Bradley Cooper rocks the scruff, Johnny Depp has been known to pull off a moustache and Shaq has never feared the beard. Celebrity moves like these may motivate you to unleash your follicles, but before letting your beard, mustache or goatee grow, you should know what type best fits the contours of your face.

By altering your facial hair and hairstyle you can play up good features or de-emphasize not-so-good ones. You never now how great you might look till you try, and you can always shave down to a clean slate if you mess up. To cultivate facial hair that best fits your face—and reels in the affection of fine females—here are my professional suggestions.

Round Face
Round faces have smooth lines and can handle more distinct outlines and shapes of beards to boost a masculine appeal and lengthen the face. When shaping the beard for a round face, go a bit longer at the chin to add length and make the face appear less round. Avoid bushy sideburns and keep the sides of the beard short. In lieu of a full beard, a goatee is often a good option for a round face.


Square Face
Square faces have strong, angular lines around chin and jaw that have about the same width as the forehead. The best look for facial hair balances out these lines and brings a manly, but yet smooth element to the equation. The beard for a square face should be shorter at the sides and longer at the chin to add length to the face. That said, most square faced men look better clean-shaven or with just a bit of scruff.


Rectangular Face
Rectangular or oblong faces tend to be quite slender and bony. This face shape has similar edgy lines as the square face, but is a bit longer. Exactly opposite of the round face, a longer face requires a beard which is fuller at the sides and shorter at the chin. The goal here is to add width to the sides and make the face appear less long. Make sure to avoid abrupt changes in length so the shaping is not obvious.


Diamond Face
For diamond shaped faces with a very prominent chin, a full beard can help minimize and soften your facial features. Short of that, having long sideburns will also balance your face out and reduce the pointed appearance of your chin.


Oval Face
The oval face shape enjoyed by Mr. Cooper at the top and Mr. Law below is considered the ideal shape and requires no special shaping to balance facial features. Do whatever you like and you’ll look great, Mr. Lucky.


Large Face
Any small facial hair or beard will appear out of proportion and make the face appear bigger. Keep the beard fuller and the mustache larger. Follow the rules above for the appropriate face shape.


Small Face
Small faces require small facial hair. Larger, fuller styles will make the face get lost and appear out of proportion. Follow the rules above for the appropriate face shape.


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