13 Best Goatee Styles You’ll Want To Wear
1. Classic Goatee
The foundation. The building blocks. The fundamentals. That is what the classic goatee is — a style that you can never go wrong with. Ideal for round-faced men, this is a simple chin beard under the bottom lip, with clean cheeks, and no mustache.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Classic Goatee
- Grow a beard for a few days until the hairs are half an inch-long.
- Use a clipper with a guard on, and trim your beard hairs so they are all of equal length.
- Get your razor and start outlining the shape of the goatee. You have to remove your mustache and carefully work around the chin to preserve the sculpt of the goatee.
- Wash your face and use a facial scrub to remove any excess dead skin or dirt that might prevent a smooth shave. Make sure you use shaving cream or gel that agrees with your skin.
- Shave off the hairs that aren’t inside the outline you’ve made, and then try to use a single edge razor to further refine the look of your classic goatee.
- Use a trimmer to maintain the manicured look of the beard hairs, and shave off new growths to keep your goatee’s look.
2. Full Goatee
The full goatee is probably what most people think of when this beard style is talked about. The mustache grows to the side of the mouth and connects with the beard at the chin.
This is one of the most popular goatee styles, especially for those with diamond-shaped faces.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Full Goatee
- First, you need to grow the hairs around the bottom of your chin and your mouth for up to three weeks.
- Take a clipper or a trimmer and trim the areas around your neck and your cheeks to shape the outline of your goatee.
- Wash off any dirt and hairs and then apply a clear shave gel.
- Shave off the hairs outside the outline of your goatee and then use a single-edge shave to refine the edges of your goatee for a sharper look. Make sure there are some bare spots around your mouth to highlight your goatee.
- Use a trimmer with a guard to make sure your goatee’s beard hairs are even. Do this now and then while shaving any hairs outside of your goatee to maintain the look.
3. Thin Goatee
The thin goatee is simply a thinner version of the full one. It boasts finer lines that go around the mouth and the chin, connecting the neatly-trimmed beard and the mustache.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Thin Goatee
- You need to grow your beard out for 2-3 weeks to achieve good volume.
- For a thin goatee, create an outline, and then shave off the areas outside of the lines.
- Once you’ve achieved a reasonable shape for your goatee, take a trimmer and use a high guard setting in order to trim its hairs.
- Trim your goatee again, but use a lower guard setting this time. Check if you’ve achieved your desired thinness. If not, go for another trim with yet another lower guard setting.
- Use a single blade razor to finalize the lines of your thin goatee.
4. Goatee And Mustache
Classic and classy. This is one of the goatee shapes commonly favored by those with square-shaped faces who do not want to grow a full beard.
The goatee-and-mustache style is literally just that — a goatee and a mustache. From there, styling it is up to you.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Goatee and Mustache
- Just grow out your beard for 2-3 weeks so you have enough volume to work with.
- Create an outline for the beard on your jaw, and then shape it accordingly by shaving the hairs outside of the lines. You want a lot more bare spots around the lip. You need to treat your mustache and the beard on your chin as two separate animals.
- Consider the look of your mustache and use beard scissors with a beard comb to trim and cut.
- Use shaving cream and a razor to shave off any hairs on your cheeks and other areas to highlight your mustache and goatee.
5. Van Dyke
Worn by no less than David Beckham, the Van Dyke is definitely a suave look for those who can pull it off. It is ideal for men with rectangular-shaped faces.
For this particular style, the goatee does not connect to the mustache, which grows to the sides of the lips. It also has a smaller patch of beard at the chin compared to the goatee-and-mustache combo.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Van Dyke
- Don’t do anything to your beard for a month so you can get some growth to work with.
- Trim and shave off the hairs from your sideburns and your cheeks first and then work your way on the side of the jaw.
- Leave yourself a circle beard. Basically, it’s a goatee and a mustache still connected together. This area must have a circumference of around 2 inches.
- Cut off your mustache from your beard by using a pair of beard scissors to remove the ends of your mustache from where your beard hairs begin.
- You want to clean and finish the look of your goatee by using a trimmer and a razor to define the lines. Bring out the shape of your soul patch by clearing the areas on each of its sides.
- Finally, trim your mustache to give it a proper Van Dyke look. Maintain with a good mustache wax or beard wax to achieve the flair of a Van Dyke.
The anchor is a look that is a bit difficult to pull off as it is usually only appropriate for men with rounder faces. The anchor is rightly called as such because this style resembles the ship equipment famously tattooed on Popeye’s arms.
It is a combination of a chinstrap beard and a neatly-trimmed pencil mustache. Top the style off with a soul patch that extends to the chin, and voila, you have an anchor.
The style is particularly famous among round-faced men as it gives their faces a narrower look.
How to Achieve and Maintain an Anchor
- Work up some volume by leaving your beard to grow for a month.
- Start trimming the areas outside of your chin and mustache first and then clean them off with a shave.
- Begin working on the outline of the anchor goatee by using a beard or mustache comb and a pair of beard scissors.
- Carefully cut away any excess hair while constantly checking for symmetry as you go. Once you achieve the shape you want, use a single blade razor to clean the lines of your anchor goatee.
- Wash your face and apply moisturizer and check on how your goatee looks. Remember to trim and do some precise shaving often to maintain this goatee style.
7. Extended Goatee
The extended goatee is yet another classic look. It is essentially a full goatee that extends towards a beard, minus the sideburns. This “goatee beard” is an ideal shape for those with oblong faces.
How to Achieve and Maintain an Extended Goatee
- After you’ve grown your beard and cleaned the facial hairs outside of the goatee area, you want to tighten the look of your extended goatee. Look in the mirror and make sure the baseline of your goatee matches the width of your eyebrows.
- Sculpt the bare spots around your lips and make sure the lengths of hair connecting your mustache and your goatee are at least a half an inch thick.
- Remove all of the facial hairs in the neck and jaw area.
- Trim your mustache and the hairs on the side of the goatee to give it a cleaner and grounded appearance by using a trimmer with a guard on.
- Use a clipper with a guard now, and then to maintain your extended goatee.
8. Goatee with Chin Strap
Nothing good ever comes easy. The same is true for the goatee with chin strap, a look that requires a lot of discipline to maintain.
This is basically a classic goatee combined with a thin beard that is neatly confined to the jawline. It requires constant upkeep but is rewarding especially for oblong-faced gentlemen, as it can help highlight their jawline.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Goatee with a Chinstrap
- After growing out your hair, trim and shave the beard hairs on your cheeks. Don’t touch the hairs in your underjaw.
- Shape your goatee using scissors and a beard comb.
- Use a clipper with a guard on and trim the beard hairs in your underjaw. Make sure the guard setting is low enough to keep at least a nice manicured layer going.
- Trim your mustache to give it a nice crisp look that matches with the chinstrap beard.
9. Handlebar and Goatee
Now, the handlebar mustache is truly something that only a handful of gentlemen are able to pull off. It requires dedication to styling your mustache every day for it to maintain that glorious look.
This Wild Western shape involves a handlebar mustache and a goatee not connected to one another. It wears well, particularly for the gentleman with a long face, as it helps give his face an illusion of width.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Handlebar and a Goatee
- Don’t touch your beard or your mustache for an entire month. Grow those S.o.Bs out.
- Trim and shave off the facial hairs in your cheeks and the side of the jaws – areas outside the confines of your mustache and goatee.
- Use a pair of beard scissors to trim your mustache but make sure that the hairs are just long enough to cover your upper lip. Leave the edges alone. Style the handlebar mustache with beard wax or mustache wax.
- Trim and clean the goatee area with a clipper. You can also hold off trimming the goatee, and check if you want to the hairs on your chin long or short to match your handlebar mustache.
- Use a clipper and a razor to maintain the look of your handlebar and goatee combo.
10. Handlebar and Chin Puff
One of the more popular celebrities who sported this was Mel Gibson. This particular style combines your classic handlebar mustache with a chin puff that extends beyond the chin.
If you have a square- or a diamond-shaped face, this style will definitely look great on you.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Handlebar with a Chin Puff
- Grow out your beard and your mustache for at least a month so you have something to sculpt.
- Again, you want to trim and shave off the areas outside the mustache and goatee areas.
- Use a beard scissor and a beard comb to trim your mustache hairs. Allow your mustache hairs to be long enough to cover your upper lip. Don’t cut off the edges of the mustache. Style with mustache wax for that nice handlebar look.
- Now to work on the chin puff. Trim and shave the beard hairs in your chin area, but just leave a half inch thick bar between your lower lip and your chin. Allow this bar to grow at least half an inch past your chin for that nice chin puff goatee style.
- Remember to use beard scissors to trim the mustache and chin puff itself while shaving off new hairs outside of these stylings.
11. Norse Skipper
The Norse Skipper is a chin puff that extends downwards beyond the chin but goes no wider than the corners of the mouth. Men with round-shaped faces stand to benefit most from the style as it helps emphasize their often non-existent chin.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Norse Skipper
- Grow out your goatee beard for 2-3 weeks.
- Slowly sculpt your mustache and your goatee and then trim/shave off the facial hair outside of your chin and lip area.
- You can use a trimmer or a clipper with a guard to trim your mustache.
- Finally, leave an inch to at least half an inch thick bar of beard hair between your lower lip and chin. Grow it at least an inch past your chin. This chin puff will complete your Norse Skipper look.
12. Petite Goatee
The petite goatee is another classic style. Resembling the lower half of a teardrop, this shape starts beneath the lips and goes beyond the chin.
It wears especially well for square-faced men, as it helps soften their features a little bit.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Petite Goatee
- A petite goatee begins like your classic goatee. Grow out your facial hair first for 3-4 weeks.
- Trim and shave all the facial hairs outside of the lower lip and chin area. Yes, even your mustache.
- Now for the petite goatee part. Use a pair of beard scissors and a comb and begin trimming the goatee in such a way that it looks like a tear sitting on top of your lower lip and chin.
- Finish the look by using a single blade razor to clean the lines of your petite goatee.
- Use the beard scissors and the comb to maintain the look and trimming your goatee from time to time.
13. Rap Industry Standard
Worn by rappers like Kanye West, Drake, and Ice Cube, the rap industry standard style is rightly called so because it is a popular way of doing your beard among rappers. The rap industry standard involves a pencil-thin ring that goes around the mouth and the chin.
It also connects to a pencil-thin beard maintained along the jawline all the way up to your sideburns. It is ideal for round-faced men as it makes their faces look narrower.
How to Achieve and Maintain a Rap Industry Standard Goatee
- Grow out your facial hair so you have material to work with.
- A Rap Industry Standard Goatee is one of those goatee types that need a thin, specialized beard trimmer so you better have one handy. Use it to leave facial hair lines along your sideburns, jawline, mustache, and chin that are just a centimeter thick.
- Trim and then shave any other facial hair that falls outside of this centimeter-thick facial hair. Keep these bare spots neat and tidy.
- Check for symmetry as you go along. Carefully carve the hairs along this line with a single-blade razor. Trim and carve from time to time to maintain.
How to style your goatee? Check out this video from Braun:
Knowing how to grow a goatee is different from knowing how to style it. With the right products and knowledge, though, both growing and styling a goatee is not so far from your reach. If you truly want to look your bearded best, follow our guide and grow one that best suits you.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 9, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.