Although you might think you need to be a special kind of man to pull off a moustache (let’s face it, most of the guys on the red carpet could pull off most things), you’d be surprised how easily it can a) grow and b) change the whole look of your face. So, if you’re looking to put your best facial hair forward this season, we’ve got some style inspiration for you.
Choosing the Right Style of ‘Tache
Ok, so you’ve decided to give your upper lip a friend. Where do you start? Even with the best moustache products ready to go, you need to decide what style of moustache to grow. Obviously, the best way to start your ‘tache journey is to let your facial hair grow – giving you plenty of time to decide on a style that works for you.
The shape of your face will be a good indication of the kind of style to go for. For example, if you have a small face, you should opt for a thinner moustache, whereas if you have a long, thin face, you could boost your overall look with a whiskered moustache.
Of course, everyone’s different so there is no one-size-fits-all method to growing and maintaining your moustache but, in general, work to your strengths. Does your hair tend to grow in thickly? If so, a chevron ‘stache is a great way to show off. For thinner or lighter hair, you can opt for something simpler like a pencil thin style.
Shaping Your Moustache
Now we’re going to take a look at some of the coolest moustache styles and how you can use the best moustache products on offer to maintain the style and keep it fresh all season long.
Before we get to that, let’s start with how to get rid of the rest of your facial hair in order to leave the best foundation from which to trim and shape your new moustache. Firstly, you’ll need to let your beard and moustache grow out to about 2cms. This is a good overall length to start with as it will show you just how quickly your hair grows when it’s left to it’s own devices.
Once you’ve reached 2cms, use a beard trimmer to bring that length down to around 10mm – leaving your upper lip area of course. Now you can start shaping the ‘stache by getting rid of the hair surrounding your upper lip, shaving across the chin, cheeks and neck. You can use a precision beard trimmer here, or you can opt for a more traditional route by using a good quality razor with excellent blades.
Now you’re ready to trim and shape to your heart’s content. Start with the sides of the moustache, starting wide then reducing the length and thickness in line with your desired style. And remember to keep things as symmetrical as possible!
Now, let’s take a look at some styles you can go for:
Let’s start with the natural moustache as this is the simplest to grow and style. Letting your facial hair grow for a few weeks should produce a good foundation of hair that you can now trim into a style. The natural style is just that, natural, so you don’t need to go wild with the beard balm or gel to get it looking good.
This style is a simple no-fuss style that speaks to an understated masculinity that is extremely popular nowadays. Think a tidier version of Hopper from Stranger Things (you don’t need to team it with a Hawaiian shirt, but we won’t say anything if you do).
Pencil Thin Moustache
Harking back to yesteryear and the Golden Age of Hollywood, the pencil thin moustache was commonly seen on legends like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn. Modern day wearers include actor Luke Evans and Brad Pitt, who have kept the classic Hollywood look alive on 2019’s red carpets.
This style requires a fair bit of maintenance as it’s a sleek look that needs to be kept neat in order to look its best. As we mentioned before, this is a good style for men with relatively thin hair who want to give that hirsute look a go. Make sure you keep a good moustache trimmer in your bathroom cupboard and use a beard balm to keep it looking smooth.
The Royale Moustache & Beard
If you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of your beard but want to rock the moustache look with it, why not try a royale? This style is a French style that combines a moustache that has been anchored by a chin strap. It’s been seen lately on Donald Glover, Zac Efron and Colin Farrell and is a statement style that can easily match with both casual and formal looks.
Combining beard and moustache care means using the best possible products that don’t dry out your facial hair and the skin underneath. We recommend using a beard oil to keep it feeling and looking freshly-hydrated without appearing greasy. You should also consider using our Original Beard Balm to soften, condition and moisturise your new look.