If you have a round face shape, you may have noticed that the height at the forehead and jawline, which, combined with your wide cheekbones, gives your face the appearance of a bowling ball. It's very graphic, but overall, it's a bit like that...
If your jawline and facial features lack "angularity", it will only accentuate the roundness and give you a childish faceI would describe it as a teddy bear when you add a silky beard...
When you choose the beard style adapted to your face shapeRound faces should choose a style that adds length (but not width) to the face.
The goal is to make your face look longer and oval shaped.
There are three main ways to add length and angularity to your round face: hair, beard and glasses.
Of the three, growing a beard that balances the shape of your round face is the one that has the most impact. If you want to know exactly how choosing the right beard style for a round faceyou are in the right place!
What is a round face shape?
The round face shape is characterized by its short, round features. While all other face shapes tend to be much more "high than wide", the round face shape has equal or almost equal horizontal and vertical length.
Men with round faces also tend to have similar widths in the forehead, cheekbones and outermost edges of the jaw (the mandible).
Here are some celebrities with a round face: Leonardo DiCaprio, Zack Galinafkis, Jack Black, Elijah Wood, Zach Efron...
In brief: The round face shape is often as high as it is wide, with round, soft features and no sharp angles. The widths of the forehead, cheekbones and jaw are equal or very close to each other.
How do you know if you have a round face?
In the end, to be sure, the only good way to really know if you have a round face or not is to get out the tape measure and measure it. I'm not kidding.
The steps you need to take are:
- from the lowest part of your chin to the edge of your hairline (face height)
- of the forehead (edges of the temples),
- of your cheekbones (the outermost edges under your eyes),
- of your jaw (the largest parts under your ears, called the mandible).
If this sounds confusing, here is an image so you can see where to measure from:
You have a round face if :
- The height of your face is equal or close to the width of your jaw, cheekbones or forehead.
- The widths of the forehead, cheekbones and jaw are equal or close to each other.
- Your jaw and other facial features are soft and not defined/angular.
When you choose the best beard style for round faceyou should look for one that puts emphasis on the jaw and chinwithout adding more width to the sides of your face.
The beard should also be long enough at the bottom to create a visual impression of a longer face and make your face shape appear more oval than round.
Graduated beard styles also work well for men with round faces, as they start with very short lengths at the upper reddit and gradually increase in length as you go lower and lower on the cheeks.
This adds length to your face and helps "distract" from the fullness.
Don't be afraid to experiment with long beard styles if you have a round head. The more length you add, the less round and oval your face will appear, provided that the sides are always short. If not, you'll get red hair like me!
In other words, choose a beard style that :
- accentuates the chin,
- widens the jaw line
- increases the length of the face,
- with short or completely shaved sides to avoid adding more width to the already round shape of the face.
Beard styles that don't work well with your face shape are mostly types of short beardsthat don't add length to your face.
Well, if you have a round face shape, you want to distinguish the roundness and accentuate the chin and jawline.
Does growing thatch do all this? No.
And what about curly and sideburned beard styles? Well, this is a disaster for men with round faces, as it will only accentuate the roundness and make your head look like a bowling ball.
It's also good to keep in mind that no matter what shape your face is, your facial hair will look bad if you let your beard grow out of control.
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The best beard styles for round faces
Now I'm going to show you the best beard styles for round faces. Note that I'm showing you 7 of them, but now you know what kind of beard you need so feel free to be creative if you have your own style!
If you need a beard that will accentuate your jaw and chin to make your face more defined and "square", then the Ducktail style is an excellent choice.
The "ducktail" beard is a long, full beard style with short sides, a full mustache that connects to the beard, and a large, bold jawline that tapers to a pointed chin.
Of course, a beard style like this is a great choice for a round head, as it balances the roundness with its short sides, long chin and defined jawline.
Why "Ducktail"? The name comes from the part of the chin that looks like a duck's tail. And as impressive as this style of beard may look, it will take some time to grow: four months and more.
In addition, it goes very well with a round and bald face thanks to this length that it adds at the level of the chin.
The Ducktail has a length of 5 to 10 cm, and I recommend that you have it trimmed by a professional barber (at least for the first time) to avoid ruining your beard. Yes, 4 months is still a long time!
The Garibaldi, the Viking beard style
The Garibaldi beard type is named after the Italian general "Giuseppe Garibaldi", who had a full beard with the lower part rounded and quite wide.
The short sides and the large, long, wide part under the jaw really add crazy definition and length to your jaw.
The Garibaldi style is a great choice for men with round faces, although it adds width to your lower jaw.
The Garibaldi beard is between 5 and 20 cm long and will take you about four months or more to grow. If you have a round face, I recommend you aim for the longer versions of the Garibaldi right away.
Did you know that? The Garibaldi beard is one of the viking style beards.
Full beard, all over the face
The great classic: the full beard! And there is no shortage of classics.
The full beard is suitable for almost any face shapeand if your hair grows in the right place, you can be sure that it will do wonders for your round head.
As long as you keep the sides short, the full beard will accentuate the jawline and make your face appear longer. This will make the your face shape is more oval than round.
Full beards come in all shapes and sizes, but are usually about 1 to 2 inches long.
The "Balbo" or the Iron Man beard cut
The Balbo beard is named after a politician called "Italo Balbo". If you're wondering, yes, he is Italian and he is even a member of the republic!
The balbo is similar to the Hollywood, we find the shaved sides, hairy chin and continuity along the jaw to the point of connection to the widest jaw (mandibles).
Just like with the Hollywood style, the Balbo style adds length to your face, makes curves less noticeable and gives a more oval shape to your face. Thanks to the short sides, it will also not add any width. As you've probably figured out, it's a win-win.
A typical balbo beard has a length of 2.5 cm to 5 cm. However, if you have a round face, growing it longer than that won't be a problem, it will only reduce the roundness of your face further!
Did you know that? The Balbo style is the beard worn by Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man.
The Hollywood beard style looks like a full beard, but with shaved sideburns and a cheek line that is lowered by about an inch than normal.
It is one of the best styles for a round face because it doesn't add any width, but greatly helps to accentuate the chin and jawline, while making your face appear larger and more oval in shape.
This is the must-have beard style of the famous Leonardo DiCaprio, who can be found on the steps of various film events such as the Cannes Film Festival.
The Hollywoodian will take about two months to grow, with a recommended length of 2.5 to 5 cm.
The "Goatee" or goatee with mustache
The goatee can fit the round face shape, as long as you let the length on the chin grow out a bit and maybe even shape it into a point, just to add length to your face.
Plus, if you don't have a beard growing on your cheeks, the goatee is a great choice.
A well-formed goatee also adds a little step to the jawline, which helps mask the roundness and adds a little angularity.
To read: The best Johnny Depp beard cuts
The Van Dyke
The Van Dyke beard trimmer is named after "Anthony Van Dyck", a 17th century Flemish painter who sported a pointed chin beard with a moustache that did not connect with the beard.
And that's what the modern-day Van Dyke looks like too, a pointed chin beard of one to two inches and a well-shaped mustache that is often styled on the sides.
The Van Dyke will make your chin appear longer and more defined, and the mustache will frame the face and draw attention away from the round jaw.
With the sides and cheeks completely shaved, this beard style adds no width to your already round face, which is perfect for round heads!