad and full beard with a rounded bottom and an integrated mustache. It's ideal if you're looking for a slightly unkempt style. Keep the mustache clean to keep the focus on your beard.

For whom is that?The Garibaldi works well with an oval or rectangular face.

Who wears itUFC Champion Conor McGregor often wore a Garibaldi beard.

18. Given

What is it?There's a lot going on with a Verdi. The style involves a mustache that is separate from the beard (and needs to be kept spotlessly clean) while the beard is rounded at the bottom and kept fairly short.

For whom is that?Decorate your triangular face with a Verdi.

Who wears itIt is named after the late, great composer Giuseppe Verdi.

19. Sparrow

What is it?The sparrow is a unique mix of mustache, soul patch, and goatee-like whiskers that is at least an eye catcher, if not a crowd puller.

For whom is that?If you have a round or oval face, this type of beard is worth trying out.

Who wears itJohnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow - hence the name.

20. Klingon

What is it?The name alone tells you where we are going with this style. However, technically it is a medium length beard while shaving the upper lip.

For whom is that?Klingon goes well with rectangular surfaces.

Who wears itEven if you're just an occasional fan of the Star Trek franchise, you've heard of the extraterrestrial beings known as Klingons.

twenty-one, wolverine

What is it?The Wolverine is a nice mix of mutton chops and full beard.

For whom is that?An elongated face goes well with the Wolverine, although an oval face (of course) also provides a good foundation.

Who wears itSee Jackman, Hugh, as the star of Wolverine.

22. The Winnfield

What is it?Combine a horseshoe mustache with long sideburns (which don't connect) and you have the Winnfield.

For whom is that?Here's one for you, diamond faced gentlemen!

Who wears itDo you remember Samuel L. Jackson's role as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction? Enough said.

23. Brett Bart

What is it?The board beard combines the chin strap and the soul patch into a very special style. Nobody is quite sure how or why it came about.

For whom is that?The soul mark aspect of this beard helps draw attention to your chin when you have a round face.

Who wears itIt was invented by a guy named Brett. Not too common in popular culture.

24. Dutch

What is it?Do you want to go to the old school? Then go Dutch. It's a long tall full beard style that is associated with the sideburns but doesn't have a mustache.

For whom is that?Try the Dutch if you have a triangular face and want to cover that chin with serious facial hair.

Who wears itThink of "lumberjacks" with this style.

25. Old Dutch

What is it?The old Dutchman needs a long full beard that is square and worn without a mustache. While the cheeks are covered, the chin is shaved.

For whom is that?Lots of men with different face shapes wear the old Dutch, but men with oval faces may rock this look more than others.

Who wears itWhile the old Dutch have grown in popularity, it is still considered the 'old school'. Or even 'Amish'.

26. Sideburns

What is it?Sideburns are made up of patches of facial hair that run along the face and extend downward.

For whom is that?Men with an "inverted triangle" should focus more on sideburns and mustache. Sideburns also work well for the elongated face shape.

Who wears itHere, too, we can trace the origins of the chop back to our friend Ambrose Burnside and even further back to a single Alexander the Great.

A more modern reference would of course be Elvis Presley. The man had some severe burns as well as some heavy movements that took over a generation of women.

27. Clean shaved

What is it?Let's face it - clean shaven is more of a choice than a style.

Despite all of the benefits of wearing a beard, including the fact that having a beard makes you appear (and even feel) more confident, some men prefer whisker-free. And technically, it never really goes out of style.

For whom is that?What you see is what you get For example, if you have a rectangular face, shaving will bring out each of those rectangular aspects.

Who wears itLots and lots of men. Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart shaved his face and head for an instantly recognizable look.

Beards aren't everything. Well, they're pretty close together and there are so many beard styles to choose from that you can always find something that suits your face, style, and attitude.

Better still, you'll join the bearded brotherhood, make new friends, and maybe even increase your chances of having a meaningful conversation with this amazingly good looking lady who is at the same party.

But if beards aren't your thing, there are other ways to satisfy your facial hair need.

There's a beard type known as the Quartermaster, which combines a soul patch with sideburns with mutton chop, or the ubiquitous Rap Industry Standard, which consists of a thin strip of hair down the jaw that extends into a pencil-thin mustache.

If you're looking for a mutton chop look for steroids, side whiskers might be the answer. The whiskers / sideburns are longer on the sides and hang below the jaw.