Have you ever noticed how some guys look stupid in aviators? That’s probably because their face shape is a little too round, and aviators work best for people with a squarer face. (It might also be because aviators can look douchey if you’re not careful.) Well, those same geometry rules apply to beard and hair styles. It’s a complicated equation to sort out. So we’ll break it down and help you figure out the grooming choices that will best suit your face.
You’re gonna need a ruler, though, because first you need to take a few measurements. Write these down.
- Length: Measure from the base of the chin straight up to the center of your hairline.
- Forehead: Measure the distance between the peaks of each eyebrow.
- Cheeks: Measure from one cheekbone (the outer edge beneath the corner of the eye) to the other.
- Jaw: Measure from just above your Adam’s apple, where your neck turns into the underside of your jaw, to the corner of your jawbone, just below the ear. Then double that number.
There are six main shapes that most people fall into, with a lot of gray area in between. Compare your measurements against the list below to learn which shape you have, and therefore which approach to take on your next haircut, beard trim, or optometrist appointment. And remember: There’s no judgment here! We’re just pointing out how to make things more symmetrical, a.k.a. the grooming choices that will be most objectively flattering to your face. Take our advice, or don’t.
Measurements: The top-to-bottom length of your face is greater than the cheekbones. Forehead length is only slightly larger than the jawline measurement. Jawline is gently rounded.
Optimal Hair Style: Anything except bangs, which will compromise your face’s symmetry. So try whatever you want. Just don’t block your forehead.
Optimal Beard Style: Can’t really go wrong here. But we’d recommend something that maintains the oval shape instead of making it more oblong.
Optimal Glasses Style: This is the easiest to pair with nearly any style or glasses shape. No big surprise here…just about anything should work. Must be nice.
Measurements: The top-to-bottom length of your face is greater than all other measurements. Forehead and cheek measurements are very similar.
Optimal Hair Style: Something with length on the sides, and that isn’t too tall. Avoid pompadours, and stick with scissor cuts on the sides. A nice businessman’s cut, perhaps.
Optimal Beard Style: Your face is already long (nothing to be ashamed of!), so grow it bushier on the sides, keeping the chin relatively short. This will widen your face a bit, making it more oval-y.
Optimal Glasses Style: Pick something round, with thin frames. Maybe, like, a professor vibe.
Measurements: Face length and cheek width are close. Forehead and jawline are also similar. Jaw has sharp angle.