Full and Boxy
The neatly maintained lines of this short, thick beard make it acceptable in almost any office environment, and give you a distinct advantage: People think you’re smarter and more successful. In one Canadian study, researchers found that when women compared photos of men with this beard type versus those who were clean shaven, bearded guys were evaluated as commanding greater respect in their community than those without. What’s more, a survey of male academicians at several universities in the U.K. found that full professors were “significantly more heavily bearded” than those with lesser titles.
To create the look, start with at least half an inch of growth. Using a trimmer with a high guard setting, begin in the middle of your chin and work your way toward one ear. “You are going for symmetry,” says O’Malley. “Use the center of your face as the dividing mark, and mirror your shaving line on either side.” Once you achieve the overall length you desire, shape the beard by using a lower guard along the base and a higher one at the sides to achieve a more angular profile.