Facial grooming is an important part of your overall look. Sure, your clothing choice matters a great deal, but so does facial hair because it plays a major role in first impressions. You need to choose a facial hair style that complements the shape of your face and is appropriate for the chosen occasion. Here are a few guidelines to help you pull off a winning look.
- If your face is round, a style that is structured will make your face appear more defined and masculine. Highly stylized looks that contour the jaw line and elongate the shape of one's face are suitable for both casual and formal events. This look requires a lot of upkeep to wear daily, so you can let the hair grow in a bit for a more relaxed look in between special occasions if you prefer.
- If your face shape is more rectangular, a simple beard that is tightly clipped would make your face appear slender and less boxy. To pull off this look, you will need to let your facial hair grow out for a few weeks then trim it to the desired length. It will be easy to maintain but the casual nature of this style is not appropriate for formal events. So, if you like this look, you can wear it regularly and give yourself a clean shave before you put on your tuxedo.
- If your face is slender and more triangular, you might like the volume of a full beard and mustache to look more masculine. It will take a good amount of time to grow out this look, so you need to be mindful of special occassions or events on your calendar. You can maintain this look by keeping the lines along your cheeks and sideburns in good shape. This look tends to be more carefree but can be more formal by defining the beard and the mustache.
- The five o'clock shadow has undeniable sex appeal for a lot of men with differently shaped faces, but it can also appear unkempt for a formal occasion. Stick to this look on casual days when you are wearing jeans and a T-shirt.
You can never go wrong with a clean shave. When in doubt, eliminate the facial hair altogether. Make sure you are using a quality razor to avoid cuts and nicks on your face and neck. Your true style is a personal choice. If you are confident, you can pull off a variety of looks and facial hair styles.