Facial hair has become as stylish and popular as a manâs haircut. Some men spend just as much time, if not more, styling their beards and mustaches. They are using special mustache wax, go to barbers and beard specialists, and even spend time at special styling salons aimed specifically at the man who is ready for complete style maintenance. Mustache styles.
The age of the Hipster has brought with it a rise in the popularity of mustaches, goatees, and beards. What was once reviled as creepy or unkept is now appreciated and admired. Everything from the lumberjack to the handlebar mustache is back and ready to make its mark on society. For some, though, facial hair never left.
Facial hair icons include everyone from Marvelâs Tony Stark to Tom Selleckâs Magnum PI. We scoured the Internet to find the 28 best mustache styles on Pinterest in case anyone is in need of some inspiration and preparation for Movember.
The Gray Handlebar and Beard
Now, this is one example of a stylish Silver Fox. This mustache hails from an era when men were defined by their âstache. The ends are waxed and taper gracefully into the iconic upward curl that represents the traditional handlebar mustache. The beard itself is trimmed, so it is not overly long or bushy. This is a great duo.
Full Beard and Mustache
What we have here is one perfect example of manly facial hair. There is nothing trendy about this beard and mustache duo. The full beard is only slightly long but is trimmed and neat. His mustache is the same, but this one has no handlebars or any other type of modern styling. This is a classic facial hair combination.
This look has become exceedingly popular in recent years. The fashion world has been courting those blessed with incredible facial hair for everything from runways to fashion spreads. This particular beard is quite impressive in its length. This is a trendier style than its contemporaries because of the long length and pointed shape of the beard itself.
The Curly Handlebar
The handlebar mustache pictured here is perfectly curled and shaped. Mustache styling wax was used to smooth out and curl the ends of the mustache. It has been trimmed and is groomed to perfection. This is the style of mustache that just calls for twirling the ends when stuck in deep thought. Some will add to the curly handlebar by growing out a beard or goatee and blend that into the mustache.
The Christian Bale Basic Mustache
Christian Baleâs classic mustache is ready to go from the boardroom to dinner. Itâs professional, groomed, and classic in style. There is the beginning of a goatee and a thin layer of hair growth around the chin and neck. What makes this mustache more professional is its thickness. Rather than a bushy âstache, Baleâs is trim and isnât overpowering for his face.
The Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck has one of the most envied and imitated mustaches around. If there were mustache goals, this would be it. There are articles upon articles, a Twitter account as well as Facebook groups dedicated to the glory of this manâs facial hair.Â Itâs bushy and makes a statement, but itâs not overpowering. This is one âstache that knows its place.
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The Captain Jack Sparrow
When Johnny Depp created Captain Jack â his rum-loving, back-talking, pirate alter ego â his facial hair became just as famous as the face it belonged to. The mustache is full, but not bushy, and turns down slightly at the ends. He has a bit of a soul patch and a goatee that adds to the overall roguish look that weâve all come to expect from Captain Jack Sparrow.
Full âStache with Stubble
This look is both modern and classic all at the same time. The full mustache is both professional and sexy. To keep the look from going full lumberjack, the hair along the jawline is kept trimmed to just about low stubble. This balance makes all the difference and keeps this look from becoming too overpowering.
Man Bun and Beard
Not everyone can pull off the man bun and beard combo as well as this guy. The bun by itself can sometimes look a little too soft, but his beard saves the day and roughens up the overall look. His mustache is just full enough to make sure itâs noticed without taking too much attention away from the rest of his face.
The Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphyâs mustache may not be as dark as it once was, but it certainly has not lost any of its oomph. Neither has the wide soul patch just below his bottom lip. This full âstache is such a part of the persona weâve come to expect that Murphy without his mustache is just â not Murphy. Itâs the power of the mustache.
The Mustache Light
Mustaches donât need to be full and bushy to be taken seriously. This mustache âlightâ is the perfect example of facial hair accentuating chiseled features. It grows flatteringly all across his upper lip, but it is kept trimmed and neat, so it doesnât overpower the rest of his facial hair. His jawline is covered in hair, which emphasizes razor-sharp cheekbones.
The Modern Clark Gable
Old Hollywood movie star Clark Gableâs mustache was the Tom Selleck of its time. This modern take on it is kept trim and neat. There is a gap just above the middle of the upper lip that separates the two sides of the face. Some may call it old-fashioned; we call it a classic and definitely, distinguished.
The Billy Goatâs Scruff
This here is what you call a streamlined version of the full lumberjack beard. The mustache itself is known as an English Mustache. It tapers down towards the ends but is not as curled as the handlebar version. As impressive as that mustache is, his bushy beard may just give it a run for its money. Itâs full just on his chin, like a billy goat.
The Cowboy Handlebar
There are beginner handlebar mustaches, and then there are legit handlebar mustaches. This mustache is definitely the latter. The full upper lip reminds us of the old cowboy movies and their twitchy mustaches. Without a beard, this bushy mustache is the main focal point of his whole face. If youâre going to grow a mustache, you might as well grow it all the way.
The Full and Trim Mustache
This mustache and beard combo is the level that most men with facial hair get to. Not everyone can pull off the full lumberjack or caterpillar mustache. This mustache is neat. Itâs understated and low-maintenance. The secret is to keep it trimmed to avoid the overgrowth that can turn into a full-blown hairy upper lip.
The Lucky Irish âStache
The lucky Irish âstache is very similar to the full and trim look but with more â well, just more. The hair itself is a little longer and a little more rugged. The mustache is a little thicker. This beard makes a statement. It tells the world you donât need this facial hair to make you look good, but that you make the facial hair look good.
The Steampunk Mad Scientist
Just looking at this mustache makes us want to twirl the ends and laugh maniacally. Now, this is a full commitment to this look. The full mustache is shaped and groomed to split right in the middle. A good amount of wax is used to shape and hold the loopy ends. Donât forget to keep twisting the ends.
The Super âStache
Supermanâs Henry Cavill doesnât always have facial hair, but when he does, itâs definitely super. Another example of the full mustache and beard, the Super âStache can make women swoon, and men rub their hairless chins in envy. This kind of mustache and beard combo adds a certain sophisticated ruggedness and masculinity to the man sporting it. Cape not included.
Donât be fooled. Although this is a type of handlebar mustache, it is most widely recognized as The Hipster. It is not as bushy as some handlebars but rather, neat and trim. You will find the Hipster attached to men wearing skinny jeans and flannels or cardigans. The curled ends of The Hipster are perfection since theyâre probably been measured and curled at a precise 360 degrees.
The Gos is really more of an ode to scruff than a full-blown mustache and beard. Neither Ryan Goslingâs beard nor his mustache is fully-grown in so they carry that air of âI woke up like thisâ allure. Goslingâs facial hair looks like he just hasnât shaved in a few days. It isnât groomed, it hasnât been shaped â it is messy perfection.
The Hulk Hogan
Before Hulk Hoganâs impressive blonde version, the Hulk was associated mostly with bikers. Then he came onto the wrestling scene and made it his own. The thick âstache we see that starts above his lips, then trails down on either side of his mouth to come to an end just below his chin is part of his signature look.
The Sam Elliott
If we all look up to Tom Selleckâs mustache, who does his âstache look up to? Itâs like the granddaddy of all mustaches. Thick and full, this mustache means business. Unlike Selleckâs, it continues down his cheek to end just around his chin. Itâs a classic cowboy style that makes you want to tip your hat and say, âMaâam.â
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The Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt made his mark on Hollywood with his clean-shaven, golden boy good looks. The addition of a mustache, even a traditional one like this is, a refreshing update. Pittâs âstache is a type of Chevron style, so named because of its zig-zag shape. Itâs trim, neat and gives a rugged appearance to his otherwise leading-man good looks.
The New Captain Hook
Captain Hookâs mustache has come a long way from the exaggerated imperial handlebar that made its appearance in the Disney cartoon and on Dustin Hoffman in the Hook sequel. This new Hook is modern, and so is his âstache. Itâs part of an extended goatee that keeps Hookâs roguish look while getting rid of the stereotypical handlebar loops.
The Tony Stark aka Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr.âs mustache and goatee are as much of a part of Tony Stark as his Iron Man suits. The thin, groomed mustache on top balances the uniquely shaped goatee below. With a thicker soul patch and twin peaks on either side of his mouth, this style is easily recognizable as belonging to the Avenger. With the moviesâ popularity, more fans are asking for the Tony Stark.
The Mustache de Milo
Milo Ventimigliaâs mustache and beard made quite the splash when they debuted.Â This look is known as a Short Box Beard. Itâs full, but not bushy. Well-groomed, rugged and masculine, this mustache and beard combo helped cement the believability of Miloâs character as a father in the late seventies.
The goatee is one of the most popular combinations of facial hair. Combining a full mustache with a beard that covers only the chin and under the lip, the goatee is a great compromise for those that want the look of a mustache and beard, but not necessarily the commitment of the full-on Selleck mustache or the shaggy beard.
The Basic Scruff
All of the impressive mustaches weâve seen had to start somewhere and that somewhere, is a scruff. This is the beginning of all facial hair. Itâs the foundation for every great Selleck, all super âstaches, and even each Mad Scientist. The scruff makes each of these possible. Though not everyone may find it impressive, the scruff is the training wheel for all of its more impressive brothers.