Man With Short Beard

Be it because they can’t grow a long beard or because they simply want to look smart and distinct, men nowadays are sporting short beard styles more then ever.

These styles are sexy, elegant and easy to grow and maintain.

Before growing a short beard make sure you’re ready to be the center of attention since these styles just attract looks (and ladies and boys). Don’t say we didn’t warn ya!

Plus, you won’t have to worry about what your boss is going to think about your beard, since short styles are office-friendly. In fact, we bet your boss has one too.

The only thing you need to do is pick one, sport it like a boss and when you get bored (as if), you can easily shake things up and choose another one from the list.

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1. Simple Yet Short

The simple yet short look for a guy features a beard that fades into the sideburns with that close-shaved goatee. This look can also be coupled with a faded cut and a side part, perfect for the guy looking for that classy elegant look.

Simple Yet Short

2. Prominent Definition

This short style features a prominent soul patch with hair in the dip above the lip. Thicker sideburns help to bring out the definition look.

Prominent Definition

Photo @lululucas

3. Thin and Thick

One elegant yet classy look is going with the thin beard coupled with thicker sideburns. This is a great look as opposed to fading and tapering, although not suitable for all faces, it goes great with guys looking to make their face appear shorter.

Thin and Thick

Good To Know: 5 Tips on How to Grow a Thicker Beard

4. Defined Lines

This beard is the definition of perfection. The goatee must be partially shaved, leaving the small soul patch of hair under the lip and some under the chin too. This section of hair accents the masculinity of the jawline and chin.

Defined Lines

Photo @lululucas

5. Little Effort

The dream short beard look for every guy, having that 5 o’clock shadow all day long. To pull off the little effort look you need to shave the beard closely to outline the face, allowing it to grow out naturally on the neck.

Little Effort

Photo @lululucas

6. Trace of Little Fuzz

The little fuzzy look is nothing more than a short beard left alone, allowing your face to look like you really put in little effort shaving. To master this fun look, let the beard grow in a little, then trim it down so it is short but not too short that it is too close to your skin.

Trace of Little Fuzz

Photo @anthonythebarber916

7. Classic Shorter Length Beard

While on the surface it appears the beard is growing naturally without any maintenance, it has in fact been trimmed very close to the skin. Leave the outline and neckline alone to grow naturally, with the hairline and sideburns trimmed to be clean-cut.

Classic Shorter Length Beard

Photo @lululucas

8. Mustache and Chin Strap

For the guy who can not grow a full beard, the chin strap and mustache is the perfect alternative. To achieve this look, shave most of the face except for the mustache and the hair along the jawline. Now trim the outline of the chin strap so it looks straight and even, trim a mustache to the length of the chin strap.

Mustache and Chin Strap

9. Prominent Goatee

Grow out your goatee and begin to trim down the rest of the beard. The key here is having a full face of hair, except the goatee will grow out thicker than the rest, allowing it to really be prominent on the face.

 Prominent Goatee

Photo @chef_barber_jay

10. The Thin Goatee

Unlike the prominent goatee, the hair on the face is shaved and the goatee is trimmed close to the face. The soul patch is left and extends down towards the chin. Sideburns need to have clean lines to pull off this neat and trim look.

The Thin Goatee

11. Masculine and Simple

The two words masculine and simple seem to be opposites, but they create classic short beard styles for men that are powerful. To make this work, go with the full beard and clean outlines close to the face. Shape the goatee to emphasize your chin with a beard shaping tool.

Masculine and Simple

Photo @anthonythebarber916

12. Short and Tapered

To make this beard style work, the facial hair needs to gradually fade to the sideburns. Perfect for the guy with a round face because the chin will be elongated and not cut-off by the sideburns.

Short and Tapered

Photo @lululucas

13. The Patchy Goatee

When you have a patchy beard, shaving most of the face and going with a goatee is the perfect way to still enjoy sporting facial hair. Simply leave the facial hair on the cheeks, shave the rest including the chin, allowing the soul patch to extend to the chin beard.

The Patchy Goatee

Photo @alan_beak

14. Bold and Thick

This is the full beard look cleaned up a bit to keep things real. The clean outline plus the defined chin highlights the jawbone and is perfect for the guy able to grow a thick and luxurious beard.

Bold and Thick

Photo @lululucas

15. The Full Goatee

This shorter length full beard style features the goatee that contains the maximum amount of hair compared to all the others mentioned. To make this style look elegant, outline the soul patch inside the goatee and leave the rest to grow full. Touch up the outline of the beard with straight lines along your cheekbones.

 The Full Goatee

Photo @chef_barber_jay

16. The Natural Outline

For this look, we go with moderate thickness and a completely natural look. Let the goatee be shaped as you wish, leave it attached to the beard rather than the detached look.

The Natural Outline

Photo @lululucas

17. Short Beard Textured

To get this classic beard look, it really has a lot to do with the state in which your hair grows. Allow the beard to grow naturally without any use of beard brush. Let the mustache grow long and then curl up the ends for additional texture.

Short Beard Textured

Photo @ashxlauren

18. Naturally Full Fledged

If you really want that carefree facial hair style, this is it. The beard can be left to grow naturally, just shape the goatee with beard shaper to the outline of the chin.

Naturally Full Fledged

19. Burly Gentleman

This look even sounds manly, and it really is nothing more than clean trim lines that give the beard a natural look. Rather than combing or brushing the beard, allowing it to curl naturally.

Burly Gentleman

Photo @alan_beak

20. Perfect Uniformity

Brush and trim a beard down so all the hair is uniform and flowing in the same direction. With the same length, the appearance has a more polished feel without being too conservative.

 Perfect Uniformity

Photo @anthonythebarber916

21. Long Hair Short Beard

Although the beard is allowed to be wild and free, to master this look you need to shape and trim the sideburns and the outline to enhance the jawline.

Long Hair Short Beard

Photo @lululucas

22. The Longer Chin Curtain

This is a more tapered look that features an extended soul patch and chin curtain. Leave the mustache long for personality and texture.

 The Longer Chin Curtain

23. Short Beard “n” Shaped Mustache

The upside-down “U” mustache is a lighter version of the horseshoe mustache. To make this work, you need to keep the mustache and beard disconnected to get the full effect.

 Short Beard “n” Shaped Mustache

Photo @alitheebarber

24. New Age Elegance

A slicked back coif combined with a full beard gives you that edgy new age look. Rather than combing the mustache in a downward style, use some curling wax to curl the ends and choose your mustache style to give this look some personality.

New Age Elegance

25. Going Full Throttle

Grow out the beard nice and thick, but make sure to comb the hair in the same direction so everything is uniform. The sideburns need to be thinned out slightly to help separate them from the hairline. Give your hair a side part to create just the right amount of edge while maintaining a classic style.

 Going Full Throttle

26. The Manly Woodsman

This classic style makes use of a longer beard combined with thinned out sideburns. This modern twist on the full beard offers style but definitely screams masculine.

The Manly Woodsman

Photo @thebarber.shop

27. Patchy Beard Handlebar Mustache

Here is a masculine and classic look combined that requires only a short patchy beard with the up-twist mustache.

Patchy Beard Handlebar Mustache

Good To Know: What Is and How To Grow a Perfect Handlebar Mustache

28. Heavy Eyebrows and Stubble Beard

The eyebrows are key to this facial hairstyle. The heavier the eyebrows, the more intense that stubble will appear. The focus will start at the eyes, then work there way lower.

Heavy Eyebrows and Stubble Beard

Photo @chef_barber_jay

29. Thin Beard with Fade-Out Hair

One of the perfect short beard styles for men with a taper fade haircut. If you have a thin beard, the combination of the two complements each other perfectly.

Thin Beard with Fade-Out Hair

Photo @meeshtheladybarber

30. Spiked Locks and Sexy Stubble

The stubble look is right on the cusp of a beard, and combined with some carefully spiked hair can really drive women crazy.

Spiked Locks and Sexy Stubble

Photo @alitheebarber

31. Tramlines and Line-Up Cuts

The crisp line-up cut is considered to be quite an elegant beard style. Smooth curves and lines work in both a business or casual atmosphere. Add a few tramlines in the hair to really take things up a notch.

Tramlines and Line-Up Cuts

Photo @ashxlauren

32. Mid-Length Spikes and Stubble

Celebrities around the world are all sporting short beard styles for men because the look is hot right now. Mid-length spikes and thicker stubble just scream sexy.

Mid-Length Spikes and Stubble

Photo @alitheebarber

33. Full-Length Stubble Coverage

If you have overly aggressive hair follicles, let them all grow out and then trim them all equally right down to the face. The neck, chin, and sideburns area can all the stubble high and ready for action!

Full-Length Stubble Coverage

Photo @ashxlauren

34. Messy Hair and Patchy Beard

The best way to compliment a patchy beard is with messy hair. Messy spikes help to maximize the effect while giving off that rolled out of bed manly look the women love.

Messy Hair and Patchy Beard

Good To Know: How to Effectively Fix a Patchy Beard (Bald Spots)

35. Thin Beards and Fringe

With extreme fringe, you want to keep your facial hair to an absolute minimum. The reason for this is you don’t want one feature to overshadow the other. The thin beards work wonders in this look.

Thin Beards and Fringe

Photo @anthonythebarber916

36. Chin Strap and Faux Haircut

Utilize a thin chinstrap beard to border the face while opening it up. The thick faux haircut is the attraction to this fun short beard style.

Chin Strap and Faux Haircut

Photo @anthonythebarber916

37. Stubble and Chicken Combed Hair

If your beard is not filling in as impressive as you like, the rooster style hair can draw away attention while complementing the look.

Stubble and Chicken Combed Hair

Photo @chef_barber_jay

38. The Serious Look

The trimmed short beard is perfect for any formal event or strict work environment. Keep the facial hair the same length, including the mustache, soul patch, and neck. Trim the beard with adjustable beard trimmer each day to maintain the exact same look, shave away any rogue hair in the cheeks.

The Serious Look

Photo @thebarber.shop

39. The Lumberjack

Lumberjack beard style looks exactly like it sounds. Burly and bold, yet tame and managed. The beard grows out slightly but is trimmed along the jawline. The mustache is trimmed to meet the beard, which can hang slightly lower under the chin.

The Lumberjack

Photo @ffalfoul

40. The Lazy Celebrity

Know why Brad Pitt still is considered one of the sexiest men alive? His facial stubble and messy hair combination. If you have long flowing hair, complement it with stubble around the face but let the goatee grow out thicker and longer. This mess of a look works wonders.

The Lazy Celebrity

Author: Grey82/depositphotos.com

41. Chin Beard with n-Shaped Mustache

When you team up the “n” shape mustache and the chin beard, it helps to really compliment your face shape. Style the chin beard in a way it is pointed to really maximize the total look.

Chin Beard with n-Shaped Mustache

Photo @chef_barber_jay

42. Dreads

This is the perfect look for African-American men who can match their dreads with a sharp thin beard.

Photo @negoreyart

43. The Salt-n-Pepper Style

When you have some gray showing up in the beard, don’t shave it, rather exploit it. The ladies love the salt-n-pepper look, so even if it is patchy be sure to showcase those areas.

The Salt-n-Pepper Style

44. The Chin Dimple

If you have that sexy chin cleft, make sure you use it to the full effect. Grow out the beard right to the lip, basically in the shape of a “W”. This shape will also allow your chin to appear much stronger and more prominent.

The Chin Dimple

Photo @chef_barber_jay

45. Dark Shadow Line

One of the best line-up short beard styles for men is allowing longer stubble to grow wild on the face. Keep it trimmed long so it looks like that five o’clock shadow is working its magic around the clock.

Dark Shadow Line

Photo @chef_barber_jay

46. Chin Curtain Goatee

There is no limit with the combinations of facial hairs. This short to medium beard style is really good looking and unique. Combine chin curtain and goatee style to get this awesome and unique style.

Chin Curtain Goatee

Photo @anthonythebarber916

47. Mustache, Soul Patch, and Chin Beard

The neat mustache, a soul patch, and the short chin beard combined all together create this amazing style. The rest of the face is clean-shaven. This beard style is great for those who can’t grow a full beard.

Mustache, Soul Patch, and Chin Beard

Is Short Beard For You?

Not every man wants to grow a long beard. On the other hand, some men can’t grow a  full beard for various reasons. In both scenarios, that is why short beards exist.

If you are still weighing whether to grow one of the short beards or not, maybe some of the benefits that come with them will convince you to go for it.

After you wear them, you are free to decide if it’s a good option for you.

Before you learn what you get when choosing one, it is good to know that short beards don’t work for every man.

Whether it will look good on you or not will depend largely on the growth pattern of your beard. For example, this style look the best on men who have a uniform, best beard growth pattern.

Assuming you qualify for this style, you should now find out about the benefits of short beards.

Easy maintenance is the most critical benefit of short beard styles for men. This means less time spent in the bathroom in the morning while trying to groom your beard.

Also, you will never have to worry about the wind or any other bad weather condition again because short beard styles for men are more neath than longer ones.

When you have a short beard, there aren’t a lot of hairs to control. This simply means you won’t have to deal with all kinds of messes in the beard, like food getting stuck in it.

Maybe these benefits have convinced you to grow one.

Things to Consider Before Choosing One

As already mentioned, it’s not for everyone. On some man’s face shapes, short beard styles won’t look good at all.

Important things that determine if you are a good candidate for a short beard are:

1. The Shape of Your Face

Short beard is not suitable for all face shapes. If you’re unsure which is your face shape, a barber can help you determine it. 

The Shape of Your Face for your beard style

2. Facial Features

Your jaw, the length of your face and your cheekbones play a significant role in deciding which beard style is for you.

This is even more important when it comes to short beard styles for men, as you won’t be able to hide your facial features underneath your beard.

3. Skin Type

Although maintenance is easy, you should pay attention to it if you have sensitive skin. In that case, you may experience discomfort or irritation when you shave and trim your beard.

Short Beard Styles for All Face Shapes

Just as for any other beard style, your face shape will tell if a specific style will suit you well or not.

However, this is not the reason to worry because the list of potential short beard styles is long, and there is at least one beard style that goes with your face shape. The possibilities are limitless, sort to speak.

Men with round face shapes look great if they have stubble beard or diamond-shaped beard. Sharp lines that encircle the cheeks are the best way to shape the stubble.

Those with a diamond-shaped face look best if the sides of their beards are shorter and the bottom longer.

Stubble beard also suits men with long face shapes. Although, the short beard that suits these men better is the one which is fuller on the sides and shorter on the bottom. They can also pull off well an extended goatee without a mustache.

Beard that is full on the chin and short on sides looks fantastic on men with square faces.

This short beard style looks well even if the hairs veer toward the more extended end.

Men with their face shaped like diamonds are qualified for a shorter version of a full beard.

This means that you can let the beard grow on the underside of your chin and neck.  If you feel braver, you can also experiment with a chin strap.

How To Trim a Short Beard?

The next step is not shaving for a week or two. Remember you are doing this to see how much your beard can grow in the meantime.

Around this time, when the beard is the shortest, most men usually experience discomfort caused by beard itch. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be easily solved with some good beard oil.

After that, it’s time for trimming and shaping your short beard. It would be best to visit the barber for the first trim.

Taking into consideration your face shape and other factors, the barber will define a precise line and trim your beard. You can also ask your barber for advice on how to cut the beard yourself next time.

When it comes to a short beard, always trim a little first.

This is essential because you can trim more later if you’re not satisfied, but if you shave too much of your beard, you will have to wait for it to grow back in.

Trimming your short beard will require the right tools, so get yourself an excellent electric beard trimmer to make more accurate cuts.

To cut your beard evenly, beard trimmer should be set to 5 or 4. If that looks like too much, you can reduce it to 3 or 2.

However, remember that it’s better to set the length slightly longer than needed in the beginning, and trim your beard in phases.

Depending on the short beard style of your choice, your beard can vary in length on different parts of your face.

For example, you can set the razor to 3 for the jaw and mustache, and to 2 for the cheeks. That way the cheeks will blend with your neckline and jaw.

Again, this depends on the style you’re going after.

You may find it difficult to trim the corner of your mouth, around the ears and nose. Good beard comb, along with the scissors can be a great ally. You can view ours as a great choice.

Using a comb, you will raise the hairs that need to be trimmed against the lie of the face and trim hairs one by one slowly, being careful not to cut off too much.

Finishing touches are trimming the neckline and outlining your beard. When it comes to the neckline, it can be done in two ways.

You can either completely shave it or fade it out. Cutting the neckline is not that hard, but beginners often make a mistake and trim the neckline too high.

The ideal neckline of your beard should be two fingers above your Adam’s apple. When finished, your neckline should look like a letter U when you look at it from one ear to another.

If you, however, prefer fading your neckline instead of trimming it, set a trimmer to 2 when you’re trimming your jaw. When you reach Adam’s apple, switch it to 1.

How To Comb a Short Beard?

After you trim your beard to the desired short beard style, you should return it to the line. You do this by combing your beard.

For the best effect, before combing your short beard, use best beard oil.

Use beard comb to spread the oil over the whole beard, starting from the top of your beard to the bottom, then continue from the side to the center.

This way you can also see if you’ve missed some spots while trimming your beard. Also, this will tame your facial hairs and make them grow in the desired direction.

The texture of your beard determines which beard comb to use.

It is recommended to use a beard comb with wider teeth in the beginning, and if you have a denser beard. Men with a softer beard will benefit more from a beard comb with finer teeth.

How to Maintain It?

If you are serious about growing any beard, you will start maintaining it from day one.

All beards should be maintained daily, but this is especially true for shorter beard styles for men because they need regular trimming to remain at a certain length.

Of course, beard oil is a must, although it’s important to choose the one made with natural ingredients if you want to help your beard grow healthier.

Beard oil should be massaged all the way into the skin underneath your beard, not just on the surface of your beard.

You should especially pay attention to applying beard oil thoroughly into the part of your beard behind the chin and under the jaw because that is where your facial hair is the densest.

Although your beard doesn’t grow so fast that you have to trim it every day, you still have to wash it at least two or three times a week.

This is precisely why you will need some quality beard shampoo and or natural beard soap.

Often men use regular soap and shampoo to wash their beard, although this should be avoided.

Ordinary soaps and shampoos tend to dry your skin and beard, making it break and damage easily.

Washing should be performed gently while using the tips of your fingers to massage your skin and beard thoroughly.

This will stimulate blood flow to your beard and make it grow healthier.

After washing your beard, you should dry it, and apply a drop or two of beard oil. All these rituals should be regularly repeated.

When you start growing one, you will soon realize that often it takes some additional care and more time in maintaining it than long beards, but it pays off in the end.