When it comes to facial hair, the goatee style is one of the most popular around. It's been spotted on celebrities like Johnny Depp, Dwane Johnson, and David Beckham. When styled correctly, a goatee can make you look like a distinguished man of culture, but if you get it wrong, you'll end up looking like a trucker. This guide will walk you through exactly how to pick the best goatee style for your face shape, and we will even show you the top 20 goatee styles. So if you're ready to learn how to rock a goatee the right way, let's get started!


What is A Goatee Beard Style

A goatee beard is a facial hair style that involves growing the hair on your chin and sometimes the upper lip while shaving the hair on the rest of your face. It's a versatile style that has been around for ages. The goatee got its name in the 1950s, but you can see variations of the goatee being worn back to the 1400s.

How To Choose The Best Goatee Style

When choosing the best goatee style for you, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. First, think about the shape of your face. If you have a round face, you'll want to avoid styles that add too much width to your cheeks. Instead, opt for a goatee that is more narrow and elongated. If you have an oval-shaped face, you're lucky because almost any style will look good on you! Lastly, if you have a square-shaped face, you'll want to avoid styles that are too angular or sharp. Make sure to pick a style that works with your natural facial hair growth and emphasizes your features. We will go over exactly the best styles for face shape below.


The Best Goatee Styles For Face Shape

Depending on the shape of your face, some styles will look better than others. Here is a guide to finding the perfect goatee style based on your face shape.


Soul Patch, Long Goatee, Goatee Beard, Landing Strip


Van Dyke Goatee, Extended Goatee, Anchor Beard, Disconnected Goatee, Circle Beard, Classic Goatee


Balbo Goatee, Chin Strap Goatee, Petite Goatee, Chin Puff, Classic Goatee


Anchor Goatee, Van Dyke Goatee, Soul Patch, Low Chin Goatee

The Most Popular Goatee Types

Okay, now that you know how to pick a style that best suits you, let's go over the most popular goatee styles.

Van Dyke Goatee

The van dyke goatee is one of the most popular and well-known goatee styles. It is named after the 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck, who often wore this facial hair style. The van dyke goatee consists of a mustache and a small chin beard, with the rest of the face clean-shaven. It's a great and classy style that is becoming very trendy recently.


Anchor beard

The anchor beard is a goatee style similar to the van dyke. The main difference is that the anchor beard is more styled on the chin. It has nice straight hair lines from the chin to the lower lip. The hair coming up to the lower lip is narrower than the chin hair and is nicely shaped with vertical lines. You can achieve this with something like the Zero-Blade and a trimmer, so you don't cut yourself with a razor.


Short Anchor Goatee

The short anchor goatee is a variation of the anchor beard. As the name suggests, this style is shorter than the traditional anchor beard. The hair that comes from the chin does not go up to the bottom lip and stops right in the middle.


Disconnected Goatee

The disconnected goatee is a goatee style that consists of a chin beard that is not connected to the mustache. Both the Vandyke and the anchor beard are variations of the disconnected goatee. The more traditional disconnected goatee is more conservative with a square-shaped chin beard and a classic style mustache.


Circle Beard

The circle beard is a goatee style that consists of a mustache and a chin beard that are connected to form a "circle" around the mouth. This style is one of the most popular and masculine looks out there. This style looks best with groomed outer and inner edges to emphasize the connected appearance. You can use the Brio Beardscape paired with the zero blade to get a nice close trim.


Circle Beard With Soul Patch

The circle beard with soul patch is a variation of the traditional circle beard. It's the same style, but with one important difference, the soul patch. The soul patch is a small patch of hair that grows just below the bottom lip. So instead of trimming this area as you would with a regular circle beard, you grow this little section of hair out. We love this look because it adds extra dimension and character to the circle beard.


Classic Goatee

The classic goatee almost needs no introduction. It is hair that grows on the bottom of the chin and has no mustache or hair on the upper lip or side of the face. It's a simple style, but the people who rock this style, usually mean business.


Stubble Goatee

The stubble goatee is a new trend that gives you are more rustic appearance. You can have just about any goatee style, but instead of having your face clean shaved, you let a little stubble grow out. The key is not letting the stubble get too long, so your goatee still stands out. You can use the Brio Beardscape without any guards to get the perfect stubble length.


Petite Goatee

The petite goatee is a goatee style that is very similar to the classic goatee. The main difference is that the petite goatee is much smaller. Sometimes men have trouble with patchiness on the outer corners of the chin, so the petite goatee is a great option.


Chin Strap Beard

The chin strap beard is a facial hair style with a thin strip of hair that runs from one side of the face to the other. The most popular way to wear this style is to connect it to the mustache, which gives it that "goatee" appearance. This style isn't for everyone, but if you do go for this look, you want to keep the lines well-trimmed and defined.


Extended Goatee

The extended goatee is a variation of the classic goatee. As the name suggests, this style is longer than the traditional goatee. The hair that grows on the chin extends past the bottom lip and can even come down to the chin. This look takes some commitment as you need to let your facial hair grow out for a while before you can achieve


Low Chin Goatee

The low chin goatee is a goatee that is trimmed at about the halfway point of the chin. You can trim it perfectly horizontal or give it a slight curve. This is a great option for those who want a goatee but with a little more modern appearance.


Landing Strip

The landing strip is a facial hair style that consists of a thin strip of hair that runs from the bottom lip to the chin. It's a bit of an eccentric look without going too far. It's very classic and goes well with a suit. You will stand out, but not in an attention-seeking way. This style looks fantastic when paired with a handlebar mustache.


Long Goatee

The long goatee requires more time to grow out the hair. It's a very masculine style that some people will relate to. This style is often associated with bikers. You want to grow this style out vertically, but you don't want the hair to extend past the chin. Most people decide to keep it looking natural, but a little trimming on the sides to keep it defined goes a long way.


Goatee Beard

The Goatee beard is similar to the long goatee. The difference is that you allow the hair to grow slightly past the chin. Some people rock this style with a full chin strap. This style isn't for everyone, but it has been seen on some prominent figures recently, like Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter.


Soul Patch

The soul patch is a small patch of hair that grows just below the bottom lip. It's an easy way to add a touch of facial hair while still looking formal and clean-cut. The soul patch can be worn with or without a mustache and is a very popular choice. I think everyone has grown out a soul patch at some point in their lives.


Balbo Beard

The Balbo beard is named after Italian Air Marshall Italo Balbo, one of Mussolini's henchmen during the second world war. The Balbo beard is similar to the ancho beard, featuring a thin line of hair that goes up from the chin to the lower lip. The difference is the lower beard doesn't stop at the chin; it extends to about half of the jaw. It does not connect to the sideburns. To get this look, you need to shape the outer edges and have a clean neck. A tool like the Zero-Blade for your beard trimmer is perfect for getting those nice defined edges and a skin close trim.


Chin Puff

The chin puff is a facial hair style with a small tuft of hair growing just below the chin. The chin itself is traditionally cleanly shaven or trimmed, but we find the best-looking modern version has a tiny amount of hair growth at the bottom of the chin. It's perfect for men with curly or coarse hair that doesn't lay straight.


Thin Goatee

The thin goatee is the classic goatee style but much shorter in terms of hair length. The thin goatee is stubble length rather than beard length. You can get the perfect thin goatee by trimming your facial hair with a trim guard length of 2.


Square Goatee

The square goatee is very similar to the circle beard and features hair on the upper lip that is connected to the chin hair. The difference is that the hair on the mouth's sides is trimmed as perfectly vertical lines. This style looks best with the hair length slightly shorter than the circle beard, so you can get those clean lines and a more groomed look. This style has been popularised by actors such as Dwayne Johnson.


How To Grow and Trim a Goatee

Now that you know all about the best goatee beard styles, let's talk about how to grow and trim a goatee.


How To Grow A Goatee

Once you've decided on the style of goatee you want to grow, it's time to start growing out your facial hair. To get the best results, it's essential to let your hair grow evenly all over your face before you start shaping it into a goatee. Depending on hair growth, this may take a few weeks or even a month.

How To Trim a Goatee

If you want to learn precisely how to trim your goatee step by step with photos, then we recommend following our complete guide to trimming and styling your goatee. But we are going to give you an overview here.


Have the right products

Make sure you have a quality beard trimmer like the Brio Beardscape, a fine tooth comb, a facial moisturizer, and a Zero-Blade or shaving Razor.

Comb Your Facial Hair

Before you start trimming, you want to come all the hair, so it's all facing down and even. You don't want any unruly hairs.

Trim Neck and Cheeks

Start by trimming your neck and make sure that you have a nice clean under your jaw. Don't go all the way up to the jaw; You want to leave a little space. Next, you can trim your cheeks to the sides of your mouth. You should have the general style of your goatee.

Define The Style

Now that you have the general shape of your goatee beard, you want to use a razor or the Zero-Blade to trim the outer edges of the goatee slowly. Don't overdo it; you want to make things stand out and look sharp.

Shave And Moisturize

The last step is to shave all the areas around your goatee. If you prefer a little stubble, then this step is optional. After shaving, you want to moisturize your face to take care of the underlying skin and prevent ingrown hairs or razor bumps.


That's it! You should be rocking a new goatee.



There you have it, the 20 best goatee styles for men and how to trim your goatee. What is your favorite goatee style? Let us know in the comments below! If you want to learn more about trimming and styling your goatee, don't forget to check out our guide here.


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August 19, 2022 — Eric Steckling

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